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See the Colosseum and other sites of Ancient Rome from an art history perspective during this private tour with a specialized guide. After skipping the main entrance line to the Colosseum with your priority-access ticket, you’ll tour the amphitheater and hear tales about its brutal history. Then walk over to the Roman Forum, see the Arch of Constantine and enjoy views of the ancient ruins from Palatine Hill. Throughout your tour, enjoy in-depth commentary tailored to your interests.  

Highlights

  • Private walking tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
  • Skip the entrance line to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from a guide on this special private art tour
  • Customize the tour to suit your own interests
  • Listen to commentary from a specialized art history guide

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Art History Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Private Ancient Rome and Colosseum Walking Tour

Your walking tour starts at Colle Oppio, from where you can admire a view of the Roman Forum and Colosseum, Rome’s most iconic ancient landmark. Then head down the hill and enter the Colosseum with your skip-the-line ticket, which allows you to jump past the main entrance queue.

Inside, walk around the arena with your art history guide, listening to stories about the gory gladiator battles and other brutal events that once took place here. Then exit the Colosseum and walk over to Palatine Hill, stopping at the Arch of Constantine on the way. Walk up the hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, for a view of the Roman Forum and Nero’s Circus Maximus, where chariot races used to take place.

Finally, stroll along Via Sacra, aka ‘Sacred Way,’ the main road through the Roman Forum that connected the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill and was once used for Roman triumph ceremonies. Your tour ends here, from where you can continue exploring on your own. 

Please note: As this is a private tour, your specialized art history guide can tailor the commentary to suit your interests. When booking, please list any special interests you have, such as architecture, art or culture, so your guide can prepare.

Customer Reviews

Michael D B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Guide provided information essential to understand an appreciate the structures.

Elvira G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Michael H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Ms. Selenia was a wonderful guide, knowledgable and very personable. She spoke excellent English, and gave us a very in-depth tour and education about the antiquities we toured. We highly recommend this tour and Ms. Selenia.

Dale S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide was perfect! She was an archeologist so very knowledgeable and thorough while still being interesting and fun!! We had so many tours on our trip, unfortunately I can and #39;t remember her name, but she was from Rome, and we couldn and #39;t have been more happy with her!!

Sandy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour. Very informative

Arline S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very informative, fabulous

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!! Our tour guide Gulia sorry if I have spelt it wrong! was so lovely and patient and a wealth of knowledge, not just in the main historical facts but also in unusual and interesting details. My fiancée and I had hardly any knowledge of each site we visited but Gulia has these wonderful books with her which showed pictures of how it looks now and then she pulled over a transparent page with an artists impression of how it once looked. I couldnt recommend this tour enough as its so great to have the personal touch rather than listening to an audio tour. Also skipping the queues will help save you time so you can enjoy more of the sights of Rome!!

Ellen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour guide was very knowledgable and patient. I learned so much that had to do with the history of Rome, which could be applied to sites I saw later during my time in the eternal city. Worth every penny.

Adam A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Davee was an incredible tour guide. We went all over and he took us to the top of the hill, and explained everything about each area. He was fun and engaging and we really enjoyed our time with him.

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent

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