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

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Official Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour in Rome
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From US$47.07

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Offered in: English


Avoid the long entrance lines at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill during this skip-the-line tour of the sights in ancient Rome. With a guide, head into the Colosseum to walk in the footsteps of gladiators, emperors, and plebeians as tales of the brutal games ring in your ears. Stroll amid the ruins of the Roman Forum, then discover layers of Roman history on Palatine Hill.
  • Skip-the-line tour of ancient Rome and the Colosseum
  • Bypass the main entrance line at the ancient amphitheater
  • Walk along the Colosseum tiers and learn about the gladiators
  • Discover the temples and monuments of the Roman Forum
  • Hear tales of ancient Rome and the Renaissance on Palatine Hill

What's Included

  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Entrance Ticket (18€)
  • Official Professional Guide and Passionate Storytelling
  • Audio Equipment to hear the guide clearly
  • Colosseum with Arena Access (24€; Only if Option Selected)
  • Assistance from the Office
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting And Pickup

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End point

  • Palatine Hill
    Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy

Ticket redemption points

  • Largo Gaetana Agnesi, L.go Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
  • Via della Polveriera, 8, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
  • What To Expect


    1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Roman Forum

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Palatine Hill

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Upon choosing our guided tour, you acknowledge and accept that the admission fee to the archaeological sites is 16 euros for adults(22€ for arena option), accompanied by a 2 EUR booking fee, and free admission ticket for children under 18. The remaining amount is voluntary and includes services provided by skilled licensed guides, headsets, booking fees, and other tour amenities. Our goal is to provide transparency and ensure your understanding of the cost breakdown, allowing you to fully recognize the value of our guided experience.
    • ID may be required for entrance (especially for guests under the age of 18). Guests who show up without ID cannot be guaranteed entrance.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    • It is forbidden to bring inside the Colosseum: glass, sharp objects, alcohol, spray
    • Terms and conditions of this tour activity are clearly reported on the reservation voucher
    • Pets are not allowed
    • In July and August due to the heat the duration of the visit is 2 hours and a half
    • Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips

    Even though you pay to skip the line if your party is less than 18 people apparently you go in the middle que, still had to wait an hour before getting in so be prepared!
    Is a great way to avoid the long lines and get insight into the historic sites.
    Don't kid yourself that it's enough to walk or drive by this awesome structure.


    3,135 reviews
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    Guide misplaced our entry tickets. We sat and sat and sat.
    Billy_B, Sept 2023
    The tour guide left tge groups entry ticket to the Coliseum at Palatine Hill. We were denied entry and sat for 30-45 minutes waiting for a supervisor to show up. He arrived and it still took another 20 minutes to be allowed in. Poorly done, inconvenient, and I wouldn’t recommend this company at all.
    It was a nice experience...
    Ghada_M, Sept 2023
    It was a nice experience with our excellent guide! Perfect explanation perfect presentation So many pictures to show
    Great Experience
    Anuska_K, Sept 2023
    Very informative tour. JC was our guide and did a great job. He is knowledge and professional. Overall, great experience and highly recommended!
    Great History!
    PattiM_S, Sept 2023
    Our tour guide, Alexander did a marvelous job, telling us about all the history! This is definitely a must tour that everyone should go on when you come to Rome!
    Ok, not amazing!
    Igor_M, Sept 2023
    The tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate. He spoke English well, but with a very heavy Italian accent, so it was a little difficult to understand. Overall, it was ok.
    Discovering Ancient Rome: A Historic Expedition
    Mohammad_K, Sept 2023
    We absolutely enjoyed our tour! Lara (I think this was her name), our tour guide (a historian and archaeologist), brought a wealth of knowledge and passion to the experience. Her expertise added depth to the tour, which, lasting three hours outdoors, was well-managed. Lara ensured everyone had access to water and bathroom breaks, and we lucked out with Rome's cloudy weather, avoiding extreme heat. Here are some useful tips: 1. Bring your own headphones with a headphone jack. The disposable headphones provided on Italian tours tend to be of lower quality, and it's also a greener choice. 2. After entering the Forum and Palatine Hill, there's a coffee shop selling water bottles for just 50 cents, with coffee at only 1 euro. So, hold off on buying water beforehand. 3. Some tour companies use radios with sim cards (they're not exactly "radios"). These radios maintain a connection with the tour guide even if you fall behind or need to use the restroom. This is a significant advantage in crowded tourist spots. Seek tours with companies using these newer radios (this one was one of them) for a smoother experience.
    Intellectual Tour of Ancient Rome
    Kathleen_P, Sept 2023
    Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative, with an academic background in history. She also spoke French!
    Wonderful tour with the amazing Patricia!
    Susan_M, Sept 2023
    Fantastic tour with Patricia, our guide, She was very knowledgable and friendly and always looked out for the whole of the group, ensuring every need was catered for.
    arlene_s, Sept 2023
    Knowledgeable,fun,and funny tour guide who gave us a comprehensive tour for 3 hours.I highly reccomend this tour.
    Karen_B, Sept 2023
    Fantastic tour with JC. Different from our other tours on our trip to Rome. JC made the tour fun as well as giving us all a ton of interesting history. Recommend!!
    Great tour
    Paul_L, Sept 2023
    Our tour guide JC was very knowledgeable & explained the history very informatively. Highly recommended
    Great tour guide!
    Leslie_S, Sept 2023
    Our guide was great! He was very informative, was enjoyable to listen to and told us a lot of historical information that we did not know.
    Disappointed, guide pointed out the forum, did not take us.
    Susan_B, Sept 2023
    The tour of the Colosseum was good, from there and we walked up to Palatine Hill. From the hilltop our tour guide pointed out the forum, but did not take us through the forum (which other tour groups were doing.) Our tour guide was knowledgeable, however, her english at times was difficult to understand which was made more frustrating because she was frequently far ahead of the group and the transmitter had a short range. Would not recommend.
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    Carolyn_L, Sept 2023
    Maya was an excellent and entertaining tour guide with a wealth of knowledge. Our small group enjoyed an intimate tour despite the crowds.
    COLLEEN_S, Sept 2023
    Our guide was very knowledgeable about everything. Any question he had he answered with great detail. It was a great time, long tour but enjoyable.
    Great tour of Vatican.
    Wayne_S, Sept 2023
    We had a great experience. Claudia, our guide, was magnificent, knowledgeable and informative. Highly recommend.
    Eye opening experience
    Debra_W, Sept 2023
    Seeing Basilica! Learning history of Vatican city. Our guides knowledge and wit in relaying the info.
    Great tour!
    Gary_K, Sept 2023
    Our tour guide was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable about each place and the history that surrounded it. He made the trip very interesting and fun.
    Great guide
    Robert_W, Sept 2023
    Guide was first class made for a fascinating visit. Gave a full insight into the ruins and Roman life.
    Rome from the mouth of an archaeologist.
    Lorraine_M, Sept 2023
    Our guide Anna Lisa was the best. So informative and easy to understand. She explained the subject very well so that we could all understand. We came away with such a better understanding of both the Forum and the Colosseum. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, even forgetting how hot it was.

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