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Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Audio Guide

Explore Ancient Rome's landmarks with an archaeologist in your ear
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Audio Guide Details
1 hour 30 minutes
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Audio Guide
Roman Forum
Preview Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Audio Guide
Starting point: in front of the Campidoglio staircase
Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius
Renaissance Senator Palace
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Audio Guide Description
  • Discover the stories behind the ruins as you explore two of Rome's most important landmarks on your own schedule
  • Hit play together and stroll the city or wander solo, but always with an expert in your ear as your personal guide

The Roman Forum is a treasure trove filled with triumphal arches, temples, and basilicas from Ancient Rome. On this self-paced audio guide tour with Context Travel expert Livia Galante – a PhD archaeologist and guide – you‘ll see these impressive sites from a whole new perspective, and learn about the history of the central marketplace where ancient Romans went about their daily business. 

Starting at Campidoglio, the square designed by Michelangelo, you‘ll enter the Forum and make your way to the Temple of Venus and Rome. There, you‘ll see the iconic Colosseum from a hidden spot that most tourists miss. You‘ll walk up Palatine Hill, one of the city’s founding sites, which goes all the way back to Emperor Romulus in 753 BC.  You‘ll see Flavian Palace and enjoy breathtaking views from Terrazza Belvedere del Palatino observation deck before making your way back to the Arch of Titus, where our audio tour ends.

On this 90-minute Roman Forum audio tour, you‘ll have a chance to:

• Hear the legend of the twins Romulus and Remus
• Spot several prominent arches, including the Arch of Titus and Septimius Severus Arch
• See the burial place of Giacomo Boni, an architect who scientifically surveyed the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill in the 1800s
• Stroll past several ancient temples and their remains, including the Temple of Castor and Pollux, Temple of Vesta, Temple of Minerva, and the Antoninus and Faustina Temple
• Gaze upon the still-impressive Basilica di Santa Francesca Romana and the site where Basilica Giulia once stood  
• Take in the remnants of aristocrats‘ and emperors‘ homes on Palatine Hill

By the end of this tour, you‘ll come away with a deeper knowledge of one of history‘s most pivotal empires and the many historical figures who once walked the streets of Rome.

Please Note: This tour doesn't include entry into the Forum and the starting point for this tour is at the foot of Capitoline Hill, in front of a set of large stairs called Campidoglio, leading up to a square. You can buy your tickets to enter the Forum online here.
Meet Your Expert

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic in sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

Does the audio guide include tickets to the Forum?
No, your purchase only includes the audio guide. Please book your entrance tickets directly from the venue here.

How do I access the audio guide and download it for offline use?
Once you complete your purchase, you will receive a voucher code for your Audio Guide. You must download the Voicemap app and enter the code. 
  1. Install VoiceMap from the Apple App Store or Google Play
  2. Create an account
  3. Select Tour Codes from the menu, then select Enter Codes
  4. Enter your Voucher Code
  5. Select Download Now
Is closed captioning (i.e. subtitles) available?
Yes! All of our audio guides have the option to turn on closed captioning should you have difficulty hearing the expert.

How long does each event last?
Our recorded audio guides typically run for 75 minutes.

How can I share this audio guide with friends or family?
You are welcome to listen together with friends or family, but each person listening to the guide on their own device will need to purchase the audio guide individually.

How long does my access to the audio guide last?
Once you purchase an audio guide, you are welcome to listen to it as many times as you would like. Your access to a purchased audio guide does not expire.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?
Sales for recorded audio guides are final upon purchase. Please contact us at digital@contexttravel.com if you have any questions or concerns about your purchase.

Can I purchase a gift card for a friend who is traveling?
Absolutely! Gift cards can be purchased here. Gift cards are good for 365 days from the date of purchase.

(4.33) 6 Reviews

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The tour was a good length, not too short, not too long. The descriptions were informative. The audio map was accurate. I highly recommend it.
When exploring ruins it can sometimes be hard to know the significance of what you're looking at. Columns everywhere, but why do they matter? Livia's audio guide did an exceptional job of telling the interesting stories behind them, most memorably for us the story of the Vestal Virgins who obtained power despite being in the highly patriarchal Roman society through their important role maintaining the eternal flame.
A bit more passion and effort to set the scene would have been helpful.