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Seven Hills of Rome Tours

Before the Roman Empire rose to power, before a city called Rome even existed, the area had already been occupied for many years. The marshy valleys and steep hills offered natural protection, and while it is thought that individual communities developed on the different hills in the area, they eventually grew together as population increased.

In the 4th century B.C., what are known as the seven hills were joined together by the Servian walls—the ancient walls of Rome—and while modern Rome has far outgrown its original limits, the area around these seven hills still forms the geographical heart of the city. 

According to the legend, the central hill of Palatine was where Rome was founded by Romulus on the site of older settlements. Today, the whole ridge is an archaeological site that houses the residence of Augustus, the Temple of Apollo and the Great Mother. The biggest of the seven hills is Esquiline Hill. While it was once used as a burial ground for the poor, Augustus, the first Roman emperor, turned the space into a park. Esquiline Hill eventually acquired some fame under the rule of Emperor Nero, who built the extravagant Domus Aurea—the golden house—upon it. 

The other hills include Aventine, known for its many temples to different deities and home to ancient Rome’s lower class; Capitoline, which now houses Rome’s city hall; and Caelian, a fashionable district where Rome’s wealthy lived in their extravagant villas. Quirinal and Viminal, two of the smallest hills, include more monuments and parks, but Quirinal is best known as the location of the Palazzo del Quirinale, the official residence of the Italian Head of State.

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The Seven Hills of Rome can be found east of the river Tiber, within the walls of the ancient city. While the hills were distinguishable in ancient times and although they still form the geographical heart of Rome, in today's jumble of buildings and through various landscaping projects, only the slight rise and fall of the ground gives clues about the underlying topography.

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Italian Countryside Village Visit with Typical Food and Wine Tasting, Rome, null
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Italian Countryside Village Visit with Typical Food and Wine Tasting

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Be pleased with a panoramic tour of the countryside surrounding Rome and discover the area known as the Roman Castles (Castelli Romani) on this half-day, small ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.13
Capri Island: Day Trip from Rome with the Blue Grotto, Rome, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Capri Island: Day Trip from Rome with the Blue Grotto

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Sail away to the luxurious Italian island of Capri on this full-day private adventure from Rome. Travel through the Roman countryside, and set off through the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $238.23
Ancient Roman Castles on a Vespa, Rome, Day Trips
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Ancient Roman Castles on a Vespa

Cruise around the Roman countryside on an iconic scooter with this 10-hour Vespa rental in Rome. Ride a Vespa 125cc along the Appian Way. Hop from Frascati to ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 to 10 hrs

From USD $61.92
Private Tour: Catholic Rome Half Day Tour, Rome, Vespa Rentals
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Private Tour: Catholic Rome Half Day Tour

Take a 3-hour journey into Papal Basilicas where you will be enchanted by their grandeur. Enjoy a unique tour rich in both cultural and spiritual value. Your ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $297.79
Rome Uncovered: A Fully Private Walking Tour Through the Most Iconic Places of Rome, Rome, Private ... 
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Rome Uncovered: A Fully Private Walking Tour Through the Most Iconic Places of Rome

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Time spent in Rome for the majority of tourists revolves around tours of the Colosseum and Vatican Museums, with a sprinkling of hours in and around the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $122.84
Hills of Ancient Rome Vespa Tour, Rome, Walking Tours
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Hills of Ancient Rome Vespa Tour

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Discover the famous hills of Rome by Vespa with this fun 3-hour tour. Get introduced to a lot of hidden gems and unique paths outside Rome's usual tours. Rome ...  Read more

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

From USD $155.10

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