The Colosseum and Roman Forum
For history buffs a visit to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum is a must. It is impossible not to marvel at these structures and imagine what it was like to walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Marc Anthony or Marcus Aurelius.
Throughout the world, the image of Colosseum is synonymous with the Roman Empire and regarded as one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time (and possibly of all time). To truly appreciate the magnificence of the imposing Colosseum, inaugurated in AD 80, and to learn about the politics of the amphitheatre and the gladiatorial contests, races and mock naval battles hosted here, a guided tour is recommended.
A gentle stroll around the remains of the Roman Forum, the religious, political and commercial centre of Ancient Rome, is like stepping back in time. There is a wealth of museums, containing sculptures and art treasures excavated from the site; and the remains of a Roman civilisation - temples, villas, parliament houses and a chariot racing circuit. For a view over the Forum, then a climb up Capitoline Hill is a must.