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  • Address: Piazza Santa Maria Nova 53 and Largo della Salara Vecchia 5/6, Rome, Italy 00186
  • Hours: Open daily 8:30am-1hr before sunset
  • Admission: Adults: from €16; Children: from €4.00

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House of the Vestal Virgins Tours

Reopened to the public in 2011 after over 20 years of restoration work, the House of the Vestal Virgins is among the most fascinating of Rome’s ancient ruins. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the 50-room complex stood next to the Temple of Vesta, and was home to the six high priestesses of the Cult of Vesta. The priestesses, virgins chosen from noble Roman families, were tasked with keeping the sacred flame - revered as a symbol of Rome’s eternal life - of the Temple of Vesta alight and each served up to 30 years. 

Today, the sparse ruins merely hint at the once-lavish residence and mostly date back to 64AD, when it was rebuilt after a fire. Visitors can follow the ancient Via Nova from Palatine Hill to the Temple of Vesta, and view the remains of the large atrium, two-story portico and a series of statues the Vestales.

Practical Info

The House of the Vestal Virgins is located next to the Roman Forum in central Rome and is open daily from 8.30am until 1-hour before sunset. Admission is included in the entrance fee for the Colosseum and Roman Forum, starting from €16 for adults.

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Private Rome in a Day Tour Including the Colosseum, Rome, null
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Private Rome in a Day Tour Including the Colosseum

Enjoy a special 7-hour sightseeing tour of the Roman historical center; admiring the Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, PIazza ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Ancient City Of Rome: The Essential Tour, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Ancient City Of Rome: The Essential Tour

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Explore Ancient Rome on this group tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with an expert guide. Learn about Roman history in the places where the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Discovering the origins of Rome with the Palatine and the Roman Forum Tour, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Discovering the origins of Rome with the Palatine and the Roman Forum Tour

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  Discovering the origins, myth and grandeur of ancient Rome. With this amazing tour of about 1 hour, our professional guide will take you back with a ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

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Private Tour: The Glory of Ancient Rome and Colosseum Walking Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Tour: The Glory of Ancient Rome and Colosseum Walking Tour

Begin this 3 hour sightseeing tour of Imperial Rome at the world’s most famous arena; the Colosseum, once able to seat up to 50,000 spectators. The building of ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

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Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground

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The Underground Level of the Colosseum has not been used for 1700 years. Now it is open and you can visit the very place where gladiators prepared for ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night, Rome, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

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See Ancient Rome and the Colosseum by night on this exciting 2.5-hour evening tour, led by an expert local guide! Hear little-known facts about the Roman ...  Read more

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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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VIP Caesar’s Palace with Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, Rome, Night Tours
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VIP Caesar’s Palace with Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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Walk in the footsteps of Rome’s greatest emperor with a VIP visit to the Casa di Augusto, the 1st-century villa of Caesar Augustus. After learning the story of ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Small-Group Walking Tour: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Experience, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Small-Group Walking Tour: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Experience

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Take part in our original Experience of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, where you’ll explore the heart of the Ancient City of Rome! On ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Colosseum Walking Tour including Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, Rome, Walking Tours
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Skip the Line: Colosseum Walking Tour including Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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A great skip the line tour through the symbols of the Roman Empire, which covers the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine.

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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