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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

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

ian t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The Colosseum tour was great. You need to jump the cue's as they stretch for ages. The guides are great also giving you not only information but plenty of photos to give you looks at how things look before originally.

Anthony B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide was a wealth of knowledge and answered everyones questions articulately. Highly recommend this tour.

Phil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Forget every Hollywood sword-and-sandals movie you've ever seen. Instead, book a tour of these ancient ruins and discover the FACTS about their history. Our tour guide was Elizabeta and she was absolutely superb. A qualified archaeologist, she had been personally involved in excavations in the area around the Colosseum. She led the tour with passion, authority, friendliness and humour.

If you're 'on the fence' about whether to book a tour, don't be. Otherwise you'll be one of those tourists who wander around in a daze because they have no idea what they're looking at. The Colosseum, Forum and Palatine have little-to-no signage, and you really do need some expertise to make sense of it all.

Some further tips:

1 Book the earliest tour you can, before the heat gets unbearable
2 Wear comfortable shoes and take a bottle of water
3 Bring comfortable earphones to use instead of the ones supplied
4 Go with an enquiring mind and ask questions

Oh, and PLEASE leave your dreadful selfie sticks at home. You already have two selfie sticks - they're called ARMS.

Karen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Maura was an excellent guide. It was easy to find the group and she made sure we all stayed together. We could hear her well with a headset. Showed all the sights with great commentary as we went along. You will miss lots of things to see and explanations if you don't do a tour. She was very well informed

Dave D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour! well worth the price considering the long lines. In addition you are free to stay on in the Forum after the tour for the remainder of the day if desired.

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide, Damiano, was excellent. He provided a thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience. We got exactly what we were hoping for--a good look at the Coloseo and the Fora Romano, and lots of information that only an educated historian/archaeologist like Damiano could provide. I would always recommend stopping for a toilet break before leaving the coloseum. We did that. Thank you!!

Raashid H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a insightful and enjoyable tour.

Ken

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Guide was fantastic and well knowledgeable. Directions for finding location to meet were easy to follow.

Alysha W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great

tom.krawczyk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was excellent. She does this daily and studied archeology so she knew everything about the Colosseum and roman forum.

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