5 star rating: Highly Recommended 139 Reviews

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

Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Art History Walking Tour

See the Colosseum and other sites of Ancient Rome from an art history perspective during this private tour with a specialized guide. After skipping the main entrance line to the Colosseum with your priority-access ticket, you’ll tour the amphitheater and hear tales about its brutal history. Then walk over to the Roman Forum, see the Arch of Constantine and enjoy views of the ancient ruins from Palatine Hill. Throughout your tour, enjoy in-depth commentary tailored to your interests.  


  • Private walking tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
  • Skip the entrance line to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from a guide on this special private art tour
  • Customize the tour to suit your own interests
  • Listen to commentary from a specialized art history guide

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Art History Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Private Ancient Rome and Colosseum Walking Tour

Your walking tour starts at Colle Oppio, from where you can admire a view of the Roman Forum and Colosseum, Rome’s most iconic ancient landmark. Then head down the hill and enter the Colosseum with your skip-the-line ticket, which allows you to jump past the main entrance queue.

Inside, walk around the arena with your art history guide, listening to stories about the gory gladiator battles and other brutal events that once took place here. Then exit the Colosseum and walk over to Palatine Hill, stopping at the Arch of Constantine on the way. Walk up the hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, for a view of the Roman Forum and Nero’s Circus Maximus, where chariot races used to take place.

Finally, stroll along Via Sacra, aka ‘Sacred Way,’ the main road through the Roman Forum that connected the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill and was once used for Roman triumph ceremonies. Your tour ends here, from where you can continue exploring on your own. 

Please note: As this is a private tour, your specialized art history guide can tailor the commentary to suit your interests. When booking, please list any special interests you have, such as architecture, art or culture, so your guide can prepare.

Customer Reviews

Janis M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Vencenzio was the best guide we could have asked for. His depth of knowledge was impressive and his ability to transfer that knowledge to us made the tour fantastic. We recommend this tour and especially Vencenzio to everyone.

jeffy scott

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our guide was patient and knowledgeable. Passionate and enthusiastic. My mom is handicapped and used a walker on the tour and our guide was extremely patient and accomodating

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating and her presentation of the history of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome made the physical evidence come alive.

Kenneth D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fabulous with unbelievable guide.

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We were 2 couples and this was superb. Our guide, Angela, a local, was brilliant. She was easy to understand, helpful and friendly and open to what we wanted to see with excellent suggestions. We entered the Colosseum quickly through the express lane, despite there being long queues patiently waiting to get in.
She took us from the Colosseum to Palatine Hill and then the Forum. We found it a great way to see what we did as our stay in Rome was limited. With just 4 in the group, we moved far more quickly then we would have with a larger group. We are very happy we chose this way of seeing Ancient Rome

Michael H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was outstanding! Our tour guide, Irene, was an expert, having majored in art history at the university. During our walk, she helped us understand how the history of the area helped shape the present, and helped us imagine what it must have been like when the gladiatorial games were held in the Colosseum and the Caesars and Cleopatra, for example, walked the same paths we were. We did indeed manage to skip the lines with her help. This tour is a super value for anyone wanting to make the most of their Rome trip. I highly recommend it.

Ana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Learned a lot from a very knowledgeable guide.

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Outstanding tour and tour guide. Extremely educational and enjoyable.
Highly recommend this one!

James G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a great tour of the colosseum, forum and palatine hill with a private guide booked through Viator. Our guide whose name I unfortunately can't remember was a PhD in archaeology who had worked on some of the areas nearby so she was a real wealth of knowledge! The check-in process was flawless although on first glance it looked like kindof a nightmare with all the people waiting in line!, and we waited just a couple minutes to check in , then we were handed off directly to our guide with no other delays! Based on this tour, I would book again with this company without hesitation.

Doug S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Elena was great! She spoke wonderful English and was extremely knowledgeable. She had. A great personality. Elena really made our first day in Rome special!

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