Colosseum and the Pantheon

Trip Start Jun 03, 2012
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Trip End Jun 14, 2012


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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Enjoy a specialist-guided tour through the spectacular remains of the Roman Empire, beginning at the Colosseum, considered to be the greatest symbol of Ancient Rome’s power and glory. Completed under Titus in 80 A.D., the Colosseum could hold 55,000 spectators, on a par with many of today’s modern sports stadiums. Among the sights included on our tour is the Arch of Constantine, a triumphal arch finished in 315 A.D., commemorating the victory of Constantine I over Maxentius in the year 312 A.D. We will amble up the Palatine Hill, the fabled spot on which Rome’s first settlers built their huts under the direction of Romulus. In later years, this became a patrician residential district that attracted such notables as Cicero. We will also tour the ruins and excavations of the Roman Forum, which features the remains of magnificent temples, basilicas, and triumphal arches that once formed the heart of the Empire.

 We then visited the Pantheon, one of the grandest and best-preserved Roman monuments, and the oldest large-scale dome in Rome. The Pantheon has been in continuous use throughout its history and today houses many tombs, including those of Italian kings Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto I, and painters Caracci and Raphael.

We then dined in the Piazza Navona area. Built on the foundations of Domitian’s Circus, this magnificent square was designed in the 17th century by Bernini. It is full of life and is highlighted by one of Rome’s most spectacular fountains, the Four Rivers. The square is often filled with local artists. The surrounding neighborhood is also one of the best places in Rome to get a tasty tartufo or gelato ice cream.

 


 



 


 

 
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