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

Explore the Colosseum and Forum in style on a private walking tour with an art expert, and skip the queues for the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Accompanied by your own private guide who specializes in art history, you'll enjoy personalized attention on your special private tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum without wasting time waiting in line.


  • 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 three-hour private walking tour begins atop the Colle Oppio with a panoramic view of the Roman Forum and Colosseum, Rome's most recognizable landmark. From here you will skip the long lines with special access to the Colosseum.

Once inside the Colosseum, you will hear about the amphitheater's bloody past as you listen to tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. After a brief rest at the Arch of Constantine, you will arrive at the Palatine Hill, the most famous of the seven hills of Rome. From here you can admire the magnificent views of the Roman Forum and Nero's Circus Maximus where chariot races were held.

The last stop on your private walking tour is a stroll along the Via Sacra or 'Sacred Way', the main path through the Roman Forum that was used for triumphal processions.

This in-depth private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum is hosted by an English-speaking guide specializing in art history. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at the time of booking to alert your guide, so they can prepare for your private tour.

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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