Ancient Ruins in Rome

Ancient Ruins in Rome, Italy

Rome Ancient Ruins

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  • Out-and-about-lots
    United Kingdom416 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience that if in Rome you have to do. I didn’t book any tours, etc. and felt that walking around the outside was enough to take it all in. The queues are big so book before you come to Rome and chose the skip the line tickets. Overall, a great experience that is ticked off for me.
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • Kimberly Hayslett
    Rock Hill, SC7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The doors of the Pantheon alone are absolutely incredible to see. Going in June the crowds were insane but still worth seeing the ancient beauty of Roman architecture.
    Written February 29, 2024
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  • Rafael Miranda
    London, UK172 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Going back in time and with some nice views, a lot of historical moments and nice walks like you were going back to the roman times.
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • Tsuni
    London, UK35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited during the Easter Holiday, while everywhere else in Rome was full, this one was a nice surprise to us.
    Kids enjoyed VR experience, the ground was very relaxing too.
    Kids found the cellar/underground section a little scary.
    Overall it was a great day out.
    Written February 26, 2024
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  • ITM0nkey
    Kent, UK96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The catacombs are a fascinating place to visit. Yes...a lot of the bodies have been removed but why would anyone want to go to see dead people? However if that is your thing we were shown two original stone coffins and their remains; one was a Christian burial and one Pagan. To be honest after all that time there isn't a lot left anyway.

    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was more than happy to answer questions. He was also very informative about the parts of the catacombs we visited.

    Also thanks to their Customer Service skills we were still allowed to join our tour despite being 5 to 10 minutes late - bit of a mix up with the address and our taxi driver - ensure you book to the catacombs themselves and not the address only.
    Written November 2, 2023
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  • misterfuss
    San Francisco, California82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've been to Rome many times and seen many antiquities, so for me this was a wonderful addition to my accumulated experiences. I booked an English language tour direct with the CoopCulture site. My weekday tour did not include the VR component. My tour was during the exhibition called La Domus Aurea e l'Egitto. The tour included material about the influence and background of Ptolemaic Egypt on the Domus Aurea and Nero's reign. That information was interesting for me because it built on my existing knowledge of Nero. The visit was enhanced with some imperial Roman artifacts that were moved into the site for the exhibit. Fortunately I did plenty of research in advance, because the guided tour neglected to provide an in depth description of the site itself. For example, the tour did not point out that the wall decorations are the fourth style of Imperial Roman painting, which was more complex and detailed than the previous four styles of Imperial Roman wall frescoes. While past tourists such as Casanova and Marquis de Sade left their signatures scratched into the walls, my tour did not point out these curiosities from the past. I do not recall the tour identifying the names of the rooms, or explaining any of the myths illustrated in the frescoes; for example The Room of Achilles and Sciro, or the mosaic of Ulysses and Polyphemus. Yet, these omissions weren't actually great errors for me; because of my research in advance and because my accumulated experiences include ad infinitum explanations of such myths. The visit did have the excitement and thrill of visiting ancient underground Rome. The exhibition called La Domus Aurea e l'Egitto provided much revisionist theory about Nero's efforts to enfranchise the population beyond the Roman elite, and beyond his demonization in The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius. In retrospect, I highly recommend the the visit and the tour, but I also recommend that you do your own research in advance.
    Written December 3, 2023
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  • peggyps
    Shorewood, MN4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely incredible experience that clearly explains the amazing history of Rome. Also archeological magnificent site.
    I can’t recommend highly enough!!
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, UK6,829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Forum of Augustus can be observed for free from the street adjacent to the Roman Forum and also at elevation on surrounding viewing platforms.
    You get a sense that great structures once stood there and would have joined up with the Forum on the opposite side of the road in ancient times.
    Written July 14, 2023
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  • The Spanish Steps Apartment
    Rome, Italy30,195 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    After decades of only seeing the site looking down from the street, I was happy to go see it as this site is now open to the public, with walkways running in front of the ruins of the Republican-era temples, access to areas underneath the sidewalk/street above, and a small museum area with finds from the excavation of the site. Helpful information is in Italian and English, and is well presented. While the sign says to reserve tickets on line, we walked right up to the ticket booth in the little tower and bought tickets (5 euros each) from the friendly lady there. Bravo to those who made the site open to the public to enjoy and appreciate.
    Written November 22, 2023
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  • NorthernExplorer
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and fascinating site with good interpretative boards that add context. There’s an audio-video guide which entertained our youngest child but we didn’t feel the need for it. The site is much bigger than we expected. I can’t understand why sites like this are empty when places like the Colosseum are uncomfortably busy. We learnt much more here than we did in the Colosseum crowds.
    Written November 6, 2023
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  • Jan U
    15 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    the structure in the accompanying picture is a part of Palatine hill, not Circus maximus. Circus Maximus is for the most part a gravel racetrack with spectator lounge remnants in the eastern end. virtual reality goggles available. limited number of visitors in the compound, you may need to wait.
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • Selley83
    Gateshead, UK20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped off here walking back down the Appia Antica. Service a little brisque but tour guide decent. Creepy underground tunnels (empty) and ends up at underground
    Houses. Worth a visit if passing by. We did want to purchase from gift shop but no staff!
    Written April 18, 2022
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  • Tualie
    Varese, Italy1,363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rome is known as the water city; as the heart of the then empire, engineers had to work out how to transport more water possible to satisfy the city's population needs. Is possible to see in this park six of the eleven aqueducts that transported fresh water to Rome.

    Not all aqueducts are of Roman origin, there is one of Medieval origin and some of them are juxtaposed one to other.

    This is a popular park where locals like to hang out, picnic or simply for sport purposes. We rented some bikes in the area and we biked throughout this park, Tor Fiscale (nothing of great interest) and the Appian Way which is somehow tricky to get there but not impossible.

    P.S. closet metro stations are Lucio Sestio or Lucio Agricola
    Written April 10, 2023
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  • Hans
    Kwadendamme, The Netherlands2,916 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located near the Castel Sant Angelo this little island in the river Tiber is nice to have a look at. There is a ruined bridge (Ponto Rotto) from Roman times on onze side. Views from the walkway near the waterfront are nice. There are some bars on the island.
    Written March 28, 2023
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  • Conseiller99
    Roseland, NJ1,376 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was an excellent experience wtih the exhibit on Dacia, and the various other National Museum artifcats and exhibits. Our one drawback is that the directions on how to visit the baths were really poorly marked and not easy to follow, unlike the much-better marked Baths of Caracalla which we visited the day after. For one thing, they don’t make it clear where you are at any given time as you walk around the ruins. You see the pool with a sign saying “Frigidarium” with an arrow, but where? We recognized that Michelangelo was instructed to build a church in the middle of the baths, but what they don’t make clear is that is NOT PART of the ticket. We found out after our visit that you can see the excellent remains of other parts of the baths by visiting (for FREE) the adjoining Basilica of Santa Maris dell Angeli, which is what Michelangelo was responsible for…so we’re going over there tomorrow to see that. You really shouldn’t do one without the otherm, but that doesn’t seem to pop up anywhere.
    Written February 19, 2024
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