This tour was very informative and interesting. It was nice to do the Roman forum before the colosseum as it gave you the knowledge and understand of how and why the colosseum came about. The tour guide was very passionate about Rome and what happen to create it. She answered all questions with a stream of information and seems as if there was nothing she did not know! A big thank you to the tour guide for a lovely morning and very interesting tour!
Our guide was Sev, a lecturer at a local university and an archaeologist. His narration of a typical day at the games, in days gone by was riveting and made it all come to life for us. We felt like we had been given a ticket for the games and shared the excitement and anticipation with tens of thousands of other ancient Romans. Sev spoke of the days activities, hunting and killing the animals that would be dressed and cooked for lunch later in the day, the wild, strange and exotic beasts that were defeated by warriors, the punishment of criminals and Christians then the battles and fighting of their revered gladiator heroes. It was spellbinding. Sev's depth of knowledge, stories and anecdotes of life in Ancient Rome continued all through the walk around the Roman Forum and around the ancient ruins. The tour was well paced with plenty of shady rests on a very hot day. One of our highlights.
My husband and I took this tour and most enjoyed the morning portion, which included the colosseum and roman forum disclosure that we did not stay for the entirety of the afternoon tour, but only because it was so hot and we were exhaustedfull that tour guide was also very good and knowledgeable for the time we were there. Our tour guide Alessandro was excellent. He was very passionate about the subject matter which made the experience very enjoyable. He was very helpful to everyone on the toureven as it was 98 degrees or more outside! We would definitely recommend this tour.
Excellent tour. Guide was very informative, lots of history and information regarding the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Loved this tour! This is a must do. Learned so much about the history of Rome and what we were actually seeing. Our tour guide was American so we had no trouble understanding her. She had a book of the before and after pictures of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum which helped you see what it could have looked like. Would suggest this tour for all who go to Rome for the first time.
Doing what: Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour
Great tour. Very informative. Had a blast touring the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
A thoroughly enjoyable day with a friendly, experienced and knowledgeable guide. As this was our first trip to Rome, we wanted to get the most out of our time. Having read the Viator reviews and been given good feedback from other travellers, so we thought we would try them ourselves rather than go it alone. What a great decision that was. The skip the line tour saved us over 4 hours of waiting in the 32 degree sun to get into the Colosseum. Once inside, our guide provided us with an insight into the history of the Colosseum along with many other stories about how and why it was built. It was fantastic to say the least and our 12 year old daughter learnt so much so did we. We then walked over to the Roman Forum and surrounding areas where we spent another hour or so learning about this landmark site. I would highly recommend this tour and Viator to anyone travelling to Rome.
Skipping the queue that went on for miles was such a bonus! We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and found the information and history of the Colosseum and Roman Forum very interesting. Would definitely recommend this tour. Alessandro was a good guide and passionate about the history and archeology. Thanks to for the insider tip on the restaurant at Campo, Alessandro - we had a delicious meal there!
Emannella gave us an excellent tour of the Roman Forum , Palatine Hill, the Circus Maximimus and the Coliseum. She was sensitive to the needs of the people on the tour. The use of individual ear pieces was great.
We had the absolute best guide we have ever experienced at the Roman Forum. He would received 20 stars. Our Colosseum guide was also very good. A little bit harder to understand his English.
United States of America
We did experience the full glory of Rome's Colosseum as our tour guide was quite passionate about Roman history. We explored areas in the underground chambers and arena and upper level usually off limits to the public. After thoroughly exploring the Colosseum we walked over to the Roman Forum and received an extensive history lesson from our wonderful guide.
Very enjoyable tour - tough not to enjoy the Colosseum and Roman Forum - so much intrigue and history.
This tour was truly the highlight of our time in Rome. Claudia was a very knowledgeable and bubbly host. Having the advantage of being a small-group tour limited to six people, she took the time to get to know little things about each of us, offered to take photos of us and always answered any of our questions. Pros: skip the line tickets, separate entrance to the crowds into the middle of the Colesso, underground access, views right from the top of the Colosseo, a knowledgeable host that is always reminding you to keep hydrated and took every opportunity to position us in the shade during the 40 degree Celsius heat!. Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum was towards the end of the tour, but was still as interesting as the main event. Compared to some other excursions we did during Rome where the large-groups required you to wear headsets, this small-group tour is much more personal and really adds to the overall experience. I would highly recommend this tour and if I ever I have the opportunity to revisit Rome would jump at the chance to repeat this tour.
United States of America
We really enjoyed our tour of Ancient Rome. Our guide, though she claimed she knew very little English, was very informative and answered all of our questions in great detail. It was a very hot afternoon, so she was very considerate, too, letting us stop in the shade and fill up our water bottles all the time. We started with the Roman Forum first and then the Palatine Hill, finishing up with the Colosseum. There was quite a bit of walking, but all at a relaxed pace, and we never had to wait in lines for entrance to any of the sites.
This was a very thorough tour, inclusive of the Roman Forum, loads of history beginning with Trajan's Column, and ending with a wonderful evening tour of the Colosseum. Our archaeologist-leader, Christina, was as knowledgeable as they come, very kind, and kept the pacing going comfortably. I get why they say that strollers and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated--their were a couple of steep hikes up stairs, and the walking is over 10,000 steps, but the evening breeze and lack of sweltering sun keeps the tour enjoyable. My family loved having the Colosseum all to ourselves at this hour, and it's not too dark for awesome photo opps! This was a highlight of our Roman holiday! We learned so much! :
Doing what: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night
We had an excellent guide and the tour of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum was fantastic. We skipped the lines for the Colosseum and it was everything and more than I expected. I would highly recommend this tour for first time visitors to Rome.
This was an amazing tour! Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The directions provided to us to get us to the meeting place were easy to follow, the tour started on time, and we spent just enough time seeing both the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. I would definitely recommend this tour!
Great tour guides who were enthusiastic and passionate about the history of Rome. We highly recommend doing these tours. The guide bring life to the ruines in the Roman Forum and helps you understand the history behind it.
United States of ...
Very good tour and our guide Francesca was very nice. We had to skip the afternoon tour because this was our 7th tour in 5 days. We went on the morning tour because it was the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We were not disappointed. Large crowds but Francesca kept us moving and I have to say the little radio/earphone equipment they have is great. Important note if you are arriving by taxi and you say take me to Metro B station like the instructions. You don't have to go downstairs into the station - the meeting place is just behind the taxi drop off lane. Don't go down the steps towards the Colosseum. Look to the right and behind you - that little park area is the meeting location. It will save you 5 minutes and you end up just 50 feet away. LOL
Our tour guide was Vicente and he was very knowledgable on the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We learned so much and we were so intrigued by the history. What a great tour! Well worth the money. And it was a beautiful day which made it so much better to be out in the sun. Just be sure to wear good shoes
This was definitely the best way to see the Colosseum. This tour included passes to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill which was a surprise for us as we just expected the Colosseum. But what an amazing bonus! The history and mix of ancient architecture and ruins in the Forum is mind-blowing and rather surreal. We skipped all the queues and on this tour we passed through locked gates into the bowels of the amphitheatre to tread where the gladiators did. We learned how the Romans thought the spectacular events put on in the arena were like magic, with animals appearing from apparently nowhere. To see 'backstage' was an experience not to be missed. With this special pass we also were taken to the top level where there were spectacular views of the Forum below. It wasn't overcrowded as the access was for just one tour at a time. Both tour guides were interesting, friendly and highly knowledgeable. Our guide even remembered every single one of our names, and there were quite a few of us! This was the best tour we did in Rome. What an amazing, barbaric but beautiful place!
United States of America
Francesca, our tour guide for the afternoon, and another Francesca, who was our tour guide inside the Colosseum, were both excellent. The tour took us to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with the first Francesca, and then to all levels of the Colosseum with our second tour guide. Seeing the underground section of the Colosseum was AMAZING! Despite all the unexpected questions from tour guests, we started and finished right on time. I highly recommend this tour.
Very good tour for ages 5-12. Tour guide was great, and engaged with all kids. One kid was super smart and dominated conversation, and the tour guide handled it well overall. I learned a lot from the kids questions as well. It was a really hot day, so the Roman Forum was a bit dull/hot for the average kid mine, but once we got to the collisium, all kids were alive and engaged. Kids had interactive games to play with the tour guide. Good for kids!
Really informative with Emmanuelle, she knew her stuff adn we really enjoyed our tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Do wear comfortable footwear as there's a lot of walking on 3 hours.
United States of America
This was an amazing tour, mostly because our guide Fabrizio was very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the subject material. We saw the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Our guide had pictures of how it looked in its prime, which were very helpful. The tour was through CityWonders and it seems that every time I book a tour with them they have fantastic, knowledgeable guides.
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