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Tour code: 3731COLOSSEUM
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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This skip-the-line tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Rome! I recommend the upgrade for a more personal experience and access to areas of the Colosseum most visitors don't see.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Walking Tour

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.

Customer Reviews

Evelio T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour. Julia was our guide. She was excellent and worked hard to make dure we got the most out of tge tour. Self-guided and electronic audio guide tours are no comparison to these well organized, skip the line tours by expert local guides. Good value for money.

kay j w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Tour and guide were very good. Due to many factors, the crowds that day were worse than normal and our guide navigated the crowds well.

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Ancient Rome is inspiring and a marvel to appreciate. Our guide did an excellent job explaining the history of the ruins we visited and embellished her talk with annecdotes and artists conceptions of what the ruins may have originally looked like. We would take the tour agian to learn even more about the ruins, etc.

Christopher S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a brilliant tour.Our Guide Guiseppe hope that is the right spelling! was very helpful and well informed and took the time to allow the persons of a certain age to rest and for everbody to refill water bottles in what was a long trip through the area. He explained everything very well and with a good deal of patience as naturally there were a lot of questions. We would thoroughly recommend booking this trip in advance.

Rodney G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was excellent in no small part due to the very good guide, Barbra. She was excellent, across all the details, history and facts behind the sites. She also controlled the group well including a couple of members who needed some control. The instructions on where to meet were well set out and let us arrive in time for the departure and without any hassle. The walk through the Colosseum, the Forum and Palatine Hill was sufficiently long to enable you to get an understanding of these monuments and their importance to our history and culture. I have done a previous tour of these sites and this was a far better tour and I would highly recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wonderfully insightful tour from a knowledgable and enthusiastic guide!

Jill C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour, despite the rain. Our tour guide Chiara? was very friendly and knowledgeable, and we learned a lot.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent guide....his English was perfect!

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is the Rome we've read about.

Megan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Dario was fun and authentic. The Colosseum is absolutely incredible!

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