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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour

Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and Rome’s ‘centro storico’ (historical center) on this must-do Ancient Rome tour. The 3-hour Rome walking tour offers the perfect introduction to the city’s tumultuous history. Hear tales of gruesome gladiator combat while exploring the Colosseum’s second and third tiers; learn about monuments like the Regia inside the Roman Forum; and enjoy photo stops at Rome’s big-name attractions such as Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and more! Choose between a standard tour (maximum 25 people) or a small-group tour (maximum 12 people) for a more personalized experience.

Entrance fees to the Colosseum and Roman Forum are not included on this tour; simply pay on the day.


  • 3-hour Ancient Rome tour including the Colosseum, led by an expert local guide
  • Explore Rome Colosseum’s second and third tier and learn about the gladiatorial games
  • Admire the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum on a Rome walking tour
  • Walk around Piazza del Campidoglio on Capitoline hill, one of the ancient Seven Hills of Rome
  • See top Rome attractions like Rome Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona
  • Upgrade to a small-group tour with no more than 12 people and enjoy personalized attention

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This tour packs all the biggest Rome sights into a short period of time, leaving you the rest of the day to explore further on your own. There's a lot of walking so be prepared!

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What You Can Expect

Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour

See the sights of the Roman Forum on this exciting Rome walking tour!

Your Rome half-day tour starts near the Colosseum. After paying your entrance fee to the iconic attraction, head inside to explore the second and third tiers of the Roman amphitheater with your guide. Hear how seating was allocated to social status, with the Emperors and senators enjoying the best seats in the house, and plebeians toward the top. The stadium’s gladiatorial contests were its main attraction, and you’ll hear tales of the gory games where trained gladiators would fight each other for the amusement of the crowds.

After your Colosseum tour, set off to explore the surrounding area, discovering places that once represented the financial, commercial and political center of Ancient Rome. The main relics and ruins are clustered throughout the Roman Forum, so head inside to wander seeing history set in the site’s stones. Entrance fees are at your own expense.

Hear fascinating tales about the power and treachery associated with the Emperors of Ancient Rome while seeing the ruins of once-important monuments like the Temple of Caesar. Stop for photos by the white marble Arch of Septimius Severus, and gaze in wonder at the colonnaded Regia – once the home of the Kings of Rome. Other highlights include the Gemonian stairs and Temple of Vespasian and Titus.

Leave the Roman Forum and walk to Capitoline Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Stroll around Piazza del Campidoglio, a square designed by Renaissance artist Michelangelo, and gaze down at the sights of Ancient Rome.

Continue into Rome’s centro storico, to see all the sights around its historical center. Throw a coin in the impressive Trevi Fountain for luck, and then pose for photos in front of Rome Pantheon – one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in the city. Stroll around Piazza Navona, a lively central square, and learn about Bernini, a much-celebrated Baroque sculptor who designed three of the square’s fountains. Your Ancient Rome half-day walking tour then finishes in the center of town.

Please note: Rome's Trevi Fountain is currently under restoration until late 2015. A walkway above the central portion of the fountain will allow you to catch a glimpse of the ongoing work. Water will be drained during the process, but you'll still be able to cast your coins into the fountain for luck.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great half-day tour hitting many of the major sites in Rome. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and kept everyone's attention throughout. We had some rain but it didn't put a damper on our day. We'd definitely recommend this tour for anyone looking for a nice walk and some in depth details on Ancient Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Best tour and very interesting to listen to guide Carlotta introduce her love for Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent! Lots of walking though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Knowledgable, great guide who brought Ancient Rome to life. Worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Another good tour well worth the money perhaps the entrance charges should be paid in advance when the tour purchased to avoid time wasting and confusion. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic - a good pair of walking shoes for this tour is recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was knowledgeable, energetic, patient and helpful. This was a great way to see some of the most important sites in Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide Antonella did a fantastic job of providing the history of each of the ancient sites that we visited. She is a trained archeologist and provided and outstanding tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent, very Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, with a passion for the subject ..Recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We spent just under three and a half hours at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and, finally, Piazza Navona under the very experienced and surefooted guidance of Carlotta. Having dispatched the storm clouds and heavy rain of the morning, our afternoon session was carried out in bright sunshine and temperatures in the upper 20s centigrade!. Providing you are adequately prepared hat, sunscreen, water etc you will find Carlotta to be an excellent and knowledgeable guide and her passion made for a fantastic afternoon. The official tour itinerary included a call in at the Trevi Fountain but, as this is currently undergoing refurbishment, Carlotta was careful to solicit the opinions of the group as to whether we should bypass this which we unanimously did and instead we went to the Capitoline Hill which was a great add on. Given that the Colosseum and the Forum are the two central features relating to Ancient Rome this is a tour not to be missed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Nice guide and perfect explanation and very interesting

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