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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

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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

Ann E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our guide, Francesca, and the tour were excellent. We were given a monitor and earphones so we were able to hear her at all times.. Our guide was very informative and showed us pictures of what the colosseum would have looked like in roman times. Well worth the money as the experience was great.
She also advised us not to buy water of the pedlars on the streets as they reuse bottles they find and just fill them up with water!

Suzanne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

We were so happy that we booked a tour for the Colosseum. Our tour guide, Alessandro, was fabulous. He was so knowledgeable and his passion for the Colosseum came thru loud and clear. I could hardly believe we spent 4 hours there!! Love it!

sldugdale

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This tour was really interesting!

Douglas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This was an excellent tour. Our tour guide Tizziana was excellent. She was knowledgeable and kept things interesting with her additional commentary.

Anna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our tour guide was so knowledgable and kept the tour interesting. It was obvious he was passionate about archeology and its significance in history and the world.

Phil A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

You really need to do this trip, Ancient Rome is just too important to miss. Book early in the day if travelling in summer as the temperatures rise, and often little shade.

Gillian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

I booked this for my friends. I gave them heads up regarding taking water and umbrella or hat. Feed back was they enjoyed the tour.

Calvin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Worth the .

sarasru

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

We did this one in the morning, and we were glad we did. When we came back later in the afternoon, the place was packed. The tour guide was an archeologist, and he was able to answer every question from the group. His English was really good, and he had great stories for the group.

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our visit to the Colosseum and Forum were extraordinary! As first-time visitors, we had no idea what to expect. But our guide was extremely knowledgeable, we truly had no waiting (cutting in front of hundreds of other tourists not on a tour), our group size was manageable (24), and we did not waste time wandering around aimlessly. Without our guide's help, we would never have heard the stories, hit the right spots, or really understood the importance and magnificence of what the Romans constructed 2,000 years ago! Highly recommended!

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