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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 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

Michel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great guide. Very informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide, Barbara, happened to be an archaeologist and a fantastic tour guide. She told us some of the theories about what we were seeing, provided her POV and let us make up our own mind about what we think happened. She kept the tour interesting and exciting for my wife and I as well as our two teens. Highly recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour and loved the upgraded part and seeing underneath the colosseum. Guide was fantastic!

Lynn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great guide - great day! Highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour on a hot day! The guide was an archeologist so he really knew the history. We stayed out of the heat as much as possible and the tour was extensive and so informative! Would recommend to anyone

Harvey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had an exceptional guide - a PhD archeologist who gave us a rich and compelling look into the layers of history. She helped keep us going on a 95 degree day!

Lesley H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Alexandra our guide wasmarvellous very informative a truely lovely man. Very good on a very hot day. Briliant.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We were so lucky to have Francesca for our Vatican and colosseum tours. It was amazing just being there, but to hear her talk about it just made it so much better. The process was very organized and we'll run. Highly recommend it to everyone.

Demetrios M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Outstanding guide. She was very knowledgeable, cheerful and fun ! The explanations were in depth and interesting. Highly recommend it. One would not appreciate what they saw strolling along alone. The ruins were remarkable but brought to life by the guided explanations.

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What an experience a must see in Rome !! The tour guide was exceptional!! Learned a lot and would do it again!

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