Skip the line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Guided Tour

Roma, Italy
Skip the line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small Group Walking Tour
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum skip the line sharing tour. Have fun discovering Roman history and Gladiator combats! Visit the Colosseum with an enthusiastic guide who will reveal many stories and anecdotes on Roman emperors and Senators. You will visit the Colosseum, go to the Palatine Hill to see the ruins of the Palace of the emperor Domitian,see the panoramic view of the Circus Maximus and then walk to the Roman Forum where triumphal Arches and temples are still standing as a symbol of the power of Ancient Rome. Like a time machine you will go back to Roman times! this tour includes skip the line tickets and a friendly storytelling guide who will bring Roman life back to life!
  • Receive skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum
  • Tour the Colosseum with a guide to learn about the bloody gladiator battles and other events held here
  • Visit Palatine Hill to see Circus Maximus, where chariot races once took place
  • Marvel at the ancient remains of the Roman Forum's temples and other sites

What's Included

  • Professional guide for 2,5 hours (if option selected for guided tour)
  • 3D pictures to help visualize the scenario
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum (19 EUR)
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Roman Forum (if option selected)
  • Skip-the-line entry to Palatine Hill (if option selected)
  • Headphones
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Santi Cosma e Damiano
    Via dei Fori Imperiali, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    The meeting point is in the square in front, OUTSIDE, of the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano, the church is located on Via dei Fori Imperiali (half way) & is close the entrance of the Roman Forum. You will see our staff in front of the Basilica wearing a uniform with the logos of the company. 

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Palatine Hill

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Normal sized backpacks are permitted
  • Please Note: to access the Colosseum you need to add in your reservation the exact name and last name of all participants in your group and children need to be specified. In case of mistake in writing your name and last name in your reservation, if the Colosseum tickets controllers deny the access due to the wrong name and last name we decline any responsibility and NO REFUND will be provided.
  • ID Card/Passport is a must for Colosseum access
  • Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check; although skip the line tickets are included, there may be some wait time to pass through security checks
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note: if you arrive late you might lose the entrance or a part of the tour
  • Please note: the order of the itinerary might change. It is possible that you will visit first the Roman Forum and then the Colosseum
  • Please note that due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for any persons with disabilities.
  • Small group tour average 26 people (maximum 28 people).
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Please note that you will be asked a full refundable 10 euros deposit at the meeting point in order to ensure all the radios are given back to the guide or our staff. Once you return the radios you will be refunded your 10 euros. If you don't give back the radios you will be charged 30 euros for each of them.
  • -The entrance fee to the archaeological sites is 17 Euros for adults (23 Euros for the arena option), accompanied by a booking fee of 2 Euros. The additional amount covers services provided by experienced licensed guides, audio devices, booking fees and other tourist services. The aim is to promote transparency and ensure your understanding of the cost breakdown. In July and August, due to the heat, the duration of the tour is 2 hours. Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible. -Meeting time is subject to change; if this occurs, you will receive a call or message from the activity provider. please provide your correct phone number and country code. -ID mandatory. Guests who show up without ID cannot be guaranteed entrance. -The full names of all the participants in the booking is needed, incomplete information on the booking cannot be guaranteed entrance.
  • In summer time we suggest bringing a bottle of water. In summer time due to the heat the tour might last about 2 hours.
  • Not allowed: Pets, weapons or sharp objects, oversized luggage, smoking, alcohol or drugs, sprays or aerosols, glassware, unaccompanied minors, electric wheelchairs
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 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.

  • 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

    Be aware that the tour is a little longer than most so bring water and a snack :) (we spent 3.5 hours but that might have been due to the bathroom break lines being so long).
    Recommend you allow extra time in case the tour runs late.
    Small means small - not 29 not 24 - more like 10 or 12!


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    The best tour of the Colosseum
    Hope_P, Dec 2023
    What an incredible tour!! We learned so much from our guide and was so knowledgeable. Skipping the line was worth it and our guide even took us to a place with less people to take photos. Overall highly recommend!
    Great tour
    Stephen_R, Nov 2023
    Gina from Barcelona was a superb guide making great memories for our visit to Rome, fascinating knowledge and insight into Rome history
    Loved every minute...
    Ann_P, Nov 2023
    The colosseum and ruins were more than I expected to see. Amazing! Our Guide was awesome. She was very knowledgeable.
    Good tour, very informative
    Kendall_K, Nov 2023
    Guide very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the venue and made sure we understood the history behind the sites
    Ancient roads.
    Konstantinos_S, Oct 2023
    We walked were people were walking 2000 years ago, with a lot of information from our guide. The Colosseum is breathtaking.
    Amazing tour and guide
    Janet_L, Oct 2023
    Marcus was amazing, really enjoyed listening to him and his stories of Rome. Very knowledgeable and fun. He really brought to life accent Rome and even included extra information to Impact his stories. Would highly recommend
    Great tour, excellent guide (Darius)
    Lee_E, Oct 2023
    With only a few days in Rome 2 weeks ago, we decided that the Colosseum was a must-do and chose this guided tour. We were very pleased with it, largely because of our guide, Darius, who was engaging, entertaining, funny and knowledgeable. There was a Dutch family with 3 pre/early-teen boys in our group, and Darius involved the lads all the way through. He answered questions any time, kept everyone on track, made time for photo stops and gave lots of stories and facts about the ancient sites. In addition, booking online was very simple, it was easy to find the meeting point, and everything seemed well organised. It was our first time using the microphone/radio gadgets on a guided tour and they are the best! No more missing out on what the guide is saying or being left behind because you're looking the wrong way when the group moves off (which never happens, right? lol). These tours can't cover everything you could possibly see at these amazing sites, but you'd need a couple of days to explore every corner, so we thought it was a great alternative for us. We're in our early sixties and not especially fit, but we kept up fine, although we were very much ready for a spritz or two after 3.5 hours of listening, learning and walking in the heat of a late summer afternoon. Also the tour group guides all seem to know how to work around each other and make way for each other's groups, and you get through the gates more quickly than on your own. Very glad we booked this tour.
    Our guide brought the ancient buildings to life!
    Laura_G, Oct 2023
    The Colosseum is amazing, but the history and stories the guide shared made this a do-not-miss. He was very engaging and really brought the ancient buildings to life. It was easy to picture the gladiators in the arena and the spectators yelling for blood. I highly recommend the tour.
    Not to be missed.
    Carolyn_W, Oct 2023
    Scale of the site, very knowledgeable guide who gave us such a detailed picture but also brought it all to life, fantastic.
    Awful communication
    Connie_L, Oct 2023
    Stressful experience due to miscommunication from the tour operator. They moved my booking from 9:30am to 2pm. When I explained I can’t make the time, they didn’t respond. I messaged them again on the Viator app where they said they can move the time to 10am. Then the following day, they said they had the original time available so it was reverted back to that time. All this stress could have been avoided. To make it worse, I explained the issue to Viator’s customer service and to ask what their policies were around a tour operator moving the times and they couldn’t even understand what I was saying. They told me all bookings are non refundable and amendments were not allowed and would not be honoured. Then they asked me what I wanted them to do. I was unresponsive for 2 minutes so they left the chat immediately. The tour itself was okay. The speaker had a strong accent and spoke very quickly so it was hard to understand. I wouldn’t book with Viator again. You’re better off booking via Airbnb. The experience was much more informative and personable.
    Not for anyone with difficulty walking.
    johng39, Oct 2023
    Enjoyed the Coliseum but the rest was boring. Reaching the meeting point was a huge challenge because of a protest march, involving hundreds of workers. Policemen with machine guns were everywhere and streets were closed off.
    Great tour
    Hollie_M, Oct 2023
    Our tour guide Elida was fantastic! So knowledgeable about everything we saw and answered the questions the group had in depth. Made sure everyone’s needs were met in the group. Amazing trip!
    Not worth the money
    Michael_K, Oct 2023
    The guide was mumbling away with lots of details but did not outline the bigger picture, especially while visiting the Forum Romanum. Very disappointing. The Colosseum part was ok. The tour was advertised as a small group tour, but we were 23 people. Also the start of the tour was changed by 1h just two days before the date. All in all not a good experience and not worth the money.
    Our guide was superb, so...
    Claire_S, Oct 2023
    Our guide was superb, so knowledgeable and passionate! The headsets worked really well! However, it was not a small group there were circa 30 of us on the tour.
    Learned so much, great tour guide, great to skip the line.
    Trishna_C, Oct 2023
    Your guide was amazing (he had a Russian name). Was so passionate and knowledgeable. Cared about the people on the tour, he was so great and I learned so much. I booked this last minute and it was so worth it, skipped the queues. So glad I did it!! Thanks!
    Highly recommended!
    Kirsi_A, Oct 2023
    Our guide was amazing (Francesca), she really brought the story to life. Thank you for the great experience!
    Very good tour, exactly...
    Anonymous, Oct 2023
    Very good tour, exactly as described. Just enough time to see what we wanted to see without getting bored. Our tour guide, Georgina, was great! She knew a lot and was very friendly.
    Good but not what I expected
    Bruce_P, Oct 2023
    The host was so passionate about history and had our imagination make the relics come alive. I was disappointed that the tour ended at the colosseum. I was under the impression based upon the description of the experience that the tour continued inside. Just about 10 minutes of history explained to us and then we were on our own to explore the colosseum.
    Not a small group tour
    Dan_L, Oct 2023
    This was described as a small group walking tour - there were 26 people on it. The guide didn’t have a flag and waved a rolled up sheet of paper to keep the group together. The previous day we did the Vatican tour with a different company and it was described as a small group tour - there were 10 people on it and the guide had a flag to help keep him in our eye line.
    Excellent tour of the...
    Kyle_S, Oct 2023
    Excellent tour of the Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum! Our guide, Dennis (sp?), was exceptionally knowledgeable, handling question after question with ease. Not only did he know the subject matter but he had an easy-going, friendly manner that helped the time go by nicely.

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