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

Roma, Italy
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From $45.94

Price varies by group size

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-You will not receive a refund if you cancel.

  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • 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
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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
    • Please provide the full names of all travelers when booking. Failure to present a voucher with all travelers' full names at the ticket office prior to entry may result in denied entry to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
    • 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
    • Please note: All participant names are required at the time of booking in order to enter the Colosseum. If we do not receive the full customers names, we will cancel the booking. Every customer is required to carry a valid ID that matches the name on the ticket, or an entry will be refused. Name changes are not permitted once the booking is confirmed.
    • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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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!


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        Great way to see the sights
        Carol_D, Dec 2023
        Fantastic guide. Very friendly and knowlegeable. Her array of photos enhanced the whole experience. Was very easy to book. Joining instructions were clear and tickets were available in the app. Lots of walking and stairs so check details before booking is essential. Recommended.
        Excellent experience!
        Rachel_J, Dec 2023
        Superb guide with a friendly informative tour!thank you really enjoyed would highly recommend for anyone visiting
        Impressive Tour Guide!
        Heather_R, Dec 2023
        WOW! We were not expecting to be given an tour by an archaeologist who was part of one of the digs in the Roman Forum. Clearly it was informative and so much to take in. The storytelling was engaging and brought it all to life. I'd definitely recommend this tour. There was no wait to get in with this tour when we went in November. The group size was just right, and we could hear clearly.
        Terrible service
        Anu_M, Dec 2023
        Will never use Viator again. The bookings are third party so Viator takes no responsibility for any resolutions when things go wrong. Lost $600 on a booking that the third party refused to change due to severe weather conditions in Rome. I did not ask to cancel, only to rebook the next day or even later the same day once the weather improved. Viator response was to deal with the third party directly and that they could not do anything further.
        Excellent and educational
        Andi_M, Dec 2023
        Chiara was excellent. Very thorough, very engaging, I really loved this tour and highly recommend! Lots of walking, but lots of fun.
        Great Job Right Guide
        Charles_C, Dec 2023
        Our tour lasted 3 1/2 hours and the guide was very knowledgeable about all three locations. HIs knowledge of the Colosseum made us feel like we were there back in Roman times. He took the time in the perfect areas for pictures and gave us a chance to take it all in. One of the sites in Palatine Hill he actually work at during the dig. My only recommendation would be to try and keep it at 3 hours. While I was fine with it, there were many in our party that were restless towards the end and ready to move on to other things, thus the 4 out of 5 stars.
        Colosseum Experience
        Doreen_R, Dec 2023
        Excellent tour - Simone was a excellent guide. This was my family's 1st time in Rome and my daughters 21st birthday. He made it a truly memorable experience! Thank you so much!
        Must Visit!
        Joyce_A, Dec 2023
        The Colosseum & Roman Forum is definitely a must visit! Great to explore these ancient ruins and learn a little history.
        Coliseum tour you must book
        Bert_B, Dec 2023
        The tour guide Patrick was excellent very knowledgeable and very approachable with questions. Absolutely recommend this tour , ask for Patrick. Bert Buckley Ontario, Canada
        Seemless, friendly and informative
        Allan_F, Dec 2023
        I'm so glad I decided to book this tour. It was all seemless and took the effort out of what could have been quite a confusing experience. Instead of trying to work out what to do, where to be, how to navigate the endless pass and security checks, our guide breezed us through the process while educating us along the way, for 3hrs! Well done and thank you!
        Great tour and amazing guide!
        Raissa_M, Dec 2023
        This tour was incredible and very worth it. Meeting point was easy to find and the radios really helped everyone hear what the guide had to say. Maria Luisa was an AMAZING tour guide! She had several pictures to showcase and give context to the historical facts she was sharing, and was incredibly knowledgeable and a great storyteller. We highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome. Thank you so much!
        Informative tour guide...
        Svetlana_N, Dec 2023
        Informative tour guide Julia took her time explaining everything and not rushing the tour. Very fun, highly recommended.
        Must do!
        Amy_W, Dec 2023
        Absolutely 10/10 guided tour. Our tour guide, Ambera, was incredible and taught us so much! Definitely recommend getting Ambera for this tour - she is hilarious and so knowledgeable. The access to the sights is also great. Thanks
        Colosseum / Roman Forum / Palatine Hill
        Amariah_P, Nov 2023
        S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G This was an amazing tour from start to finish. My guide was so kind and very knowledgable on all the locations visited. She was fun and personable as well. This was such a core memory moment standing where hundreds of thousands stood before me watching gladiators fight to the death and to see the amazing construction of building and monuments that were so old. Makes me wonder why we stopped putting that much heart and soul into building now like they did so long ago
        Fantastic Day Terrific Guide
        Jeffrey_M, Nov 2023
        Our guide really knows the ins and out of the Colosseum. Had a great time touring around this famous site.
        Awesome walk
        Froilan_V, Nov 2023
        Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us so much info,I was mind blown.The Coloseum,Forum and Palatine hill,do the tour guys,you won’t regret it….
        My guide was so knowledgeable and personable!
        Micaela_C, Nov 2023
        Silvia was an exceptional guide! Not only was she incredibly personable and animated, but she has her PhD in archeology and knew everything there was to know, even down to what the mortar was made of! She answered all our questions and provided visuals to help us envision what the ruins looked like centuries ago. This was the best way I could have seen these sites!
        Amazing what was once below ground
        Sandra_F, Nov 2023
        It was amazing how much excavation needed to be done to uncover the old buildings. The doors for some buildings are high, due to excavation. I also enjoyed the information about how old materials had been "recycled" for more modern use.
        The tour was great. Our...
        Suheir_I, Nov 2023
        The tour was great. Our tour guide ambra was amazing very passionate and knowledgeable. She explained everything clearly with the storyline and the sketches she brought with her helped even more.
        Silvia is Muis Bueno!
        Phil_K, Nov 2023
        Great tour led by Silvia who shared excellent knowledge, and had continuous passion with her group throughout the tour. We would sign up for one of her tours every time in the future. At the end of the tour she shared a list of her places. I asked her for carbonara recommendation and she shared Osteria Nannarella which we visited today, and she was 100% correct.

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