Skip the line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small Group Walking Tour

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Skip the line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small Group Walking Tour

From US$37.77

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Offered in: English


Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum skip the line sharing tour. Have fun discovering Roman history and Gladiator combats! Visit the Colosseum with an enthusiastic guide who will reveal many stories and anecdotes on Roman emperors and Senators. You will visit the Colosseum, go to the Palatine Hill to see the ruins of the Palace of the emperor Domitian,see the panoramic view of the Circus Maximus and then walk to the Roman Forum where triumphal Arches and temples are still standing as a symbol of the power of Ancient Rome. Like a time machine you will go back to Roman times! this tour includes skip the line tickets and a friendly storytelling guide who will bring Roman life back to life!
  • Receive skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum
  • Tour the Colosseum with a guide to learn about the bloody gladiator battles and other events held here
  • Visit Palatine Hill to see Circus Maximus, where chariot races once took place
  • Marvel at the ancient remains of the Roman Forum's temples and other sites

What's Included

  • Professional guide for 2,5 hours (if option selected for guided tour)
  • Admission tickets
  • 3D pictures to help visualize the scenario
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Santi Cosma e Damiano
    Via dei Fori Imperiali, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    The meeting point is in the square in front, OUTSIDE, of the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano, the church is located on Via dei Fori Imperiali (half way) & is close the entrance of the Roman Forum. You will see our staff in front of the Basilica wearing a uniform with the logos of the company. 

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

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
  • Normal sized backpacks are permitted as huge backpacks will not be admitted
  • Colosseums' Rules:No Permitted Sharps objects, liquids glass bottle, Drones, selfie-sticks parfumes & spray. Allow Plastic bottle water The tour runs in any weather conditions.
  • ID Card/Passport is a must for Colosseum access
  • Near public transportation
  • Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check; although skip the line tickets are included, there may be some wait time to pass through security checks
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note: if you arrive late you might lose the entrance or a part of the tour
  • Please note: the order of the itinerary might change. It is possible that you will visit first the Roman Forum and then the Colosseum
  • The meeting time can be subject of a slight change. In this case we will call/text you in advance.
  • Please note that due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for any persons with disabilities.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Small group tour average 26 people (maximum 28 people).
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Please note that you will be asked a full refundable 10 euros deposit at the meeting point in order to ensure all the radios are given back to the guide or our staff. Once you return the radios you will be refunded your 10 euros. If you don't give back the radios you will be charged 30 euros for each of them.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 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

Be aware that the tour is a little longer than most so bring water and a snack :) (we spent 3.5 hours but that might have been due to the bathroom break lines being so long).
Recommend you allow extra time in case the tour runs late.
Small means small - not 29 not 24 - more like 10 or 12!


787 reviews
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Fidias_N, Sept 2023
Andrana was an amazing tour guide, knowledgeable, passionate, inspiring. Overall the best tour guide we ever experienced!! Fedias Nicolaou
Accommodating and Entertaining
svg27, Sept 2023
Alice was super nice, very funny, and very considerate of the different capabilities of the group, ensuring we had time to rest, drink water, and use the toilet while walking in the hot sun. She was very knowledgeable and was easy to follow, showing pictures of what the structures used to look like and examples of what they used to paint. Very cool!
The BEST way to see the Coloseum!
Tiffany_A, Sept 2023
We did a 9:30am Sunday tour in September. It was very hot but our wonderful guide did her best to keep us all in shaded areas. Bring a water bottle because you will have lots of opportunities to refill it with water from area faucets. Part of the Roman experience for sure! We loved the way our guide explained everything for the history of Rome to the significance of the buildings & ruins. So very interesting! The only part that was crowded was getting into the Colosseum in the group tour line. Understandably jammed with tours trying to get in through the dedicated entrance and through security. Otherwise we were mostly crowd free.
Well worth it
James_J, Sept 2023
Very knowledgeable and patient guide, Georgio. Easy to find the meeting spot and although they changed our time by half an hour , it was communicated well in advance.
This experience was horrible and heartbreaking
Pisces_C, Sept 2023
Do not purchase this experience. First off, there is NO TOUR included in this experience, even though it says it in the title. Secondly, when we were picked up by who we thought was our guide but was just a person to get us into the Colosseum, we were told that we had 24 hours to use the ticket to get into the Roman Forum. So the next day, less than 24 hours after we visited the Colosseum, we were screamed at by the ticket clerk that we were sold a used ticket and was made to leave without being able to enter the Roman Forum. This experience is a scam. The only part of this that was nice was skipping the line at the Colosseum. Other than that, it was a horrific experience that led to my partner and I in tears and ruined her birthday.
Must do!
Jill_W, Sept 2023
Loved this tour! Our guide, Giorgio was amazing. So kind, funny and super knowledgeable. The forum, Palatine Hill and especially the coliseum are so important to learn about and we did. Giorgio also handled the crowds and the group really well.
Not Recommended At All...
Sameul_S, Sept 2023
There were none... Could not find the tour even with directions from the 'provider' and help from taxi driver. Missed the tour and did not get a refund.
Must Do Tour
Joy_B, Sept 2023
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and took in to account the need for shade when he spoke. Our only problem was with the hearing device we were given. Hard to hear him speak at times.
Great tour!
Kathy_B, Sept 2023
Learned a lot of interesting history! Definitely recommend. Would never visit the colostrum without this tour.
Great Experience
Tatiana_P, Sept 2023
Valentine was the best tour guide. Really enjoyed this tour to the fullest. Recommend booking this tour in the mornings during the summer to avoid the heat.
Karen_G, Sept 2023
On time, great information. Answered questions effectively. Organized well. Easy to hear and understand.
Jacqueline_R, Sept 2023
Great tour with lots of great historical stories. Well done and we really enjoyed our host. Loved the Palatine!
Nevolene_A, Sept 2023
Seeing the historical sites up close and hearing the detailed history . Seeing the remaining details on the ruins, tells a story of the way of life.
The Colosseum and the Roman Forum
Anna_B, Sept 2023
The sense of history and the building skills of the Romans were impressive. The guide, Alessandro, took us everywhere and he was very knowledgeable but approachable.
Good guide but don’t book in the heat
Lauren_T, Aug 2023
It was 100 degrees (literally) which made this a hard tour. We chose this one because it said Colosseum first (which was our priority) and Ancient Rome second (which we figured we could skip if it got too hot). However, the itinerary was changed and Ancient Rome was first which was awfully hot (there is no shade there). We ended up leaving the Colosseum before the end as the heat was too much. Our guide was good though, but the group was a bit large so we had to wait when people straggled behind in the crowd.
Informative and a small group
Curtis_C, Aug 2023
Group of 11 with knowledgeable guide who was easy to understand. 2.5 hours was just right for walking and standing tour.
Invaluable experience. Loved it!
Stephie_D, Aug 2023
There was a fault in the online booking and I had to come back the following day to do the colosseum tour. But they were very professional and proactive with the adjustment and it ended up being incredibly beneficial as the two guide I had both days were very informative and passionate about Roman history. I loved their ability to manage a diverse group of all ages and abilities and maintained an engaging and detailed dialog. Thankyou once again. Highly recommend. I learnt a lot more than if I attempted to do a self guided tour.
I did not receive the service I paid for
Marina_S, Aug 2023
I paid for a walking tour in Portuguese and I did not receive what I paid for. As you can see in the voucher, it is a walking tour in Portuguese, but they gave me a walking tour in a group in Italian and said that the walking tour was not included. I could not understand anything and they ruined the experience in my holidays. And it wasn’t cheap. I don’t recommend this company.
Bait and switch. Listing incorrect and false
jeffrey_m, Aug 2023
Be careful. The tour listing states this is a guided tour and it is only a skip the line. The listing needs to be updated and more clear. When we arrived the service provider said the listing was incorrect and we could pay additional to receive the tour listed.
Worst purchase ever
Stephan_K, Aug 2023
Worst scam ever this trip. Description says it includes guide + access to Forum Romanum and Palestine but it apparently doesn’t. So the only thing you get is a skip the queue ticket.. because as soon as your inside your “guide” says your on your own now and leaves with the tickets.. Worst purchase ever made from Viator, and support doesn’t give a flying ****

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