Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour | Skip the Line Tickets

Roma, Italy

From $65.67

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


Take a guided tour of the Colosseum, including skip-the-line admission, to get the most out of your visit. By exploring the amphitheater’s first and second tiers with an official Colosseum guide, who has a background in history, art, and archaeology, learn about the origins of this iconic Rome landmark. Hear stories about gladiator battles and Roman emperors, and marvel at the engineering of the ancient structure. Then visit Palatine Hill and the ruins of the Roman Forum.
  • Skip-the-line admission to the Colosseum with a guided tour
  • Learn about the Colosseum's history and engineering from a knowledgeable guide
  • Listen to tales of gladiator battles that once took place here
  • Explore Palatine Hill for views of Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum
  • See ancient ruins like that of the Temple of Julius Caesar and Arch of Titus

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Tour the Colosseum’s 1st and 2nd tiers with an official guide before heading to the forum.

What's Included

  • Skip the line Entrance ticket
  • 2.5 hrs Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill guided tour, group max 24 people
  • Official Guide
  • Earphones (over 8 people)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Colosseum's underground (unless you book the special option!)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via delle Terme di Tito, 72
    Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    The meeting point is at Via delle Terme di Tito on the corner of Via Nicola Salvi. Our Staff will wait next to the park entrance with a "Tour in the city" sign. MANDATORY meeting time 20 minutes before tour departure time.

End point

  • Roman Forum
    Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Palatine Hill

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Customers have a mandatory meeting time stated 25 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time due to managing and organizational reasons.
  • The Colosseum management does not distribute individeual tickets. We will have one group tickets for the entrire group. For this reason, we cannot give individual tickets to late arrivals.
  • PLEASE NOTE: as for the Colosseum new management, it might take few minutes to grab tickets for kids (if any of them are in the group) so the activity can suffer 20/30 min variation due to organizational reasons
  • The order in which the sites are visited during the tour can vary
  • You must have a valid photo ID to enter the Colosseum (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work.) You will be asked to also provide your name, last name and date of birth (at the beginning of the tour, if not provided beforehand.) Security may prevent you from entering the site if the information provided is not accurate and/or don't match the one on your ID.
  • Discounts for children under 18 years is applied only with a valid ID card!
  • Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3.000 people at once.This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors.
  • For security reasons all visitors and their luggage shall be screened.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Forbidden objects inside the Colosseum: bottles and glasses containers, alcholic beverages and aerosols, backpacks, camping, bulky bags and luggage / trolley
  • Please notice that the Colosseum Administration, which depends on the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit and offer a partial refund
  • Activity not recommended for people with motor lag
  • No change on a booking can be accepted after 24hrs to the starting time of the tour. In that instance, no refund will be issued.
  • For the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • The meeting point is at Via delle Terme di Tito on the corner of Via Nicola Salvi. Our Staff will wait next to the park entrance with a "Tour in the city" sign. MANDATORY meeting time 25 minutes prior to tour departure time
  • In case of late arrival or cancellation beyond the limits indicated in the cancellation policy by the customer, a refund is not foreseen.
  • Not recommended for travelers with walking problems
  • Not accessible for walker users
  • We kindly inform you that any kind of disability (visual impairment, hearing impairment,... ) or anything that might prevent you to regularly join the tour, MUST BE communicate in advance to our staff.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 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

This can be a long day so make sure you have refreshments and comfortable shoes.
It was a hot day so take plenty of water.
Worth every penny to be guided in/out easily and with such a rich explanation along the way.


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Good but misleading to state very few people
Candida_d, Jun 2023
Good way to Skip the queues and guide was good. But it’s misleading to say you get to see the Sistine chapel etc with very few people. Even though our tour started at 730 because we started with St Peter’s and then has to walk to the Vatican and go through all the rooms, we only reached the Sistine chapel around 1015 when it was heaving. Still, better than queuing and good to have a guide.
Great guide
Laurence_V, Jun 2023
Easy to find meeting point. Tour started on time. Queueing with everyone else but that went quite fast. Very knowledgeable guide to point out and explain things we might have missed otherwise. Absolutely packed out though in last week of May, still fabulous to see.
Great tour
Sandy_H, Jun 2023
Katarina, our guide was knowledgeable, entertaining and really a great guide. She got us in and out and to the best spots and even explained what ancient Roman’s did with sponges!
Learning History the Fun Way
Shannon_G, Jun 2023
Ancient Rome! What a fantastic way to experience it. The guide we had was knowledgeable and very passionate about what he was showing us. He explained things very well and very thoroughly. It felt like a university level history class! And we saw every amazing thing we hoped to see. I would have given this tour a 5 star review however it was so difficult and frustrating to find the tour guide. The meeting place was on the upper level, which being tourists we didn’t know about. Then we didn’t know how to get up there. Once up there our tour did not have an obvious flag… we asked five different groups before we found ours. Knowing this is an activity for tourists the web site and the instructions should have been much more clear about the meeting place. We were 40 minutes early arriving but it took us another 20 to find the group!
Great host and really informative
Diane_J, Jun 2023
Our guide was so knowledgeable and really friendly. The instructions for the meeting place were clear. All along the tour our guide told us so much information and where to get good photos. We were very impressed with the whole experience.
Magic and enlightening
Borivoje_M, May 2023
Great logistics and exceptionally educated and kind guide made this tour magic. Not only that we heard and walked through ancient Rome history, we lived it!
Great afternoon!
Suzanne_W, May 2023
Our tour guide, Francis Cecelia, was very informative and engaging. As a former teacher he engaged us with historical and funny stories. The tour was just long enough to see everything.
Are you not entertained
David_F, May 2023
Great guide. Very passionate about the history. Probably needed more time with the Collaseum though .
Eddie was a well informed...
Bianca_C, May 2023
Eddie was a well informed and enthusiastic tour guide who was easy to understand. Despite being crowded, we really enjoyed the tour.
Avoid at all cost
Frank, May 2023
Our flight was delayed over 5 hours and we were not able to contact to cancel because I would have had to have a Time Machine to do so. We never made it to the tour because we were still in the airport and they refused to give us our money back. Do not use them!!!!
A History lesson of Rome! Well worth it
Leigh_B, May 2023
Evis was our tour guide and was excellent. Her knowledge of the history of Rome was exceptional. We were very impressed with the pace of this tour and especially Palatine Hill, which was one of our favourite parts of the tour. Would highly recommend!
Great guide
Gary_S, May 2023
Amazing, the guide was so enthusiastic and made everything 10x better very well organised couldn't ask for anything better
Great history tour & guide
Amber_B, May 2023
We had a great time on this tour, learning lot about the history of the colosseum and enjoying great views of the ancient Roman ruins. Our guide, Francesco, is a former teacher and had a wealth of information about the colosseum and Rome in general. Highly recommend this tour!
Colosseum tour
Nancy_Y, May 2023
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained everything clearly. A lot of walking but we were good with that
Wealth of historical information for history buffs
WALTER_B, May 2023
Guide was very knowledgable. He pulled out his book and showed pictures of what things were like in Roman times as he explained them which added a nice dimension to the experience. By last 3rd I was getting quite tired and hot so my attention waned and I paid less attention as I was busy taking pix in the forum. But he gave out a lot of information if you gravitate towards the history of it all. I wish the underground was included but those seem to sell out well in advance. Overall I'm satisfied with the experience.
Great trip and tour. Professional
Barry_F, May 2023
Amazing. We will be back. The guide was very knowledgeable and professional. We learned a lot. Very impressive
Knowledgeable tour guide, easy organization.
Dian_K, May 2023
Very professional, found the meeting point easily. The tour guide, Monica, mastered the material and always look for our safety and comfort. In the middle trip, we decided to ditch the radio headset due to technical problem. But she managed to deliver the rest of the tour flawlessly. Finished on time. We are so lucky to have found this tour on the very last minute.
Fantastic tour guide!
Erin_T, May 2023
Our guide, Francis, was so knowledgeable and passionate about the history. It made the tour so enjoyable and fun! I highly recommend this company for anyone who wants a lively and interesting tour!
George was a fantastic...
Lisa_B, May 2023
George was a fantastic guide! He made the tour memorable with his knowledge and stories! I would highly recommend this tour.
Coliseum with viator
Richard_V, May 2023
Francis the guide made the whole trip so much better. His grip of history and his little snippets made a great trip even better
A great tour
Mark_D, May 2023
Fantastic guide who was very passionate and knowledgeable on the topic. The tour covered the key aspects of the colosseum and forum
Our group tour group had issue's entering; but not the fault of our tour guide.
LindaA_M, May 2023
It was a good tour... after "waiting 40 minutes" to enter. (This was not our tour guides fault; sorry, but forgot her name.) There were about 42 people, so we were split up into two groups. However, certain couples had the wrong entrance tickets, etc., and was suppose to go with the "other" tour guide, not ours. Otherwise, it was a good tour. Of course, our family of 5, would have liked "less" information about the Colosseum; over 30 minutes of information, was a little too much for us. (Would have liked more time, to look around on our own.) The Palatine Hill and Roman Forum however....was great, and we enjoyed all the sights! (Just a note, there's many steps to climb; so it's a bit of a workout.) I would recommend... only check first, you're in the "correct" group, with no entry ticket issues.
Amazing Colosseum Tour by Andrea
Zack_R, May 2023
Andrea Andrea was such an amazing tour guide today, he was so knowledgeable and personable, and made sure we all could hear him clearly during each of the stops along the tour today we would definitely recommend this, but be prepared for long lines at the Colosseum, those are unavoidable, and plenty of time to tour, the Roman forum and Ballantyne. He’ll even be on the designated tour time on your own if you’d like, definitely recommend this, there is no better way to tour the states that to have in a Storico tour guide, who is as passionate about his job as Andrea was.
Great tour!
Debby_A, May 2023
Tour guide was great…amazing places to see. The only complaint was with the headphones. They were too big to fit in my ears..had to physically hold them in place.
Our guide was very kind...
Emerald_S, May 2023
Our guide was very kind and knowledgeable, but it was unfortunately a little unorganized. Our tour was supposed to start at 3pm and last for 3 hours. We didn’t leave the meeting place until 10 after. The guide mentioned we’d get the radios/headsets once we got inside the colosseum, but he kept trying to give us information while we were waiting in line and it was hard to hear. We did not get into the colosseum until 3:45. Then we had to wait because while passing out the headphones it was realized that there weren’t enough. We did not have headphones/really step inside the colosseum until 4pm. The weather started to look gloomy so I don’t know if the guide started to speed up because of that, but we were outside of the colosseum by 4:30pm. We breezed through the Roman forum. It started raining (not too heavy) and the guide was good about positioning us under trees while talking so that was good. But then the tour was done by 5:30, which with the late start it felt like the tour wasn’t that long at all. Overall, it was just an ok tour.
Not worth it
deenie_d, May 2023
Guide was passionate and knowledgeable but we Cotonou hear about every third word because the radio system was so poor. We ended up quitting the tour and walked on our own.
Good tour guide but not Best experience
Alireza_D, May 2023
The tour was pretty good. Our Russian tour guide Katerina was sweet and had great knowledge. The head sets did not work but she tried everything to make it work. I don’t know why the head sets didn’t work and we weren’t able to use them. The tour was pretty fast but she went threw everything in the colosseum and the roman forum but we did not have time for the palatine hill which was optional to go if we had time. Our kids learned a ton and she tried her best to make it fun for everyone.
Archeologist’s perspective
Lynne_A, May 2023
Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly. It was very crowded and he managed to keep our group together and entertain us with stories of the coliseum's past. Also, tour meeting point was easy to find
Excellent tour guide...
Karla_L, May 2023
Excellent tour guide originally from Russia. Tour was just the right amoumt of time with interesting facts from the guide with pictures she had on her ipad.
Missed the tour
CheeKeong_C, May 2023
Bad experience, will never use viator app anymore in the future. I missed my tour cause I mixed up the date and viator app not link the tour date to my calendar. I only received the email on the day of my tour and time 12.55pm (tour time 1pm). Omg! what is point of sending that email..

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Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour | Skip the Line Tickets


2 hours 30 minutes
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