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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    Why Travelers Choose This Tour

    Get the standard Colosseum experience with skip-the-line entry to the first two levels as well as the Forum.

    What's Included

    • Professional guide
    • Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
    • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
    • Short introduction to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
    • Fully guided visit of the Colosseum
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Largo Gaetana Agnesi
      Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

      Meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, on the little square above the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Your guide coordinator will be waiting here wearing a blue City Wonders polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition.

    End point

    • Palatine Hill
      Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

    What To Expect

    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.


    Your journey into antiquity begins with the Colosseum, one of the world’s most iconic sights. Your guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to tell you all about the battles, both physical and political, that played out in this incredible amphitheater. You might be surprised to learn that ‘Gladiator’ didn’t get everything right and that feats of ancient engineering even allowed the Romans to re-enact naval battles here.

    1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Palatine Hill

    The next stop takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy spectacular views overlooking your next destination: the Roman Forum.

    1 hour Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
    • Italy’s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips

    Book early in the day if travelling in summer as the temperatures rise, and often little shade.
    be aware that it is very hot during the summer time, take lots of water.
    Highly recommended, and plan to stay in the Forum and Palatine Hill after the tour ends, so bring snacks and water!
    15,282 reviews
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    Great Tour
    Catlin_C, Oct 2022
    Eddy was an amazing guide who offered up so many historical facts without making it fee like a lecture. Two hours was a perfect amount of time and we really enjoyed the tour. We would 100% recommend~
    Roman History is Fun!
    Linda_B, Oct 2022
    Our guide was super knowledgeable about the history of Roman. He made it interesting and fun! I would highly recommend going on this tour!
    Our Tour Experience
    Sian_R, Sept 2022
    Fabio was our Tour guide. He made us welcome from the very begining and kept us all engaged throughout the whole tour. He was very informative in what he told us and we couldn't have asked for a better guide.
    Vasco was an AMAZING tour...
    stephanie_g, Oct 2022
    Vasco was an AMAZING tour guide! Not only was he knowledgeable and shared amazing history and facts but he was funny and entertaining which made the tour so enjoyable. We learned so much, took beautiful pictures, and witnessed some of the most beautiful historic sites. Would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking for a fun, easy going but history filled tour of the colosseum and Roman forum.
    Fantastic tour
    Holly_A, Oct 2022
    Our guide was very knowledgeable. It was a very busy day, and she swept our small group of 14 through the huge crowds with ease. We appreciated the option to visit Palatine Hill on our own after the official tour ended.
    guide was fabulous
    Linda_H, Oct 2022
    wonderful wonderful, our guide was knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. highly recommend the stories from past compared to present day well done
    I really learned so much...
    Jannelyn_N, Oct 2022
    I really learned so much from the tour because our guide, Emanuela, was very knowledgeable. She was also very funny, which made the experience more enjoyable and memorable.
    The tour guy was boring!...
    Terri_B, Oct 2022
    The tour guy was boring! He did not walk us around enough and we left early. We paid too much for this tour. We should have just paid for the entrance and walked around ourselves.
    Wonderful experience
    Erin_C, Oct 2022
    Awesome group tour!! Despite it being very busy and crowded, our tour guide was very informative and flexible. He gave us great information about the Colosseum, Pallatine Hill, and the Roman Forum but also gave us opportunities to take pictures.
    Seeing ancient ruins up close
    TeresaH, Oct 2022
    Amil was entertaining and very knowledgeable. The tour was worth the time. Although we didn’t have issues, individuals who struggle with uneven walking surfaces might want to consider a different tour.
    Not a positive experience
    Amy_K, Oct 2022
    The value of this tour is to get into the Colosseum, which they did deliver on. This included ground level and upstairs. Did not included going below the stadium floor, which we were hoping for. Our guide seemed unorganized and a bit timid. Led us to artifacts with placards, then recited what was on the placard. We could have done that ourselves in self-guided tour. Did not provide a lot of extraneous stories/value add - would have loved more info on gladiators, their age, training, their status in society etc. And more on the animals brought in. This tour seemed more focused on the building itself, she did give good information on that but you can only talk about that so much. Additionally, way too many people in the Colosseum (not fault of tour I don't think). This made it challenging for us maneuvering around while also listening in ear piece to guide. Our guide also frazzled a bit while trying to lead through massive crowds while also telling information. We left at 1.5 hours, hadn't even started the Roman Forum at that point. A disappointing tour but great to see the Colosseum. As a side note, the tour to Pompeii/Positano with this same company was outstanding!
    Wonderful tour! Emmanuela...
    amy_m, Oct 2022
    Wonderful tour! Emmanuela our guide was so knowledgeable and brought the ruins to life! She was the best part of the tour!!
    Jane_S, Oct 2022
    Professionalism and knowledge of the guide Experiencing the world renowned site gave me chills Jessica was a wonderful guide with a great personality and handle of the English languages
    We really enjoyed our...
    Peggy_S, Oct 2022
    We really enjoyed our guide Amil she was very entertaining and informative. I would recommend this tour
    Exceptional visit
    Stephen_L, Oct 2022
    Nadia our guide was very informative. She did a wonderful job at bringing the Colosseum and Forum back to life.
    Great Tour
    Rick_R, Oct 2022
    Emma was a wonderful tour guide. Very knowledgeable and moved at a pace we were comfortable with. We went through the Colosseum, forum and excavated ruins.
    Colosseum is an architectural marvel!
    ehtisham_s, Oct 2022
    The Colosseum is an amazing structure and speaks to the ingenuity of the Romans. We were particularly blown away by the fact that they could fill it with water and have naval games before it became the arena for gladiators.
    ReneM_B, Oct 2022
    Good experience A lot of information and good explanations We went to different areas of the coliseum and different levels Thank you
    Great experience
    Catherine_M, Oct 2022
    We were very happy with our tour guide. She explained and guided us through the Vatican and was very caring. Definitely recommend doing this as a small group snd early access!
    Great experience
    Mala_A, Oct 2022
    To avoid line and waiting , picked this tour and I m quite happy Good explanation by tour guide . Easy to communicate


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