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Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour

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From US$260.68

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

Overview

The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are two landmarks rarely left off any Rome itinerary, but visitors can spend more time queuing outside than exploring inside. This private tour offers skip-the-line access to both and hotel pickup is included.
  • Private tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum in Rome
  • Avoid the queues with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and entrance fees
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get a fully immersive Colosseum and Forum tour with skip-the-line entry and hotel pickup.

What's Included

  • Private Walking Tour
  • Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Hotel pickup with Sanitized Vehicle (centrally located hotels. Within Aurelian Walls)
  • Skip-the-line Tickets
  • Arena Access and drop off service (if Luxury Version selected)
  • Food and drinks

Departure & Return

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Please Note

Pick up from hotel if centrally located (within the Aurelian Walls)

What To Expect

Your tour begins with a morning or afternoon pickup (depending on the option chosen) from your central Rome hotel by your private guide. Set out to explore Rome’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, starting with a tour of the mighty Colosseum.

Using your skip-the-line tickets, gain priority admission to the grand amphitheater and marvel at the spectacular 60,000-seat arena. As you admire the impressively preserved ruins, listen as your guide brings the Colosseum back to life, telling stories of ancient Roman emperors, gladiator games, and wild beast fights.

Continue to the Roman Forum, the grand centerpiece of ancient Rome, where the remarkably preserved temples, basilicas, and public squares offer a fascinating glimpse into Roman life. While you’re there, hear the story of the Lapis Niger, an ancient Latin text housed in the base of one of the columns in the Forum, and visit the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, once home to the virgin priests of Vesta.

Your tour concludes at the Colosseum.

Colosseum

Visit the Colosseum, one of the largest structures of the ancient world, where Romans once gathered to watch the gladiator games, battles with wild beasts, and according to legend, sea battles. Discover how the Colosseum, a massive stone amphitheater which seated an estimated 60,000 spectators, was built in only 8 years. Your guide will unlock fascinating stories of the design and construction, the political benefit, the fighters, and the eventual end of the games at the Colosseum.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

At the Roman Forum, your guide will bring to life the mythology, the popular celebrations of the time, and the gods of ancient Rome, which are reflected in the star signs in contemporary astrology. Learn how the pagan holiday Saturnalia influenced the unfolding of Christmas on the 25th of December today. Listen to the story of the Lapis Niger (Latin for ‘black stone’), the most ancient Latin text ever discovered in the world - which is housed in the foundation of a column in the Forum. Discover the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. They worked in the temple for a period of 30 years under different emperors and were regarded almost as goddesses in status. Their foremost duty was maintaining the sacred fire of Vesta which represented the heart of Rome. As legend has it - as long as the sacred flame burned, Rome would endure and be victorious.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 18 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues or those using a wheelchair
  • Be prepared to climb uneven steps and explore an archaeological site - wear good shoes. Anticipate Rome's intense heat in the summer - you may want to bring a small umbrella to block the sun as well as unexpected, sudden rainfall
  • Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Large bags and backpacks are not allowed
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Traveler Tips


Make sure your accommodations are with in the pick up zone.
I recommend this tour early in the morning because the crowds were not in the forum and they were just beginning at the colosseum.
Worth every penny and will only be doing private tours from this point forward.
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Great way to see the Colosseum & Forum!!
Susan_S, Aug 2022
My family was met at our hotel on time and taken to the colosseum in a lovely air conditioned van. There we met our tour guide Rosie for our private tour. She was great - very knowledgeable and kept us going at a good pace! Definitely a 👍 experience!!!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Susan, Thanks so much for taking the time to write your feedback. We are extremely pleased you enjoyed your tour with Rosy and that the Eyes of Rome services were good. We appreciate your feedbaks and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Best regards, Rosy and the Eyes of Rome Team
I would recommend this tour
Deborah_H, Aug 2022
Great personalised tour. From the moment Maurizo picked us up we knew this was going to be a great tour. Rosie our tour guide was knowledgeable, helpful and just a lovely person to spend a few hours with learning all about such a special place.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Debora, Thanks so much for your lovely review! We are extremely happy to see you enjoyed your tour, guide and driver. We appreciate you taking the time to write this review that matters a lot to us. We wish to see you soon in Rome! All the very best
How do you find a tour guide like Maria…🎶
Misty_T, Jul 2022
This tour was amazing! Our guide, Maria, was clearly passionate about the Forum and Colosseum and her detailed knowledge and expertise greatly enhanced our experience! I would do this tour over and over again! The view from the arena floor was incredible, despite the intense sun. Due to the high temperatures, we were melting but didn’t even notice. This is a must-do tour, especially if you can have Maria as your guide!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you so much for your review! We are extremely happy to see you enjoyed your tour with Maria and that the heat didn't bother you that much. We wish to seeing you in Rome soon and to have many other experience together :) Thank you also for the time taken to write this review, your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Absolutely perfect
Daniel_C, Jul 2022
I have mobility issues, our guide was fantastic in navigating these and ensuring we had the most wonderful time. The tour I’d amazing and I could of listened to our guide for days. If in Rome this tour is a must do!
Great personalized experience
Kathy_R, Jul 2022
We really enjoyed our tour with Alesia. Being picked up from our hotel was very convenient. Once at the Colosseum, we were able to cater the tour to our needs. Alesia was able to answer all of our questions and took pictures for us as well. We only hit the highlights of the Roman Forum but that was due to our preference since the day was very hot. After the Forum, it was a short walk back to the van for transportation back to our hotel. Very easy and worth the cost to us. I would do this again.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Kathy, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We greatly appreciate your time to write it and most of all that you enjoyed the tour and Alessia's story-telling! We wish to see you again in Rome soon. Have a nice day!
Not who they once were
Yvette_W, Jul 2022
We went with this tour company 4 years ago and they were amazing, that's why we booked again with them on this trip. Unfortunately the service has really changed. This trip we felt rushed, where before our guide and driver made us feel like we had all day. Before we had a driver for both pick up and return to the hotel, this time the driver was late to pick us up and the guide pushed us into a taxi at the end of the trip. Everything about this experience was night and day from the same company just a few years back. What happened?? For this kind of money you should not be rushed, and your time cut short, or put into a taxi and sent on your way. They need to go back to the service they once offered.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Yvette, first of all thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are of course sorry to see this experience didn't meet your expectations. We can only say that on your tour date there was a disruption of services in Rome due to Taxi's strike. In many cases, these kind of strike aren't planned in advance but with less than 24hrs notice. We worked very hard to make sure we were able to honor to all our customers and tours a private driver as per their bookings. On the one hand we were able to covevr all the morning departures and we are sorry for some delays that occurred. On the other hand, the drop off at the end of the tour were done by these few taxi drivers that didn't join the strike since our private drivers were overwhelmed by the disorder caused by the strike. We hope your enjoyed the tour with your private guide and we are so looking forward to seeing you in Rome once again to give you an outstanding tour as we are used to do (strikes permitting!). Valentina and the Eyes of Rome Team
Fabulous Tour!
Kathleen_M, Jul 2022
This was a very informative tour concerning the Forum, Colosseum, and and Palatine Hill. Our guide was great!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Kathleen, GRAZIE for your 5-stars score! We are happy to see your experience with Eyes of Rome went well and that we contributed to build unforgettable memories for you all. We hope to see you soon again in Rome! Eyes of Rome
Fantastic guide with...
Edward_H, Jul 2022
Fantastic guide with great passion and knowledge. She gave great details to the history of the forum and the colosseum. The driver was very kinda and helpful as well
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Ciao Edward, Thank you so much for your nice review, and for taking the time to rate our servuces. We are extremely happy to see you enjoyed your guide, the tour and the drivingn service as well. We vakue your feedback and we hope to see you soon in Rome! Eyes of Rome
Great tour!
Renae_W, Jun 2022
Our guide, Pamela, was fantastic. She was knowledgeable and showed us all the “must see” items. She kept the tour moving so that we were never standing in one spot for too long. And, she kept it interesting!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Renae, Thank you so much for your 5-star review for Pamela. Your feedback matters a lot to us, athank you for taking the time to do it! We are glad to hear you have enjoyed your time with Pamela and that you liked the tour. We hope to welcome you soon again in Rome! Ciao The Eyes of Rome Team
Unbelievable Experience
Seana_B, Jun 2022
We enjoyed a wonderful 3 hr private tour with Marta. She was extremely knowledgeable and personable. She made certain we understood the history behind everything we saw on the tour.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Ciao Seana! Thank you so much for your outstanding review! Marta is indeed one of our best guide, she is so knowledgable and nice and we are happy to her you have good memories of Rome with the Eyes of Rome family. We hope to see you again in Rome! Eyes of Rome Team
Alessandro the Great!
Donna_S, Jun 2022
I would have given this 5 stars because our guide, Alessandro was amazing but the driver was a half hour late picking us up at the hotel. Our entry to the colosseum was timed and we had to rush a little to make it on time. That wasn’t Alessandro’s fault and he definitely gave us a 5 star tour! He was a former archaeologist and gave us a lot of information and was very friendly! Alessandro saved the experience!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Dear Donna, Thank you so much for the time taken to write your review. We are happy to hear that Alessandro was friendly and knowledgable and that overall you had a great experience with him. Regarding the driver, we are sorry for the problem caused on our end. We value our customers' feedback that allow us to always improve our services. We would love to welcoming you again in Rome and offering you a hotel pick up for one of our tours! All the very best The Eyes of Rome Team
Great tour
Rob_M, Jun 2022
Lovely guide. Going through to the imperial forum was a first for me and our guide rearranged our pick up to enable us to go through it.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Dear Rob, Thank you so much for your feedback! We really apprecite your time in doing so, and we are very happy you had a great experience with Eyes of Rome. We wish to see you again in Roma! Grazie Eyes of Rome Team
Our guide was...
Jim_E, May 2022
Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, considerate, and a real pro. He went out of his way to make our tour a great memory.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for your valuable feedback, Jim! We are thrilled that you had such a great and meaningful experience with Eyes of Rome. We all take great pride in our work, and we wish to see you again in Rome :) The Eyes of Rome Team
Great tour with Paola
TIna_S, May 2022
Paola is a certified tour guide. We paid for the luxury tour that’s what we received. Daniel picked us up from our hotel and safely drove us to the Colosseum. Paola pointed out all the interesting spots filled with facts and recommended a great cafe for lunch after our tour.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi Tina! Grazie for your 5-star review! We are glad to read your words and to see our services met your expectation. We are here for you and we wish you a pleasant stay in Rome! Ciao
Perfect Colosseum tour
Wayne_K, May 2022
Our guide was excellent. Knowledgeable, thoughtful, personable and articulate. What an amazing experience. The private tour also allowed more freedom to ask questions and get greater insight. Perfect!
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear Wayne, thank you for your kind words. Your feedback means a lot to us! We are here for you anytime and wish to see you again in Roma! Eyes of Rome
Magnificent Experience.
David_H, May 2022
The best way to see the Colosseum and Roman Forum. You understand so much more with a great guide like Mirta.
Best tour guide!
Steve_M, May 2022
We had a wonderful time. Having a private tour was the best way to visit the Coloseum and Roman Forum. Our guide was the best, very knowledgeable and personable. She was also very patient, allowing us to constantly stop and take pictures. At the end of the tour she even walked us to the metro.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! We really appreciate it and we're happy your Eyes of Rome tour was excellent! We hope to see you again in Rome soon! The Eyes of Rome Team
Excellent informative tour with super sweet Katie!
Elizabeth_C, May 2022
KATIE gave us a fabulous tour! She is an expat and that actually made the tour very relaxing. She REALLY knows her stuff and you can tell it’s all still very interesting to her (even though she’s telling the same story all the time..haha!). We learned sooo much and the time flew by. And my hubby, who is a huge fan of this historic time, LOVED having someone to discuss all the “things” ;) We opted for a private tour which to us was worth it. We got picked up at our hotel, waited in zero lines, and got a more in depth personalized experience. That Colliseum and Forum require A LOT to digest and having a guide to ourselves made it enjoyable since it was done on our pace. Highly recommend! Great job Katie!
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear Elizabeth,Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with Katie and Eyes of Rome.Our ultimate goal is your satisfaction and we are happy to know you guys had a memorable experience. The beauty of a private tour is indeed all the comfort of being picked up and dropped off and having a private guide with whom to adjust the peace of the tour at your convenience.  Grazie for choosing Eyes of Rome. Katie sends you her best wishes as well andwe hope to see you again in Rome soon. CiaoThe Eyes of Romem Team and Katie
Great experience
Silviu_R, May 2022
Marina was great, she presented everything in a light manner, didnt feel like in a boring history lesson. Time flew easily. Will gladly book ahead on our next visit.
Must do
Erica_B, Apr 2022
Incredible tour guide and learned so much about Rome’s history. Our guide was so knowledgeable and had pictures with him of what it would have looked like years ago which we appreciated. A must do tour!!!
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