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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.

Highlights

  • 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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This skip-the-line tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Rome! I recommend the upgrade for a more personal experience and access to areas of the Colosseum most visitors don't see.

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What You Can Expect

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

Claudine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

How can you not do this tour.

Lisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Absolutely amazing the tour guides were brilliant thank you a must if you go to Rome their knowledge of the history and architecture brilliant.

Hosam A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic tour. Fabrizio was the man! Highly recommended.

Nujood M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was marvellous going all around the colosseum and Rome forum we had great time going through old history of Rome with the our wonderful guide Francesca who was more that capable of delivering history to us smoothly and elegently she just made us want more and more thank you for such an informative guide and a wonderful tour.

Sylvia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was fantastic. Lara really knew her stuff and was fun to walk around with. She answered all questions thoroughly and really made an effort to include everyone. I am so glad we did this tour!

Gina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

So wonderful! Our guide Julia really brought the Colosseum and Ancient Rome to life. She was enthusiastic and a joy to listen to. We learned so much, worth every penny.

Adam H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour guide Livia was very good. Very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable. It was also good that she has pictures with her to show us what the Colossuem would have looked like in the day.
No complaints at all. Very easy to understand her too

Karen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Daniella was our tour guide and she was awesome with good experience about sharing the history of Colosseum and Ancient Rome. Kudos to you Daniella and we appreciate it. Until next time we for sure go back to Rome, Italy.

MARTIN R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent tour and quality tour guide. Price was very fair, exceptional professionalism.

Kelly W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Absolutely loved this tour. Our tour included the tour under the colosseum where the animals were kept and a tour of the upper level. The guide for this portion of the tour was part of an archaeological group and was very knowledgeable about everything colosseum!

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