House of the Vestal Virgins (Casa delle Vestali) Tours
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Reopened to the public in 2011 after over 20 years of restoration work, the House of the Vestal Virgins (Casa delle Vestali) is among the most fascinating of Rome’s ancient ruins. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the 50-room complex stood next to the Temple of Vesta, and was home to the six high priestesses of the Cult of Vesta. The priestesses, virgins chosen from noble Roman families, were tasked with keeping the sacred flame - revered as a symbol of Rome’s eternal life - of the Temple of Vesta alight and each served up to 30 years.
Today, the sparse ruins merely hint at the once-lavish residence and mostly date back to 64AD, when it was rebuilt after a fire. Visitors can follow the ancient Via Nova from Palatine Hill to the Temple of Vesta, and view the remains of the large atrium, two-story portico and a series of statues the Vestales.
The House of the Vestal Virgins is located next to the Roman Forum in central Rome and is open daily from 8.30am until 1-hour before sunset. Admission is included in the entrance fee for the Colosseum and Roman Forum, starting from €16 for adults.
Address: Piazza Santa Maria Nova 53 and Largo della Salara Vecchia 5/6, Rome 00186, Italy
Hours: Open daily 8:30am-1hr before sunset
Admission: Adults: from €16; Children: from €4.00
2 Tours and Activities to Experience House of the Vestal Virgins (Casa delle Vestali)
This 6-hour private tour will enable you to see many of the city's highlights in one day. Your private guide Marco will be both formative and entertaining as you enjoy the Colosseum (including inside), the Roman Forum, the “Vittoriano”, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona, as well as the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Admission fees are included.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Explore three of the most important ancient Roman sites on this tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. See where Rome was founded, where legendary gladiatorial games took place, and the streets where Caesar walked.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are House of the Vestal Virgins (Casa delle Vestali) hours of operation?
House of the Vestal Virgins (Casa delle Vestali) hours of operation: Open daily 8:30am-1hr before sunset. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience House of the Vestal Virgins (Casa delle Vestali)?
The best ways to experience House of the Vestal Virgins (Casa delle Vestali) are:
- Rome in One Day with Marco incl. Colosseum, Vatican & Sistine Chapel
- Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
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