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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

Why Travelers Choose 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.
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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, Oct 2018

Laura was an awesome tour guide. Highly knowledgeable, great personality, made a history lesson fun!

, Oct 2018

This tour exceeded my expectations! We got into the Colosseum and Roman Forum quickly (even though it was a Saturday) and the group of 25 was a great number. Our guide, Laura, has so much knowledge about all of this history in this area and even brought visuals to better explain what she was telling us. She gave enough information to get a good idea of what we were looking at but not an overwhelming amount, which would be easy to do when exploring that much history for three hours. I'd highly recommend to anyone visiting Rome!

, Oct 2018

Amazing and love that we can roam freely around the area.

, Oct 2018

Skip the Line made it very easy to enter the Colosseum and Roman Forum. The guide was very good and explained it all in great detail. The climb up Palatine Hill was very strenuous and hot.

, Oct 2018

Our guide was very informative and patient with our group! Being able to skip all the lines was truly a major plus for this tour!

, Oct 2018

Guide was very professional and knowledgeable! I recommend the tour. But you must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time!!

, Oct 2018

We got to see everything we wanted to see but it was a bit difficult to understand our guide as her english was not very clear.

, Oct 2018

Our guide, Nicola, was definitely feeling the moment. He was deeply knowledgeable and enthusiastic and we never were aware of any lines, even when we had to queue up for the metal detector. Like many people, I'd been fascinated by the Colosseum and Ancient Rome since I was very young, and Nicola made it all come alive, especially Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. If you book only one tour on your trip to Italy which is what we did, it should be this one.

, Oct 2018

We had Rosaria as our guide and she was absolutely phenomenal! Had us engaged the whole way through. The tour in general was also very organized and easy to navigate through. Highly recommend!

, Oct 2018

Nickolai was a very informative tour guide! He was always one step ahead of us and and answered all of our questions! With so many tour going off at the same time at the same place, this becomes a very challenging job! Even though the place was PACKED Nickolai was very cordial. Great Job Nick!!

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