25 ideas for your “Ancient Rome” tour

Posted on Oct 3, 2023 in Arts and History, Planning Support

Trajan’s Markets

[revised January 2024] Most of  our visitors in Rome have in their “must see list” what is generally called “ancient Rome“. They usually mean the archeological area in the very centre of Rome, represented by the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill.

But in Rome we have “ancient roman stuff” everywhere!

With this article we want to help you consider other options (twenty-five!), especially useful if you are looking for a less crowded experience than the famous attractions in the centre. Moreover, sometimes the Colosseum is sold out and we can still enjoy the history of ancient Rome by admiring this monument externally and building a tailor-made tour just for you!

  • archeological collections: Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo
  • archeological sites: Appian Way, Baths of Diocletians, Baths of Caracalla, Trajan’s Markets, Domus Aurea, Villa dei Quintili, sacred area in Largo Argentina, Monte Testaccio, Livia’s villa
  • ancient architecture: Pantheon, Ara Pacis, Castel Sant’Angelo aka Hadrian’s mausoleum, Pyramid, park of the Aqueducts, Circus Maximus, theatre of Marcellus
  • underground Rome: we dedicated a specific article to help you with that
  • outside of Rome: Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli, Nemi’s ships museum, Ancient Ostia and Portus (these last two are technically still in Rome, but you need a train ride or a car transfer to reach them)

Send us an email to have more details on these options, we can customise a tour just for you based on your interests: info@afriendinrome.it

PS. If you are into ancient civilisations, we also have Museo Barracco, the Etruscan museum of Villa Giulia and the necropolis of Cerveteri and Tarquinia at hand!