What makes this tour unique?
See the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill plus be among the privileged few to go inside the newly opened home of Emperor Caesar Augustus and that of his wife, Empress Livia.
Space is very limited, so don’t miss out on this chance to explore the amazing ancient homes of the first Roman Emperor and his beloved wife with vibrant 2,000 year-old frescoes.
Tour the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill with an expert local guide and stories that bring their fascinating history to life.
Experience All of Ancient Rome
Experience all of Ancient Rome, with Skip the Line Access on this half-day tour which covers the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Homes of Emperor Caesar Augustus and his wife, Empress Livia.
This is one of the most comprehensive tours Dark Rome offers covering Ancient Rome's three most important sites with the newly opened homes of Caesar Augustus and Livia. If you want a full exclusive experience in a single half-day visit, this is the tour for you. Exploring these unbelievable historic dwellings and sites, your expert local guide will bring their vibrant history to life through rich and entertaining commentary, as you literally stand where history was made.
Admire the Vibrant 2,000 Year-Old Frescoes and Mosaics in the Homes of Caesar Augustus and Empress Livia
You couldn’t be planning your trip to Rome at a more perfect time. For years, archaeologists, historians and restoration experts were the only people allowed into the over 2,000 year-old homes of Emperor Caesar Augustus and his wife, Empress Livia. Painstakingly bringing the colorful frescoes back to their original glory, millions of dollars and countless hours went into preparing this site for the public. However, only a select few are permitted to walk this hidden domus, and this is your chance to be one of them. Built in the first-century B.C., the home of Rome's first Emperor boasted a spectacular view of the Circus Maximus atop the Palatine Hill. In fact, the word “palace” comes from “Palatine” due to the ornateness of these residences. You’ll be in awe as you travel through time, admiring the largely intact mosaics, columns, frescoes and the other decorations that steeped these noble quarters in legend. One of the most famous and beloved Roman rulers, Augustus is attributed to the creation and consolidation of the entire Empire (despite his rivalry with Antony and Cleopatra). You'll also learn the stories of Livia, his third wife, who was a trusted and astute advisor and see how her adjoining home reflects the intimacy of their relationship.
The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
We start our adventure at one of the world’s most iconic sights, the Colosseum. Without hearing the stories of the gladiatorial games and politics that played out here from a dedicated guide, you're only scratching the surface of its glory. Our guides are experts in history and archaeology, so they’re the perfect candidates to lead you through this incredible amphitheater.
You’ll also be escorted along the “Via Sacra” or “Sacred Way” as your expert, English-speaking guide walks your group through the Roman Forum. This area once sprang with festivals and triumphal processions as Roman armies returned from war. See the original square with the Senate, Caesar’s Temple and the House of the Vestal Virgins as you breathe the same air as the ancients.
Offering the Best Tour Experience
Rome’s most popular tourist attractions can be pretty hectic. Thousands of people clamoring to buy tickets and see everything they can with limited time. That’s why we’ve planned the entire experience for you. Enjoy your time in Italy the way you imagined it – relaxing and being inspired. We provide skip-the-line access, reserved tickets, and an expert, local English-speaking guide, plus audio headsets for a more enjoyable experience. This incredible and unique Dark Rome tour makes memories that will last a lifetime.
*Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
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