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

Roma, Italy

From USD 217.84

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


Go back 2,000 years to the time when Rome ruled a huge swath of the planet and the center of entertainment was the Colosseum. This guided walking tour not only offers entertaining and intriguing historical tales and details while strolling around the Colosseum and Roman Forum but also gets you skip-the-line-access. That's right: breeze right past that long line and explore the awe-inspiring Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill.
  • Private guided walking tour of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum
  • Get skip-the-line access at the Colosseum and Palatine Hill
  • Learn about how the Colosseum was constructed and about daily life at the Roman Forum
  • Private tour means you'll get plenty of personalized attention from the guide

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Navigating and understanding the large and very crowded Colosseum is much easier with a private guide.

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Private tour
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from meeting point
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via dei Fori Imperiali
    Via dei Fori Imperiali, Roma RM, Italy

    Tourist Info Departure Point: Meeting point on Via dei Fori Imperiali Address: Via dei Fori Imperiali - corner with - Via del Tempio della Pace Directions: Meet your guide outside the Tourist Info on Via dei Fori Imperiali corner with Via del Tempio della Pace. Your guide will be holding a sign saying "ANNO DOMINI" Closest Metro - B Line - COLOSSEO. Dates: Daily

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect


2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Arch of Constantine

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Roman Forum

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Palatine Hill

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport or ID is required on the day of the tour.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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 good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Traveller Tips

    A private tour guide is the only way to really learn about the Colesseum and the surrounding ruins.
    We had a private tour with our guide, which enabled us to determine our own pace and ask lots of questions.


    39 reviews
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    Reviews by Viator travellers.
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    Can’t rate it higher!
    Judith_W, Mar 2023
    Worth every penny! The tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. Had tickets on phone ready to show at each entrance so we had no queuing. Showed us round colosseum, Palentine Hill and an overview of the forum. Such detailed knowledge and really engaging and funny. Can’t recommend this enough. I hope this company book her more in future, absolute asset to the company.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Dear Judith! Thank you so much for writing these comments. I am sincerely thankful that you loved our tour with Pia! There's nothing more satisfying than such rewarding words! Thank you :-)
    Thank you Maria!
    Kelly_V, Mar 2023
    Our guide, Maria, was fantastic !!!!! She made The tour fun and connected with my two daughters. A wonderful memory.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Dear Kelly, Thank you so much for your kind review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed our tour with Maria! Thank you!
    Our Guide was Wonderful!
    Lisa_K, Mar 2023
    Anna was an Amazing Guide! If you have her as your Guide you won’t be disappointed! She’s extremely knowledgeable and has a great personality!!! She made the experience truly worthwhile!
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Dear Lisa, Thank you for these kind comments! We are truly happy you enjoyed your tour with Anna! Safe travels!
    book it!
    maraptilen, Dec 2022
    Loved loved loved everything about this. Our guide was super knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Loved spending time on Palatine Hill and Roman Forum as it gave us a better overview of the history.
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour and appreciate very much your kind review!
    Andreas_H, Aug 2022
    Super friendly, very knowledgeable and made the history come alive. Paid great attention to the kids and made sure they picked up on the details. Found shadow and water during the hot day. Great guide.
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Dear Andrea! Thank you for these kind comments! I am very happy you all enjoyed your tour with Anno Domini. We hope to see you again on one of our tours!
    A View from the Inside
    Stephen_C, Aug 2022
    This experience is fantastic. We were looking for a way to wrap up our visit to Rome and decided to splurge and book a private excursion. It was worth every penny. We met our guide Alla just outside the exit to the Forum and took the quick walk to the Colosseum. She stopped along the way to explain the history of Rome and update us on the metro expansion happening in front of the Colosseum. Once we arrived there was no wait as she had tickets already and we simply walked in. Despite the heat she catered to our pace, stopped in shady spots to explain things. She even got us the lift to the third floor to start the tour. She let me take as many pictures as I desired and kept us informed the entire hour and a half in the Colosseum. She had a book to show us different images of how things looked in the past. We then took in Palatine Hill and the views were amazing from the top. Once again we were able to go at our own pace and stop for water and washrooms along the way. The tour ended with time in the Forum with more excellent photo opportunities and insight. Alla even explained we could stay a wander on our own if we wished when the tour ended. Allia’s English was excellent and she engaged my wife in casual conversation whenever I took time to wander for pictures. Would definitely do this again as there is so much more to learn about these three sights.
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Dear Stephen, thank you so much for these comments! I am so glad you enjoyed in of our best guides, Alla! It makes me happy to know we did a good job and you had a great time. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
    We’d have paid double!
    Abigail_N, July 2022
    This tour was the highlight of our Rome trip. Not only was Anna extremely personable and professional, she was just simply wonderful. While there are large groups being brought around and requiring headsets/microphones to hear everything. Anna rewards you with a 1on1 experience that feels like you’re the Emperor of Rome being toured around. It was extremely hot, she knows where to get water and shade and make you feel extremely comfortable at all times. Her knowledge of the history kept our ears glued to whatever she was saying and showing. We asked for a picture with her after because we are never going to forget this. You won’t regret it. Thank you Anna!!
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Dear Abigail! Thank you very much for these comments. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour with Anna! Thank you! We look forward to seeing you or your family and friends again in Rome! Safe travels!
    We had a great tour with...
    Emily_W, July 2022
    We had a great tour with a really fun guide! He kept us entertained and shared fun facts. Highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a no stress experience
    Response from Host, July 2022
    Thank you for your kind comments! We are so glad you enjoyed your tour :-)
    Disappointment at the Colosseum
    Joseph_E, July 2022
    The tour was very disappointing. We booked a private tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Forum. My 13 year old is studying Latin and ancient Roman history in school. I had hoped that this would bring the era to life for her. Instead, it was a dry tour where more time was spent on the various types of building material rather than the stories of intrigue, empire and culture that I had hoped for. I found myself wishing that we had been on a group tour or a self guided audio tour than this private tour. Not only did it seem (from overheating other tour guides around us) that it would have been more entertaining, we would have saved *hundreds* of dollars. One final point, our guide’s English was difficult to understand. She was not a native speaker and had a thick accent that made it difficult to understand. Rather than a tour that inspired my daughter to want to learn more about this fascinating chapter of human history, we all were waiting for the tour to be finished.
    Response from Host, July 2022
    Thank you for taking your time to share your opinion. We strive to make sure that our tours are indeed both interesting and entertaining. We are very sorry and also disappointed that you were unable to appreciate the tour. Obtaining a tour guide license in Rome is very hard. One must satisfactorily pass a series of state examinations both written and oral. Statistically less than 1% of applicants pass and receive a license. Furthermore, your tour guide not only holds an official license, but also a PhD in Ancient Roman History. I find it hard to believe that she was as bad as you claim. In fact, your tour guide has achieved only 5 star reviews in the past 6 years. Our tours are tailored to be the best experience possible, and we are truly sorry you were unable to appreciate your tour experience. It is comprehensible given that instead of listening to your tour guide, you were listening to other tours. We hope next time you book a tour with us, you will listen in a more attentive way and appreciate the tour better.
    Ryan_B, June 2022
    Elena was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and fun. The tour was well paced and we got to see all the highlights with great historical context.
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Thank you very much for your kind comments! We are truly happy you enjoyed the tour! We hope to see you again on one of our tours!
    Informative but exhausting
    Susan_B, June 2022
    Our guide was very knowledgeable, but the experience was very exhausting due to our mobility issues impacted our tour. We had to change days so we could take advantage of the handicap entrance, but our guide took us around the entire colosseum, which, adding the heat of the day, just exhausted us. I believe she thought there was an entrance on the side of the colosseum that was closed. She did request entrance from a guard, which allowed us in. She was very informative and did a great job really painting a picture of all the history. Unfortunately, we just got so fatigued, we could not do any more of the tour and had to eliminate Palatine Hill and the Forums. Probably not the best tour option if there's mobility issues.
    Response from Host, June 2022
    Dear Susan, Thank you for having taken the time to write a review about your tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. I am very glad you state that your guide was very knowledgeable, informative, and did a great job at illustrating all the history. I am also very happy to see that your guide indeed tried as best she could to accommodate your needs, and asked the guard to allow your entrance without further delays. Based on what you write about the tour guide, it seems the service we provided and the performance of your tour guide were very good. I therefore do not understand why give her such a bad score? Just three dots, which means average. Touring the Colosseum and Rome's archeological areas is indeed very difficult for people with mobility issues or disabilities. However, we have no control over this factor. It is not something we can change or fix. Your review harms our overall score without a good reason. Your tour guide was very good and did everything in her power to make the tour as accessible as possible. I thank you for your time, but I am disappointed at such an unjust score you gave us for the very good service we provided. We still hope to see you or any of your family and friends on one of our tours in Rome. Kindest regards,
    We loved this tour
    Sheli_M, June 2022
    This was one of the most pleasant of the tours we did in Rome. Easy to book, communication is fantastic and the tour was so enjoyable. Our guide, Renata, was everything you’d want from a guide. Passionate, fluent in multiple languages and in the topic. She was kind and knowledgeable, even had iPad/book with before and after photos of what we were looking at. We appreciate the company for partially reimbursing us after our tour didn’t end up being private. They joined us with another family after our original guide got ill. Either way, if you’re looking for a great Colosseum experience, book with them. Actually, any tour because Renata said she does others too!
    Response from Host, June 2022
    Thank you very much for your comments! We look forward to seeing you on one of Renata's other tours in Rome! Best wishes and safe travels!
    Great tour
    LyndenBrian_W, June 2022
    It was wonderful to tour the with a small group. The guide was great and it was easy to interact. Highly recommend.
    Response from Host, June 2022
    Thank you for your kind review! We hope to see you soon on another one of our tours!
    Unbeatable for families
    Amit_R, Apr 2022
    Our family travel group included two young children (8 and 5) and one grandma. The “skip the line” tickets alone were worth it. We could not have asked for a better guide. Our guide, Sev, kept our kids interested and engaged the entire time. That’s no small feat. He had deep expert knowledge on the history and architecture of the area. (He’s a member of the faculty at a local university.) We felt so lucky! We cannot recommend this enough!
    Response from Host, June 2022
    It was wonderful to lead you back in time! I hope to see you again in Rome! Cheers! Sev
    Outstanding Tour Guide
    PAUL_W, Apr 2022
    Selenia of Anno Domini Tours did an incredible job of educating us throughout the Tour. She was smart, had a good sense of humor and was well organized. Highly recommended that you request her as your Tour Guide while in Rome.
    Response from Host, June 2022
    Thank you for your kind review! We hope to see you soon on another one of our tours!
    Knowledgeable, clear & pertinent
    Iris_M, Apr 2022
    Our group composed of my family of 5: husband, 2 children ages 12 & 10 and mother in law, enjoyed our tour very much. Our guide Alla, was very nice, courteous and knowledgeable. She even carried a big, heavy book that illustrated the way the special places we visited looked in the old times vs. now. She answered all our questions, didn’t rush our tour, yet kept a good pace. She provided with plenty of pertinent information that enriched our visit giving us a great glimpse into the history of these monuments. Highly recommended.
    Response from Host, Apr 2022
    Greetings! I would like to thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, and we are very glad you enjoyed our tour. We look forward to seeing you and your friends on more tours with Anno Domini Tours. Happy Easter and kindest regards!
    Incredibly enjoyable and educational experience.
    Karine_S, Mar 2022
    Sev our tour guide was a super star. He was incredible with the kids who followed every word he explained. We all learned so much. He was easy to meet and we had a lovely afternoon. Avoiding the lines was also so great.
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    Dear Karine, Thank you! It was a pleasure to meet you! I hope to see you all again in Rome sometime in the future!
    Lovely tour in Rome
    Ali_N, Nov 2021
    Anna was wonderful - fun, very informative and knowledgeable, and great with our kids. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a private tour of Rome’s rich history.
    Response from Host, Nov 2021
    I wish to personally thank you for these comments. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our private tours in Rome or elsewhere in Italy! Happy Holidays!
    We took a private tour...
    Catherine_A, Oct 2021
    We took a private tour and are so glad we did. Our guide, Gianluca Ferris was incredible. So incredibly knowledgeable about the structures, the history, the stories. His English was excellent and was excited to answer all of our questions.
    Response from Host, Oct 2021
    Dear Catherine, thank you so much for these comments. We are so glad you were satisfied with our guided tour by Gianluca. We certainly look forward to see you and your friends on other tours in Rome! Kindest regards, Sev Borzak Anno Domini Tours
    Good tour guide for ancient Rome
    Wayne_S, Oct 2021
    Original reservations were cancelled due to special event at the Colosseum. Rescheduling on short notice not possible. Booked this guided tour to gain access and was very pleased with Anna the guide. Started on the Palatine, overlooked the Forum, then to the Colosseum. She read the three of us well and delivered a great and informative tour. I have lots of experience in Rome, my daughter-in-law does not. Both of us were satisfied and not overwhelmed. The sites, of course, are beyond compare and necessary visits for any traveler to Rome. Would highly recommend this, especially for visitors with high interest but minimal experience.
    Response from Host, Oct 2021
    Dear Wayne, thank you so much for these comments, which we cherish. Anna and all of us at Anno Domini hope to see you, your family, and your friends, on our private tours in Rome! Kindest regards, Sev Borzak, PhD

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