Julius Caesar's Rome: Private Walking Tour
Explore the Rome of Julius Caesar, born to an impoverished aristocratic family in the ‘suburban’ with zero political ambitions, Julius Caesar was not expected to become a consul of Rome let alone its sole dictator in perpetuity, and one of the most famous and influential men in history. On your private tour you will:
- Enjoy the personal attention of your private guide.
- Begin at the mighty Circus Maximus, where Caesar will have come to watch the races, famous for being the largest stadium for chariot racing in the world, with marble seating for over 250,000 spectators. Learn all about this popular, and highly dangerous sport.
- Admire the stunning views of the ancient palaces of the Palatine cascading down the hill.
- Hear all about the importance of the public games for the smooth running of society: ‘give them bread and circuses!
- Learn all about the early life of Julius Caesar and his unlikely, stratospheric political and military rise to power.
- Wander down the hill towards the River Tiber and look over the bridge to Trastevere where Julius Caesar had a villa and where he housed Cleopatra.
- Head to Teatro Marcellus, an ancient open-air amphitheatre for gladiatorial combat that pre-dates the Colosseum by 80 years.
- See the ruins of the ancient fish market and the Portico d’Ottavia: the building of which was begun by Julius, and completed by his adopted son Octavian - better known as Caesar Augustus, who dedicated it to his sister, Octavia.
- Head towards the centre of governance in Ancient Rome, the Capitoline Hill. Now a beautiful square designed by Michelangelo, the offices of the Mayor of Rome were built onto part of the ancient law-making building. As you walk behind, be wowed by the spectacular view overlooking the ruins of the Roman Forum, the cradle of the gods and of ancient civilization, and at the far end, the Colosseum.
- Hear about the founding stories of Rome and the role of the various basilicas and temples as your guide shows you reconstructions of them – see the buildings were begun by Caesar including the temple to Venus, and the Curia, and his spy humble resting place in the centre of the Forum.
- Learn about daily Roman life under Caesar and the structure of power and politics of ancient Rome, that has echoed down the centuries, its symbolism can be found in almost all Western Democracies from the Senate and Capitol Hill in Washington to the Napoleonic architecture of Paris.
- Learn about Caesar’s building projects that were continued by his adopted son Octavian, as you walk down the hill of the Capitoline and peer into the forum of Augustus, where you’ll see the ruins of the school rooms and money-counting houses and covered walkways.
- Across the Fori Imperiali (built by Mussolini) you’ll see the ruins of Trajan’s Forum and the firewall built to protect the forum and the suburban from fire.
- Wander through the ruins to see some of the Suburra where Caesar was born and raised, now a trendy neighbourhood called Monti.
- Walk back through Piazza Venezia, through the picturesque Jewish Ghetto toward the spectacular ruins at Largo Argentina in the centre of Rome, where Caesar’s life came to a brutal end!
- End your tour here with the dramatic story of Caesar’s assassination, on those very steps! Stabbed 23 times by his enemies so the blame was shared; including his trusted friend, Brutus, the mighty Julius Caesar was finally toppled. ‘Beware the ides of March.
From the slum neighbourhood of his birth to the place where he met his grisly end, the city, empire and culture of Rome owe much to Julius Caesar. With your private guide, gain an insight into the dominance Caesar enjoyed as Consul of Rome. Learn all about Julius Caesar’s upbringing, private life (he was very much a lady’s man) and his military prowess that led to the Triumvirate with Pompey and Crassus – the betrayals and power play, and finally the crossing of the Rubicon.
Julius Caesar was very much the people’s politician. He was loved by the people who considered him ‘one of them’. This popularity may be led to his hubris and downfall. Rome’s motto is SPQR (Senatus et Populusque Romanus) meaning the Senate and the People of Rome. Julius had the will of the people but arrogantly stopped consulting the senate. This cost him dearly, and on the ides of March 44 BC, he was assassinated, stabbed 23 times on the steps leading to the temporary senate-house, at Largo Argentina.
An astute politician and brilliant military strategist Caesar powered Rome into expansion, decisively defeating enemies and winning the hearts and minds of the common people. Each successful war assured him of the undying loyalty of his soldiers, who followed him into battle after battle. His life and death, are the stories of legends with unions that include a love affair with Cleopatra. The contributions he made have echoed through history - including the introduction of the Julian Calendar in Rome, setting the year at 365.25 days, divided into 12 months.
Your Tour of Julius Caesar’s Rome will delve into the archaeological roots of the city to follow in his footsteps. Discover Caesar’s place of birth in 100BCE - Suburra, a down and out area where the trendy area of Monti now stands, and end your tour where his life ended in brutal fashion on the steps of the theatre of Pompey at Largo Argentina.