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House of the Vestal Virgins Tours

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House of the Vestal Virgins
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.

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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.
Address: Piazza Santa Maria Nova 53 and Largo della Salara Vecchia 5/6, Rome 00186, Italy
Hours: Open daily 8:30am-1hr before sunset
Admission: Adults: from €16; Children: from €4.00
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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Skip the entrance line at the Colosseum so you won’t waste any time getting inside to marvel at this Roman icon. On this walking tour of Ancient Rome, you’ll explore the amphitheater’s first and second levels with a guide, who entertains you with tales of gruesome gladiator battles. Then visit the Roman Forum to see its ancient ruins like the Temple of Julius Caesar. This tour is limited to 25 people. If you want to enhance your experience, upgrade to a tour of the Colosseum’s restricted underground chambers, arena and upper tier.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground

Go beneath Rome's Colosseum for a 4-hour, underground tour of the largest amphitheater ever built. Step into the darkened chambers where gladiators prepared to meet their match in the arena, and see a recreated timber elevator that shows how animals were lifted up toward the spotlight. Then set out to visit both the nearby Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, Rome's centermost hill and one of its most ancient parts.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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VIP Caesar’s Palace with Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Leave the crowds behind in the Roman Forum and explore the Caesar’s Palace. With a full Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill Tour included, this experience is the most thrilling and unique way to see one of the world’s greatest historical sights.Emperor Augustus is one of the most important figures in the history of Western Civilization but for years his amazing palace was closed to the public and its interiors kept a closely guarded secret. We will take you inside the intimate living quarters of this father of the Roman empire to view beautiful frescoes miraculously preserved for nearly 2,000 years.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Explore three of the most important ancient Roman sites with this 3.5-hour tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. See where Rome was founded, where legendary gladiatorial games took place, and the streets where Caesar walked.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Walking Tour: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Experience

Follow in the footsteps of mighty emperors and brave gladiators on a 3-hour walking tour that illuminates daily life, sport and politics in ancient Rome. Explore highlights of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, including the Roman Senate, Arch of Constantine and mystical House of the Vestal Virgins. Conclude inside the legendary Colosseum for a glimpse into the ancient empire’s taste for bloody entertainment. Group size is limited to 12 for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Colosseum Walking Tour including Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Take a guided journey through the heart of the ancient Roman Empire while exploring a triad of its most important surviving monuments. Hear tales of blood and glory inside the mighty Colosseum, walk among the ruins of temples and senate buildings at the Roman Forum and see where imperial palaces once stood sentinel atop Palatine Hill. Beat the long public queues with skip-the-line access, and learn the history behind these impressive landmarks from an art historian guide.Please note: a fair amount of walking is involved.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Rome in a Day Tour Including the Colosseum

Explore Rome with your own private guide on a day-long tour of the capital. Starting with visits to Castel Sant’Angelo and the city’s centro storico, the tour includes sights of all the key landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Hear the history behind the monuments as you explore, then take a break for lunch. In the afternoon, you'll meet back up with your guide for a visit to Ancient Rome, checking out the Colosseum on a skip-the-line-tour and strolling amid the ruins of Palatine Hill. Bookings are available for groups of two to seven people.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Romes Lost Empire: Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour

Take a short introduction to the Colosseum and Roman Forum to discover a lost civilization via the stories of one of our local guides with a background in archeology. See the Colosseum and Forum from the outside and get hints and tips on what to see if you want to step inside. It’s a good way to dip your sandal into the architecture, history, and culture of Rome before taking more in-depth tours.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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