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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Official Guided Tour

Roma, Italy
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2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 6 more


Take a guided tour of the Colosseum, including skip-the-line admission, to get the most out of your visit. By exploring the amphitheater’s first and second tiers with an official Colosseum guide, who has a background in history, art, and archaeology, learn about the origins of this iconic Rome landmark. Hear stories about gladiator battles and Roman emperors, and marvel at the engineering of the ancient structure. Then visit Palatine Hill and the ruins of the Roman Forum.
  • Skip-the-line admission to the Colosseum with a guided tour
  • Entrance fees included
  • Learn about the Colosseum's history and engineering from a knowledgeable guide
  • Listen to tales of gladiator battles that once took place here
  • Explore Palatine Hill for views of Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum
  • See ancient ruins like that of the Temple of Julius Caesar and Arch of Titus

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Tour the Colosseum’s 1st and 2nd tiers with an official guide before heading to the forum.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the typical group size?
Group sizes for this tour are capped at a maximum of 15 travelers.
How long is the tour?
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes long.
What languages is this tour offered in?
This tour is offered in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian.


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Joann B
, Oct 2019
Our guide,George, had so much Information to share along with pictures describing the Roman times. He was very interesting and easy to understand. It did seemed rushed trying to fit in all the information even though our tour was 2 1\2 hrs. We were glad we had reserved tickets as it was very crowded and we talked by everyone at the entry point.
Colosseum & Forum
, Oct 2019
Guide for Colosseum and Forum was extremely knowledgeable. Her expertise made for a really enjoyable experience.
G & D Swift / Australia
, Oct 2019
Our guide was Simona Mariotti who was also an archaeologist. She spoke very good English,was very passionate about the tour and we enjoyed it very much.
PG was amazing!
, Oct 2019
Appreciated skipping the long line, it was a wonderful audio guided tour and our guide PG was both knowledgeable and fun to listen to. Thank you.
Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum
Elizabeth W
, Oct 2019
My husband & I enjoyed this tour. There’s so much to see & the tour guide shared what was important to know. Definitely recommend the tour to skip the line.
Great guide too crowded
Beth D
, Oct 2019
The guide was good and the skip the line excellent but the site allows too many people at same time. Given that we are glad we went.
Skip is a wealth of realistic joy in his knowledge of Italian History and Sociology
, Oct 2019
We were with Skip for 6 hours on our tour of the Collesseum and also Ancient Rome. He has wonderful leadership skills and also social graces for all kinds of different people. His English is good and entertaining. He brought a sense or realism into the history of the places we saw and the people who lived at that time. He is very valid in his point of view. We particularly liked his ability to tie us to the actual physical buildings and how changes came about in those structures. Very nice gentleman. Highly recommend him.
Misguided Information
, Oct 2019
Coming from a cruise ship and knowing that the drive to Rome was critical timing for our Colosseum tour, we booked both a private car and the Skip the Line Colosseum private tour trough Viator. We assumed that since all were booked together on the phone with a Viator representative, the driver would know our schedule and places of meeting tours for Viator scheduled tours. WRONG! We were dropped off at the wrong place; we were told we had to go to a completely different area which was a 10-15 minute walk. Needless to say, we missed our tour and had to buy new tickets. Even if he had dropped us off at the correct location, we would still have been late and not allowed in...this tells me the Viator phone representatives do not do anything other than read from a computer and click buttons.
Lost my money
, Oct 2019
Due to inefficiency in the local airport and unexpected closed metro stations, I could not arrive a half hour early to the tour as required, only exactly on time. I was told that since part of the price went toward entrance to the venue, this was non-refundable. The only option offered would be to book a tour at a later day, where I would be charged only a second time for admission. Since I was scheduled to fly out before the next available tour, this idea was irrelevant. Every side to the story can justify himself, but the only one to lose out was me. I feel like the grocery store owner who was left with no grapes after every visitor tasted exactly one.
Thank you, Paolo!
, Oct 2019
We arrived late for the tour due to transportation issues. Tour in the City personnel were very helpful by phone and in person. Although we missed the Coloseum portion, they walked us meet the group for the remainder of the tour. Paolo was welcoming, knowledgeable and experienced. The time flew, and we we learned a lot in one hour. He definitely left us wanting more. The downside of the 4:00 tour was limited time to explore the rest of the ruins before closing time, but it was a great introduction. Thank you Paolo and team.

Product code: 20905P4

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