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Reviewed 9 April 2014

This is definitely a great way to spend a morning. Once again buy your ticket online and you sail straight through the crowds at the entrance. Very crowded at the beginning but because it is a large site crowds thin out during your walk. Although as my daughter remarked they are just stones there is so much history here that it is hard to take in.

The Italians I feel have not made the most of this site. There are a few signs here and there but really they could improve on this. I think some diagrams of how the buildings would have looked would also help the experience. Given the number of people visiting this site they could do more to make it interesting for people and provide information and signage. One example is that after two hours walking around with sore feet and thirsty we could not work out how to exit to go to the colosseum.

Given all this if you are into history then this is the place for you.

There is no where to buy drinks or food inside so it is a good idea to bring food with you and sit on the grass and have a picnic. We did not do this and wish that we had known . After two hours of walking it would have been great to just sit and grab some bread and cheese and ham and take it all in on the grass surrounded by the history.

Date of experience: April 2014
2  Thank zitatravel
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Amazing to see! Walking thru after the Colleseum was amazing. Kids enjoyed all to see and using their imaginations.

Date of experience: April 2014
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Well worth seeing the Forum, the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. Wear sensible shoes and take water to keep hydrated.

Date of experience: April 2014
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

You really can imagine living in ancient Rome the tours were excellent and the History you learnt was amazing

Date of experience: March 2014
Thank Fiona S
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

History buffs already know why Ancient Rome is a must-visit. This review — concentrating on the Roman Forum, adjacent Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum — is for the rest of us.

The Roman Forum was the seat of ancient Rome — where Ceasar ruled and the Senate deliberated. Palatine Hill was the posh neighborhood where the monied class lived. And the Colosseum hosted tournaments and gladiators and other assorted events.

First off, set your expectations: the Colosseum has been restored to a point of near-intactness. Palatine Hill includes parts of buildings that give you an idea of the structures in which rich Romans lived. The Roman Forum puts the ruin in ruins — what's there is mind-bogglingly historical, but it's in tatters.

Set your watches: giving all of these sites their due takes the better part of a day. Bring snacks and water.

Plan ahead: Ticket lines can be crazy long. Buy a ticket online, or visit the ticket booth at Palatine Hill, which tends to be shorter. A combined € 12 ticket provides access to all three sites for two days. (I'd also recommend the guided tour of the basement and third floor of the Colosseum for an extra € 9; it was totally worth it.)

Choose your adventure: These sites are outdoors and require walking and imagination. Folks with limited mobility might want to split their visit up into chunks. Kids might get cranky after an hour or so.

Skip this: Circus Maximus — the onetime venue for Roman chariot races — is a short walk away. These days, it's a very big grassy lot with next to nothing historical about it. Don't bother with it.

Date of experience: March 2014
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