- Roman Forum
- Palatine Hill
- 4 hours with a PhD or MA-level Guide
- Skip-the-line tickets
If you're traveling with children under the age of 12, we highly recommend our family-oriented Ancient Rome Discovery, which concentrates primarily on the Colosseum (though it's possible to add the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill). Or, to continue your immersion in the Roman Empire, our Caesar and Empire tour is a perfect complement to Roma Antica, picking up the storyline at the assassination of Julius Caesar. Interested in viewing other historic sites in and around Rome? See our Underground Rome Tour or Ostia Antica Archaeology excursion, as well as the Appian Way excursion.
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Francesca is an art historian with a master degree in art from the Sapienza University of Rome. She specialized in the art and culture of the Baroque period and in decorative arts, subjects on which she has published several essays. Her publications include a book on the Holy Years in Rome in the 17th century, a book on cameos engravers in Rome in the 19th century, and a book on Baroque silver and silversmiths. She is a licensed guide since 2001 and leads itineraries all over Rome, a city she truly loves. She is also an officilal guide of the Vatican Museums and Vatican City. She lives in Rome with her husband and three daughters.
Jose brings an unusual combination of theoretical knowledge and practice to his walks, which he has led in Philadelphia and in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in Rome, Naples, and Florence. A professional fine artist with an art studio in Rome near the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva and graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, Jose knows how to read the almost forgotten languages of Greek and Roman mythology embedded in the art and architecture of Rome. His studies of Plato's dialogue, TIMAEUS, for example, open up dimensions of Raphael's School of Athens fresco and of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes otherwise unsuspected by visitors to these two sites. In addition, his own native Cuban background and master's degree in Spanish literature from the University of Delaware in Newark give his walks a Spanish flair and sense of humor that can be most welcome elements. Jose also studied fresco painting, history, and restoration at the Spinelli Institute of Art and Art Restoration, in Florence, but his St. John's College "Great Books" education earned him a rich 20-year-plus teaching career at the University of Miami, first in the English Department (specializing in Composition), followed by art history and freehand drawing in the School of Architecture. During the summers, this docent has taught "plein-air" drawing for the Rome Art Program directed by artist Carole Robb. Jose holds the official Italian tour guide license for Italy, issued in Rome (Province of Lazio) in 2017.
Alessandro is an archaeologist and art historian, and studied Greek and Roman archaeology with Mario Torelli and Filippo Coarelli. He has published his undergraduate thesis on Greek Works of Art in the Age of Augustus, his Ph.D. thesis on Hellenistic Sculpture, as well as a number of articles on Greek and Roman art. An expert in cultures and civilizations of the Mediterranean, Alessandro has traveled from Morocco to Iran, participated in excavation programs in southern Italy and Greece, and lived in Athens for a long period. He has collaborated with travel magazines, published a guide book on the Greek Islands. A book of photos and short proses was recently published with the title Aura. Voyage to Italy. He gives tours in Umbria, Rome, and other parts of Italy, he lectures for public and private associations. He also teaches archaeology and art history in American and Canadian universities in Rome, Tuscany, and Perugia. He has three children, Sofia, Dario, and Dafne.
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