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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

Michelle R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour took us to the underground chambers and up to the platform and a few other behind-the-scenes locations. One of the best tours I have ever taken.

Mark G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I can't remember the name of our guide but she was great. She spoke with passion and knowledge and was fun to listen too. I would recommend this tour to everyone...

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent value for the money and a must as the detail provided by the tour guide you would never know if you did it alone.

Tristan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Good tour and tour guide, well planned, with a lot of good info.

Kelly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour. Magdalena was very knowledgeable and fun. She made the history come alive. The directions were very clear and we found our tour with no problems. The audio system was a big plus. Would definitely recommend.

Natalie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour! Totally worth the money! Our tour guide Laura was fabulous and very knowledgeable. even though it wasn and #39;t high season, the placentral was packed and the lines were very long. So sad we didn and #39;t booked more tours!

stephen c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

tour guilds are fantastic

Ian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Best way to see this remarkable building and historical Roman influence. Once again extremely knowledgeable guide was brilliant.

Parkman H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our guide held our attention with her intelligent and informed discourse for three full hours and more. From the Colosseum and Forum to the Palatine Hill she pointed out fascinating details of the physical layout, adding revelatory historical themes, biographies of the various emperors, and archaeological as well as geographical trends over the millennia. She fielded our questions with grace and insight. Her humor helped her to carry her knowledge lightly. I'm not sure how this tour could have been organized or executed in a better way. Well done!

Joey H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very experienced and knowledgeable guide.

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