Arch of Constantine – Rome’s most modest monument

Just by the Colosseum, our Original Rome Walk tour meets right here at the Arch of Constantine!

‘Caput Mundi’ is  Latin for ‘Capital of the World’, which the Romans not-so-modestly called their beloved city. It was however quite an apt nomination for Rome, being that the Romans did rule over the ancient world to include much of Europe’s south, as well as Northern African and Southwest Asian regions. Starting from the 2nd Century BC, the Romans even had their own ‘house in the Hamptons’ – being Constantinople, which Roman Emperor Constantine founded in 330AD, itself becoming one of the most important cities in the world due its favourable position for trading.

But back home in Rome, Constantine I erected a great monument, the Arch of Constantine (or, Arco di Costantino) to celebrate his victory against rival emperor Maxentius.

The two had fought at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312, with Constantine winning to claim his place as  definitive Emperor. The battle was so named after the Milvian Bridge, which crosses Rome’s Tiber river. It was in this very river that Maxentius is said to have drowned.

The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch that stands some 21 meters tall and around 29 meters wide. With three archways, and an internal ‘attic’ one could (in theory at least) climb to the top of the arch via an internal staircase and entre inside this marvellous monument in Rome.

In what was possibly one of the world’s most spectacular use of recycling, some historians believe that parts of this great site to see in Rome was constructed from older monuments.

The Arch of Constantine is positioned just next to  Rome’s Coliseum.

After a victory, triumphant emperors would entre Rome via the aptly-named Via Triumphalis, which the arch enters onto. The procession would then visit many other great sites to see in Rome, such as Via Sacra, the Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, Arch of Septimus Severus and many more must-visit places in Rome.

If you’d like to learn more about the Arch of Constantine, and many more Rome highlights, we have a 3-hour Original Rome Walk guided city tour with an expert Rome guide.

The Arch of Constantine is the meeting point for our guided Rome tour. We then visit a great number of must-see sites in Rome on this wonderful Rome city walk tour with an expert Rome tour guide. Sites visited include the Coliseum, Arch of Constantine, Via Sacra, Arch of Titus, Roman Forum, Arch of Septimus Severus, Mamertine Prison, Capitoline Hill, 2nd century Roman Houses, Victor Emmanuel II Memorial, Trevi Fountain, Temple of Hadrian, Piazza Sant’Ignazio, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona (Fountain of the Quattro Fiumi).

To explore Rome’s amazing historical city centre packed with great historical must-see sites such as The Coliseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican and much more, we have small-group Rome guided tours with a great tour guide, and guided small-group, skip-the-line tour of the Vatican where you can see more classic artworks in the Vatican Museum with a great tour guide. To see the sites of Venice with a great tour guide, we have 4 great Venice tours added into one unique Venice tours discount package.

For a guided city walk of Florence, we have the Original Florence Walk, a great guided tour of Florence with an expert tour guide, including visits to two of Florence’s oldest buildings, and tells fascinating stories about their amazing history. Many other must-see sights in Florence are also covered in this guided city walk tour.

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2 Responses to Arch of Constantine – Rome’s most modest monument

  1. Joe & Sandy Wilhoit says:

    Hello:We are back home and settled down,and would like to thank you for the great private tour you gave us Wed Oct 14 in Rome. It was a perfect day with a great lunch to top it off.We were able to see so many sights and learn so much from you we felt it was well worth our time & money. Forgot to mention that the tour next day in Pisa & Florence was exceptionally good. He also was very knowledgeable and well mannered, helpful; and spoke good english. Took us to lunch nice little place it also was a great day. I informed our Travel agent what a very good job you did. When we return to Rome we will definately call you to help us around. Thanks again!Sincerely Joe & Sandy Wilhoit

  2. Pamila says:

    Hello. Great job.

    Ofcourse, what a great site and informative posts.

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    Cheers!