The Roman Forum: The Beating Heart Of The Empire

Italy,

Benedetta Geddo

Stops

12

Stories

64

Distance

1.8km

Duration

1h20min

Audio

Human Voice

Description

Explore the valley of the Roman Forum and feel the power of Ancient Rome coming alive around you with an engaging audio tour on your smartphone!

 

From the ruins of the Basilica Aemilia to the Temple of  Vesta, the site is full of memories from the Eternal City’s past, such as the heart-rending story of the “the princes of youth”. Of course, you will also discover the joyous lifestyle of the early Romans. You’ll find out that, just like contemporary Italians, they simply loved dining al fresco! Later, walking along Via Sacra, the spine of the ancient city, you’ll follow in the steps of celebrated Roman warriors. Picture them in full armor, as they returned victorious from their battles and conquests to march the route of the Roman Triumph! Among many other fascinating attractions, you’ll also encounter the famed Temple of Caesar. Leave a flower on the grave of the glorious general and learn about the games of power and control in the Roman political life.

 

Through a compelling collection of stories, created by an accredited guide, you’ll get straight into the heart of Ancient Rome.

*Please note that the ticket to the archaeological site is not included.

 

Highlights

  • The Temple of Saturn

    1. The Temple of Saturn

    The worship of god Saturn was central in ancient Rome. You see, the Romans loved being lush and this was the god of wealth and plenty. During the Saturnalia, some strange things happened in the city...
  • The House of the Vestals

    2. The House of the Vestals

    The Vestals were priestesses who had dedicated their life to Vesta. They enjoyed great privileges but there were certain rules they had to comply with. In case of wrongful act, death was their punishment.
  • The Temple of Venus and Roma

    3. The Temple of Venus and Roma

    It seems that constructing a temple of dual worship was somehow challenging for Emperor Hadrian. When he asked the renowned architect Apollodorus to give his opinion something terrible happened.

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Benedetta Geddo

A journalist for Lonely Planet Travel News, a writer for Bossy Italy with an overflowing love for art, travelling and Korean pop music.  I write about all those things that attract my attention from Italy and abroad. Find me on Instagram @beegeddo Freelance Travel News Reporter @Lonely Planet News Author @Bossy Italy

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Contributors

Clio Muse

Details

AddressOn Via dei Fori Imperiali in Largo della Salara Vecchia 6
Starting pointEntrance on Via dei Fori Imperiali
Finishing pointInside the archaeological site
Inclusions
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
Exclusions
  • Entrance fee/ ticket to the Roman Forum
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in public areas
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Know before you book
  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • Please consider that admission fee to the Roman Forum is not included
  • Please book per device to be used, not per participant
  • After booking, you will receive an email from Clio Muse Tours, with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please note that for the audio tour you must have an Android or iOS smartphone and make sure you have enough storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
Know before you go
  • Check the email that you’ve received from Clio Muse Tours, and follow the instructions in order to access your tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please consider that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in public areas. So kindly, download the tour on your smartphone, prior to your visit, to access them offline and avoid roaming charges
  • The audio tour can be used repeatedly both online and offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy it
  • Prior to your visit, make sure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring on a pair of earphones/headphones
AreasBasilica Aemilia, Comitium and Curia, Arch of Septimius Severus, Temple of Saturn, Main Square, Via Sacra, Temple of Caesar, House of the Vestals, Basilica of Maxentius, Arch of Titus, Temple of Venus and Rome
Opening hours8.30-16.30 (January 2 through February 15) 8.30-17.00 (February 16 through March 15) 8.30-17.30 (March 15 through the last Saturday of the month) 8.30-19.15 (Last Sunday in March through 31 August) 8.30-19.00 (September 1 to September 30) 8.30-18.30 (October 1 to last Saturday of the month) 8.30-16.30 (Last Sunday in October through December 31)
Additional admissionTicket: 14 euro
Mandatory ItemsCharged Android / iOS smartphone & headphones
Directions to Starting PointThe metro station “Colosseo” of Line B is only a few steps away. There are also several bus lines, that will bring you very close to the Forum, including the lines 51, 85, 75, 85, 87, 117 and 18 with bus stops in the Via dei Fori Imperiali and the lines 40, 60, 80, 780, 781 and 916 which have bus stops at Piazza Venezia.
Comments

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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