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

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From USD 65.73

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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 Travellers 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

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 travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller 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 guide
amy_g, June 2023
Group meeting point was clear and process was easy. Guide was good and very knowledgeable. It was great that he had a book showing what the buildings used to look like. I would have liked more stories. Tough job guiding when there are soooo many tourists.
Fast paced history
Josh_S, June 2023
For a large group it was fairly well run with and I formative instructor. Pushed though a lot very quickly and felt rushed at times but that seems to just be the reality for these highly visited historical sites.
Great experience
Christina_G, June 2023
Great tour and informative tour guide. We purchased the English speaking tour and it was still rather hard to understand everything that was said. The coliseum is amazing though so highly recommend!
Great in depth tour
David_R, June 2023
Ellis was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Also very patient and kind. She was helpful in directing us to best phot ops.
Interesting and informative
Eirin_D, June 2023
Very interesting and informative tour. We had a good experience with our guide and the sound on the microphones was really good.
Great history lesson about the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
Rebecca_R, June 2023
The tour was really informative. Our tour guide Eddie was very though and took his time explaining and answering our questions.
Important visit
Dianne_H, June 2023
Our tour guide Eddie was very personable and knowledgeable. The ruins are amazing to see and the history unparalleled.
Hectic and difficult to understand
Ljupka_N, June 2023
Very hectic and was not able to understand the guide. Was the worse of all experiences in Rome. If it says English guide please provide someone who has less strong accent.
Informative trip
Nigel_D, June 2023
Our guide was very informative and really knew her stuff. Unfortunately an administrative error in your office led to an unacceptable wait to get into the Colosseum.
So Informative
Bonny_W, June 2023
Our guide was incredible the tour went above and beyond! Several people left because the tour time went over the 2.5 hour mark but I would highly suggest staying the entire time for the best experience and information! After you can stroll around and see everything! I would suggest bringing a water bottle and wearing light and light colored clothing. In June it was hot but the guide was very accommodating and helpful on where to get water and go to the restroom!
JoAnn_A, June 2023
Cynthia was organized, interesting and made our tour fun . I was there with my 24 year old and they enjoyed it as well. I appreciated Cynthia courteous offered restroom breaks.
Really fun and...
hardeep_s, June 2023
Really fun and knowledgeable tour guide . Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Italy . Very genuine lady
Wow! What an experience in Rome!
Chad_D, June 2023
Eddy was a fantastic guide. He was so knowledgeable and sharing. He made this tour such a memorable one. He really made the colosseum and forum come to life with the rich history lesson. I highly recommend this tour.
Awesome guide
Carolyn_W, June 2023
The guide Eviss was incredible. She was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history! No question stumped her. She took great care of us too…helping with photos, keeping track of the group, etc.
SHANE_S, June 2023
Fantastic tour, experience and guide, very informative with a nice group. Guide was very knowledgeable & answered any questions, I felt the tour was not rushed and was just about the right amount of time was spent at each location. I would certainly recommend.
Beverly_P, June 2023
I reached out to the tour operator on two occasions & explained our situation and the possibility we may have to cancel if our flight was delayed and asked about a later time or another day to reschedule. I never heard back. As expected, our flight was indeed delayed and we needed to reschedule but I knew at that point it wouldn’t do any good to reach out again as they never responded previously. The tour operator did call when we didn’t show up & I told him our flight had been delayed & we were just leaving the airport. He said ok and hung up without giving us the chance to reschedule or ask for a refund.
Coliseum 2023
gwendolyn_R, June 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The guide was excellent. Small enough group to see and hear all the insights the guide had to offer. Guide even recommended an excellent restaurant near the coliseum and walked us there. Superb experience.
Excellent tour and guide
Rebecca_C, June 2023
Elvi was an amazing guide, very informative, she told us about the history and also how future projects. Helped taking photos and we really enjoyed the tour.
Not worth the money
Laura_F, June 2023
REALLY NOT WORTH THE MONEY. First of all everyone there is on a group tour so there becomes quite a big line actually, you’re better going as an individual and not tour, it’s a different line to the the tour groups and you get inside faster. Do not do a tour with these or anyone if it’s combined and includes the Roman forum - if you want to do a tour just do the colosseum on its own so that you are free to explore afterwards. But I wouldn’t do a tour at all, your luck with the guide appears to be so variable and you can’t predict if it’ll be a good one or not. We had so much difficulty understanding our ‘English’ speaking guide with such a thick Italian accent, no idea what he was on about half the time. Then you are rushed through the colosseum with no time to read the info, take in the views or barely take a photograph or read about and look at the museum exhibits - you leave the colosseum and walk over to the Roman forum (and the only good thing about the experience was this was very quick and skipped huge queues). Inside the forum you are walked down to the bottom with some token info about what is around you, then left to explore at the bottom on your own. For the money I paid for 1 adult and 2 children at £176 it WAS NOT WORTH IT. We couldn’t go back into the colosseum and that’s really the impressive part of the tour where you want to be left, not the forum.
Ticket fiasco!
Patty_G, June 2023
Tour company messed up tickets!! Tour was delayed for 40 mins .once we got in Guide was great but we felt rushed because of time loss. Let me say ot is A Lot of walking! Wear good shoes!

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


2 hours 30 minutes
Free Cancellation
USD 65.73