Private Guided Tour of “Lutetia”, the Ancient Paris : History
The earliest archaeological signs of permanent settlements in the Paris area date back to 4200 BC.
Later on, the Parisii, a Celtic tribe, inhabited the area near the Seine river from around 250 BC.
The Romans conquered the Paris basin in 52 BC, with a permanent settlement by the end of the same century on the left bank of the Seine River, on the Sainte Geneviève hill and the Île de la Cité (island). The Gallo-Roman town was originally called Lutetia, or Lutetia Parisorum but later Gallicised to Lutèce. Located at the crossroads of different trade routes, it expanded greatly over the following centuries, becoming a prosperous city with a forum, palaces, baths, temples, theatres, and an amphitheatre.
The collapse of the Roman empire and the fights against Germanic invasions (5th-century) lead the city to a period of decline. By AD 400, Lutèce, largely abandoned by its inhabitants, was no little more than a garrison town entrenched into a hastily fortified central island.
The city reclaimed its original appellation of “Paris” towards the end of the Roman occupation.
Private Guided Tour of “Lutetia”, the Ancient Paris : take the Tour
In Roman times, Lugdnum (Lyon) was the capital of the Province. Lutetia (Paris), was a simple Gallo-Roman city. However, it was doted with prestigious buildings, still visible today. Your Private Tour takes you on a 5 centuries long trip through the history of Ancient Paris…
Your Private Guide takes you to the Arena, the Forum (at the crossroads of Soufflot and Saint Jacques streets), then to the thermal baths of Cluny and to some other relics in the Latin Quarter. Finally, if you wish, your Private Tour can end with the visit of the Crypt of the Notre-Dame Cathedral…
Private Guided Tour of “Lutetia”, the Ancient Paris : details
Relax! Your Private Guided Tour is entirely custom-tailored : depending on your requests, we adapt to your wishes, we visit at your own pace, you skip the line and have priority access to Parisian monuments.
You are accompanied by an independent local professional guide / or specialist, selected based on his / her interest in History and Parisian habits.
Private Guided Tour of “Lutetia”, the Ancient Paris : book now
Each Private Guided Tour is custom-tailored and different : prices start at 259€ per group (up to 4 persons).
Please contact us for booking your Private Guided Tour of “Lutetia”, the Ancient Paris…
…or to offer it to a friend !