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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

George B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a great tour. Our guide was knowlegeable and spoke perfect English. We will take this tour again on our next visit to Rome.

Kate United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a great and informative tour. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. It was an excellent, hassle free way to experience the Colosseum and some of the ruins of ancient Rome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained many interesting details of the colosseum and forum. Enjoyed hearing all the history.

Mustafa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

it was very well organized. our guide was quite knowledgeable and polite. definetly i suggest.

teresa s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour guide was amazing! Learned so much information from him. Money well spent!

Sheila A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A guia impressionou pelos alto conhecimento do conteúdo histórico. As 3h de conhecimento valeram muito a pena, recomendo!

William W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Highly recommend! Our guide was an archeologist and was very knowledgable and interesting.

denise m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was definitely worth every euro paid.....as a group of 4 in rome for 4 nights this was the best bit of our trip. Vasco, our guide, was great. Highly knowledgeable and entertaining....the sound equipment worked perfectly so we could hear him at every stage. Highly recommend this tour. Thank you Vasco.

Wai Kit K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour guide. Very informative and knowledgable tour guide. Highly recommended.

Olga H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was recommended to us by friends and it was just perfect, our tour guide was a blonde lady and I cannot remember her name, but she was awesome and knowledgeable and gave highlights and interesting little facts, never boring!! We cannot imagine doing Rome on our own! Totally worth every cent!

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