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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

Ashleigh E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fabulous tour and amazing guide!

Helen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

What an amazing experience - especially recommended the add on tour with regards to the underground - Elena our tour guide was great!

Candace L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was amazing and so knowledgeable! I absolutely would recommend this tour. Be ready to walk!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very good walking tour... more than 3 hours and no or minimal waiting at any line. Knowledgeable guide with interesting stories

jihad w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The guide was really nice and answered all our questions

Murdo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

All round excellent tour with knowledgeable guide

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and kept the perfect pace for the entire morning. The Colosseum was amazing, as expected. But the Palatine was unexpectedly large and contained many more interesting and photogenic artifacts than expected. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I can't say enough good things about our tour guide and this tour. Definitely do the upgrade to go to the underground and top level of the colosseum. I loved the tour and the great learning about this massive wonder of the world. Don't pass this one up at all.

David N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Laura G was a wonderful guide!

jean-michel u

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Special thanks to Sven ? our guide

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