Private tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, Museums / Culture, City


Kid Friendly: Yes. I use books and images to interest kids, and they love vivid stories about gladiators and Romans! :)
I wouldn't recommend a stroller, the road is bumpy. Please write me before the booking if you have kids under 7, I can suggest you a shorter tour.

Friendly: No.
The Roman Forum has a bumpy floor, but there is a shorter itinerary on a catwalk. The Palatine Hill floor is totally uneven

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Italian (fluent)

walking tour of the archaeological area with Marisa

I'm an archaeologist and historian: that's why the complex of the Roman Forum/Palatine HIll is my favourite part of the city.
Here you can enter and enjoy a relaxing morning, strolling around the ruins, and you'll be happy to avoid the crowd of tourists (mainly interested in the Colosseum).

I've spent years digging in the Roman Forum, and now I'd like to share my love and knowledge with you, for a lovely walk accross the area.
I suggest this tour if you want to enjoy this area at 100%, visiting the most important shrines of the Forum and the Palatine Hill

Since April 2018, it's possible to purchase a VIP ticket to see sites with a limited schedule as the House of Augustus (send me a message before the booking to know details).

TIPS for a perfect visit:
- Only small backpacks or handbags allowed
- Wear comfortably shoes (uneven and dusty floors)
- Bring a bottle of water (you can refill it during the tour)
- Make the most of your visit booking the VIP ticket


Before we start, I'll give you a brief introduction to Roman History and its main phases.

- the Roman Forum
- The Palace of Emperors on Palatine Hill
- special openings

Since April 2018, it's possible to purchase
a VIP ticket to see sites usually not open and not accessible.
Send me a message to know
the schedule of the sites (as House of Augustus and/or LIvia)

NEW SECURITY RULES (Starting from January 2015)
**Please note that inside sites big backpacks ARE NOT ALLOWED. Since there are no storage facilities, you'll be just stopped at the gate by the security, missing the visit**

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I'll meet you at the main entrance of the Roman Forum, at the ticket office (Largo della Salara Vecchia), see map #4.
This entrance is along Via dei Fori Imperiali, a long road between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. If you're not familiar with the area I'll send you more details.
On request, I can meet you at your hotel and we can take together a taxi.

End location: At the Palatine Hill exit, Via di San Gregorio (walking distance from the Colosseum and from a taxi station)

Duration: 3 hours

-Timing may change depending on your pace and level of interest
- Afternoon tour is available only from April to October.
-This tour is totally outdoor.
Tour is provided even in case of light rain since we can use umbrellas and raincoats.
In case of a thunderstorm we can choose together to change the itinerary and do a museum/church instead of the Forum.



What’s Included

-tour with an archaeologist and licensed tourist guide

Estimated Local Cash Needed

18 euro - a head: VIP ticket for the Forum/Palatine Hill and special openings (House of Augustus and other)

What’s Extra

- taxi from/to your hotel
- VIP tickets 18€ a head
- snacks
- drinks

Please write me to have a custom tour if you're more than 6 guests. There are extra costs and a different timing due to the compulsory rent of an headset system. (MAX 12 pax)


I'm not a driver. I provide WALKING tours, with a special focus on Art and Archaeology. If needed, we can take cabs or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

Marisa was a fantastic tour guide. First of all, she went out of her way to help us adjust our tour with her to include a site we were to have visited with another tour company when that tour got canceled. Secondly, she accommodated us when we were running significantly late to due to issues with travel to the meeting place. Finally and most importantly, she gave us a very interesting and informative tour. We went on many tours over the two weeks we were in Italy, and Marisa was our favorite!
Jody Alperin

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