Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour

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From US$60.60

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    Why Travelers Choose This Tour

    Get the standard Colosseum experience with skip-the-line entry to the first two levels as well as the Forum.

    What's Included

    • Professional Expert local guide
    • Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
    • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
    • Fully guided visit of the Colosseum
    • Colosseum Entry ticket (€17.60)
    • Colosseum Entry ticket with Arena (if Semi Private option is selected €23.60)
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Largo Gaetana Agnesi
      L.go Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

      Meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, on the little square above the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Your guide coordinator will be waiting here wearing a blue City Wonders polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition.

    End point

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

    What To Expect

    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: Arena Access in a Semi-Private Tour (3 hours)
    For a more thorough exploration of the Colosseum, in a smaller group format, select the upgrade option when booking for a tour that includes access to the arena floor —sections of the Colosseum that are not accessible to all ticket holders.

    This upgrade offers an exploration of the Arena Floor, which was the site of gladiatorial games, staged hunts featuring exotic animals, dramatic executions, and even simulated sea battles. You'll be amazed by the breathtaking view, have the opportunity to see the underground area where the spectacles were prepared, and get a glimpse of the location where the Emperor's box once stood. You’ll see more than most visitors do. Your tour ends with a visit to the Roman Forum, as described in the standard tour.


    1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Palatine Hill

    1 hour Admission Ticket Included

    Roman Forum

    30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Italy’s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Please note that the itinerary for our tours may differ from the advertised order of destinations. We assure you that any changes made to the tour itinerary are carefully planned and intended to enhance your overall experience
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • 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

    Book early in the day if travelling in summer as the temperatures rise, and often little shade.
    be aware that it is very hot during the summer time, take lots of water.
    Highly recommended, and plan to stay in the Forum and Palatine Hill after the tour ends, so bring snacks and water!


    18,549 reviews
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    Great tour!
    Linda_F, Sept 2023
    My husband and I enjoyed this tour immensely. Barbara was a very personable and informative guide. We considered going to the Colosseum on our own, but were glad we took the tour! We learned so much more than we would have on our own.
    Colosseum tour is amazing
    Sarah_R, Sept 2023
    The Colosseum is amazing to see. Very crowded on a Friday morning in September, but our guide did a good job of getting us in quickly and efficiently. She was very knowledgeable.
    The Only way to visit the Colosseum.
    FREDRICKA_L, Sept 2023
    This is our first visit to Rome. We chose Viatour because it is Teip Advisor recommended. We were so lucky to have this person as our Guide today. Jiula was truly an amazing Tour Guide. Her knowledge of Roman history is vast and she shares it all in a way that is easy to understand. Her English language skills are impeccable. She remembered everyone’s name on the Tour which makes it so much more personable and pleasant. She was a delight from beginning to end. She answered all questions, never rushing us. She was always mindful of peoples’ needs - whether it was stairs or a restroom stop. We would encourage anyone reading this who decides to visit to Colosseum to take this Tour. If you’re fortunate enough to have Jiula as your Guide, you’ll be as happy as we were today.
    Fantastic step back in time.
    Bradley_P, Sept 2023
    This was a fabulous tour it was made even better by our fab guide PG who was both knowledgeable and humorous. I thoroughly recommend this tour
    Excellent tour
    Joseph_D, Sept 2023
    Oksana was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable of the subject matter. Thoroughly worth the skip the line option.
    The tour was well...
    Fiona_T, Sept 2023
    The tour was well organised, the tour guide very knowledgeable and we definitely learned a lot more than just walking around on our own!
    Amazing tour! Unlike any other…
    Kyle_B, Sept 2023
    This is probably the best tour I’ve ever had. The guide was very intelligent with a background in history and archaeology. She was smart and very funny! It was a great time :)
    Colosseum Tour
    Dan, Sept 2023
    Our tour guide Ting was contagiously enthusiastic about the history of Rome and knew all the best spots for photos too.
    Trip left without us! Caught up and was told it was full??
    Ella_R, Sept 2023
    Trip left without us! Caught up and was told it was full?? Not sure why as we’d paid to be on the trip so how could it be full?
    Barth_z, Sept 2023
    The tour was excellent...just as advertised. Barbera was wonderful. The tour guides were exactly where they said they would be. Get there early to find it, all is good. Thank you.
    A true “bucket list” experience!
    John_G, Sept 2023
    The Colosseum was spectacular. Ancient history right before our eyes! The opportunity to “touch” 2,000 year old artifacts and hear their stories from our highly experienced guide was “priceless”! Fair warning though, you’d better be able bodied to embark upon this tour as the number of steps and walking inclines are challenging to say the least. That said though, our guide was extremely accommodating and kept a kind and watchful eye on the seniors participating in this tour!
    Beware of 3rd party tours
    Charlie_S, Sept 2023
    The day was a total lost because they either over booked and didn't have a guide for our group tour!
    Lots of walking and steps but worth it
    Donna_B, Sept 2023
    So much information given, it was almost hard to process it all. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the Roman empire it was impressive! While the coluseum was cool to see, my favorite part was Palatine Hill overlooking so many ruins from long ago! Great city photo opportunities!
    Worth it
    Jason_B, Sept 2023
    I believe our tour guides name was Lisa. She was tremendous. She provided so much additional information, took us to the great photo spots and did it at a good pace. Our group size was 12 or 13 which was great and we covered Palentine Hill and the Colosseum. Just so much history to take in! My one suggestion is to leave time inside the Colosseum to be able to browse the gift shop/bookstore. Skipping the line and having a tour guide is worth it! Would definitely recommend this tour and would do it again!
    Brilliant tour
    Kay_W, Sept 2023
    Amazing tour with Eddy! He was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable and thoughtful about rest breaks and the needs of the groups. Made our time in Rome enjoyable!!
    The tour guide was very...
    Eugene_S, Sept 2023
    The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the subject area and was able to answer any questions people had.
    Interesting and informative
    Pamela_B, Sept 2023
    I enjoyed learning about the history of all three parts of the tour: the coliseum, the forum and Palestine Hill. Our guide was very informative and engaging.
    anna_d, Sept 2023
    Our tour guide was excellent! She had great information and gave us time to expore areas on our own. The Colessum was very crowded but she did a great job navigating our group through the site. We also enjoyed exploring Palentine Hill!
    Amazing and memorable
    Harish_C, Sept 2023
    Our guide was wonderful. She was amazingly well informed, made trip very lively, amazing and memorable. THANK YOU!!!! Trip date and time: 2:30 pm, 9/21/2023
    Well worth it
    William_S, Sept 2023
    Highly recommend, we had a great tour of the colosseum and the surrounding areas. 5 stars from us ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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