I knew that since I’ve been studying Ancient Rome for the last three years at university that I wanted to pack in as much as I could during my eighteen days in Italy, because it will probably be a while before I visit there again.
The majority of my stay was spent in Rome with day trips to Ancient Ostia, Tivoli, Pompeii and Florence. There is so much to do and see there that the eighteen days flew by much faster than I wanted. I booked nine tours with the company Rome and Italy, and even though I was exhausted from the heat and sometimes got a bit cranky, I loved every single one of them. Here’s a list of the tours I went on:
- Roman Forum and Colosseum
- Ancient Ostia
- Baths of Caracalla
- Villa of the Quintilii
- Villa Adriana (in Tivoli, close to Rome)
- Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
- Appian Way (opted out of a tour guide for this one), and
- Castel Sant’Angelo
This post will focus on how I got around these ancient sites and on my first two tours of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum and of Ancient Ostia.