28th October, 2020
Once in your lifetime…
In our second instalment, we take you to Italy and delve into the rich history of Rome.
Explore Roman history in Rome
It’s hard to underestimate the power and influence of the Roman Empire which, in its heyday, stretched across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Its legacy is still evident in towns and cities across the region, but nowhere is the might of the Empire better illustrated than in Rome itself, where iconic buildings evoke powerful images of the past.
In the atmospheric ruins of the Roman Forum – once the showpiece centre of the city – you can explore what was the social, political and commercial hub of the Empire, while the Pantheon is a testament to the brilliance of the architects. 2,000 years old and almost perfectly intact, its elegant Corinthian columns, porticoes and magnificent domed ceiling offer a unique vision of the glory that was Rome.
Rome’s most famous site is its vast Colosseum. Built as a gift for the city’s citizens, this huge arena had tiered seating where 50,000 people watched gladiator battles, chariot races, wild animal fights and public executions. Today it’s still possible to stand where those unfortunate gladiators fought, walk through the underground tunnels where slaves, prisoners and gladiators awaited their fate, see the enclosures where animals were held before being hoisted up through trapdoors in the arena floor, and admire the views over the Colosseum and Palatine Hill from the lofty Top Tier.
Take your chance to explore Rome on our Italian Splendours tour.
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