Roman Forum, Rome

Now a major attraction for student groups covering History and Architecture, the Roman Forum starts near the Colosseum and continues all the way to Piazza Venezia.

It is a large and complicated site and with the state of the ruins groups need to do their research beforehand to get the best out of the visit. The Forum was the place where public meetings were held, important announcements made and where famous orators would speak and could be found in every city in the Roman Empire.

Rome itself had more than one forum but only the first forum was called Forum Romanum, or Roman Forum. Some of the major attractions to be explored are the Arch of Septimius Severus, The Rostra, where Mark Anthony delivered his speech after the assassination of Julius Caesar, plus there are also the brick remains of the Senate building, known as the Curia. Please contact FHT for tickets and prices.

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Piazza Navona

One of Rome's liveliest squares, with many outdoor cafes and restaurants, as well as fascinating ancient architecture in the form of churches and historic fountains, Piazza Navona should be visited on a walking tour if at all possible. The square was constructed on what was the former stadium, built by emperor Domitian in 86 AD. which has given the square its long oval shape. The stadium was eventually paved over in the 15th centu read more ...

Sistine Chapel

One of the main attractions within the Vatican for any Art and Design, History or R.E student group trips is the Sistine Chapel. It is located in the southwest corner of the old medieval part of the Apostolic Palace, in the very heart of the Vatican and contains, among other marvels, the famous frescos completed by Michaelangelo in 1512. Please note there are limited opening times and so please check with FHT for details before arrival.

Spanish Steps

The Scalinata di Spagna, or Spanish Steps, are an icon of Roman life and join the Piazza di Spagna with the church of Trinita dei Monti with its twin towers that dominate the skyline. The Spanish Steps are usually very crowded during the summer months, with tourists sitting, chatting, and taking a rest from visiting the designer shops that adorn the area. Please beware, however, that even though It may seem like a good place to eat a picni read more ...

St Peter's Basilica

One of the iconic symbols of your visit to Rome is the magnificent Saint Peter's Basilica, located within the walls of the Vatican, in  St Peters Square. Surprisingly, it is not the Pope's official ecclesiastical seat but  is his principal church, where most Papal ceremonies take place, due mainly to its size, proximity to the Papal residence and location within the City walls of the Vatican. Beneath the main altar th read more ...

The Colosseum

One of the most immediately recognizable historic buildings in the world and a "must see"  attraction for any student groups visiting Rome for History, Religious Studies or general culture. The Colosseum is located at the foot of Mussolini's Via dei Fori Imperiali, opposite the Colosseo Metro station and originally with about eighty entrances was designed to hold approximately 50,000 spectators. The Roman emperor Vespasi read more ...

The Pantheon

Located behind Piazza della Rotonda, The Pantheon is a marvellous example of ancient architecture, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 AD. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced dome.  It is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings and has been read more ...

The Vatican

Located right in the heart of Rome and yet a separate state in itself, the Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population, having been established in 1929. Home to the marvellous St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel and papal residence it is a magnet for any group visiting Rome and we can arranged guided walking tours if required. Please contact FHT for details.

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is the most famous and spectacular fountain in the city and one of the cities most popular tourist attractions.  It derives it's name from its position at the intersection of three roads (tre vie) and stands at the end of the Aqua Virgo, which is one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied fresh water to Rome since 19 B.C. The sea god Neptune dominates the scene in a chariot in the form of a shell. The c read more ...

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