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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
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

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.

Departure Point

Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

The tour commences on the platform directly in front of Trajan’s Column. Trajan’s Column is located on Via dei Fori Imperiali next to Piazza Venezia. When standing right in front and facing the Victor Emmanuel II Monument (a.k.a. the “Wedding Cake), it’s directly to the left across the street.

Return Details

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 .
Q:
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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star-5
Very good for bringing to life ancient Roman Structures
Frances_B
, Oct 2021
Guide was a true and proud Roman. Very knowledgeable and injected much humour to the tour. Was very good in connecting what and how we see ancient Roman structures to how it was before, bringing to life these amazing buildings of the Roman Empire. Only downside is that we were not able to appreciate on our own time the items in the Colosseum museum as we were following the group. We did get glances though, and the facts of the tour, we found more valuable.
star-5
All around well done
Rachel_K
, Oct 2021
Great tour! Informative guide provided great information and answered all of our questions, meet up location was easy to find, and headsets were easy to use & not cumbersome. Would definitely take tours with this group again!
star-5
Thorough
Gustavo_D
, Oct 2021
Giuseppe was an excellent guide. His English is flawless and is extremely knowledgeable of the history of his country. The Colosseum tour is a must with this guide. Any random questions by the crowd he was able to answer them as well. Our group size was 23 people which was large enough.
star-5
Great tour, highly recommend
Laura_M
, Oct 2021
Hector was a fantastic tour guide. We would definitely recommend doing a tour with this guide. He was very interesting and had a very good way with people. He was funny and gave the information about the colosseum and Roman forum in a way that kept us interested and entertained throughout the 3 hours. Five stars for Hector
star-5
Amazing tour
Janet_P
, Oct 2021
This was an excellent tour and I highly recommend it. Serafina was an amazing tour guide. She was so passionate about the history and very knowledgeable. It was a hot day and she handled the group through the crowds very expertly and took strategic breaks in the shade and for water yet kept the tour flowing through it all. She also gave us expert direction as to the best scenic angles for pictures.
star-5
Great tour!
Alysia_K
, Oct 2021
Vasco was such a lovely guide, very knowledgeable and friendly! Great tour overall, only thing is there wasn't much on either the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill, it was mainly focused on the Colosseum.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great tour with friendly guide
Sarah_H
, Oct 2021
Our guide Louise was extremely knowledgeable and friendly - she definitely gets 5 stars! So friendly and interesting! However, the tour started half an hour late and our group was bigger than the maximum 20 people advertised on the website. Would definitely recommend as a way of understanding the amazing history of the coliseum and forum
star-5
Fantastic tour
David_M
, Oct 2021
Nick was fantastic and very informative! Highly recommend this tour! The architecture is like none other and so blessed to have experienced it!
star-5
Vasco was an awesome tour...
Maureen_D
, Oct 2021
Vasco was an awesome tour guide!!! He is extremely knowledgeable and very interesting. Great tour. I would recommend it.
star-5
Fabulous Tour
Kaitlan_G
, Oct 2021
My girlfriends and I had a great tour with Magdalena. She was very knowledgeable and fun to listen to. The idea of skipping the lines and having someone lead you around an otherwise massive park is also very helpful! Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a quality tour.

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