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

Badge of ExcellenceRoma, Italy

From $57.42

Price varies by group size

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


    Why Travelers Choose This Tour

    Get the standard Colosseum experience with skip-the-line entry to the first two levels as well as the Forum.

    What's Included

    • Professional Expert guide
    • Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
    • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
    • Visit of the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
    • Fully guided visit of the Colosseum
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Largo Gaetana Agnesi
      Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

      Meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, on the little square above the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Your guide coordinator will be waiting here wearing a blue City Wonders polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition.

    End point

    • Palatine Hill
      Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy

    What To Expect

    Your Ancient Rome tour starts near Oppian Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, for a view of the Colosseum. Then walk down to the arena with your guide, and skip the main entrance line with your fast-track ticket. Inside, explore the Colosseum’s first and second tiers while listening to stories from your guide about the brutal events that were once held here, like executions and gory gladiator battles. As you stroll around the perimeter of the amphitheater, try to image the ancient crowd of up to 50,000 spectators who cheered as gladiators’ fates were decided by power-hungry emperors.

    Next, exit the Colosseum and walk over to the Roman Forum, once the political heart of the city. Get an up-close view of ancient remains like the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Temple of Julius Caesar, and then walk up Palatine Hill for another perspective of the ruins, including Circus Maximus, where chariot races once took place. Your tour ends here, from where you can continue exploring on your own.

    Optional upgrade to the Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier (3.5 hours)

    For a more thorough exploration of the Colosseum, select the upgrade option when booking for a tour that includes access to the third tier, the arena floor and the underground chambers—sections of the Colosseum that are either newly opened or typically closed to the general public. You’ll see more than most visitors do.

    Walk around the reconstructed floor of the arena, where the gladiators once dueled in bloody battles, and look down through the gaps into the underground chambers. Then make your way below ground to explore the chambers themselves, checking out pits where wild animals like tigers and lions were held, before heading up to the third tier for a panoramic view into the Colosseum and out to Palatine Hill. Your tour ends with a visit to the Roman Forum, as described in the standard tour.


    Your journey into antiquity begins with the Colosseum, one of the world’s most iconic sights. Your guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to tell you all about the battles, both physical and political, that played out in this incredible amphitheater. You might be surprised to learn that ‘Gladiator’ didn’t get everything right and that feats of ancient engineering even allowed the Romans to re-enact naval battles here.

    1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Palatine Hill

    The next stop takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy spectacular views overlooking your next destination: the Roman Forum.

    1 hour Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
    • Italy’s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • 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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • 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

    Book early in the day if travelling in summer as the temperatures rise, and often little shade.
    be aware that it is very hot during the summer time, take lots of water.
    Highly recommended, and plan to stay in the Forum and Palatine Hill after the tour ends, so bring snacks and water!
    16,044 reviews
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    Amil was an excellent tour guide. I would highly recommend this tour.
    nicholas_g, Jan 2023
    We met our tour guide Amil in a central location across the Colosseum. She was extremely pleasant & easy to listen to. She had pictures which she shared and made it easy to understand how the Colosseum was constructed, what it looked like & the events that took place. It was pouring at one point but she was able to find cover for us. She even took pictures of each group overlooking the stage. The tour continued to The Arch, Palatine Hill And Forum. Amil was extremely knowledgeable about architecture & the history that encompasses Ancient Rome & enriched our cultural experience. I would highly recommend this tour.
    An excellent tour that completely exceeded my expectations!
    Alton_T, Jan 2023
    I was initially sceptical that this would be good, as I have had some previous tour guides that were "going through the motions". Not so with this tour! Guisseppe ("Joe") was absolutely excellent - very informative, passionate about history and obviously experienced with tour groups, and had plenty of funny stories. the tour was really well conducted and totally exceeded my expectations. This should be the standard for tours of this nature. Well done!
    Nic was a wonderful guide...
    Ronda_P, Jan 2023
    Nic was a wonderful guide & so knowledgeable! The tour was amazing! Did not realize how incredible Palatine Hill would be.
    Great tour
    Anna_L, Jan 2023
    We had a great tour at the Colosseum with our tour guide Roxy who was very friendly and informative. We went on the small group tour with access to the gladiator entrance which in my opinion was the perfect tour option.
    Whitney_F, Jan 2023
    This tour was absolutely amazing and my tour guide, Alberto, was great! Unfortunately, I was only in Rome for a very short amount of time so this tour was a great way to see some of the best sights in Rome and learn the amazing history that goes with them! Alberto was a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide who presented the history in an entertaining way! I would highly recommend this tour!! It only makes me want to go back and spend even more time in these amazing places!
    Thank you for a great...
    Rimma_P, Jan 2023
    Thank you for a great excursion and wonderful attitude to our guide Elena Kyrova. Teenagers are hard to please, but we accomplished the entire thing without a meltdown
    Worth booking
    Sally_C, Jan 2023
    Good meeting point and tour guide. No issues and was given a lot of good information/picture opportunities. Wear comfortable shoes as there are stairs to climb and lots of uneven paths.
    Definitely worth it…….
    David_B, Jan 2023
    Well organised and very informative tour with guide getting us around queues to maximise time. Thanks me at the Roman Forum at the end of the tour was really enjoyable- wandering around the vast array of ruins and taking in the beautiful surroundings. Definitely recommend
    Excellent tour. We had a...
    Mary_H, Jan 2023
    Excellent tour. We had a wonderful tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable. She was very enthusiastic and had lots of stories and pictures to help explain things.
    Great tour
    Matt_B, Jan 2023
    Fantastic tour of a fantastic area with iconic landmarks. A must in Rome. Great tour guide too! Very informative
    2000 Years, The heart of Rome
    BRENDAN_H, Jan 2023
    A most enjoyable tour with our guide Giuseppe C who relayed the history of the Colosseum and Roman Forum in an enjoyable way with an easy style of delivery yet from an informed viewpoint, having worked and trained as an archaeologist. His knowledge enhanced the tour experience. Well worth doing.
    Educational and funny
    Robert_W, Jan 2023
    Amir was a wonderfully entertaining tour guide, telling us all about the history of Rome and keeping it entertaining with her crazy humour.
    Great tour!
    Katy_S, Jan 2023
    Fab! Thanks! Great tour & learnt lots. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Long enough and worth the money.
    Must see!
    Jana_J, Jan 2023
    It was a Beth cold day so it was hard to do the entire tour but overall we really enjoyed it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job despite the cold elements. Definitely recommend it. It’s a must see!
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us an amazing review. Everyone at City Wonders is delighted to hear that you loved your tour with us. It was our pleasure having you with us for this memorable experience. We hope to see you again on some of our other uniquely crafted tours in the future. On behalf of our entire team, thank you for choosing City Wonders. Feel free to follow us on our social media pages such as Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to keep up with our exclusive content and future promotions. Instagram: citywonderstours Twitter: @City_Wonders Facebook: City Wonders Kind regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
    Ashley_W, Jan 2023
    It was a great experience going round and being told all the amazing stories. The tour guide (roxie) was fabulous!
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Hello Ashley_W! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us an amazing review on Viator. Everyone at City Wonders is delighted to hear that you loved your tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with us -- as well as your tour guide Roxie. It was our pleasure having you with us for this memorable experience. We hope to see you again on some of our other uniquely crafted tours in the future. On behalf of our entire team, thank you for choosing City Wonders. Feel free to follow us on our social media pages such as Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to keep up with our exclusive content and future promotions. Instagram: citywonderstours Twitter: @City_Wonders Facebook: City Wonders Kind regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
    Lots of history. Glad I took a tour.
    Michele_R, Jan 2023
    I’m normally not one for tours, but it was impressive to have someone who could navigate the sites. Emanuelle was very knowledgeable and covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. Wish there was more time at the Forum (but someone on the tour decided to hold us up purchasing a souvenir. Boo).
    Loved our tour!
    Christina_S, Jan 2023
    Our guide was wonderful! I wish I could remember her name. She had a wealth of knowledge and even a book to help us picture what it use to look like!
    A wonderful day!
    Paul_M, Jan 2023
    Sylvia was an absolute joy! Her knowledge and positive energy made this tour one of the most memorable we had while in Rome. She not only showed us the colosseum, but provided so much insight and important information that we would have not gotten anywhere else. She is fun, knowledgable, and most importantly had a wonderful heart! Grazie Sylvia! we highly recommend this tour to anyone as the group was only 8 people and we were able to skip the line as well.
    Nohely_P, Jan 2023
    Francesco was an awesome guide very funny and super knowledgeable! Definitely enjoyed his vibe throughout the entire tour
    Archaeologist guide through the Colloseum Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
    Kevin_M, Jan 2023
    Sabrina was a fantastic guide who explained everything as we moved along. This is by far the best tour I have ever taken. Excellent details were provided and all misconceptions were cleared up. Brilliant