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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Roma, Italy
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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    Why Travelers Choose This Tour

    Get the standard Colosseum experience with skip-the-line entry to the first two levels as well as the Forum.

    What's Included

    • Professional Expert guide
    • Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
    • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
    • Visit of the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
    • Fully guided visit of the Colosseum
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Largo Gaetana Agnesi
      Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

      Meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, on the little square above the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Your guide coordinator will be waiting here wearing a blue City Wonders polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition.

    End point

    • Palatine Hill
      Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy

    What To Expect

    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: Arena Access in a Semi-Private Tour (3 hours)
    For a more thorough exploration of the Colosseum, in a smaller group format, select the upgrade option when booking for a tour that includes access to the arena floor —sections of the Colosseum that are not accessible to all ticket holders.

    This upgrade offers an exploration of the Arena Floor, which was the site of gladiatorial games, staged hunts featuring exotic animals, dramatic executions, and even simulated sea battles. You'll be amazed by the breathtaking view, have the opportunity to see the underground area where the spectacles were prepared, and get a glimpse of the location where the Emperor's box once stood. You’ll see more than most visitors do. Your tour ends with a visit to the Roman Forum, as described in the standard tour.


    1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Palatine Hill

    1 hour Admission Ticket Included

    Roman Forum

    30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
    • Italy’s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Please note that the itinerary for our tours may differ from the advertised order of destinations. We assure you that any changes made to the tour itinerary are carefully planned and intended to enhance your overall experience
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips

    Book early in the day if travelling in summer as the temperatures rise, and often little shade.
    be aware that it is very hot during the summer time, take lots of water.
    Highly recommended, and plan to stay in the Forum and Palatine Hill after the tour ends, so bring snacks and water!


    17,071 reviews
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    "Not a small group"
    Dennis_H, May 2023
    Guide was great but due to another guide not showing, our small group of no more than 24 people ended up as a large group with over 40. Trying to get 40 people to stay together during the tour with lots of other tours and other visitors was difficult and she ended up having to wait for the group to catch up several times and with such a large group and a very hot day, it was almost impossible for her to find shady spots to stop in.
    Avoid Viator Coliseum Tour
    Cynthia_S, May 2023
    Tour guide ended the tour at the Coliseum + left us to tour The Forum/Paletine Hill on our own... No reason was given. VERY disappointed. Viator has refused Refund Request. I will now dispute with Credit Card Company.
    Enjoyable Tour
    Balasundar_V, May 2023
    This was a wonderful tour . The guide Sarah was very informative and knowledgeable. We could skip the huge queue and save time . It was worth the money spent. Shall certainly recommend this tour to friends and relatives.
    Great Experience
    Daniel_D, May 2023
    Great tour, Umbra was very informative and engaging. Got to see the colosseum and the Roman Forum, as well as the old palace!
    Worst guided tour experience
    Enrique_L, May 2023
    Had a nightmare experience with Viator! Viator and co. seemed like they overbooked our May 13, 2023 tour group and they split us up with the main group to get in the Colosseum but they lost us once inside Colosseum. Our 4 people group spent our time inside the Colosseum looking for Carlo (our tour guide) instead of enjoying it. Asked for a full refund and still hoping that Viator will reconsider their decision and give us a full refund. This is supposed to be the highlight of our Rome vacation but turned out to be a disaster.
    Brilliant very informative
    Katie_L, May 2023
    Loved it Brenda was amazing and the whole trip was fantastic The whole trip was amazing The views of the palatine hill Was well Worth it
    Wonderful but do it in the morning.
    Jorge_R, May 2023
    Maria was our guide and she was wonderful. This tour is great but do it in the morning! we did it after the Vatican tour and it was too much for us 😅 We walked around 20,000+ steps between the two tours. You will do a line with all the other groups but you will be inside the Colosseum within 15min (So I guess u won't skip the line no matter what tour you book). This tour was enough for us approximately 3 hours walking.
    Just ok
    Donna_S, May 2023
    It was just ok we learned a lot but the guide kept getting too far ahead and we lost him a few times.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Must see! Amazing sights! Great guide helps!
    Therese_K, May 2023
    This is a must see. Around every corner was another OMG! Great tour, great guide. Maria Luisa was well informed and shared pictures of what the area would have looked like compared to ruins we were looking at. Had a lot of archaeological knowledge. We did Roman Forum first, then Palatine Hill, then Colosseum. Other group at our time did opposite. 9 am tour was worth getting up early for. Beat some of the crowds and cooler temps.
    Great way to learn about the history of Rome
    Mike_P, May 2023
    Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. It was a hot day and she took this into account. We felt we received an excellent insight into the history of Rome.
    Great overall, toilet break before tour started took too much time
    Rachel_B, May 2023
    Great overall experience. Our guide. Maria Luisa, was very informative, personable, and engaging. The only thing I didn’t like was that at the beginning of the tour (our 2:30pm start time), everyone was given time time for a toilet break which ended up cutting into 20 mins/half an hour of our tour as the lines for the colosseum bathrooms were really long. I think it would be more effective to tell people to go to the bathroom in advance so that everyone can be prepared (and still do the bathroom stop in the middle of the tour). This way, everyone can plan their day and “make up” that time with an earlier finish.
    Beautiful tour
    Halle_M, May 2023
    The guide and the folks who help get everyone in their groups were super helpful. It was great to go to these places - I was hoping palatine hill was a little more involved but it was kind of - here you go walk around.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Figure out transportation...
    Jennifer_O, May 2023
    Figure out transportation ahead of time and if you are not on time they will leave and they will not work things out with you.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Awful Experience!
    Dana_T, May 2023
    Awful experiences! Bought ticket for Green Line bus and waited over 2.25 minutes. Finally bought ticket on Greyline. Made it to Coliseum with 10 minutes to spare, only to find that Coliseum tour was a 15-20 minute walk away!!! Missed the tour and had to buy a ticket for a different tour group!!!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Time well spent
    Debby_G, May 2023
    Experiencing the Colosseum first hand and walking through the Roman Forum gave us a new appreciation for the history in Rome.
    Tour guide was a no-show
    Zeba_M, May 2023
    Our guide never showed up! This was upsetting but we made the best of it. I cancelled my other tour with City Wonders.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Eddy’s the best!
    Georgianne_D, May 2023
    Our guide, Eddy, was amazing!! He was very entertaining and knowledgeable. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip!
    Evelyn_O, May 2023
    It was very bad experience since my family of four expected an amazing experience with the help of our tour guide but when we came to the meet up location we were told that the tour guide was sick. City wonders tours personnel were there to give us the ticket for 5 but we’re only 4. So now we were over charge. They said they are going to give us the refund. Until now I did not see any refund for my account. I paid $255. The ticket cost 80euros for 5 persons. Pls. Viator make sure I will get my refund by now 5/25/23. The tour was 5/22/23.
    Did Not Enjoy
    Kara_C, May 2023
    The tour director was not exciting at all. Lost our attention within the first 15 minutes. The scenery was great, though.
    Colossal tour
    Renee_R, May 2023
    Make sure to arrive to your tour at least 30min it’s early. I arrived late with my group so we missed out on getting the guided tour.
    Meh - not worth the money or time
    Julie_K, May 2023
    The tour offered an easy way to get in to the Colesseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine but that’s about all it was good for. Our guide was not very interesting.
    They canceled 5 minutes before
    Andrew_G, May 2023
    Tour guide didn’t show and there was no backup plan. They didn’t even automatically process my partial refund like promised.
    A dream that came true
    Ahmed_B, May 2023
    Entering the Colosseum was a dream that came true. Very good and informative Tour Guide, yet she has to ensure that all group members are around. Maybe walking slower is an option to check every group member is around some of whom take stairs slowly due to health restrictions.
    Being able to see the...
    Michelle_B, May 2023
    Being able to see the colosseum, Roman forum & palatine hill was amazing. Our guide, not so much. Julia was a bit like the teacher you wished you didn’t get in school. She didn’t offer a lot of interesting facts about the monuments, she offered more of an Italian language lesson. She was abrupt and sometimes even rude. Loved the tour, not the guide.
    Extremely bad service
    Valentino_A, May 2023
    I traveled from Florence, I train was late 5mins, so I was hoping to be there 5 mins late. Despite I called the operator, refused to wait and vitator refused to adjust in next tour and refused to refund.
    Our tour got bumped from...
    Karen_B, May 2023
    Our tour got bumped from 10:20 to 11:20 and at noon we were told our guide had not shown up - option was to go alone with no guide - not the same experience not knowing what we were looking at and the history
    Let down at the last minute
    Dean_K, May 2023
    The tour was cancelled at the last minute as we were told no guide was available which resulted in us paying 20 euros more by a rival company overall very disappointed and I'm hopeful the full refund is made as soon as possible
    Wonderful tour
    Susan_S, May 2023
    Emiliono was an excellent guide. He gave us an excellent understanding of the importance of the places we went. He was extremely kind and patient.
    Perfect tour of Colesseum, Forum and Palentine Hill.
    Shawn_B, May 2023
    Very thorough and pleasant tour.The guide was very good: friendly and knowledgeable. Just enough time in each place.
    Well run tour
    michelle, May 2023
    We have booked other tours through Viator on this April/May trip and have 5 guides to compare and Tours. What I do know that Rome is extremely busy in peak season. Doing a Tour helps to elevate the stress out of queuing for your own tickets. Having a tour guide opens up a world of knowledge that you can't find on your own. Our guide was knowledgeable and really tried to maintain the group together. For someone quite young she did a fantastic job. You can see that she enjoys the history. The Colosseum was busy but not as crowed as the Vatican. Finding the Tour we were anxious as coming in from the Train Station its crowed. To begin with we were in the incorrect area and needed to go above the Train Station, we gave ourselves plenty of time, so once the tour company was found we were ok with waiting the hour. The tour guide pointed us to toilets throughout the visit, which is a big deal in Rome. There isn't many public toilets and the only way to often use one is to go into a cafe/ restaurant and have to purchase food.


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