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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 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

Dorothy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fabio was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and patient when we asked him questions about the Colosseum and the Roman ruins nearby. He had a flair for the dramatic when describing these amazing sites, which made the tour all the more interesting. He also carried illustrations to show us how each ruin looked in ancient Rome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

First time using Viator based on my brother's recommendation and I am upset I didn't know about them sooner. The tour was extremely well organized and planned. Sarah N was extremely knowledgeable and took her time on the important aspects. Her stories and facts about the Colosseum and Roman Forum felt as if I was transported back in time to when the events were happening. Great tour and highly recommend it to anyone going to the Rome.

Lisa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Best guide ever! Very knowledgeable and kept us entertained as well as providing the history.

Kath R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent trip. Knew we were going to the colosseum, but the Forum and the Palatine Hill were a surprise. Guide was very good.

Thomas P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing tour of the Colosseum and ancient ruins. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and led you on a journey throughout the walk. Highly recommend!

Cheryl P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour. Very informative guide.

Robert L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

skipping the line is a huge advantage. Time to do other things as well

Jill K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Doriana was an entertaining and knowledgable guide. Tour was packed with sights and information about early Roman architecture.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing!

Amy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was the highlight of my Rome trip. The insights our guide, Francesca, shared and her knowledge of history combined with where to snap exactly the right picture really made this a perfect morning. Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking on ancient cobblestones and other uneven surfaces but TAKE THIS TOUR!

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