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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

Skip the entrance line at the Colosseum so you won’t waste any time getting inside to marvel at this Roman icon. On this walking tour of Ancient Rome, you’ll explore the amphitheater’s first and second levels with a guide, who entertains you with tales of gruesome gladiator battles. Then visit the Roman Forum to see its ancient ruins like the Temple of Julius Caesar. This tour is limited to 18 people. If you want to enhance your experience, upgrade to a tour of the Colosseum’s restricted underground chambers, arena and upper tier.
  • Skip the line outside the Colosseum with your priority-entrance ticket
  • Walk around the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, hearing its history from your guide
  • Explore the Roman Forum, seeing the House of the Vestal Virgins and walking along Via Sacre
  • Upgrade and gain access the Colosseum’s arena floor, underground chambers and third tier

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get the standard Colosseum experience with skip-the-line entry to the first two levels as well as the Forum.
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Professional guide
Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Headsets to hear your guide clearly
Small groups of 20 people or less
Short introduction to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Largo Gaetana Agnesi , Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Your guide coordinator will be waiting here wearing a blue City Wonders polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition.

Palatine Hill , Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Your Ancient Rome tour starts near Oppian Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, for a view of the Colosseum. Then walk down to the arena with your guide, and skip the main entrance line with your fast-track ticket. Inside, explore the Colosseum’s first and second tiers while listening to stories from your guide about the brutal events that were once held here, like executions and gory gladiator battles. As you stroll around the perimeter of the amphitheater, try to image the ancient crowd of up to 50,000 spectators who cheered as gladiators’ fates were decided by power-hungry emperors.

Next, exit the Colosseum and walk over to the Roman Forum, once the political heart of the city. Get an up-close view of ancient remains like the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Temple of Julius Caesar, and then walk up Palatine Hill for another perspective of the ruins, including Circus Maximus, where chariot races once took place. Your tour ends here, from where you can continue exploring on your own.

Optional upgrade to the Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier (3.5 hours)

For a more thorough exploration of the Colosseum, select the upgrade option when booking for a tour that includes access to the third tier, the arena floor and the underground chambers—sections of the Colosseum that are either newly opened or typically closed to the general public. You’ll see more than most visitors do.

Walk around the reconstructed floor of the arena, where the gladiators once dueled in bloody battles, and look down through the gaps into the underground chambers. Then make your way below ground to explore the chambers themselves, checking out pits where wild animals like tigers and lions were held, before heading up to the third tier for a panoramic view into the Colosseum and out to Palatine Hill. Your tour ends with a visit to the Roman Forum, as described in the standard tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Your journey into antiquity begins with the Colosseum, one of the world’s most iconic sights. Your guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to tell you all about the battles, both physical and political, that played out in this incredible amphitheater. You might be surprised to learn that ‘Gladiator’ didn’t get everything right and that feats of ancient engineering even allowed the Romans to re-enact naval battles here.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
The next stop takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy spectacular views overlooking your next destination: the Roman Forum.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
The Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, were the heart of Ancient Rome. All of Roman life could be found in this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins. In just three hours, you’ll experience all that allowed Rome to endure so long – staying immersed in history the entire time, without wasting a moment waiting in line.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • Italy’s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill .
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill .

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Traveler Tips


  • "Book early in the day if travelling in summer as the temperatures rise, and often little shade." See review
  • "be aware that it is very hot during the summer time, take lots of water." See review
  • "Highly recommended, and plan to stay in the Forum and Palatine Hill after the tour ends, so bring snacks and water!" See review

Reviews

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13,914 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Amazing - THE best tour of Ancient Rome!
Lucy_S
, May 2022
Giuseppe's guided tour of the Colesseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill was the highlight of our trip to Rome. We absolutely loved it and have been reading obsessively about Ancient Rome ever since! Thank you, Giuseppe, for such a fantastic day - your tour was perfect!
star-5
Just do it! So worth every penny.
Pamela_B
, May 2022
My beautiful photos won’t load. David was an exceptional tour guide. He was attentive, very well educated, spoke clearly and was just delightful. He made our tour fun, educational and enjoyable!
star-5
Highly recommended tour
rajesh_t
, May 2022
Our guide - first he asked us our names & then with his fantastic memory he correctly recites everyone’s name back together as a list! He was amusing and filled with history & archaeology. Definitely enhanced our experience of the core remnants of Ancient Rome.
star-4
Seeing Gate of Death and...
Robert_M
, May 2022
Seeing Gate of Death and the 2nd floor of the colloseo was amazing. Our tour guide Amil was fantastic.
star-5
First time to Italy and this is a must see tour!
cchiossi17
, May 2022
Giuseppe was a very friendly, engaging and informative tour guide. The length of the tour was perfect. The only thing I would recommend is to bring drinks and snacks with you as they are not available for purchase until the end of the tour and it can get quite hot walling around on the afternoon sun.
star-5
Our guide was fantastic...
Meera_M
, May 2022
Our guide was fantastic and full of stories and information. He did a great job explaining the history of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
star-4
Excellent tour. You will learn so much.
Claire_h
, May 2022
Great guided tour. Sabrina was very knowledgable and brought the trip to life. Quite a big group but absolutely would recommend to see the colosseum as part of a tour as you learn so much. Thank you.
star-5
The guide Giussepe was...
Mordechai_C
, May 2022
The guide Giussepe was Wonderfull very profesional, funny, inteligent and polite, of course I will recomend to do the tour
star-5
Worth every cent.
Nate_J
, May 2022
Skipping lines was great, and we had ample time on the Arena floor and second level to take pictures. Our guide Nikola was fantastic.
star-5
Amazing experience
Ryan_U
, May 2022
Great guide and amazing experience. We were very pleased with the great information and stories from the guide. It was incredible to see the monument in person!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour!
Christine_K
, May 2022
Make sure to bring a water bottle! Overall this was a very informative tour, just a lot of sun (even in May)!
star-3
Do a private tour instead
Katie_P
, May 2022
I had high expectations for this tour because of the other reviews. But there was just way too many people on the tour to even see anything, it was difficult to hear the tour guide through the radio and we’d stop in one spot for about 20 minutes which was just too much when there’s a lot to cover. I was bummed, I wish the groups had been a little smaller.
star-3
Not a great tour
David_W
, May 2022
The group size was not small. The guide was not very informative. Quite boring. We would have liked more history and a little bit about who were the gladiators and how they hit picked and more about Roman history n
star-5
Take the semi private option!
Steve_B
, May 2022
Eddy was an AMAZING guide and companion. His personal passion for archeology and his depth of knowledge added to the incredible journey.
star-5
Awesome tour!
Kelsey_J
, May 2022
Ricardo was amazing! Very knowledgeable! Would definitely recommend! Gave us all the info about all the sites!
star-5
Small group tour is the way to go!
kathryngeddie
, May 2022
Our guide was the best, embarrassed I can't recall her name; but she was organized, efficient and provided so much interesting information and history. She provided the right amount of time at each point and kept everyone engaged. So glad we were in a smaller group.
star-5
Not to be missed
Maureen_M
, May 2022
Terrific tour and tour guide was excellent. He was so knowledgeable. We were his third tour of the day (hot) and his energy and enthusiasm were unflagging.
star-5
Amazing history
Angela_P
, May 2022
What an amazing tour! Our tour guide Elizabetta was fantastic! You could really feel her passion for her cities rich history and it took us back like we were looking at it in real time. If he if you have never done this tour I highly recommend. She did have the whisper device so you did not have to crowd around her to hear everything she said clearly and learning about all of the craziness of Rome was so incredible. Palatine hill was a true showstopper for us , just seeing the large scale of all of the Roman ruins was breathtaking. Hearing about the history from such a knowledgeable tour guide really made the trip fantastic for us.
star-1
Tour Group Left Before Departure Time, Without Us
Lauren_T
, May 2022
This tour group left us before departure time. I understand fully that being on time and leaving promptly is extremely important. We arrived at our meeting destination at 9:50am for a 10am departure wondering, only to find out from another agent that they had already left. For a party of 5 people, I would have expected this tour team would wait the full allotment of time for those people, before leaving. This tour group did not care to ensure that a family of 5 would possibly show up before the 10am departure. Instead, we found another tour group that accommodated us and we had a great time. Other Viator tour agencies were fine and thoughtful and accommodating. This was was not and we will be sure to never book a CityWonders experience again.
star-5
Colessum
Miguel_C
, May 2022
Awesome tour and excellent tour guide Simone, 💯 recommend! A lot of history and beautiful sites for pictures.

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