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Rome - The Mausoleum of Augustus and the Ara Pacis

The Mausoleum of Augustus and the Ara Pacis

(26 reviews)
Roma, Rome, Italy
45 mins

About the tour

After a long restoration project, the mausoleum of Augustus will reopen in spring (in May). For the first time, even the inhabitants of Rome will be thrilled to see to the thumb of the first Roman emperor called Octavian Augustus. After the visit to the Mausoleum, we will then walk to the incredible marble altar called Ara Pacis where we will learn more about the story of the Giulia family “gens Julia”. The altar is now preserved inside of a contemporary building designed by an American architect called Richard Meyer! We will travel back in time to discover the ancient and contemporary architecture of Rome. Disclaimer: The guide won't be able to enter the Mausoleum of Augustus due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Meet your local guide


Sara is a roman native, traveller, dreamer, addicted to painting and fascinated by all expressions of art. She is a licensed tour guide of Rome and the Vatican, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish and at school also learnt some German! Not only does Sara love languages but foreign cultures and traditions too. She graduated with a degree in foreign languages at the "Roma Tre" University and after finishing she started to travel to many countries to improve her knowledge, accent and professional skills. She loves her career as a guide and finds it incredibly interesting. She has worked for several cruise tour operators such as royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity cruises, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Riviera. In 2011 she embarked on a new and exciting experience guiding students in cooperation with Palazzi-Florence association for International Education and EF students. Sara knows her city like the back of her hand and can't wait to show you around!

Sara has been guiding since Mar 2002

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Rome with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Rome. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Didie W.

07 March 2021

I have been to Rome many times. My last three visits had been planned in the vain hope that the Mausoleum of Augustus would be finally be open. Now I find myself in the position of the Mausoleum being open and not being able to travel to see it. Frustration at the situation is an understatement. However Sara provided the next best thing - a walk round the Mausoleum with a look at the interesting information boards, a chat about the Campus Martius - an area of Rome I always find strangely compelling and a visit to the Ara Pacis , which I was delighted to see again. It was also really interesting to learn that the architect for the building housing the Ara Pacis was the same man designed the Getty Centre in Los Angeles which is a truly spectacular building. Now I know I can see the similarity in the clean designs of both buildings. All-in-all, a most interesting tour which I can highly recommend.

Claire M.

07 March 2021

Another fantastic trip I booked a day of work just for this tour another place I must visit next time I am in Rome this trips are just amazing thinking that I won't be able to see Rome for ages and then visiting multiple times in a week

Sharon G.

07 March 2021


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Chrissy M.

04 March 2021

It was amazing to see the Ara Pacis inside the museum. Great Tour. Will watch again

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