Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome

Rome, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Overview

Explore several of Ancient Rome’s most famous sites during this small group walking tour. Learn about historic bathing culture at the Baths of Caracalla, the second largest thermal bath of Rome, before visiting Circus Maximus, the stadium where chariot races were held. Climb one of the seven hills of Rome, Aventine Hill, for panoramic views over the city.
  • Maximize time spent in Rome with a small-group walking tour
  • Follow your guide through the thermal baths at Caracalla
  • See the stadium where chariot races took place in Ancient Rome
  • Take in sweeping views over Rome from Aventine Hill

Professional guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Entrance fees will be paid directly to your guide in cash only. 15EUR/person (age 10 and over), 3EUR/person (age 6-10)
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Public transportation costs

Departure Point

Via del Circo Massimo, 79, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Via di Santa Sabina, 23, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Circus Maximus
Carry on inside the Maximus Circus. This grand stadium was a chariot racetrack in Rome first constructed in the 6th century AD. The Circus was also used for other public events such as the Roman Games and gladiator fights and was last used for chariot races in the 6th century AD. It was partially excavated in the 20th century AC and then remodelled. Located in the valley between the Palatine and Aventine Hills, it is the oldest and largest public space in Rome and legend says that the Circus was originally laid out in the 6th century AC by the first Roman kings, although, it first took on its distinctive shape under Julius Caesar. Its principal function was as a chariot racetrack and host of the Roman Games (Ludi Romani) which honored Jupiter. These were the oldest games in the city and were held every September with 15 days of chariot races and military processions. In addition, Rome had many other games and up to 20 of these had one day or more at the Circus Maximus. Other events hosted at the site included wild animal hunts, public executions and gladiator fights, some of which were exotically spectacular in the extreme, such as when Pompey organised a contest between a group of barbarian gladiators and 20 elephants.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Terme di Caracalla
Be welcomed by your professional and licensed guide at the Bath of Caracalla where your small group tour starts. Your guide will give you a full description of the Bath of Caracalla while walking inside this wonderful ancient second largest thermal bath of Rome. The Baths of Caracalla located by the ancient Appian Way in Rome were named after the Emperor Caracalla who reigned from 211-217 AD. His father Septimius Severus commissioned the baths and after his death the project was completed by his son Caracalla in 216 AD. This building is among the most monumental and imposing archaeological complexes of the entire Imperial epoch. The reign of Caracalla donned an age of cruelty absent from Imperial Rome since perhaps the Emperor Domitian or Nero in the 2nd century. Surviving busts of Caracalla portray a scowling and determined man capable of great evil. Indeed, he killed his younger brother to secure his throne. Despite however his personal deficiencies, Caracalla proved to be an apt administrator.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Colle Aventino
Terminating this part of the tour, your guide will lead you up to one of the seven hills of Rome, Aventine Hill. The Aventine Hill is best-known to visitors for its magnificent views over the city, but there are also some interesting sights, including several churches and a couple of gardens. According to the myth of Rome's foundation, Romulus wanted to found a new city on the Palatine Hill, while his twin brother Remus preferred the Aventine. This disagreement led to a fight in which Romulus killed his brother. As a result the city, of Rome was founded on the Palatine, while for centuries the Aventine remained outside the city limits. It was first populated in the 7th century BC by refugees of cities that had been conquered by Rome. From 494 BC on, it became a preferred residential area for plebeians, the common working class. In 456 BC, a law even assigned the area to the working class. The hill was still outside the city walls until the end of the 4th century BC, when the Servian Wall was built around Rome.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santa Sabina
here are however plenty of churches on the Aventine, the most notable being Santa Sabina. This basilica was built in the 5th century on the summit of the hill, on the site of the former house of the Roman martyr Sabina. The church was restored in 1936 to its original appearance. The interior of the church resembles that of a Roman basilica and contains three naves. Of note is the 5th century wooden door in the narthex, which contains panels with carvings that depict scenes from the bible.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Giardino degli Aranci
Walk up to the Orange Garden and admire one of the most wonderful views over Rome from the Terra and see how St. Peter's Dome dominates the city
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Il Buco della Serratura
Then, you will move to the famous keyhole which, the St. Peter's Basilica can bee seen from this tiny hole but, the most lovely view of this, is the St. Peters Dome which is perfectly centered in the keyhole
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • All guests must have proper identification, including children
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.

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