Thought the Colosseum was impressive? Wait till you see the recently-opened Domus Augusti. Located on Palatine Hill in Rome, this former residence of Emperor Augustus, son of Julius Caesar, boasts amazing architecture, well-preserved rooms, ancient decor, and floor to ceiling frescoes that pre-date the Colosseum by a century. Now that's old.
Learn about the life of Ceasar's adopted heir, Augustus, who became the first emperor of Rome, and see where he spent his formative years.
See frescoes that are over 2,000 years old and learn about Augustus' rivalry with Mark Antony and Cleopatra. His ruthless pursuit of power and his relationship with his third wife, Livia (58 BCE - 29 CE) is the stuff of legends. Rumor has it that she may have poisoned him in his old age!
This ticket also includes skip-the-line access to the Colosseum. Travel back to the gory glory days of the Roman Empire, where blood sport was a national obsession! Thanks to vivid descriptions by your local guide, you too can re-live the days of gladiators and public executions.
See the VIP section where Caesar sat, the cheaper seats where crowds begged for bloodshed, and the trapdoors through which wild animals were raised into the arena. The odyssey continues to the spectacular ruins of the Roman Forum – the hub of ancient Rome. Here's where rousing political speeches were made, criminals were sentenced, goods were traded, and where angry mobs assembled.
From there, you'll be lead to the summit of Palatine Hill, where the legendary Romulus founded the city of Rome. The hill looks down over the Roman Forum and the Circo Maximo chariot-racing circuit.
Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can try seeing it in a day!