Archaic Rome: the legend of Romulus and Remus
Romulus, Remus and the traditional seven kings of Rome.
A history that begins in the 7th century BC with a stunning foundation myth.
Archaeologists still find traces of this ancient period during excavations that extend far below enormous buildings.
Together, will cross the heart of the city of Rome, tracing out what remains of ancient huts, the oldest temples, bridges and defensive structures.
We will follow the ancient route of the first administrative boundary of the city, showing you what may be the only physical evidence of the foundation ritual carried out by the legendary Romulus. We will lead you through the mythologies of the regal period until the birth of the Republic of Rome.
- According to tradition, Rome was founded on April 21, 753 BC following the murder of Remus by his brother Romulus. The city was ruled for 244 years by seven kings, before the establishment of the Republic.
- In the sacred area of Sant'Omobono, not far from the Capitoline Hill, archaeologists uncovered material possibly dating back to the time of the founding of the city.
- Among the most important works commissioned by one of the oldest kings of Rome, Tarquinius Priscus, was the Cloaca Maxima, one of the oldest sewer pipes in the world.
Questions we will answer
- What are the various hypotheses on the origin of the name “Roma”?
- Why was the city called Roma quadrata (Rome ‘squared’)?
- What is hidden in the depths of the Capitoline Museums?
- What is the name of the “Quirinale” where the President of the Italian Republic now resides?
Duration: 3 hours
Pick up: Your preference
Departure time: Your preference
When: Daily (Monday to Sunday); Year round
Means of transport: Car with private driver
Languages: English, French, Italian
Suitable for children?Yes
Suitable for people with mobility issues? Yes
Walking distance: about 2 km
Extra not included in the ticket: Entrance admission to the archaeological sites (maximum 15 euro per person, to be arranged later via e-mail, according to needs and availability)