Beyond the well-traveled trail of the Palatine Hill lies a narrow walkway leading to one of the most important discoveries in the Eternal City: the home of the Roman Empire’s very first emperor, Augustus (Octavian) Caesar. For decades archaeologists have labored over the complex of buildings within the Casa di Augusto and the Casa di Livia, the home he built for his beloved wife and partner in power, the Empress Livia. The result is astounding, room after room of ancient fresco paintings have survived, the original colors still intact.
Decorative figures, tricks of perspective, ceiling moldings, and floor tiles are all still there 2000 years after their creation.
On this special access, VIP Ancient Rome tour you’ll walk where few visitors have walked before, even fewer than those who’ve been to the Colosseum underground. With your handpicked Walks of Italy guide, in a small group of 15 or fewer, you’ll travel back 2000 years to the birth of the Roman Empire. You’ll learn how, in the aftermath of Julius Caesar’s assassination, Octavian formed an alliance to successfully avenge his uncle’s death and ultimately defeat Marc Antony and Cleopatra to consolidate power in himself. Best of all, you’ll hear the story from where Augustus lived: no crowds, no guards, no fuss.
Of course, we’ll see the best of the rest too! With pre-reserved Colosseum tickets, you’ll skip the regular entrance line and explore the first and second tiers of this iconic structure with your expert, fully-licensed guide. You’ll learn what a day at the games was like, from animal hunts, to “halftime” execution, to gladiatorial combat and hear of the political and social function the building played in the Roman Empire.
Your walk continues to the Roman Forum, undoubtedly one of the most historically important areas in the Western World. It was here where Marc Antony spoke at Julius Caesar’s funeral and his body was cremated, where the Vestal Virgins tended the sacred flame, where politicians debated publicly and the Senate met, where currency was exchanged, and where many of the most sacred temples once stood. Its stones and ruins are replete with history but may not seem like much to the casual observer. Your guide will speak their stories, help you mentally reconstruct their fragments, and connect their influence to the world today.
The sites of Ancient Rome shouldn’t be considered in isolation, but rather as individual stitches in the long and rich tapestry of Rome’s history. With an expert guide leading the charge, you’ll step into this story, following its twists and turns while being guided along its path.
With groups of only 15 people or fewer throughout your tour, you’ll have no trouble hearing, questioning or following your guide and with the special entry at Caesar’s Palace, you’ll have a full hour of peace and quiet in a cool, temperature-regulated room. Walk with us for an experience of Ancient Rome worthy of an Emperor!