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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour

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From $36.99

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Go back in time to the days of ancient Rome on this walking tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. With a knowledgeable guide, avoid the entrance queue at the Colosseum with skip-the-line admission, and go inside to explore the amphitheater and hear stories about gladiators and Roman emperors. Then head to Palatine Hill for a view of Circus Maximus, and see the ruins of the Roman Forum.
  • 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 3 hours
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Frangipane, 30
    Via Frangipane, 30, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    Colosseum Tour departs from our office located on Via Frangipane, 30. Option 1: To reach our office take the metro line B and get off at Cavour station. If you take the exit with the stairs you will be on Via Cavour. Walking down on Via Cavour, after a few minutes you need to turn left on Via degli Annabaldi. Still a few minutes walking and the first alley on you right end side is your destination: Via Frangipane 30. Option 2: If you get off at Colosseo Stop , outside the metro take the right hand side and walk down Via dei Fori Imperiali (direction Venice square) after 5 minutes walk you will see on the right a little alley with an arch and this is via Frangipane 30. Our office is in a little square located opposite a restaurant.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Normal sized backpacks are permitted as huge backpacks will not be admitted
  • Colosseums' Rules:No Permitted Sharps objects, liquids glass bottle, Drones, selfie-sticks parfumes & spray. Allow Plastic bottle water The tour runs in any weather conditions.
  • 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
  • The meeting time can be subject of a slight change. In this case we will call/text you in advance.
  • Please note that due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for any persons with disabilities.
  • Near public transportation
  • Small group tour average 18 people (maximum 24 people).
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

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 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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Fun walking tour
Valerio_G, Feb 2023
I enjoyed the tour, the Forum and the interior of the coliseum were most definitely my favorite parts.
Excellent tour!
Beth_K, Dec 2022
Our guide Laura was fabulous! Really made the Roman Forum and Colosseum come to life. I really liked how Laura had drawings of how things looked back in ancient times so that we gained a deeper understanding of what we were seeing. Totally recommend!
Really interesting tour with very friendly guide!
Laila_S, Dec 2022
The tour we went on was really insightful and incredibly interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and patient. He was able to answer any questions that we had and also spend some extra time making sure we were able to take everything in. When we entered the colosseum, he offered to take photos of each group/couple there, which I thought was a really nice thing to do. I would highly recommend this tour. Its definitely worth the money we paid for it!
Ancient Rome in a few hours.
Tracey_M, Nov 2022
Guru our guide is very knowledgeable and made this tour move all well. The highlight is the Colloseum great experience. Recommended!
Kathryn_W, Oct 2022
A fascinating tour of the coliseum and surrounding area with interesting tales about life in the day.
A day of fun
AndreaandRaz_I, Oct 2022
size of the Colosseum and the history told were detailed and interesting. The guide was extremely knowledgeable
Excellent tour!
Suzie_L, Oct 2022
Bruno is an excellent guide. I highly recommend him he knows what he is talking about and makes it interesting!
An Excellent Presentation
Kristianne_K, Oct 2022
Our guide, Dennis, is highly knowledgeable about the culture of the Ancient Romans, but what stood out to us was the interesting and dramatic way in which he described what we were witnessing. His presentation made it possible to imagine the roar of 70,000 spectators in the Colosseum witnessing bloody gladiatorial contests, fights among wild animals, and other gruesome forms of entertainment. He also give a vivid picture of the lives of the people in the Forum.
Time well spent!
carsonba, Oct 2022
This was a wonderful tour. Our guide kept stopping and asking us to imagine ourselves in Ancient Rome. It really made it come to life for us. I would highly recommend this tour.
Wouldn’t recommend
Angela_A, Oct 2022
We booked with 2 other friends and the separated us and put us in 2 different groups and tour wasn’t good
Thoroughly Recommend
Catherine_K, Oct 2022
Diego our guide was amazing and kept us thoroughly entertained throughout. I have never known 3 hours to pass so quickly. His enthusiasm regarding every detail was infectious and we learnt so much. Would thoroughly recommend.
Francesca is the best
Eric_R, Sep 2022
Francesca was enthusiastic, friendly, and had impressive knowledge of the rich history of the Roman Forum, Colosseum, and even local vegetation. She had a great sense of humor and kept us entertained and informed. We had a great experience!
Could be better
James_G, Sep 2022
Tour was delayed 1/2 hour which led to us being unable to visit everything in the Forum. Guide was very informative, when you could understand him. While his English was very good, he spoke extremely fast and his microphone kept sliding down and between that and the wind the static was annoying- if you kept close to him and heard his voice directly it was good.
Great tour
Aylin_K, Aug 2022
Although it was a very hot afternoon in August, our wonderful guide Paolo kept us interested and engaged. He was very knowledgeable and gave us interesting perpectives into the history of these incredible places.
Tough to hear and understand guide
Anonymous, Aug 2022
Guide was knowledgeable and engaging, but the combination of a foreign accent and less than stellar sound quality in the receiver and earpiece you use to listen to the guide resulted in me understanding about 25% of the guide’s information. The office has no bathrooms and the only nearby are pay toilets down the alley requiring you to stand in a 5 minute line at the bar to buy a one euro ticket and a 10 minute line to use the bathroom.
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Emily_D, Aug 2022
Paulo lead a wonderful walk through history. His knowledge backed by his architect mind shed light on the importance of the ancient ruins existence and how the buildings show the progression of history. Be aware it is hot and Paulo knows when his group is struggling and helps how he can. Excellent experience!
The only issue with our...
Michael_T, Aug 2022
The only issue with our tour was they emailed to move the start time forward 30 mins then made us stand outside for 30 mins this is poor in 30 degrees but the guide was brilliant and very engaging
Must have a guide to understand
Melissa_F, Aug 2022
Our guide Lucy was great. Super knowledgeable and a good story teller with great analogies. Honestly, without the insights she provided, we would never have understood the building of Rome. A small group of about 15-18 - which was nice. Would say it was one of our top tours in Rome! If you do the coliseum, get a tour!
Great guide great tour!
Joseph_H, Aug 2022
Yuri our guide was great. He was very knowledgeable and made sure that we were all fine and hydrated in the heat of the forum. Would definitely book again. Thanks Yuri!
Excellent guide
Quentin_C, Aug 2022
Our guide Marco was excellent, very informative, knowledgeable, and entertaining. The Coliseum in particular is a very busy place but the tour was well managed.