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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

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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Yes, lots of walking however you see and learn a tremendous amount about the Colosseum, Paletine Hill and other local relative facts.

Highly advise you opt for the AM session and you will be wearing (like most yours) headsets so you can hear the guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Loved this tour. The guide Gia was very informative- I dont think you would understand much of these sites without a guide.
It is a walking tour.. so you do need to be prepared to walk around the sites even in the summer heat, but myself and my 11 year old didnt find it a fast pace at all.
Skip the line was also great- especially at the colosseum which had long lines the day we were there.

Rebecca I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We lucked out and got Rosie TWICE!!! She is absolutely the best. Best tour guide out there. Worth every penny.

Sarah L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Couldn’t have been more pleased with the tour! Cecilia was an excellent and informative guide. She shared so much about the rich history of the Colosseum and surrounding sites. Her passion and knowledge taught me so much. She also made time for breaks, water, and made every attempt possible to keep us in the shade!

Kai S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great tour!

Erik M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our tour was great. Incredible amount of knowledge was given, and the guide was great as well. Very knowledgeable and very passionate about her profession!

Kayla E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had a great time with our tour guide Ben, who led us around the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. It was quite warm even in the morning but we stopped to fills water bottles a few times which was much appreciated. The history is amazing and Ben knew a lot about Ancient Rome which enhanced the experience. Definitely do the tour!

Yvonne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Definitely worth the money to skip the lines and have a tour guide.

Linda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Well worth the time saved from waiting in line. A must see in Rome. The lines were extremely long this day, and we were able to skip. Great tour guide.

John A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Although extremely hot and humid, the tour was fascinating and informative. Our tour guide Alie(sp) was professional and learned in all aspects of our tour. Our whole family thoroughly enjoyed this tour but sure wished it had been cooler. Whew!

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