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Take a guided journey through the heart of the ancient Roman Empire while exploring a triad of its most important surviving monuments. Hear tales of blood and glory inside the mighty Colosseum, walk among the ruins of temples and senate buildings at the Roman Forum and see where imperial palaces once stood sentinel atop Palatine Hill. Beat the long public queues with skip-the-line access, and learn the history behind these impressive landmarks from an art historian guide.


  • 3-hour tour of ancient Roman highlights
  • Led by an art historian guide
  • Tour the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Learn about daily life and legends of the ancient Roman Empire
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access
  • Soak up stellar city views from Palatine Hill
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience

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Skip the Line: Colosseum Tour including Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Roman Forum

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A must do in Rome. There is always something new to learn about the Colosseum and the surrounding ruins of the Forum and Palantine Hill - highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a great experience! Special thanks to our tour guide, Valerio. Valerio was a standout of the tour with a wealth of information and humor. We took a tour of the Vatican with OverRome. The tour and guide here was much better.

We got to the meeting point early and was able to find our group. We didn't realize that the meeting place was actually down in the metro station vs. up top outside of the Colosseum. This caused a bit of confusion, but everyone was so helpful in the area so we found our group.

Side note- and maybe other travelers realize this, but if you're new to tours like me then this could help you make a choice on using a tour or not. Skipping the line is KEY! Not only does skipping the line mean you don't have to wait in line to actually purchase tickets your guide will have your tickets with him upon arrival, but you don't have to wait in line to get into the event/tour/landmark. For example, Valerio told us that 30,000 people a day can visit the Colosseum. All these people are only admitted in increments of 3,000 people. When you utilize the skip the line tours, then you do not have to wait to be one of those 3,000 admitted. You are granted access before anyone else. GREAT opportunity to learn, gain access quickly and really develop an appreciation for whatever you are visiting BEFORE the regular crowd.

Travel safe!! Enjoy!! You can't go wrong here with Valerio and Viator.

Patricia Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The guide was excellent. She spoke English very well and was very knowledgeable. We met her at the assigned place and were given headsets for the audio. We did skip the line and were glad we did as it was quite long. We saw a lot and learned a lot. If you just walked around without a guide you wouldn't really know what you were looking at or the significance of certain things. We felt it was a good tour and were glad we did it.

Deborah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour. Would definitely recommend. The tour guide gave us some interesting facts and stories during the tour. Got some great photos of amazing views.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our super star guide Val made a whole difference to my time at the Flavian Amphitheatre. It's amazing how he explains the architecture to this magnificent structure and how he is able to bring you back in time to really see/experience the Amphitheatre and Palatine Hill as if you were really there. Then he is able to relate the historical aspects to the modern day significance. An intellect and a truly articulate guide. Thank you again Val!

Marietta C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My tour guide was great! Very knowledgeable! My family enjoyed every minute of it!

Max N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful Day. Very hot-but learned so much. If you want to learn about everything instead of just looking-you really need a tour. There will be details you won't forget-and they are fascinating!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

claire s w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really great tour - Frederica was great. Really knowledgeable , and puts it across in such a great way, that you learn loads and want to find out more. Another couple of hours would have been great!

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