Information is power - the Romans certainly thought so - and if you thought that MI5 or the CIA were modern inceptions, think again! Ancient Rome had its own version, and it was very efficient.
The 007's of the Roman Empire were given all manner of orders, such as assassinating the old Senate, upon appointment of a new Emperor
After prostitution, espionage is often cited as the 2nd oldest profession, and there is documented evidence that secret services existed across Europe during the reign of Elizabeth I - but this walking lecture takes you back to Ancient Rome, among the ruins of Imperial residences, prisons and temples dedicate to various gods.
This uniquely interesting educational walk offers insights into who were the real 'eyes' and 'ears' of Rome. During this fascinating eye-opening stroll you will discover the Roman aqueducts of Emperors Claudio and Nero, original ancient walls and arches and possibly chance to visit one of Rome's surviving Mithraea - these were ancient underground places of pagan worship and sacrifice - plus the location of the actual "MI5 buildings" of the period. We also include bottled mineral water from the exact same supply that the Secret Services (among others) would have drunk.
At the conclusion of your walk we leave you at a café - fashionable with today's hipster Romans - close to the Colosseum.
Comfy footwear is advised.
Starting and ending near the Colosseum.
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