Roman Forums Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour
1 hour -
Discover the mesmerising forums in Rome, a key spot that was once the political, cultural and religious heart of one of the greatest Empires in human history.
Learn about the lifespan of the Roman Empire, from its origins in the 8th century B.C., the rise of a republic, the transformation during the reign of Julius Caesar and Augustus, its expansion across Europe as an Empire, the spread of Christianity and finally the Empire’s eventual fall.
Walk through the Arch of Titus, explore the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, wander around the temples of Romulus, Saturn and Vesta, then admire the views of Palatine Hill.
Explore the forum and discover brilliant basilicas, towering temples and ancient arches, the perfect walk for any historical trip to Rome!
Begin the tour next to the Arch of Titus, an ancient relic covered in art that are thousands of years old. Learn about the origins of Rome with the story of Romulus and Remus, two brothers who had been suckled and raised by a she wolf, decided to build a city on the glorious hills by the river Tiber.
Visit the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine. While Basilicas may have had religious elements to them, they weren’t temples and were actually mostly political and economic spaces.
Stop by the Temple of Romulus. After Constantine converted the empire to Christianity around the 320’s AD, some old Roman buildings and temples became churches. This Temple of Romulus was dedicated to Cosmas and Damien.
This stretch of the Via Sacra was also the route victorious generals would take on their Triumphal returns after glorious conquest. This area would have been a bustling, brilliant space, where the smells of all manner of wondrous goods from across the empire could have been scented.
The Arch of Severus was built to honour Emperor Severus’ victory against the Parthians, now in the modern-day Middle East. Severus was the first Roman emperor who came from Africa and he may have also been Rome’s first black emperor. He certainly spoke multiple languages and took African troops with him on campaigns, as far north as Scotland.
Head to the Julia Basilica, a structure that started with Caesar in the 1st century BC but it was burned down and rebuilt multiple times. Hear the famous story of Julius Caesar’s assasination at the hands of Brutus.
Visit the Temple of Vesta, composed of Greek elements of architecture, like the Corinthian columns and marble. Vesta was a patron goddess of health and a building in this spot would have been in the Forum from the early days of the republic. If her flame went out, it was believed that Vesta had revoked her protection and the city would become vulnerable.
Finish the tour overlooking Palatine Hill and take in the view of all the spots we have visited today with the modern city of Rome in all its glory sitting behind.
The Vidi Guides experience is enriched with on-screen photos and videos. We also point out where to take the perfect Instagram photos during the tour, and include recommendations for food, drinks, and local attractions. Don't worry, none of our recommendations are sponsored - they are simply favourites of the locals who helped craft the experience.
Vidi Guides creates immersive audio experiences that are like podcasts. This is a self-guided audio tour that can be started or stopped at your own convenience. Download the Vidi Guides app & your tour to explore the area independently and safely! Make sure to download your tour before your visit to streamline your trip!
Points of interest
- Arch of Titus, Via Sacra, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
- Basilica of Maxentius, Clivo di Venere Felice, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
- Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
- Septimius Severus Arch, Via dell'Arco di Settimio, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
- Basilica Julia, Foro Romano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
- Temple of Vesta, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
- Palatine Hill, Via Sacra, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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