Churches and Monuments of Rome

A bit of history

Journey into the heart of Rome, and an exploration of main houses of worship and the most famous archaeological areas in the city, chosen for their artistic, historical and spiritual value. You will witness one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and enjoy the magnificent works of art and architecture of the Eternal City.

Centuries of history, and artistic and architectural masterpieces, will unfold as the surprising backdrop to your discovery: facilitated access to Coliseum, to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, and the "Experience" itinerary (an innovative multimedia tour) of the Mamertine Prison.

Coliseum

Built on the site of Nero's Lake below his extensive palace the Domus Aurea, and completed by Titus in AD 80, the Coliseum, also known as Amphitheatrum Flavium, was the largest arena of the ancient world used by the Romans for gladiatorial combats, and other spectacles until the 6th century. The Coliseum is definitely the most imposing monument of ancient Rome still standing today: in all its magnificence, its grand arches rise up and provide a glimpse of the Roman sky.

Palatine Hill and Roman Forum

This section of the Roman Forum marked the founding of Rome in the 8th century BC, and later was the chosen site for Augustus Caesar's official government centers. The Roman Forum was the center of Roman public life for over a millennium and the first political, religious and commercial nucleus in the city. Although the area is no larger than a city square, it has been fundamentally important in the history of the world. Today, the museum is completely dedicated to the archaeological artifacts discovered on the Palatine Hill.

The Palatine was the first of the seven historic hills of Rome: here, according to tradition, Romulus founded the city, and many Roman emperors later built their palaces here. From this the beautiful panorama of the city can be seen.

St. Peter’s Prison

The Tullianum—the original name of the oldest prison in Rome—is the place where according to tradition, the Apostles Peter and Paul lived their last days before their martyrdom. It was a maximum-security prison for enemies of Rome awaiting execution. Situated at the foot of the Capitol Hill and in front of the Roman Forum, it was a clear symbol of the implacable justice of Rome. For this reason Peter and Paul, major figures of the Christian community, were brought to this prison. The site, preserved over the centuries by Christian piety, no longer strikes fear into those who visit, instead gives a sense of profound peace.. This tour will give you the unique opportunity to discover a place with ancient origins in an innovative way.

The visit

During this itinerary you will explore unforgettable places like the Coliseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Walking along, you will embrace the beauty and mystery hidden in the triumphal arches, in the colonnades, and the ancient facades of the Roman Forum, built between the first and the second century AD when the emperors conceived several monumental piazzas in their own names. The Prison of St. Peter was for centuries used by kings as a maximum security prison of the Roman state. This tour will give you the unique opportunity to discover a place with ancient origins in an innovative way.

The audio guide provided to you at the Roma Cristiana Meeting Points will allow you to discover the city at your own pace, enriching your experience with information on the history and art of the city, but it will also bring you closer to the life and experience of great men, important historical and religious figures. A journey back in time: as you walk, you will pass through varied eras, the signs and monuments of the uninterrupted Christian history and that of the Church, forever interwoven into daily life.

Our audio guides, with anecdotes and fun facts, offer the opportunity for a full immersion in the atmosphere of Rome– ancient, yet alive, and constantly changing. This archaeological area is the heart of the ancient city. Here you can witness an impressive layering of historical and artistic memories that reflect the life and development of ancient Rome.