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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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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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  • "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

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star-5
Great Photo Ops
Brian_K
, Aug 2022
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made sure that we got all of the great views and photo ops from the Coliseum and Forum.
star-5
Great overview!
Kerry_M
, Aug 2022
We were a very large group and very impressed with the knowledge of our tour guide. Leena was great. She gave us personal stories and you could tell how passionate she was about Rome and its history.
star-5
Excellent tour
Ariadne_B
, Aug 2022
Excellent tour. Our guide was Sabrina and she was super informative and knowledgeble. We saw so much, got to know a lot about the history, and had the vip treatment without the lines. Definitely recomend it.
star-5
Bonissimo
SM_K
, Aug 2022
The whole tour was excellent and our guide Akbar was very insightful and friendly. The mix of Colusseum, Palatine Hill and forum was a great combination, so you stay interested with different aspects.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent, informative tour guide
Mark_M
, Aug 2022
Excellent tour & our guide was very organized & enthusiastic! It was a long, hot day and she led us ro shade whenever possible!
star-5
Colosseum
Michele_G
, Aug 2022
The tour guide was great & had so much knowledge about the colosseum & Roman life. I would definitely recommend.
star-5
Our tour guide was great!...
Heather_M
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was great! We learned more than expected on historically contextualizing not just the Colosseum but the rise and fall of Ancient Rome and it’s connections to other great cities.
star-5
Excellent
phumudzo_t
, Aug 2022
The guide is very informative. Makes the time feel much shorter than it actually is . Really worth the heat burn lol
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome tour of Roman ruins
Karen_D
, Aug 2022
Incredible tour. Highly recommend taking this and ask for guide who has a masters in archaeology and has actually done a dig in Rome. He was amazing.
star-1
Never again.
Lawrence_R
, Aug 2022
Overpacked tour - listing promises under 20, we had 23. Tour guide was nice but her English wasn’t great. She wasn’t as knowledgeable as the printed materials posted throughout the venue.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
Monika_k
, Aug 2022
Very good experience, our tour guide was very good, she shared her knowledge with us and was very informative
star-5
Wonderful tour
Lauren_H
, Aug 2022
Our guide was fantastic! Perfect amount of history and navigated the crowds wonderfully. I’d highly recommend.
star-4
Overall it was a good...
lam_t
, Aug 2022
Overall it was a good tour. Probably would prefer them spending more time at the colosseum than at the Roman forum nd Palatine hill.
star-5
Nice way to see the Colloseum
AnnekeMaria_B
, Aug 2022
Good experience, very knowledgeable and pleasant guide. My husband also appreciated her ability to find the shades when telling the history.
star-5
Great Tour with Amil
Yvette_R
, Aug 2022
This tour exceeded my expectations! Amil was fantastic!! She was very knowledgeable, clear, and funny!
star-5
Very Informative Tour!
Daniel_H
, Aug 2022
We did this tour on our first day in Rome. It was a fabulous overview of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. It is a lot of walking, so make sure to bring water, good walking shoes and wear comfortable clothes. Inga made the tour fun and interesting for our group. Overall, we enjoyed!
star-5
Skip-the-line! The only way to go!
Debra_C
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Sylvia, was fun, knowledgeable and very considerate of us by finding shady spots to keep us cooler while giving us information at each stop. We moved steadily through the tour and the “skip-the-line” was very valuable in not having to stand in the line that seemed ran for miles. This tour is very worth while to enjoy these amazing, colossal artifacts.
star-3
Underwhelming experience
Karen_C
, Aug 2022
Our guide was very friendly, but we could barely understand What she was saying. Despite choosing an English speaker, her English was not good. Very disappointed with the company we booked via Viator. Not cheap and we certainly did not get what we paid for. I would not recommend it.
star-5
Totally recommend, was fantastic
Bernard_G
, Aug 2022
The guide , Inga was a fantastic wealth of knowledge, was warm open and interesting and interested in us
star-5
Enjoyable tour!
Kevin_M
, Aug 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and made it an enjoyable tour. There's a fair bit of walking so make sure you can negotiate steps.

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