Dating back as far as the 8th century BC, the city of Rome was once home to around 20% of the world’s population and the ancient ruins remain an integral piece of Italy’s history as well as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The area includes the famous Colosseum which would house gladiator battles, the ruins of the old Roman Forum where Julius Caesar would hold court, an old Roman temple in the Pantheon and much more. Ancient Rome has also become known for its aqueducts that would pave the way for many public baths and fountains.
The nearest airports are Ciampino Airport and the Leonardo da Vinci Airport, which are both only a short journey to Ancient Rome. When travelling by train arrive at the Termini station and the area is served well by the local busses. Prices vary depending on what you’re looking to see, however entry to the Colosseum and Roman Forum (including Palatine Hill) is available on a combined ticket for between €7.50 and €12.00 with under 18’s going free. Opening times also vary, with main attractions available from 8.30am however closing times depends on the time of year, but make the most of your time and start early.
Booking online in advance will give you the best prices and also help avoid the queues. The majority of tickets include entry to multiple venues, so make the most of your holiday by extending your stay to see it all. Read up on the history of Italy, or join a walking tour on the day and be shown around by the best guides in the area. Given the nature of the area ensure you wear sensible footwear and dress appropriately for being exposed to the elements. Whilst there are the obvious attractions, there are also ruins of ancient Rome elsewhere in the city such as the Circus Maximus which is free.
Choose from wide selection of places to stay including villas and apartments, holiday homes and private rentals near to the ancient city. If you stay elsewhere in the city, most tourists travel on foot but with the public transport you will easily reach Ancient Rome. Check our accommodation in Rome.
In the ancient city of Rome, you will find the colosseum, Roman Forum and the Pantheon Temple, Circus Maximus and many Roman Baths and Basillicas. There’s plenty more history too with the Vatican only a short walk away, stop off and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain or go to the theatre for a traditional Italian opera.
Find out more on Ancient Rome: the myths and legends, the Republic and late Republic era, the Roman Empire and the fall of the Western Empire, the cult and legacy and links to further information on the history of Italy and ancient Rome.
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