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Do you want to take a virtual tour of the monuments around the Colosseum, to enjoy the artistic and cultural wonders of Rome?

If you don’t have the time to do this on foot, “touching” every single monument and enjoying the proximity of the artistic and cultural wonders of this intense city, you can settle for a virtual tour and we’ll be your tour guide.

Rome embodies a mysterious charm, that of a capital and metropolis that magically transforms itself into a ancient city depending on how you decide to live and experience its unique blend of ancient and modern sights.

This great city has managed to preserve the gifts of time and manages to naturally cohabit the ancient stratifications of the various eras with the current, living and chaotic urban environment. It deserves to be savoured in every form of art and thus is worth a visit no matter how far away it is or how little time you have.

If you’re on this page, it means that you’ve already been inside the Colosseum or better yet on a website that talks about this great monument, and you can start your virtual tour right here!

Discover the history of the Colosseum, its structure, its gladiatorial games, the curiosities and the writers who spoke about it. We’re sure that by the end, you’ll feel like you’ve been there, at least in your the imagination, or at the very least, you will be inspired to go there as soon as possible to see it in person.

From the Colosseum, you can take a tour of the Imperial Forums. Visit the official Forum website for a feast of history and images that present it in all its aspects.

We recommend a visit to the Palatine Hill to discover the historical and archaeological stratifications that characterise the Colosseum and testify to the Hill’s importance as the directive centre of the ancient city. Read its history on the Archaeological Superintendency website and on Wikipedia with its many photos.

Discover the magnificent Domus Aurea, the golden house of Nero that rose from the ashes of the terrible fire in64AD with its bright and luxurious stuccoes and rich decorations.

Not to be missed is the beautiful Piazza del Campidoglio, an architectural masterpiece designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti. In the centre of the square, you can admire the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and the facade of the Palazzo Senatorio. On the right, is the Palazzo dei Conservatori and on the left, the Palazzo Nuovo and the Capitoline Art gallery.

Visit the website of the Capitoline Museums to discover the grandiose works of art that are housed there.

Going down the stairs, you’re probably asking “but what is that white imposing monument that acts as a backdrop to the beautiful Piazza Venezia?”

You are talking about the Vittoriano, the altar of the homeland that houses the tomb of the “unknown soldier” and which is often ironically called the “typewriter” by the Romans because of its shape. Today the Vittoriano has become an important centre for art exhibitions.

A tour to the Trajan markets with their articulated architectural complex is a must. The architecture is accurate and functional. The space is covered by masonry vaults and paved with bricks arranged in a herringbone pattern where often a second mosaic layer was superimposed. It’s extremely suggestive.

Not to be missed is the Mamertine prison or Carcer Tullianum, the oldest prison in the city which consists of two overlapping areas, the tullianum (below ground) and the carcer (above).

Many famous people including Saints Peter and Paul are said to have been imprisoned in this place and some even lost their lives here, which makes it a particularly evocative place.

The beautiful capital is full of monuments, streets, palaces, squares, paintings and sculptures that speak of history, tell legends, boast myths and celebrate great works as if the centuries had never passed and the ancient world was still alive and tangible.

We wish you a good trip around the Colosseum and … if you get lost don’t worry, all roads lead to Rome!

1. Arco Tito

The arch of Titus. The triumphal arch, a monument witnessing the conquests of ancient Rome. The arch of Titus was built sometime between the year 81 and the year 100 AD

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2. Domus Aurea

The rich decorations of Nero’s palace, the magnificent Domus Aurea. Nero’s golden house: the domus between luxury and innovation.

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3. Fori Imperiali

Imperial Forums. Monumental squares built by the emperors in the centre of Rome. The Roman forums of the Imperial Age, the main squares of the city.

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4. L’arco di Settimio Severo

The triumphal arch of Septimius Severe in Rome. The arch that celebrated victory over peoples and places.

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5. Arco di Costantino

That of Constantine is the most majestic arch of triumph in Rome, the largest and richest honorary arch of our time. A triumphal arch full of sculptures.

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