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

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

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

Evelyn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour guide was Salvatore and he was really nice. Lots of information given and made it come alive for us. Would recommend. Tour was on time and worth every penny paid

Cris M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Mariella was knowledgable, friendly and obviously passionate about her subject. The group was fairly small in number compared to some that we saw, and the audio system is great because you can look at things without having to crowd around the guide all the time. A great tour, we would definitely use you again.

Peter H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Superb trip with a very knowledgeable guide who made the tour more enjoyable. Highly recommend this tour.

Denis John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Fantastic tour. Thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour around the Colosseum and ancient Rome. Guide was so informative and really made it enjoyable . I didn't want it to end. Would book again through Viator.Well worth the money. Thanks

Allison B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. Had a great time!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

guide was delightful

karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent tour guide, passionate about her city. A lovely lady November 2015.

Timothy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Guide was an archeology student - very knowledgeable and personable. Definitely worth the money to skip the line and the geek in me loved the insight from our student/ guide. Included the Roman Forum. Don't skip it! Afterwards, take the time to tour the palace ruins at the top of Palatine Hill. So glad we did this.

Andy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

What a fabulous tour and what a great guide. We were a small group which helped but overall what a fantastic experience. I have visited the COlosseum before on a tour but this was so much better and very reasonably priced. Going on to the Forum was great and overall the tour was really good value and the guide was absolutely great. Would highly recommend !

Mike M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour, very informative, enjoyed it enormously!

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