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Small-Group Tour: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Experience

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Small-Group Tour: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Experience

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Follow in the footsteps of mighty emperors and brave gladiators on this guided walking tour that illuminates daily life, sport and politics in ancient Rome. Explore highlights of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, including the Roman Senate, Arch of Constantine and mystical House of the Vestal Virgins. Conclude inside the legendary Colosseum for a glimpse into the ancient empire’s taste for bloody entertainment. Group size is limited to 12 for a more personalized experience.
  • Guided walking tour of ancient Roman highlights
  • Learn about the empire's complex political system the Roman Forum archaeological site
  • See where Rome's most powerful families once lived at Palatine Hill
  • Small group ensures personal service

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This small-group tour saves time and provides more attention and insight from a guide about ancient Rome.
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Skip-the-line admission
Full tour from an expert guide
Small-group tour of max 12
Headsets for groups of 6 or more
Hotel pick-up and return
Food and drink

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NB: You must have a valid photo ID to enter the Colosseum (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work.) You will be asked to also provide your name, last name and date of birth (at the beginning of the tour, if not provided beforehand.) Security may prevent you from entering the site if the information provided is not accurate and/or don't match the one on your ID.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant price applies with the minimum of one adult
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites and not wheelchair friendly. We encourage those with mobility problems to book a private tour, in order to allow the guide to adapt the pace to their specific needs. This tour lasts 3 hours and a fair amount of walking is involved, including some stairs and uphill paths.
  • Water fountains available on site
  • Strollers are allowed but not recommended, as stairs are steep and the ground is uneven; children must be carried by an adult or be able to walk for most of the tour
  • Wear comfortable shoes; bring hat and sunscreen
  • There is no scheduled break, but it will be possible to stop for restrooms along the path, as needed
  • Food is allowed in the archeological area
  • For security reasons, all visitors and their luggage shall be screened; all objects (including mobile phones) must be put in the bag/backpack or in the tray for X-ray screening
  • Large backpacks, camping bags, bulky bags, and luggage/trolleys are not allowed; medium and small backpacks can be shouldered and must be checked, as any other bag, with metal detectors, opened and visually inspected by security
  • Group size limited to 12 people
  • Please notice that the Colosseum Administration, which depends on the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit and offer a partial refund.
  • Please note that sprays are not allowed inside the Colosseum.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY RomaExperience Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Tour: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Experience?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "It does involve a lot of walking over uneven ground so would heed the warnings - would highly recommend and fantastic to be in a group of only 6" See review
  • "Highly recommended for those interested in the history of Rome." See review
  • "If you are looking for a short , 3 hours is plenty on foot , introduction to Ancient Rome, this is for you." See review


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Guide, Mary was fantastic!
Paul K
, Oct 2019
Our guide Mary was one of the most knowledgeable guides I have come across. From explaining the origins of the structures along with Latin phrase explanation I can not begin to describe her thoroughness. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Paul K, Great to hear Maria left you impressed with her knowledge of the eternal city and would highly recommend our tours to others. We carefully select which guides we collaborate with and are glad to see their talent and qualities recognized. Thank you very much for your kind words and generous rating!
Amazing Tour and Guide!
, Sep 2019
We booked this tour and were incredibly lucky to get Larissa and the fact that it was only us that had booked for the time frame! Her training and knowledge made our time together so much more memorable. She shared so much history and information plus answered all our inquiries as well. Such a pleasure and will be referring friends for this tour as well.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear MJPTulsa, We would be honored to be recommended by you, and will do our absolute best to provide the same 5-star service to your loved ones! The Ancient Heart of the aeternal city is truly unique and a well deserved UNESCO World Heritage site. We are very proud of Larissa for sharing her passion and extensive knowledge with you. We will be sure to forward your positive review to her, and hope you will keep our company in mind for future visits as there are many more beautiful places to be discovered!
Great tour with Claudio
, Sep 2019
The tour guide Claudio was knowledgeable and funny. We had trouble finding the meeting place, but he was patient and helped us find it. His stories were funny and had a personal touch. He helped bring Ancient Rome to life in our imaginations.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear JBReview, Our meeting point for the Colosseum does require a bit of puzzeling as there are two exits to the Colosseum metrostop, but we are glad that you eventually managed to locate Claudio. Claudio has been a member of our Roma Experience family for quite a while now, and your review confirms to us that the greatness we saw within him gets perceived by customers = ) Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, we are very selective in the group of guides we collaborate with and reviews like yours help us in maintaining collaborations with the right people.
Highly recommend
Nia B
, Sep 2019
This was such an interesting tour - Mary our guide was knowledgeable with a touch of humour - which was great . It does involve a lot of walking over uneven ground so would heed the warnings - would highly recommend and fantastic to be in a group of only 6
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear Nia B, Our Colosseum and Ancient Rome experience runs with a maximum of 12 people per guide, but it can ofcourse happen that luck is on your side and the tour is not fully booked! In that case the tour continues as planned (as we don't require a minimum amount of participants) and is little bit more private, which our guides don't mind as they can go into even more detail. We are pleased to see you rating the tour 5 stars, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum truly are one of a kind and not to be missed when visiting Rome.
Ancient Rome
Phillip C
, Jun 2019
If you are looking for a short -- 3 hours is plenty on foot -- introduction to Ancient Rome, this is for you. Our guide, Nadia, was knowledgeable and friendly, and clearly has command of archeology in the area. She is passionate about her home and its history, perfect recipe for a successful tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Phillip C, Great to read you have enjoyed yourself discovering the Ancient City with Nadiya! She is one of our beloved guides here at Rome Experience, and we much appreciate your feedback! We hope you will consider us for your future visits, and would like to thank you for sharing your experience on touring with us.
The Amazing Roman Civilization
, May 2019
Our tour guide was Monica, and our group was only three, so it was easy to hear and ask questions. What she told and showed us about the history, building materials, architecture, workmen, and events and entertainments held at the Colosseum was quite fascinating. Ancient history came alive. The same was true as we toured The Palatine Hill and The Forum. I had studied Latin and Ancient History in high school and Monica’s commentary added a lot of depth to my “book learning!” She’s a real fount of knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear EllieOS, We are over the moon reading your kind review of Monica's tour visiting the Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. We carefully select our licensed guides and are glad she was able to add to your prior knowledge. We really hope you will cosider Roma Experience for future visits, and thank you once again for taking the time to provide us with feedback.
Superb experience!
, Aug 2018
Our guide was phenomenal! Educational but not boring. Very intimate- just the two of us and our guide. Answered all of our questions. Highly recommended for those interested in the history of Rome.
I ran late for this tour but they...
, Jul 2018
I ran late for this tour but they very kindly contacted me to see where I was and how fast I could get there. they waited for us and I think it caused a little issue as the tickets are timed. I am very grateful they were so accommodating. we had a great time and I recommend this tour of the colosseum and the forum. our guide was very nice and informative. also it was only 4 of us so it was nice having a small group to get personal attention.
Loved the tour
, Jul 2018
We were impressed with Daniel's insights and information about the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We covered a lot of ground in 3 hours, but it did not seem rushed. Daniel was able to answer any questions we had. Thank you!
Our walking tour 8305P2 covered all...
, Apr 2018
Our walking tour 8305P2 covered all the areas promised in Viator's overview. Our guide, a history teacher, spun a verbal tale of Roman life and used the architecture before us as scenery. In some cases she augmented her tale with photos of the buildings as archeologists uncovered them. The pace of the tour was good. Everyone could keep up with the walking. Adequate time was allowed for photos. Restroom and water fountains were pointed out. Although it was Easter Sunday and the annual Rome Marathon day, our guide led us through ticketing and security lines quickly.

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