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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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very knowledgeable guide. Liked having the earphones, so we could wander away from the group and still hear about the sites we visited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great walking tour that allowed you to cross of a lot of the must-sees in Rome! Skipped the line in colosseum which was key!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful!!! Really good guide Silvia!! Thank you!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was really perfect. The guide Hugo was excellent in guiding us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was apparent that he really enjoys his job.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a fabulous tour. We had arrived just that morning and did not think we had the stamina for the walking tour. Our guide, Pricilla was fabulous. She had so much history to give and was so knowledgeable. Her sense of humor and friendly personality added SO much to our tour. We were tired at the end, but it was THE PERFECT tour to begin our stay in Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Good tour, knowledgable guide. Saw some great sights and heard many interesting stories.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent. We have told so many people how to skip the line!Saved hours of queueing and our guide Ms Carbonara made everything so interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great! A Must

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour - lots of walking but very informative and enjoyable with an excellent English guide.

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