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Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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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.
Private Walking Tour
Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
Hotel pickup & drop-off with Sanitized Vehicle (centrally located hotels. Within Aurelian Walls)
Skip-the-line Tickets
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from hotel if centrally located (within the Aurelian Walls)

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Arco di Costantino
Admire the view of the most important Triumphal Arch of Rome dedicated to the Famous Emperor Costantine. This Arch represents a turning point of the Roman History and Art, a dividing line between the rise of the Christians and the decline of the Roman Empire.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Palatine Hill
The significance of Palatine Hill is that it was here that Rome (and hence the whole of the Roman Empire) was founded under the direction of Romulus. The Palatine Hill is the site of the Lupercal Cave where folklore says the twins Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf Lupa (symbol of Rome) who raised them. In later years, the hill became a residential district attracting the nobility. It was also believed that the air was cleaner at the top of the hill, and the nobility were less likely to catch the diseases of the poorer classes at the bottom. In time, however, the area gave way to imperial palaces and drew the famous such as Caligula (murdered here by members of his Praetorian Guard) and Nero.
Pass By:  
Tempio di Vesta
The Temple of Vesta (Latin Aedes Vestae; Italian: Tempio di Vesta) is an ancient edifice in Rome, Italy, located in the Roman Forum near the Regia and the House of the Vestal Virgins. The temple's most recognizable feature is its circular footprint. Since the worship of Vesta began in private homes, the architecture seems to be a reminder of its history. The extant temple used Greek architecture with Corinthian columns, marble, and a central cella. The remaining structure indicates that there were twenty Corinthian columns built on a podium fifteen meters in diameter. The roof probably had a vent at the apex to allow smoke release.
Pass By:  
Piazza del Colosseo
You will walk along this Piazza in order to access the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Nothing was added from the time of the Roman Empire, what you see, is more or less the view that the romans had in the past.
Pass By:  
Foro di Cesare
The Forum of Caesar (in Latin, Forum Iulium) is a forum which is part of the so-called Imperial Forums in Rome, where the first forum of this complex to be built. The construction began at 54 a. C., and was finished at 29 a. C. by Augustus. While the Forum of Caesar, underwent some renovations in time of Trajan and the year after the fire 283 d. C. Julio Cesar spent huge sums of money made in the campaign of Gaul (60 million sesterces as Cicero, according to Suetonius 100 million) to buy the land and expropriate private and demolish the buildings they occupied the area, and had also relocated to the Curia hostility and faces. Julio Cesar sent instructed Cicero buy land that would serve to build the forum. Roman law had such power that even the emperors could go over the contracts.
Pass By:  
Via dei Fori Imperiali
Admire the view of the famous Via dei Fori Imperiali, projected under the Government of Mussolini.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Eyes of Rome

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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 with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off?
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
See all safety measures taken by Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off.

Traveler Tips


  • "Make sure your accommodations are with in the pick up zone." See review
  • "I recommend this tour early in the morning because the crowds were not in the forum and they were just beginning at the colosseum." See review
  • "Worth every penny and will only be doing private tours from this point forward." See review

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Colosseum
MarieChristine_C
, Jul 2020
We had a very good time, of course the sad situation was good for us tourists, never saw the Colosseum so empty. Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly.
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Roma
refsoxdave
, Dec 2019
We felt quite lucky to have Azzurra Della Seta as our tour guide for a trip through time to the Coluseum and Roman Forum. She has a terrifically warm personality and is extremely conscientious, which we appreciated immensely. For example, part of our tour included a pickup and drop off at our hotel, in crowded Rome. Azzurra was at the hotel early and ready to scoop us - which helped a great deal as we were running late, but didn’t have to worry. She has great enthusiasm for the periods we wanted to tour, and is exceptional at educating those who also love the knowledge. Azzurra was a wonderful guide, and we had such a fun day with her!
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Excellent Tour
rmiller508
, Nov 2019
Alessandra was a great guide. We only had few hours in Rome so we chose to see the Coliseum and Roman ruins. The guide was very knowledgeable and walked us right into the Coliseum with no wait. She took us to the Trevi Fountain and walked to a quiet section of Rome with shops and restaurants where we said goodbye.
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Great Tour
Joseph O
, Oct 2019
Just returned from a trip to Rome with my wife and son , this tour was great for we never queued , the guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable , picked up and dropped off as agreed . Well worth the money
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Do not book this tour. Good sites, inconsiderate guide
DuPont S
, Oct 2019
We expected a van with a driver and guide as in Santiago, Chile. Marco hired two taxis. Marco continually walked too fast for our group of older travelers. I mentioned that to him numerous times. He said “(he) was a walker.” We had significant mobility issues that come with age. At the end of the three hour tour that took 2:20 hours, he was going to leave us to tour by ourselves. We were surprised that we had to remind him we expected to be returned to the hotel where he met us.
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Private Collosseum Tour with KArin
mickyandray1
, Oct 2019
This was by far my favorite tour while in Rome. Karin was fantastic. We decided to go with a private tour and it was worth every penny. Karin gave us a fabulous tour, rich in information, accommodated our needs, and paced it so we could take the pictures, see what interested us and supplemented it using her IPad and brought with her. My family loved the time we had with her. The pick up and drop off was also great to have. Make sure your accommodations are with in the pick up zone. This made our day so much easier. Thank you Karin for showing us the Colloseum and Forum with so much passion, humor , and enthusiasm. You were great :)
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Incredible history, the tour brought the past forward in our imagination
Cynthia Z
, Oct 2019
After hearing so much about the Colosseum, this tour did not disappoint. The brutality of the time is so difficult to imagine and gives me some hope that maybe we are making progress over the centuries as evolving humans. The Roman Forum was, in some ways, even more amazing...considering it had all been underground.
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Rome and the Colosseum
, Oct 2019
We were blessed to have Sarik as a guide! He knows so much history, he was sharing before and after photos of the Colosseum, he took us through the Forum, details of the working of every part of ancient Rome. He is so knowledgeable, answered every question, invited questions actually. He made this tour an excellent choice for us and we could not be happier with the tour!
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Extraordinary Guide and Tour
CJG87
, Oct 2019
Our guide, Rosalba, is experienced, prepared, expert, cordial and patient. Plus she was early when picking us up at our hotel. The tour was all that was promised - transport, timing, easy access to the attractions, and no lines (!). And she took us to a secret photo overlook of the Colosseum without a single other person there - an unimaginable rarity at attractions in Rome. There is really no better way to see these sites, and no better guide than Rosalba.
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Colosseum - excellent private tour
Flyer829309
, Oct 2019
Wonderful guide. Serena Is very knowledgeable about Rome’s history and knows how to make the information relevant and lively.

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