Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum, Forum, & Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

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94 reviews

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum, Forum, & Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

From US$ 63.04 per person

Save precious time with skip-the-line access on a guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Listen to unforgettable stories that will transport you to ancient Rome on this 3-hour tour.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Travel back in time with tales of gladiators at the imposing Colosseum
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to 3 of Rome's most remarkable landmarks
  • Learn about the birth of the city with a guided journey at Palatine Hill
  • See the ruins of the Roman Forum come to life and hear about their past
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Roman Empire as you stroll around
Full description
Decipher the ruins of Ancient Rome with an expert historian, discovering the origins of an empire at Palatine Hill, the growth of democracy at the Roman Forum, and the gore of the gladiator games in the Colosseum. In a small group, you can engage and interact with your expert guide easily. Your tour starts at the Colosseum, where you bypass ticket lines with pre-reserved skip-the-line passes. Your guide will lead you inside, up a set of stairs, and through the arches for your first glimpse of the world's most iconic sporting ground. Explore the first and second levels, hearing stories of the gladiators that fought here by choice (or otherwise), of the emperors who decided their fate, and of the captive audience whose graffiti still marks the walls today. The Colosseum had more uses as well, some of which you’ll hardly believe—your guide has all the details. The adventure continues at the Roman Forum. You’ll appreciate having a historian as a guide here. As you wander the streets, they can make sense of the ruins for you, pointing out the subtle differences that reveal whether the structure is a moneylender’s shop, public bath, or any number of common ancient structures. Learn what life was like in the days of Caesar, Nero, and Hadrian, and how Roman society functioned. Finally, climb the hill to see the palaces of Palatine Hill, built on the grounds where Romulus and Remus were discovered by the she-wolf in the legend of Rome’s founding. After an incredible day of making ancient history come to life, you’ll part from your group feeling more in touch with the beautiful ruins of Rome.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Headset (for groups over 6 people)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance of Colle Oppio Park on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. The entrance to the park is opposite the Oppio Caffe. If arriving by metro, please note that the park where is located on the street above the metro station. You will need to take the stairs up from inside the metro station to reach the street above. Exiting the metro on the upper street level, turn to face the Colosseum and then walk to your left 150 meters to find the Oppio Caffe. A coordinator will be waiting there to check you in.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The Colosseum is subject to occasional closures. You will be informed before any last-minute closures, modifications, and time permits
  • Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs, or strollers
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4.9 /5

based on 94 reviews

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Excellent small group walking tour of the Colosseum (ground floor and first level up) and the immense Roman Forum area, including Palatine Hill. Our guide was an expert on the history of all of this and presented it with wit and charm via the easy and clear radio system. Our group was 6 people. A word about the meeting point: our map gave us no clue as to how high above the base level of the Colosseum it was, so arrive extra early.

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October 29, 2022

Francis was very good. He is so knowledgeable and informative. You can tell his is extremely passionate about Rome and is eager to share his experiences with you. He also added humour and vigour to the tour keeping us all interested and alert. A must see tour and worth the price. No issues with registration. Meeting point was clear and the Walks staff are respectful and professional.

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September 2, 2019

Donato was an excellent guide. He was friendly, very knowledgeable and made sure we had the tour we wanted. It is a breathtaking tour! Loved the stories that went with some of the art pieces. I think if you were in a large group you would miss out on so much information.

September 2, 2019

Product ID: 49080