Small-Group Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Roma, Italy
Small Group Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Delve deep into ancient Roman history during this small-group tour. Climb to the top of Palatine Hill to wander through some of Rome’s oldest ruins. Stroll through the Roman Forum, stopping at famous sights like the final resting place of Julius Caesar, the monolithic Arch of Constantine, and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Skip the long entry line, then explore the first and second tiers at the Colosseum, learning about Roman history through your guide's comprehensive commentary.
  • Comprehensive tour of ancient Rome's highlights
  • Visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Skip-the-line entry at the Colosseum
  • Small tour group of 15 people or fewer means personalized attention from your guide
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly

What's Included

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Colosseum Entrance Ticket (24h – Colosseo, Foro Romano, Palatino Ticket, €19)
  • Headset (groups over 6 people)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    Via delle Terme di Tito, 72 (Oppio Caffè) Meet directly across the street from Oppio Caffè at the gated entrance to Colle Oppio Park. Colle Oppio Park is located on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign.

End point

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

    In the Roman Forum.

What To Expect

Meet your guide and small group at the metro stop just opposite the Colosseum. Your tour group is limited to 15 people or fewer to ensure personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere. Begin your whirlwind tour of the most important sites of ancient Rome with express entry to the Colosseum, skipping the long entry lines. 

Walk around the first and second tiers of this Rome landmark, learning about the basic facts as well as some more esoteric knowledge, such as the hand signals that emperors used to condemn combatants and the daily lives of the gladiators. 

Head for the commercial and political heart of the empire: the Roman Forum. On the way, pass Temple of the Vestal Virgins, the final resting place of emperor Julius Caesar and the arch of Constantine. 

Trek up to the top of Palatine Hill, where you pause to hear the legend of Romulus and Remus, the mythological twins who founded Rome. Through our guide's commentary, come to a better understanding of the importance of this once-great empire.


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The Colosseum is subject to occasional closures. Please provide us with detailed contact information in case we need to reschedule your tour
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at +39 068-596-0143 (Italy) or 888-683-8670 (USA) to make alternative arrangements.
  • The ancient sites on this tour are not wheelchair or stroller-friendly. Please contact our Guest Experience department for more options.
  • The full names of all participants must be provided at the time of booking and must match the names on the ID/Passport. Name changes are not permitted.
  • A government-issued ID/passport is required for every participant. Failure to bring an ID can result in the security staff refusing you entrance to the monument.
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • This tour is fully refundable up to 7 days prior to the event. Within 7 days, this tour is 100% non-refundable.
  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time and prompt arrival is essential. Late arrival will result in entry refusal and loss of tour cost.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 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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      However, if you have difficulty walking, you may want to skip this part of the tour.
      We toured early in the morning at 8:30 am so it wasn't too busy and we skipped all lines with zero wait times-even through security.


      523 reviews
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      Getting lost while using the elevator and then the leader stopped the tour until he found us.
      Lawrence_L, Oct 2023
      The guide. He should be teaching at a major university. I have toured the world most of my 78 years and he’s the best ever.
      Kristi_B, Oct 2023
      Learned so much more about the Coliseum than I thought I already knew. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun.
      Coliseum tour
      Glen_H, Oct 2023
      Ask for Nick the guide, he is fantastic. The sights were fabulous and I loved the coliseum tour. Nick did a very good job explaining all the details
      Very knowledgable and enthusiastic!
      Jenna_W, Oct 2023
      Francesca was our guide and she was amazing! It was a great experience and felt it was worth every penny.
      Good Tour ..knowledgeable guide
      Paul_S, Oct 2023
      Good tour …Davida was a great, knowledgeable guide 👍🏻 palatine Hill and Forum were excellent … not as much access at the colosseum…
      Best guide!
      Sarah_D, Oct 2023
      Flavia was amazing and very knowledgeable! She always kept us in shady spots and steered us clear of the large crowds. We learned so much and had a great time!
      Great tour with Francesca
      Brian_P, Oct 2023
      Francesca was wonderful! Very knowledgeable and fun to listen to as well. I would have liked the tour to be a bit smaller in number, but all in all, I would recommend this tour.
      Pam_M, Oct 2023
      The tour guide was amazing. So factual, entertaining, active, energetic. I’d love to do another tour with her.
      Barb_S, Sep 2023
      It was supposed to be a small group but we got combined with another group to make 30. Group was too large and the guide was too quick with such a large group. By the time the end of the group caught up we missed whatever he was talking about. Disappointed (and we have used Viator many times) with this experience as we had paid to be in a small group<15.
      The Romans brought to Life
      tomkathy1, Sep 2023
      Our trip leader was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. The pace was just right. Bathroom breaks were scheduled if necessary. The lengh of the tour was just right, about 2 1/2 hours. I highly recommend this tour.
      Educational tour
      DArcy_R, Sep 2023
      Our tour guide was Flavia and she was very knowledgeable. I quite like the fact that the tour was more of a walking lecture on the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. She was very patient, especially since some in the group were quite slow and some were struggling with the amount of walking. We did walk a great deal but otherwise we would not have been able to see what we saw. I would have liked to have her take us through the Palatine Hill area with further explanation of the sites, but as I mentioned before our group wasn't physically able to continue and we ran out of time. I did go on my own afterwards though.
      Highly recommend this your.
      Sandra_T, Aug 2023
      Our Pompei tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Our tour was on Aug 29 at 11am. Our tour guide had a great sense of humour as she shared her knowledge with comedy. I recommend this tour.
      Top man
      Matthew_C, Aug 2023
      Mauro was a very knowledgeable, entertaining, patient and hospitable guide. Giving a tour like that and keeping it engaging for three hours in the baking sunshine is not easy, but Mauro did a great job of bringing the coliseum, imperial palace and forum to life, answering our questions, and keeping our spirits high.
      Shannon_S, Jul 2023
      We could not find the host. We called. We messaged. We emailed. We reached out to Viator. By the time we found the location the guide had left. Terrible experience.
      The visit to the...
      Aninga_L, Jul 2023
      The visit to the Colosseum it was a desire came to life. The sun was very Hot. The guide was very nice and informed.
      Malcolm_W, Jul 2023
      Great time, Valentina was my guide - she was very friendly and thoughtful. Made sure everyone was getting water and found places to stand in the shade while listening.
      It was good
      Maura_M, Jul 2023
      This was a night tour which was different to the others I have done. The guide was interesting and knowledgeable. We Jad a difficult person who kept asking some very basic questions about Rome and she kept her cool, something I don’t think I would have done!
      Great guide
      Agnes_S, Jul 2023
      The guide was great and very knowledgeable, very thorough and patient. We have used this app for other excursions before, no issues this far. Would use again
      Thoroughly recommended
      Kate_W, Jul 2023
      Absolutely brilliant. The guide was amazing and really knew her stuff informative interesting and worth the money.
      Excellent tour. Gave...
      Manisha_D, Jul 2023
      Excellent tour. Gave details of life back in Roman times. Was considerate of weather and giving people breaks from the heat. Awesome for the history buff.

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