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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

dlauzze

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Cladia was the best! What a tremendous tour. Do not miss it! She brings Rome to life!

Rosemarie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Well organized. Good customer service. Wonderful tour guide.

June K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour covers a lot of ground and history but Francesca I think was great, very knowledgeable.

Aladin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very informative tour with an excellent guide.

Loll46

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was great! Really informative and our guide Maura was knowledgable and funny - a pleasure to listen to.

thomas w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Good tour. The skip the line was great as the que was huge without a tour. Guide was very personable. At the end of the tour we broke off and explored the Palestine area further. Good time of year. Avoid late summer trips if you can because of the heat and crowds

Rachel Helen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was wonderful, mainly because our guide Patricia was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. She answered all questions in great detail and really brought ancient Rome to life. The use of head-sets was a very good idea as it enabled us to hear her clearly even when we weren't standing next to her.

Garry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Magnificent. What made this tour was the guide from City Wonders. He was fantastic, unfortunately the guide who took over for the tour inside the Colosseum to take us to the lower and higher levels was not nearly as good and the sound equipment she used to talk to us was of a poor quality. Bring your good walking shoes folks this is a a long walk but not to be missed.

Benjamin V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We really enjoyed this tour. Very educational and the tour guide was very easy to understand.

April A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Marvellous tour, our guide Halina was brilliant. She really brought the history of Rome to life, she was full of information and enthusiasm. It was the highlight of our time in Rome.

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