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
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.

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Important Details

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

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

Departure Point

Near the Colosseum in Rome

Return Details

Concludes at the Roman Forum

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 Requirements

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

Customer Reviews

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Based on 12,597 Reviews
Reviewed: April 15, 2018

Ruben O

Seeing the Colosseum was amazing. The travel guide had a book with photos of what it use to look like which was great to compare what it looks like now.


Reviewed: April 15, 2018

anthony d

Excellent insight on history of each area visited


Reviewed: April 13, 2018

Lauren P

The weather was terrible which meant part of the Colosseum could not be accessed due to flooding. This was a shame as we had specifically booked the tour for this access. We were given three options: an extended tour instead, a cancellation with refund or to reschedule. Due to other planned activities, we had no choice but to go for the extended tour. Maybe a partial refund would have been a better option to us. Nevertheless, the tour went ahead, torrential rain and all! Our guide, Alina not sure of spelling but she was originally from Belarus was great. Despite the rain, she was enthusiastic and shared a huge amount of historical knowledge. The benefit of the rain was the complete lack of crowds. We spent over three hours on this tour, exploring the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palantine Hill. It was a great way to start a Roman holiday as the knowledge gained about the city impacted on so many other sights. The group was small enough for a day with no crowds but if it was busier I'm not sure if it would have been as easy to follow. The sound system worked without a hitch and could not be faulted. Shame about the rain as it did affect the overall enjoyment of the tour, although this was obviously not the fault of the company. I would recommend this tour to others visiting the city.


Reviewed: April 13, 2018

Mary L

We still waited in line 45min and the equipment for hearing was not working well so me missed a lot


Reviewed: April 12, 2018

alyx

Great tour! Definitely worth it for the skipping the line because the Colosseum can be very very crowded. You don't want to miss this!


Cancellation Policy

You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the start of your experience. If you do not show up for the experience or fail to cancel at least 72 hours in advance, you will not receive a refund.