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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.  


  • 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

Christopher C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a fantastically good 3 hour trip. No long queue for the tickets and a private guide for the two of us. I did not realise that I had arranged for that rather than a group tour but am very glad I did. Our guide was brilliant: well informed took everything at the right pace and was a joy to be with. Quite a lot of walking - but that is because there is a great deal to see. All fascinating and excellently explained.

Karen Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Christina was a fantastic tour guide! She was so very knowledgeable about the Colosseum and The Forum. I would highly recommend a private tour with her if you can-you will not be disappointed!

Bradley J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Amanda was brilliant, her combination of passion for and knowledge of her subject matter was exceptional. Ancient Rome came alive !

Beth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amanda, our private tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable about the times and history about the Romans who lived centuries ago. Her explanations of the times went beyond just the historical perspective as she helped us appreciate the lives and challenges of those that walked the streets of Rome over 2000 years ago. Her perspective and knowledge of Rome throughout the centuries was astonishing.

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!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour. Very informative

Arline S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very informative, fabulous

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