Experience all of Ancient Rome, Skipping the Lines on this half-day tour which covers the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
Your Colosseum and Roman Forum tour will begin on the Colle Oppio ("Oppian Hill") with a panoramic view of the Colosseum, modern Rome’s most recognizable landmark and one of Ancient Rome’s most vital social centers. From there we will descend to our special Skip the Line access to the Colosseum. Once inside, an expert guide will talk you through the bloody past of the amphitheater as you listen to tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions.
After a brief rest at the Arch of Constantine, you will arrive at the Palatine Hill - the most famous of the seven hills of Rome. From here you will admire the views of the Roman Forum and Nero’s Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. Romulus and Remus were said to have been found on the Palatine Hill by the she-wolf who nursed and raised them. Legend holds that Romulus went on to found Rome.
The last stop is a walk along the “Via Sacra” or “Sacred Way” which was the main artery through the Roman Forum that once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions. It ends at the Temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Visitors from around the world still leave flowers and candles at this site today.
This classic Colosseum tour is specially designed to bring together all of the best that Ancient Rome has to offer. Your expert, English-speaking tour guide will bring the ruins to life for you and your group in a way that is not possible without an expert leading the way.
Like the sound of this tour? Our options and upgrades can help you tailor your schedule to get the most from your trip. To book any of these options, select a date using the booking box on the top left-hand corner of this page. Any available options or upgrades available for that date will appear directly on the booking box.
Colosseum Underground Experience Tour - Includes everything you love about our Colosseum Group Tour (described above) plus special limited access to the Colosseum Underground, Arena Floor and Third Tier. Duration: 3.5 hours
Some of the venues or parts of the venues may be subject to last-minute, unforeseen closures. When this occurs, we will offer customers an extended tour in keeping with the advertised tour length.
Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
If you wish to explore the Colosseum on your own after your tour, you should take our Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance and Special Arena Floor Access (with or without Breakfast). This gives you a guided tour of the Colosseum only. After the tour you can choose to either enjoy the skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Roman Forum (our guide would accompany you to enter but the visit is not guided) or stay inside the Colosseum without the guide.
For any other tour however, our tours follow a pattern of visit and you would not be able re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket.
Yes. English, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish. However, please note that this is only available for the 3hrs group/private tour.
Yes. Our tours run rain or shine.
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