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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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Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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.


Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusions

  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours

Voucher info

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

Departure Point

Central Rome, near Colosseo Metro stop

Departure Time

Depending of the option selected.

Duration

3 hours

Return Details

Concludes at Palatine Hill


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
1:00pm Upgrade Tour

Code: 1300UPGRADE

Upgrade to Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour which includes the Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, with English-speaking guide. Meets at 12:45am and departs at 13:00pm 1:00 PM
11:00am Upgrade Tour

Code: TG15

Upgrade to Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour which includes the Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, with English-speaking guide. Meets at 10:45am and departs at 11:00am 11:00 AM
12:00pm Upgrade Tour

Code: TG16

Upgrade to Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour which includes the Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, with English-speaking guide. Meets at 11:45am and departs at 12:00pm 12:00 PM

User's Reviews

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Richard T

Our tour guide was amazing, probably the best we had our entire trip. We recommend skip the line tours since there is plenty of tiring walking etc without the extra waiting in line to even get in., Probably most on the folks touring on their own knew or understood little of what they were seeing, and thus missed out on a very educational, enjoyable and rewarding experience.

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Jonathan S

We did this tour to get as much of ancient Rome in one day as we could. Finding our tour guide was a little hectic. It is very crowded around the Colosseum. Once we found our guide and started our tour everything was great. I'm sorry I don't remember our guide name but he was an Italian architect that lived in New York for Fifteen years. His English was perfect and hummer good also. His knowledge was very good and he did a great job of keeping trach of the 24 people in the tour. He was very polite and happy to answer any questions. It was a long tour but he kept it interesting and was energetic all the way through. If you have the time I would recommend this tour.

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James B

Excellent guide with tremendous amount of knowledge. J was very attentive answered all the questions and even purposefully making sure that we had plenty of time for photos. We all were pleased with the information and details given during the exploration of these ancient sites. Would recommend get Jabber for your guide if at all possible.

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aschel

Fabio was an excellent guide. First time booking a tour and all went better than expected. Highly recommend this tour.

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Aneisa B

This was a great tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot. This tour requires you to climb a significant amount of stairs so you may not want to do the tour if you have physical limitations.

User's Picture Gallery

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Colosseum Tour

beautiful view of the Colosseum

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At the Colosseum in Rome

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

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

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On top of Capitoline Hill

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

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View of Forum and Palantine Hill from Colosseum.

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Ancient Rome: the Colosseum.

Ancient Rome: the Colosseum. Kids loved this tour!

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Gladiator Head Gear

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Ancient Rome

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walking fro forum to coliseo

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Alex

Colosseum at night, just amazing!

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Arena

Arena

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Colosseum

Lindsay by the Metro

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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.

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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)

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The Colosseum

Inside the Colosseum.

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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!

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First floor of the Colosseum

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Second floor of the Colosseum

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