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

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3 hrs

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Skip The Line

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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: May 19, 2018

Joanna P

Our guide on this tour was Claudia and she was nothing short of fabulous. I highly recommend the tour.


Reviewed: May 16, 2018

Lynette D   |   Australia

Absolutely worth it! Thanks to Anna, our guide, who spoke perfect English and who made the Colosseum and Palantine Hill come alive with her delightful stories and sense of humour.


Reviewed: May 16, 2018

Jazminearogers

Great tour! highly recommend. I went in August so it was super hot but throughly enjoyable. Our tour guide was amazing and really cared about the history. Easy to find the guide.


Reviewed: May 15, 2018

Terrance N

Awesome tour. Knowledgeable tour guide. Quick access to Colosseum and lots of history at the Roman Forum. Bring your walking shoes. Would recommend this tour to first-timers to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.


Reviewed: May 13, 2018

Bryan D

I am giving a 3 star review, not because the guide or the tour was bad, but simply because I think it would be a better use of money and time to simply purchase the skip the line ticket. I say this because there was no time to explore on your own, you have to stay with the group which was a bit of a bummer. You get plenty of opportunity to take photos, however.

Another con of this was the interference on the radios. With so many tour groups in the area at the same time, there were times that I couldn't make out what our guide was saying. When I could here him, which was about 80 of the time, he was very insightful about Roman history.


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.