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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

Stephen W United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The half-day walking tour of ancient Rome and the Colosseum is a must do event. Alessandro was a great guide with a formal background in history and great depth of knowledge. We covered things in greater detail than we anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed it. We moved at a good pace without rushing...with very entertaining commentary by Alessandro. You will love this tou!

david g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

If you get the chance to do this tour with the purple fishour guide you will be extremely lucky. She had so much energy to keep the tour and your time extremely enjoyable. We did several tours during our trip, and this one with the extra addition of seeing below the arena and above the third floor is a must


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Pur guide Peter George was awesome. He was extremely knowledgeable but also considerate to our needs. He made sure the pace was good for everyone and that we remained hydrated during his super informative tour. He was great!

Rachael L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide was great! She knew so many facts and explained everything well. It was very crowded when we went and we got separated too far to hear at one point so STAY CLOSE. The meeting place was easy to find with the description. It was a lot of walking but that's expected. We got in very quickly and easily.

Amanda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Hillaria with city wonders did a wonderful job. It was entertaining and very informative. Would recommend.

Arvind B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was the perfect tour to start our Italian Sojourn. If you have not seen the Colosseum with this tour, then probably, you have not been to the Colosseum.

Our tour guide knew his job well. It was all the money's worth to skip the line and be able to visit entire Colosseum like a VIP!

Fiona m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Well worth the money. Alina the tour guide was brilliant. She was very welcoming and gave great information. The tour was best day out of holiday.

Fawaz A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour wad amazing!! Very informative.

Very very very much recommended if you want to see and hear stories about the Ancient Rome and colosseum.

Use suitable shoes for comfort walking... and ask about tour guide named Sev or Sef, he will show different angels and different stories.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We just took this tour with Alessandro as our guide. He is an archaeologist and was so informative! Trying to see these sights on our own would have been stressful and time consuming but Alessandro took care of everything. We moved straight through the lines, learned so much and were able to get great photos in the process.

Shawn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

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