Rome, Italy

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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 5 more


Skip the entrance line at the Colosseum so you won’t waste any time getting inside to marvel at this Roman icon. On this walking tour of Ancient Rome, you’ll explore the amphitheater’s first and second levels with a guide, who entertains you with tales of gruesome gladiator battles. Then visit the Roman Forum to see its ancient ruins like the Temple of Julius Caesar. This tour is limited to 25 people. If you want to enhance your experience, upgrade to a tour of the Colosseum’s restricted underground chambers, arena and upper tier.
  • Skip the line outside the Colosseum with your priority-entrance ticket
  • Learn all about the gladiators and the emperors who decided their fates
  • Walk around the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, hearing its history from your guide
  • Explore the Roman Forum, seeing the House of the Vestal Virgins and walking along Via Sacre
  • Upgrade and gain access the Colosseum’s arena floor, underground chambers and third tier

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.
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.

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, Mar 2019

Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative, she was concerned with our well being and knowledge of the Colosseum and the Forum. Skip the line and having a tour guide was worth it!

, Mar 2019

Our Guide Gio, was excellent! She made the whole experience very interesting and full of facts without making any of it boring. We were well looked after and she really gave us the full experience. I would fully recommend

, Mar 2019

Our tour guide was fantastic and knowledgeable about the area. She was clearly passionate and we enjoyed the whole experience. A must do when visiting!

, Mar 2019

Saved incredible a amount of time and Nick was very knowledgeable with an in infectious personality.

, Mar 2019

Really great tour. Highly recommend it! Guide was very friendly and knowledgable, open to all questions.

, Mar 2019

Sara was so knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble. She was fun, light hearted and gave an in-depth knowledgeable experience of the colloseum. Everything was made easy from the meeting point onwards, Sara took care of it all including getting into the colloseum with tickets etc. We just had to follow and enjoy. Would definitely recommend.

, Mar 2019

It’s really awesome to visit the Colesseo and the Forum. I only know these from my college days. I never have imagined that I was able to travel to Italy, especially, Roma. Luckily. this is my first time to travel our of the country. It’s priceless!

, Mar 2019

Our tour guide, Alessandro was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. I’m so glad that Viator hires professional historians for their guided tours. 5 Stars!

, Mar 2019

Great tour! MARCO is AWESOME!! Didn’t get to go on the coliseum grounds but, it was due to current restorations so there’s nothing anyone could have done about that.
Marco is extremely knowledgeable and funny. It’s my 5th tour on this trip (Venice, Florence, Vatican, Athens and santorini) and Marco is the best tour guide my wife and I have had l.

, Mar 2019

A fantastic tour with a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide (GIGI), the fabulous weather helped a lot but there was nothing that the guide did not know.

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