Gallery – Imperial Rome

When in Rome, do as the Imperial Romans…

Whether it’s your first time in Rome or you’re a returning visitor it’s impossible not to be blown away by the Imperial Roman sites.

Stepping back in time at the Forum and the Colosseum is mind-blowing such is the scale and size of these ruins.

There are so many outstanding remains that it’s well worth spending plenty of time visiting them at length rather than racing around the main tourist trawl.

Rome’s huge amphitheatre was commissioned by the Emperor Vespasian in AD72 for gladiatorial combats and animal fights.

Top travel tips: Avoid the crowds and ‘snake oil’ guides at the Colosseum by visiting after 17:30 when it’s quieter and the lighting is beautiful. The Colosseum stays open till sunset but you need to arrive by 18:00 to get your ticket.

The Forum is very spread-out across a large area and there are plenty of quieter places away from the crowds. My favourite is the Palatine Hills – which is included in the Forum entry ticket – behind the main site. It’s worth the walk up the hill to savour the impressive House of Livia, Domus Augustana, the Stadium and the Domus Flavia.

There are many quieter Roman sites worth a visit in Rome which are hugely impressive including the monumental Caracalla’s Baths (near Circus Maximus) and the Via Appia road (near the Catacombs). Also, look out for Trajan’s Market and Marcello’s Theatre close to the main Forum sites – the latter also hosts summer concerts.

Here’s a selection of photos taken from my recent trip.

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