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Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome

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    Stop At: Circus Maximus, Via del Circo Massimo Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo, 00153 Rome Italy

    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

    Stop At: Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 52, 00153 Rome Italy

    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

    Stop At: Colle Aventino, Rome Italy

    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

    Stop At: Basilica di Santa Sabina, Piazza Pietro d'Illiria 1, 00153 Rome Italy

    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

    Stop At: Giardino degli Aranci, Piazza Pietro D'Illiria Above Circus Maximus, 00153 Rome Italy

    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

    Stop At: Il Buco della Serratura, Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 4 parte del parco dei Cavalieri di Malta, Rome Italy

    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
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Via del Circo Massimo, 79, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Via di Santa Sabina, 23, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • 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
    • Entry/Admission - Terme di Caracalla
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    Additional Info
    • 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 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
    • 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.
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    My husband and I had a tour of this main attraction along with the aventine hill and the Caracalla baths. Our guide - name escapes me - was very knowledgeable about ancient Roman history and the history of Italy and answered all our questions quite happily. The only thing I
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    Response from MeaTours, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome
    Responded 13 Oct 2018
    Dear Customer, Thank you so much for booking your experience with us and for taking time to leave your feedback about your tour. Hope seeing you again for your next holidays in the Eternal City. Thank you Best Regards MeaTours staff
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    This Tour - Circus Maximus, Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill (Viator Code: 30495P23) was taken on June 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Our tour guide was Mirta Z. from Mea Tours. To my surprise our group consisted of 2 persons only. For some unknown reasons this Tour is not popular.
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    Response from MeaTours, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome
    Responded 13 Oct 2018
    Dear Customer, Thank you so much for booking your experience with us and for taking time to leave your feedback about your tour. Hope seeing you again for your next holidays in the Eternal City. Thank you Best Regards MeaTours staff
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    Sabine Ruhe is an extremely nice person, very knowledgeable and able to have an interesting discussion. I would have liked to have her as a guide on the other (non-guided) tours in Rome.
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