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Arco di Costantino, Rome

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A triumphal arch located between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, Arco di Costantino uses a handful of major reliefs from former imperial monuments in its design. This created a stylistic contrast that depicts much of the city's history before the fourth century. The arch was erected in 315 AD and spans the Via Triumphalis, where the emperors of Rome entered the city in triumph. Put Arco di Costantino and other Rome attractions into our Rome online day trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We pass when we visit the Colosseum and the Roman forum, good, it's nice because it's well preserved must be 3 critical minutes on the history of this monument to go with (guide for example) to understand
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  • Available for free next to the Coliseum. Beautiful bow, but too bad we can't go under because it is ringed with barrier.
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  • A visit to the Coliseum has come into view. This is a quite splendid triumphal. The Colosseum seem to take pictures and I got a nice picture.
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  • If you visit Rome, obviously you are gonna visit Colosseo. And if you visit Colosseo you should walk through the Arch of Costantine the Great who is considered to the Roman emperor the influenced the modern civilization more than any other Roman emperor.
  • A testament to the dwindling power and prestige of the Roman Empire as it was built of an assemblage of various older monuments and it marks a schism with the classical ideal. The arch has three gates. It was built by Constantine to commemorate his victory of Maxentius in the battle of Milvian bridge in 312CE. The decoration is well preserved and represents Roman mythological figures and images of previous emperors whose heads were replaced by that of the unattractive and monstrous Constantine.
  • I visited the Arch of Constantine with friends . We are in Rome for their annual rugby trip in the RBS 6 Nations series and chose the Italy v. Wales match for 2017 and also to visit my daughter. Our group of eight had booked the three hour Imperial Rome tour and this was my first outing on a Segway! I was soon hooked by this amazing piece of engineering thanks to some careful instructions and practice under the expert guidance of our guide. The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch located near the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. We skirted around this impressive sight on our Segways after visiting the awesome Colosseum which obviously we were separated and missed the guide boring intro. It featured among the many iconic sights we visited during our memorable tour which also included the Circus Maximus, Orange and Rose Garden, Palantine Hill, Roman Forum, Santa Maria's Church and it's Bocca della Verita wall sculpture and Trajan's Column.  We had a very experienced guide leading our group on his Segway and he shared with us his knowledge on the illustrious history of this beautiful arch. He used a wireless audio system to enable us to hear his commentary through our headphones and he explained that this fine arch was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine 1's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD. It was dedicated in 315 AD and is among the largest triumphal arches in Rome. He further explained that it spans the Via Triumphalis being the route taken by triumphant Emperors as they entered the city in victorious triumph. It's size is an indication of it's significance at 21 meters high, nearly 26 meters wide and nearly 7.5 meters deep. It has three archways, the central one being 11.5 meters high and 6.5 meters wide and the lateral archways nearly 7.5 meters by 3.5 meters each. There is apparently an attic placed above the archways and there's an internal staircase within the structure. This beautiful arch is well worth visiting but can easily be overlooked by the much larger Colosseum nearby. Even so, it's popular with visitors and even though this was my third visit to Rome it was my first around it's famous sights on a Segway! Some may consider the three hour tour expensive at 75 Euros per person. It is however well organised and planned and takes the visitor to see some of Rome's most impressive sights and all from the comfort of a Segway!
  • Impressive monument raised to honour Constantine's victory over Maxentius. It's particularly interesting to see all it's various components in detail, keeping in mind that many of them were taken from other different monuments built by previous emperors.
  • Beautiful arch. Very quiet and empty at night - would recommend a stroll down there after the crowds go away

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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