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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Latium and Rome, Rome
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Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.


  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

What You Can Expect

Start your tour near Oppian Hill – one of the famous Seven Hills of Rome -- to enjoy panoramic views of the Colosseum, and then stroll down to it with your guide. As Rome’s premier crowd-drawing site, the Colosseum regularly attracts long entrance lines. Skip them with your priority-access ticket and head straight inside for your small-group tour.

As you walk around the Colosseum’s first and second tiers, your guide will keep you entertained with tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions -- a fascinating insight into the amphitheater's gruesome past. Wander its circumference and learn what it must have been like when the crowds were roaring and the gladiator’s fate was decided by an emperor on a whim.

After exploring the Colosseum, head outside and walk the short distance to the Roman Forum for an up-close look at some of Ancient Rome’s most evocative ruins. See sites like the Temple of Julius Caesar and the intriguing House of the Vestal Virgins, before strolling up Palatine Hill to admire the views of the ruins below. Look down over Nero’s Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held, and then finish your tour on the Palatine Hill – the most famous of the Seven Hills of Rome.

Upgrade Options:
If you want to explore the Colosseum, and enjoy access to the arena floor, the underground chambers and the third tier, then upgrade! These areas are either newly opened or normally off limits, so by upgrading you’ll experience the Colosseum as few others do. The Upgrade option last 3.5hours.

Walk around the reconstructed arena floor, where the gladiators once fought, and peer down in to the underground chambers below. Then, head below ground to explore them yourself, seeing the pits where lions and tigers were once caged. Your Colosseum experience finishes with a stroll around the third tier where you can enjoy panoramic views into the Colosseum as well as out onto Palatine Hill. Your tour finishes with a visit to the Roman Forum as per the standard tour option.

Cancellation Policy

Package is not cancellable.


  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Colosseum
  • Entrance fee to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Entrance is strictly limited so you must arrive early. Anyone who arrives after their time slot cannot be accommodated or refunded
  • Not wheelchair accessible. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
  • Important: Please note that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Near the Colosseum in Rome


3 hours

Return Details

Concludes at the Roman Forum

Tour Options

8.30am Tour in English

Code: EN830

Standard tour (25 people) with an English-speaking guide. Arrive at 8.15am to start your tour at 8.30am 8:30 AM
9.30am Tour in English

Code: EN930

Standard tour (25 people) with an English-speaking guide. Arrive at 9.15am to start your tour at 9.30am 9:30 AM
10am Tour in English

Code: EN1000

Standard tour (25 people) with an English-speaking guide. Arrive at 9:45am to start your tour at 10am 10:00 AM
10:15am Tour in Italian

Code: IT1015

Standard tour (25 people) with an Italian-speaking guide. Arrive at 10am to start your tour at 10:15am 10:15 AM
2pm Tour in English

Code: EN1400

Standard tour (25 people) with an English-speaking guide. Arrive at 1:45pm to start your tour at 2pm 2:00 PM
3pm Tour in English

Code: EN1500

Standard tour (25 people) with an English-speaking guide. Arrive at 2:45pm to start your tour at 3pm 3:00 PM
08.20am Upgrade Tour

Code: 820UPGRADE

Upgrade to Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour which includes the Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, with English-speaking guide. Meets at 08:05am and departs at 08.20am 8:20 AM
09:00am Upgrade Tour

Code: 0900UPGRADE

Upgrade to Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour which includes the Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, with English-speaking guide. Meets at 08:45am and departs at 09:00am 9:00 AM

User's Reviews

Image - 20 Jun 2018 -

Stephanie T

We really enjoyed the Colosseum tour. Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. We learnt so much more about the Colosseum and surrounding areas on the tour than if we had gone by ourselves. We only had three days in Rome and this was worth it. Our only regret was not being able to go underneath the Colosseum - we tried to get tickets for this but they sell out very quickly.

Image - 17 Jun 2018 -

Clinton R

I enjoyed the pace and would have overlooked the Ancient Rome area had it not been for this tour which was almost as interesting as the Colosseum.

Image - 13 Jun 2018 -


Our guide Sabrina was great! She was very knowledgeable and took time out for questions. She day was quite warm so she tried her best to keep us in the shade.

Image - 12 Jun 2018 -

Heather C

Great tour and alot of history. Earphones are provided by this tour. Be prepared to walk for 3 hours. Our tour guide Guiseppe was amazing. A must see place with this tour company City Wonders

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Samantha L

Alessandro was our guide for the Colosseum tour. He was very knowledgeable and kept us intrigued throughout the entire 3 hours. It was a hot and busy day in Ancient Rome but somehow we were able to ignore that because the tour was so interesting. City wonders have the best tours along with the best guides. I would recommend this tour for anyone interested in learning about ancient roman history.

User's Picture Gallery


Colosseum Tour

beautiful view of the Colosseum


At the Colosseum in Rome

Our family standing on the original cobblestone road just outside the Colosseum.



Our guide Emanuella (in yellow) and Trish my beautiful wife! Colosseum in the background.


On top of Capitoline Hill

The Forum and Capitoline Hill were much, much more extensive than I had imagined.



View of Forum and Palantine Hill from Colosseum.


Ancient Rome: the Colosseum.

Ancient Rome: the Colosseum. Kids loved this tour!



Gladiator Head Gear



Ancient Rome


walking fro forum to coliseo



Colosseum at night, just amazing!






Lindsay by the Metro


Small Temple

This temple was in an area just before reaching the forum. The bronze door is the original, which makes it at least 1700 years old.


The Forum

This guide went through the various buildings and their function meticulously, such things as the Roman treasury, the place where Julius Caesar's body had been cremated. (Romans still bring flowers to this day)


The Colosseum

Inside the Colosseum.


Our Colosseum experience!

My daughter and I have our picture taken by my wife inside the Colosseum as our tour guide tells us what we are seeing over the audio phones. Amazing!








First floor of the Colosseum


Second floor of the Colosseum


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