Day Tour

Building Rome: the Evolution of the Cityscape (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Rome, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 02 Mar 2019

Building Rome: the Evolution of the Cityscape (3 Hours )

Rome, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



Rome wasn't built in a day - its architecture is a constantly evolving and dynamic aspect of city life, with an illustrious past and exciting future. Edifices dating back millennium can flank those just erected months ago and many churches and civic buildings showcase at least two layers of visible history.

This walk is a broad exploration of the architecture of Rome, how it has shaped and has been shaped by the political, religious and social events of various eras. Churches, mausoleums, ancient temples, modern shopping centers and Renaissance palazzos are all concentrated in the historical center of Rome, sometimes layered one on top of the other creating a patchwork of styles and centuries.The walk starts at the newest addition to the city landscape, the revamped Ara Pacis museum designed by American architect Richard Meier. This stark white and glass building is a controversial addition to the Piazza del Augusto Imperatore which also houses the Mausoleum of Emperor Augustus and a building cycle commissioned by Mussolini in the 1930s. We will then circle the Palazzo Borghese, a Renaissance palace once owned by the noble Borghese family, which was initially a series of separate buildings later consolidated together by the powerful family.

We will meander through the narrow streets of the Campo Marzio area, the ancient training ground for the Roman army. Here we may stop along the way to observe the remnants of an ancient sundial, or pass by the Galleria Colonna, which now houses a very sleek shopping center. We will then explore the Pantheon, the marvel of engineering and architecture that has mesmerized visitors to Rome since ancient times. The itinerary ends at the Trevi Fountain, sourced by an ancient aqueduct. Here we will discuss the theatrical fountain, its history and ingenious use of urban space.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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By: Joe C

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.
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By: MJ

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
Travel Advisor:  Donna Peacock
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By: Shari

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington