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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

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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Walking Tour

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.

Customer Reviews

Sandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Would recommend to anyone. Our guide was an archaeologist who worked on some of the digs in the area. She was very knowledgeable. The views were incredible. Just AWESOME

Sana Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour - just make sure to stick with the group!

Sasha H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Manuela was excellent! So knowledgeable, funny, and pleasant to spend a few hours with soaking up history. Thank you!

Marco B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Joseph did an amazing job on this tour. Lots and lots of good info.

Leica F Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was an excellent tour and our guide Paolo was fabulous. We were there on Easter Monday which is notoriously busy but we managed to get through the queues easily and without feeling rushed. The stories were great and I have a greater appreciation of ancient Rome than previously.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Absolutely AMAZING!

Ruben O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Seeing the Colosseum was amazing. The travel guide had a book with photos of what it use to look like which was great to compare what it looks like now.

anthony d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent insight on history of each area visited


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour! Definitely worth it for the skipping the line because the Colosseum can be very very crowded. You don't want to miss this!

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Had a great time with a terrific guide despite the Scottish weather.

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