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

Roma, Italy
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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Skip the entrance line at the Colosseum so you won’t waste any time getting inside to marvel at this Roman icon. On this walking tour of ancient Rome, you’ll explore the amphitheater with a guide, who entertains you with tales of gruesome gladiator battles. Then head to Palatine Hill to learn about the origin story of Rome before ending at the Roman Forum to see its ancient ruins. If you want to enhance your experience, upgrade to a small-group tour that includes access to the arena floor.
  • Avoid hours of waiting in line with priority admission
  • Explore the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum
  • Learn about ancient Rome and its unique origin story
  • Upgrade to a small-group tour with access to the arena floor

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get the standard Colosseum experience with skip-the-line entry as well as Palatine Hill and the Roman 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 at Largo Gaetana Agnesi just off the blue metro line. 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 imagine 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 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 customer names, we will cancel the booking. Name changes are not permitted once the booking is confirmed.
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.
  • Each traveler must present a valid passport or ID document that matches the name provided at the time of booking for successful entry to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
  • 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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      Colesseum and Forum
      Philip_L, Feb 2024
      Loved this tour! Our guide, Julian, was excellent with a very thorough knowledge of the Colesseum. He had a terrific sense of humor as well. I highly recommend.
      Very good tour!
      Rita_K, Feb 2024
      Very good tour, informative and we really enjoyed the tour guide. He stayed after to give us restaurant ideas. Will use this company again.
      Colosseum tour
      Martin_C, Feb 2024
      Really interesting and informative tour. Paula was a brilliant host and explained so much during the tour which we would have missed if we had just gone round on our own
      Steven_D, Feb 2024
      Excellent tour. Francesco was a very informative guide made it all the more pleasant Well worth doing this tour
      Amazing tour.
      Eileen_V, Feb 2024
      Great tour. Our Guide Alex was so knowledgeable, informative and fun for myself and my 17 year old son. Both of us loved every moment, skip the line was definitely worth it. Amazing
      Sunhat, sunglasses and a bottle of water needed
      Jeremy_D, Feb 2024
      Really enjoyed the tour, however at three hours long and lots of walking be prepared! The Colosseum part was my favourite bit of the tour - magnificent structure however all elements of the tour were informative and interesting.
      Thank you Alessandra
      Alistair_D, Feb 2024
      Alessandra Negroni was a very nice, knowledgeable guide who made the long walk with some climbing very pleasurable. She had also read books by my former neighbour who discovered Caerleon Roman remains
      Excellent tour
      Shauna_F, Feb 2024
      Fantastic tour, well worth the cost. Our tour guide, Paola Pagano, was excellent - very informative and friendly.
      Organized, and Informative
      Kelsie_A, Feb 2024
      This was an excellent tour experience! We loved that our guide brought photos of the colosseum and ruins to help us visualize what we were looking at. The tour was the perfect amount of time to appreciate the places without feeling too long. The tour ends in the Roman Forum so it was enjoyable to walk around for a bit longer after the tour concluded. The guides were easy to find- you’ll need to walk up stairs after being dropped at the metro stop- this took us a minute to orient to but once we were there it was easy to navigate.
      Great tour
      Becky_M, Feb 2024
      Great trip, highly recommended to others, the group was a nice size and the headphones really helped in such a busy space!
      Excellent family tour
      Rachel_L, Feb 2024
      Our tour guide was Orso/Urso (meaning bear) and he was fabulous. Wonderful to listen too and full of information dispelling a lot of myths about the Colosseum and the fights there. He explained what really happened and how a particular painting plus Hollywood gave rise to certain stories. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are also worth having a guide there. He had pictures to show how things looked in the past or might have looked to give perspective. Very attentive. Would recommend.
      Amazing tour!
      Tyler_h, Feb 2024
      The tour was unbelievable! One of my favorite parts of my trip. We took the tour with family and the company was great! So professional and easy to find the meeting point. Paula was our guide and was so knowledgeable about every spot we saw. I loved the history lesson while touring and skipping the long lines was great! Highly recommend!
      Kasia_K, Feb 2024
      It was great, Flavia is an amazing tour guide. However the 20 min toilet break at the beginning lowered the enthusiasm
      Tina_G, Feb 2024
      Paula was the best, she really took her time to explain everything and show us around. Loved the humour “just Push and Smile”.
      Fantastic. Glad I took the tour. Got much more out of it than if I had gone alone.
      Victoria_G, Feb 2024
      It was a pleasure to take this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and fun. Very personable and got to know her group as well.
      Take this tour! It’s worth it.
      Cathleen_H, Feb 2024
      Fabio is as an experienced, well-versed guide, whose Roman history is extensive and peppered with mini side stories about culture and behavior related to the characters from Ancient Rome. Highly recommend!
      Hailey_A, Feb 2024
      Tour guide Simone was funny and knowledgeable. We learned a lot about the history and saw all parts of the locations. Had a great time!
      Maria Luisa 10/10 guide
      Bryce_M, Feb 2024
      Maria Luisa was 10/10; super knowledgable, entertaining, ran a great show. Group size was great too, got to be personable. English is perfect.
      A must do in Rome!
      Alannah_S, Feb 2024
      PG was excellent! He was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our group, explaining everything we could possibly want to know about the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill! He helped us to navigate the crowds well and was quite funny too! We absolutely recommend!
      Best guide ever!!
      Valdiane_D, Feb 2024
      I loved it!! Nikolas was excellent he has a lot of knowledge and humor as well haha 😂 He's very kind always doing his best to guide us. If you are looking for a great guide that's The one. Thank you so much Nikolas!!

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