Step back in time with this guide to your own walking tour of Ancient Rome. This tour can be done at your own pace and, best of all, it’s totally free!
Start your day at the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre). Take a walk both inside and outside, and envision life in 80AD: the smells, the people, the thrill of the upcoming games. Next, take a short walk into the Roman Forum (your ticket from the Colosseum includes the entry fee for the Forum).
After exploring the excavated areas of the Roman Forum, walk along Via San Gregorio away from the Colosseum to reach Circus Maximus: the ancient track where over 200,000 thousand spectators could watch chariot races.
As you walk along Via Del Circo Massimo, you will see Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin where you can stop to see the “Mouth of Truth” or you can skip it and turn right onto Via Luigi Petroselli.
On your left will be Teatro Marcello, a theatre built by Julius Caesar Augustus Caesar for his nephew Marcellus. The street becomes Via del Teattro di Marcello and on your right will be Capitoline Hill. At the far back of the hill top is a neat lookout onto the Roman Forum.
If you’ve got time, the Capitoline Museum is well worth checking it out!
As you keep walking you’ll approach the small cobblestone street Via dei Fori Imperiali where you’ll find Trajan’s column: a 98ft column commemorating Trajan’s victory in the Dacian Wars.
Along this cobblestone street you’ll find the Basilica of Maxentius. Started in 306AD by Maxentius and completed by Constantine. The only remaining part of the Basilica is the the northern part of the building with the lunar vaults. This Basilica also housed the statue of Emperor Constantine (where remaining parts of the statue are housed in the Capitoline Museum).
You’ll finish your tour where you started: at the Colosseum.
Have you stopped by any of these ancient Roman sights? Have you spotted Roman ruins outside of Rome?