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

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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.

  • 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
Customer Reviews
  • ang4226
    September 2018

    Cristina was amazing!! Best tour by far. We went and it was hot and humid but Cristina made you want to stick around until the end and more! So much knowledge information and she was kind and patient. She was constantly checking on the group and making sure to find water, seats and shade. I would not hesitate to book again or book any tour Cristina does she is wonderful.

  • Penny B
    September 2018

    Our guide had the perfect pace for this tour around the Colosseum and then on to the Forum. I am happy with the combination I selected. We booked the morning tour to try to avoid some of the August heat. My BIG tip is bring a water bottle. There are fountains along the way where you can fill up your bottles with amazing water. Great tour!

  • charles.kermisch
    September 2018

    Very knowledgeable tour guide and easily the best way to do these sights. We had kids of 12, 10 and 8, and they managed to stay engaged

Product Details
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
Schedule and Pricing
Departure Point

Central Rome, near Colosseo Metro stop

Departure Time and Comments

Depending of the option selected. /


3 hours

Return Details

Concludes at Palatine Hill

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