Journey through the Ancient Roman Empire in Rome
About Rome, Italy
In many parts of the world, you’re lucky enough to find a 200-year-old building, let alone a 2,000-year-old one. But not in Italy. Italy is chockfull of ancient ruins and historical marvels that are the envy of the rest of the world. That’s a part of what makes Italy so magnificent. When you embark on Italy vacations, you’ll spot ancient Roman wonders still dominating the terrain as if only decades have passed instead of millennia. To be fair, no one is mistaking the Colosseum or the Pantheon for buildings of the late 20th century, but the fact that they’re there at all is remarkable and worth celebrating. An Italian vacation offers you a chance to journey through the ancient Roman Empire and see the marvels of ages past.
Ancient Wonders of Rome
Rome is ground zero for remnants of the ancient Roman Empire. The Italian capital is so packed with temples, ruins, and arches that you’ll find something ancient no matter where you go. The most famous of these ruins are centred on the Colosseum, the grandest ruin of them all and the city’s definitive symbol. Completed in 80AD during the Flavian Dynasty, the Colosseum is the world’s largest amphitheatre and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Back during the height of the Roman Empire, it could hold up top 65,000 spectators who’d come to see gladiator fights and other spectacles of violence and sport.
It’s likely that the Colosseum will be one of the first landmarks you head to when in Rome on Italy vacations. You can find people offering tours outside the Colosseum, but it’s best to book ahead in order to ensure you get an expert to tell you fascinating stories about the amphitheatre’s construction and the types of events that would take place within its stone walls. If you join one of our Rome tours, you can get access to the underground dungeons where gladiators would prepare for combat and even walk out onto the floor to experience a bit of the gladiatorial stage for yourself.