Guided tour

Rome: 3-Hour Colosseum Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

Guided tour

Rome: 3-Hour Colosseum Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

From US$ 65.42 per person

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on a 3-hour skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum, Imperial Forum and Palatine Hill. See the ruins of the temples and the mighty arena of the Flavian Amphitheatre and ascend one of the legendary 7 Hills of Rome.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Coliseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill with skip-the-line access
  • Learn all about the amphitheater and the gladiators from your guide
  • Hear about life during the Roman Empire as you visit the Forum and Palatine Hill
Full description
Learn the story of the Roman Republic and its most important monuments on a half-day tour of Ancient Rome. Enjoy skip-the-line privileges at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman (Imperial) Forum. Meet your guide at the starting point, before enjoying panoramic views of the best preserved part of the Colosseum. Get a detailed description of the Colosseum from the outside, before skipping the long lines to step inside. Once inside, learn about the spectacular entertainments put on during the Roman Republic. Discover the construction techniques invented by the Romans. Hear about the great feats of the gladiators and their battles with wild animals. Marvel at the technological advancements of the Roman engineers to build the Colosseum. Walk around the 1st tiers to reach the arena. Learn about the trapdoors and all the mechanisms used to animate the games. Your guide will entertain you with tales of sea battles, and tell you about the cages where the lions were kept. Imagine the roar of the crowd as their blood lust was met. Continue to the 2nd tiers for the best views of the Colosseum, inside and out. Next, go to the Palatine Hill to see where the elite emperors took residence. Admire the views of the Circus Maximus on one side and the Roman Forum on the other. See the ruins of the Temple of Julius Caesar, built in the same spot where his body was cremated. Look at the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius and much more.
  • Colosseum and Ancient Rome guided tour
  • Small group tour
  • Walking tour
  • Professional tour guide
  • Skip-the-line, special entrance
  • Entrance ticket for the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation to/ from the attractions
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in Via delle Terme di Tito on the corner of Via Nicola Salvi. Look for the guide at the park entrance holding a "Tour in the City" sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Selfie sticks

Know before you go

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the terrain conditions of the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forums
  • Children discount from 14 up 18-years-old is applied only with a valid ID card
  • Important: please note that you cannot go inside the Colosseum with large bags/ backpacks/ suitcases. It is possible to bring only small bags since the Colosseum does not provide a cloakroom service, you cannot carry this kind of article inside the Colosseum
  • Please bring photographic ID for the security check into the Colosseum
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Selfie sticks cannot be used inside the Colosseum for security reasons
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 24 reviews

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Good tour. I enjoyed learning more about the colosseum which is difficult to enjoy without a guide. This tour was fast pace and didn’t leave a lot of time for photos and sometimes difficult to understand the guide. The three hour tour lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes.

March 30, 2023

Andreas is a good guide and speaks English clearly (very important!) . The tour starts on time and we get through the security checks etc seamlessly. Andreas’ tour is informative and lively. There is no dull moment in his company. He answered our questions patiently. I like the part when he shows the group what the place used to look like and then explains what it looks like now. That enables all of us to visualise and understand what we are looking at. A few in the group had sore knees and are elderly. Andreas is thoughtful and arranged for them to use the lifts and slowed down for them to catch up. Highly recommended! and I hope to join his other tour groups in the future.

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March 30, 2023

Gids wist veel en met enthousiasme te vertellen, een aanrader ! Dat maakte veel goed, we waren ruim op tijd bij het colloseum, maar Helaas was het meetingpoint niet echt duidelijk doorgegeven…alleen een adresje. Wanneer je te voet bent, ben je niet zomaar ter plekke in de wirwar van mensen en tourbegeleiders. We moesten door de metrohal naar boven en vandaar verder…

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March 30, 2023

Product ID: 80088