Recreate the splendours of the ancient world from home with our virtual tour of the iconic Roman Forum
duration 1.5 hour
Embark on an unforgettable journey into ancient Rome with our expert guide and practising archaeologist Francesca on this virtual tour of the Roman Forum. If you’re like us and can’t wait to get travelling again, then join Francesca to follow in the virtual footsteps of the mighty emperors and great orators wrote themselves into history in the beating heart of the ancient city. Our live webinar will give you a complete picture of ancient Rome: marvel at the beautiful architecture of innumerable temples, get the inside story of the intrigues and assassinations that rocked antiquity, and discover why the Eternal City was the greatest metropolis in the ancient world - all from the comfort of your own home!
Buongiorno, my name is Francesca! I am a licensed tour guide in Rome and I have been working with Through Eternity Tours since 2012. I was born and raised in Rome and since I was little I have always had a passion for "ancient stuff". Growing up surrounded by so much beauty and history, I couldn't help but falling in love with my city - the Eternal City. That's why I chose to study archaeology at University, where I was lucky enough to take part in excavations of the Roman Forum. As an archaeologist, I specialize in Early Christian Archaeology and Iconography: catacombs, churches and chapels are right up my alley! "
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
If you cannot find a scheduled time for our virtual tours that work for you, please contact us directly and we would be delighted to set up a private virtual tour for you and your group.
As a sign of our gratitude to those who are on the front line fighting the Coronavirus, we would be more than happy to invite all first responders, health workers and NHS workers to join our Virtual Tours for free. Please message our office staff directly!
Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!
If you want to understand what Rome was like in antiquity, then you need to get to grips with the Roman Forum. The political heart of ancient Rome, history is alive in this complex labyrinth of temples, buildings and cobbled streets. Join our resident archaeologist Francesca on a journey of discovery back to the heyday of the bustling ancient metropolis, which incredibly reached a population of one million inhabitants in the first century AD.
On our virtual exploration of the Roman Forum, Francesca will help you piece together this fascinating puzzle of ruins. We'll start our journey with the earliest Roman settlements here in the bronze age, before tracing the Forum's story as it rose in importance to become the most significant meeting place in the ancient world. Learn about the Romans from all walks of life who lived and worked here; meet the politicians and orators who made their mark in the ancient senate, and learn about the dictators and emperors who forged the ancient world’s greatest empire.
Relive the intrigues of antiquity and learn how the city’s denizens bid an emotional farewell to the assassinated Julius Caesar as he burned on his funeral pyre in 44BC, plunging the empire into civil war. Learn too of Cicero, decapitated here in the bloody aftermath, executed as an enemy of the state with his hands, tongue and head nailed to the Rostrum as a warning.
You’ll also get the lowdown on the complex world of Rome’s pagan religions as we reconstruct magnificent temples like the Temple of Saturn. Learn about the privileged yet often tragic lives of the Vestal Virgins whose task it was to keep the city’s eternal flame forever lit, and discover the dark fate that awaited priestesses who broke their solemn vows of chastity.
As we continue our virtual stroll through the Forum, we’ll relive the triumphal parades that took place on the Via Sacra and decipher the carvings on the magnificent Arch of Titus, which vividly depict the brutal triumphs of the Roman Empire in Jerusalem - including the plundering of its priceless Temple, whose spoils paid for the Colosseum.
Thanks to videos and high-resolution photographs, virtual reconstructions and, above all, the expertise of our expert guide, we believe that our virtual tour of the Roman Forum is the next best thing to being there in person. So join Francesca today, and scratch that travel itch from the comfort of your own home!