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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our trip started on time and our tour guide was Paula. She was an archeologist and my goodness did it show. The extensive knowledge that she passed on to ourselves was next to none. She knew all the best spots for photo opportunities, she even took photos for everyone as well. Excellent sights to see, excellent knowledge and the 3 hours flew in. Would definitely recommend. From the "common man"
Our tour guide Francesca, was ok. Not the best guide I've ever had, but also got the job done. The colosseum, however, was magnificent. Expect a lot of people, even at 10AM. Not sure if there is a way to avoid that. Francesca was very accommodating as we had to leave early, similarly to a few others on the tour.
Our guide was Renata. She was friendly,very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. The Colosseum was epic; the Palatine was a surprise as we didn’t expect it to be on such a vast scale and the Forum just huge.
The tour was timed to perfection and Renata ensured everyone’s wellbeing was catered for. All in all a first class experience.
Our guide was SO tolerant and knowledgeable. Tolerate at the huge crowd they gave her... this tour group needs to be smaller to understand and enjoy the guide. Her knowledge of everything was astounding! Kylie, our guide, was a walking encyclopedia and someone I could listen to all day. This was well worth it, but the group NEEDS TO BE SMALLER. And people need to understand... THIS IS A WALKING TOUR OF OLD ANCIENT BUILDINGS. If you cannot walk for a long time or handle stairs, this is NOT for you.
Francesca 0 was excellent. Her personality was infectious and shared lots of good knowledge. The tour was well structured with what felt like the right amount of time at all 3 locations and enough time to reflect, take photos and ask questions