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

Roma, Italy

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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 25 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
  • Learn all about the gladiators and the emperors who decided their fates
  • 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.
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.

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Colosseum amazing, forum good
, Nov 2019
The tour of the colosseum was the highlight, from the underground all the way to the top. Amazing place and the tour guide (a woman who, I think, worked for the colosseum or the government? Not sure, but I don’t think she was affiliated with the tour company). Forum was also pretty interesting but after the colosseum, everyone was a little less energetic and the tour guide Sev made some weird comments about women that brought an awkward energy to the group.
A must if visiting Rome
Jaime T
, Nov 2019
Even if you have visited the Colosseum before, this trip is still worth it. Our guides shared so much information and this trip let us see the underground of the arena as well as the top level- where the views were amazing.
Worth it for the skip the line entry
, Nov 2019
Good group tour overall. There will always be lines at the Colosseum for entry, so our opinion is a skip the line ticket is worth it rather than waste time waiting in line. Our guide was good. Recommended.
Stepping back in time
, Nov 2019
Fantastic tour. Very well run. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and had us all envisaging what it must have been like in its heyday.
Brilliant guide and just fascinating architecture and history
, Nov 2019
Well organised, quick, amazing historical tour including Forum My 16 old daughter and I loved it Colleseum is incredible and guide incredibly informative
Informative and convenient
, Nov 2019
This was a great way to get to see some of the historic Roman sites without the wait and with loads of inside information.
The service was A1 and the tour guide was the best
, Nov 2019
The tour guide nicolai was fantastic we had 3 small children with us and he looked out for us the whole time.
The guide was amazing
, Nov 2019
The guide Valerio was all sort of awesome! He gave little details which made the tour more relevant and interesting.
do not recommend
Stephen J
, Nov 2019
The guide was nice enough, but she tried to rush through the Colosseum. My wife and I decided to stay at the Colosseum longer, but the guide did not give us our tickets to the rest of the tour ( Palantine Hill and Forum). They eventually let us in with our receipt but it was a hassle. I would recommend you buy your own timed entry tickets in advance and go at your own pace.
The only way to go
Martin H
, Nov 2019
Well worth the money. Painless meet up and entry., Excellent guide, Patrick, who was very informative, pleasant, funny and moved along at at nice pace. Definitely got more out of it than doing my own thing.

Product code: 3731COLOSSEUM

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