Your private tour can be customized to your preferences, so when you book, list any special interests you have so your art historian guide can tailor the itinerary.
On the day, meet your guide at Capitoline Hill near the equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a replica of the original in the museums. Get an introduction to ancient Roman art and start your private 3-hour tour.
After admiring the Michelangelo-designed Piazza del Campidoglio, enter the famous Capitoline Museums, home to a renowned collection of Roman art, statuary and antiquities.
Stroll around as your guide shows you the main highlights, all displayed in wonderful halls decorated with 16th-century frescoes.
Admire the statues, vases and important monuments, and see masterpieces such as the original of the equestrian sculpture of Marcus Aurelius outside.
View the ruins of the 6th-century-BC Temple of Jupiter and walk down the surviving corridor of the Tabularium, ancient Rome’s archives office, to enjoy a wonderful view over the Roman Forum.
Listen as your guide identifies the landmarks, and after descending from the Piazza del Campidoglio toward the Forum, view Trajan’s Market, Trajan’s Forum and the marvelously sculpted Trajan’s Column as your guide discusses their history.
Your tour ends at Piazza Venezia.
Your Tour of Ancient Rome begins on the Capitol Hill by the Equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, with a visit to the famous Capitoline Museums. Here is the city's superb collection of classical sculpture - the oldest public collection in the world started in 1471 by a Papal Gift.
Starting in the First Hall with an amazing marble statue by Bernini - Italy's greatest 17 C. sculptor worthy heir to Michelangelo - of Pope Urban VIII, 17 C.frescoes and other sculptures will soon take you on to the main collection of Etruscan and Roman Sculptures:
The Spinario, the 1st B.C. bronze of a little boy plucking a thorn (spina) from his foot;
The Head of Brutus, circa 1st C.BC, one of the earliest bronze portraits known;
The Capitoline She Wolf, the 5thC bronze statue of the She-Wolf which saved with her milk the twins Romulus and Remo, the first kings of Rome, and many other amazing statues, vases and marble reliefs.
In the last Galleries you will find:
The Equestrian Bronze Statue of Marcus Aurelius; this 2nd C. Roman Bronze Statue portrays the great Emperor Philosopher and Warrior astride on his horse under an amazing 20th C. Glass Canopy built especially in the 1990s for it with few other statues, warmed under the sky of Rome full of light and colour; at night the stars are reflected in the gilt stride of the great Emperor.
Below are the ruins of The 6th century BC temple of Jupiter, the first and grandest Roman Temple on the Capitol and finally The Tabularium. From here it is possible to have a wonderful view over the Roman Forum, which your private tour guide will describe in detail.
Descending from the Piazza del Campidoglio towards the Forum, you will view the Trajan Markets, the Trajan's Forum and its magnificently sculpted Trajan Column, which will also be discussed by your guide.
This in-depth private tour of the artworks of ancient Rome is hosted by a professional guide specializing in classical art history. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at the time of booking to alert your guide, so they can prepare for your private tour.