Rome, Italy

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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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, Nov 2018

Ear buds for hearing the guide, especially in crowds. Check function before the tourGuide had great pictures of the Colosseum as originally built. This was helpful since we were looking at ruins for the most part.Colosseum portion of tour could be shortened to allow more time on Palatine Hill

, Nov 2018

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. She gave interesting and informative information about Colosseum details. She readily answered questions and gave further explanations if requested. It was wonderful not waiting in line!

, Nov 2018

Great tour and great guide. Again a lot of walking so be prepared.

, Nov 2018

Informative trip .Excellent guide you need a guided tour to get the most from the experience .highly recommend this company

, Oct 2018

We had a great visit in Rome. So glad we used Viator like my daughter did in the summer when she went. Our guide was very knowledge and fun. We will use your services again!!!Thanks Maria!!!

, Oct 2018

What a great way to start our time in Italy ! Our guide was charming, educated ( a graduate student of architecture ) and had a wonderful sense of humor . She made sure that we were able to take in the sights and sounds as comfortably as the crowds allowed .The morning time was perfect for us .

, Oct 2018

Great guide, think her name was Flamino? Very knowledgeable and gave us a fantastic insight into Ancient Rome.

, Oct 2018

We did this exact same tour last year if you wanted to know how amazing it is. Please read my previous review.

, Oct 2018

Overall, I liked the Colosseum but was bored by the Pantheon and ancient rome. I'm not sure if it's the place itself, or it was because the tour guide was a bit monotonous. At the Colosseum, we were told stories about the ancient roman times, and it was quite fascinating to me. She did answer a lot of our questions.

I feel that that the tour guide cares about her work. Maybe she just needs some training on delivering more interesting and vivid stories about the attractions!

, Oct 2018

Excellent tour guide. Informed, energetic, humorous, and thoroughly pleasant guide made tour all the better. Highly recommend booking in advance and using this service.

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