The tour of the Roman Houses under Palazzo Valentini makes ancient ruins much easier to understand than does walking the Forum Romanum with guidebook in hand. Through the wonders of modern technology, a "light show" fills in what's missing from the houses of ancient Roman aristocrats. The floors are clear glass, so the visitor isn't walking on the ruins, but above them. Lighting completes areas missing from mosaic floors and wall frescoes, even adding water to the bath complexes. One English tour per day is offered, and booking ahead is required. If you cannot get a ticket before leaving for Rome, ask your hotelier to check for you. It's worth the effort. A small cafe and bathrooms are in the couryard next to the museum entrance.
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