Explore three of the most important ancient Roman sites with this 3.5-hour tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. See where Rome was founded, where legendary gladiatorial games took place, and the streets where Caesar walked.
3.5-hour tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
Hear about gladiatorial battles as you tour the Colosseum
Walk the ancient streets of the Roman Forum
Visit the ruins of former noble palaces on the Palatine Hill
Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum to avoid lines
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Not all Colosseum and Forum tours include Palatine Hill, the third main site of the ancient city.
Meet your guide near the Forum to begin your walk through ancient Rome. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide throughout the tour with a group of no more than 13 people, and avoid waiting in long lines with entry tickets for the Colosseum purchased in advance.
Visit the Colosseum, learning about the deadly games that took place here, thrilling spectators. Hear about what life was like for the gladiators and slaves who performed and died in this arena, and what went on behind the scenes to put on such massive spectacles.
Walk on the ancient cobblestone streets of the Roman Forum, once the epicenter of the Roman Empire. Get insights into the daily lives of the ordinary ancient Romans who lived and worked and worshiped here. See the ruins of the House of the Vestal Virgins, the Temple of Saturn, the Basilicas of Julia and Maxentius, and the Senate.
Hear about the funeral of Julius Caesar and the beheading of Cicero, both of which took place in the Forum. Learning about history in the place where it happened helps make ancient events come alive.
Climb up to the Palatine Hill overlooking the Forum and Colosseum. This is where the ancient Roman nobility had their palaces. Walk among the ruins of villas and gardens, including the Flavian Palace, Stadium of Domitian, and Baths of Septimius Severus. Admire the views and get some understanding of why this was such a desirable neighborhood in which to live.
While touring the Palatine Hill, hear the story of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome who were believed to have been raised by a wolf on this very hill. Learn how this story helped make the Palatine Hill particularly attractive to Roman emperors – including Augustus and Domitian.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Best Rome Guide
, Jun 2019
Our guide was the best we had out of seven tours. She was extremely knowledgeable and informative and enthusiastic. One of our two best tours in Rome.
Hello Road07, wauw the best of 7 tours that is an amazing compliment and we thank you for it. It seems like you had a busy holiday and we are glad Through Eternity and our guide could be a part of it! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are coming back, we would love to have you on our tours again.
This is our 3rd trip to Rome and Christina made the Ancient City tour the Best ever! She is an archaeologist so her knowledge and the way she provided information were very special. We saw a lot, but she paced the tour perfectly. Additionally, she gave us information and applied it to the sites we were seeing in such a way that we could envision the way the Romans lived. The information made sense which makes it easier to retain.
Bit of a shaky start as the only instruction we received was to meet outside of a restaurant at a certain time, and the first 'official looking' person we approached didn't have our names, but eventually we spoke to the right person. The tour was great. Long 3.5 hours, leisurely, with lots of opportunities to ask questions along the way. Our guide, Beatrice, was very knowledgeable and covered not just the dry facts, but gossipy type stories as well. Highly recommended.