Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew out of a small agricultural community, founded on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 10th century BC. Located along the Mediterranean Sea, and centered at the city of Rome, it became one of the largest empires in the ancient world. Remains of this great empire can still be seen today; all the way from the Mediterranean coastlne of Africa to the northern parts of England..

Below is a descriptive index of the sites and destinations of Ancient Rome provided so far by Worldsiteguides.com. Please note this list is far from comprehensive; more great sites are getting added each month! You can also view these sites on our interactive map by checking out our Ancient Rome map!

Ancient Rome resources

Castel Sant’Angelo history The beautiful Castel Sant’Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, has a fascinating history. The latter name derives from its founder; the roman emperor…

Column of Marcus Aurelius history This monument was raised to honor the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Marcus Aurelius was the emperor during a time when the northern provinces…

Theatre of Marcellus history The history of this open-air theatre dates back to the closing years of the Roman Republic. The planning for a new, massive theatre began…

Colosseum history The Colosseum was built by Emperor Verpasian, the founder of the Flavian Dynasty. The Colosseum was actually originally called “the Flavian Amphitheatre”. The construction started in…

Circus of Maxentius history This grand arena, located next to the Appian Way, was built during the early 4th century during the reign of the Roman Emperor Maxentius. The…

Roman Forum history The history of the Roman Forum dates back thousands of years. According to tradition, the birth of the Roman Forum is closely linked to the…

Pyramid of Cestius history The massive monument that is Pyramid of Cestius has a rich history. The pyramid was built on request by Gaius Cestius Epulo; a rich…

Catacombs of San Callisto history The history of the Catacombs of San Callisto dates back almost 2000 years. The original catacombs are believed to have been a private…

Catacombs of San Sebastiano history Exactly when the Catacombs of San Sebastiano were constructed is difficult to say. What the historians do know is that the catacombs were…

Basilica of St. John Lateran history The Basilica of St. John Lateran has an impressive history. In ancient Roman times, this site was occupied by a mansion belonging…

Tomb of Caecilia Metella history The great tomb is believed to have been built for a woman named Cecilia Metella.  She was the daughter of a consul of…

Appian Way history Of all the roads that led to Rome, the Appian Way was the most famous and the most strategically important road in ancient Rome. It…

Panthéon history The Panthéon was constructed after King Louis XV vowed that he would build a new grand basilica if he recovered from an illness he suffered from.…