Ancient Rome Walking Tour
Travel back in time to the Circus Maximus, Roman Forum, Colosseum, and more
- Explore the Circus Maximus, a chariot-racing stadium that once entertained over 150,000 spectators.
- Admire the architecture from outside the Colosseum, a symbol of the power and ingenuity of Rome.
- See the Arch of Constantine, an awe-inspiring monument that tells the tale of Emperor Constantine's victory in 312 A.D.
- Discover the historical significance of the Roman Forum, the Trajan Markets, and more.
- Snap a photo of the stunning Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, the "wedding cake" of Rome.
- Find out why the Largo di Torre Argentina houses the ruins of so many temples.
- Follow the footsteps of gladiators, emperors, and commoners who once filled the Eternal City.
What you'll do
Your day in Rome begins at Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue. Located in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine Hills, it was the first and largest stadium in Rome — and is still the largest in the world ...
Your day in Rome begins at Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue. Located in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine Hills, it was the first and largest stadium in Rome — and is still the largest in the world today.
As you walk through the remains of this ancient site, you can almost hear the echoes of the roaring crowd and thundering hooves of the chariots. Your guide will help bring to life the extravagant spectacle of the games once held here.
From there, we’ll check out two of Rome’s most iconic structures: the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum. Viewing these from the outside, you’ll learn about their history and significance for the Roman Empire.
Our journey back in time continues with a visit to the Foro Romano, or Roman Forum. Here, among the ruins, once stood the heart of the Roman Republic, where important public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches all took place. As you wander through the remains of these ancient buildings, your guide will tell you the stories of the places you’re passing and the people who once gathered here.
Next, we’re off to the Trajan’s Markets. Known as the world’s first shopping mall, these arcades are now believed by many to be administrative offices for Emperor Trajan. As you admire the shops and apartments built in levels, you’ll marvel at the ingenuity of ancient Rome.
Finally, your day ends with visits to the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II and Largo di Torre Argentina. The neoclassical monument, built of shining white marble, was a tribute to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy. Largo di Torre Argentina, on the other hand, is a scenic square where you’ll find four Republican Roman temples and the ruins of Pompey’s Theatre. This theater is infamous as the site of Julius Caesar’s assassination. Now, it’s a sanctuary for hundreds of Rome’s stray cats, adding a touch of charm to the place.
Your day has been steeped in history, in the rise and fall of empires, in the lives of ordinary people and extraordinary leaders. Rome is not just a city — it’s a time machine if you know how to unlock it. Your guide will lead the way!
To glimpse the grandeur of the largest stadium in the world
The iconic symbol of Rome’s Imperial power, seen from the outside
Arch of Constantine
A triumphal arch embodying the glory of Roman art
Where we’ll pass through the ruins of what was once the bustling heart of ancient Rome
A remarkable complex of ruins that includes a market, basilica, and the celebrated Trajan’s Column
Victor Emmanuel II National Monument
Featuring a white marble façade known as “the wedding cake”
Largo di Torre Argentina
With four ancient Roman temples and the remains of Pompey’s Theatre, where Julius Caesar was assassinated
Plan your trip
This tour is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
Tour ending point
This tour ends at the Largo di Torre Argentina.
We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.
Please meet us at the following address: 24 Viale Aventino, 00153, Roma. Your guide will be holding an orange sign with ExperienceFirst written on it.
For easier navigation, you can paste this address into Google Maps: 24 Viale Aventino, 00153, Roma.
How much walking is there?
This tour covers 1.5 miles at a leisurely pace. If mobility is an issue, please arrange for a private tour.
What is the rescheduling policy?
We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund or the option to reschedule up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.
When should I get there?
Plan to show up 15 minutes early. The tour starts promptly, and you may not be able to catch up if you arrive late.
What should I bring?
Rome can get quite hot, especially during the summer, so we recommend bringing water and sun protection, such as sunscreen, a hat, or an umbrella.
What if it rains?
Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.
Are gratuities included?
Tips aren’t included but are always appreciated by our guides. If you think your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show that.