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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

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Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get the standard Colosseum experience with skip-the-line entry to the first two levels as well as the Forum.
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Professional guide
Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Headsets to hear your guide clearly
Small groups of 20 people or less
Short introduction to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Largo Gaetana Agnesi , Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Your guide coordinator will be waiting here wearing a blue City Wonders polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition.

Palatine Hill , Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Your Ancient Rome tour starts near Oppian Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, for a view of the Colosseum. Then walk down to the arena with your guide, and skip the main entrance line with your fast-track ticket. Inside, explore the Colosseum’s first and second tiers while listening to stories from your guide about the brutal events that were once held here, like executions and gory gladiator battles. As you stroll around the perimeter of the amphitheater, try to image the ancient crowd of up to 50,000 spectators who cheered as gladiators’ fates were decided by power-hungry emperors.

Next, exit the Colosseum and walk over to the Roman Forum, once the political heart of the city. Get an up-close view of ancient remains like the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Temple of Julius Caesar, and then walk up Palatine Hill for another perspective of the ruins, including Circus Maximus, where chariot races once took place. Your tour ends here, from where you can continue exploring on your own.

Optional upgrade to the Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier (3.5 hours)

For a more thorough exploration of the Colosseum, select the upgrade option when booking for a tour that includes access to the third tier, the arena floor and the underground chambers—sections of the Colosseum that are either newly opened or typically closed to the general public. You’ll see more than most visitors do.

Walk around the reconstructed floor of the arena, where the gladiators once dueled in bloody battles, and look down through the gaps into the underground chambers. Then make your way below ground to explore the chambers themselves, checking out pits where wild animals like tigers and lions were held, before heading up to the third tier for a panoramic view into the Colosseum and out to Palatine Hill. Your tour ends with a visit to the Roman Forum, as described in the standard tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Your journey into antiquity begins with the Colosseum, one of the world’s most iconic sights. Your guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to tell you all about the battles, both physical and political, that played out in this incredible amphitheater. You might be surprised to learn that ‘Gladiator’ didn’t get everything right and that feats of ancient engineering even allowed the Romans to re-enact naval battles here.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
The next stop takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy spectacular views overlooking your next destination: the Roman Forum.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
The Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, were the heart of Ancient Rome. All of Roman life could be found in this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins. In just three hours, you’ll experience all that allowed Rome to endure so long – staying immersed in history the entire time, without wasting a moment waiting in line.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • Italy’s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill .
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill .

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  • "Book early in the day if travelling in summer as the temperatures rise, and often little shade." See review
  • "be aware that it is very hot during the summer time, take lots of water." See review
  • "Highly recommended, and plan to stay in the Forum and Palatine Hill after the tour ends, so bring snacks and water!" See review

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star-1
Terrible. Overcrowded
Dennis_P
, Aug 2022
Horrible horrible. Voucher said masks and social distancing. It was a mob scene. Everything about it was awful. I will request a refund
star-3
It could have been so much better...
MaritaLaumann_G
, Aug 2022
We had some trouble understanding our guide, as he had a very thick accent. We started the tour waiting for 20 min for people going to the bathroom. This, I think, is unheard of and a complete waste of peoples time by putting restroom-visit as a part of the tour. I really didn`t think I learned a lot, and am a bit dissapointed I must say..
star-5
Wonderful! Must do
Megan_T
, Aug 2022
Our guide, Rosalina, was amazing and made this wonderful experience even better. We stayed on track, had access to special entrances/accesses, and the skip the line was so necessary! A moving experience to be on the stage at the colosseum.
star-5
Absolutely brilliant - highly recommend
Cath_S
, Aug 2022
Our guide Alessandro was absolutely brilliant - he had a genuine passion for Roman architecture and history and held our attention for the full three hours despite scorching hot temperatures. He also kept a constant check on us all to ensure no one went missing, and that we stopped for water every so often. A really engaging and fascinating tour.
star-5
Educational and entertaining!
Kari_B
, Aug 2022
Eddy was FABULOUS!! We wish we could have taken him with us throughout all of Italy! Bring a water bottle and an umbrella for shade.
star-5
Awesome experience
Adrian_S
, Aug 2022
Our guide, Ambra, was very knowledgeable of the Colosseum and the history of Rome. She answered every question that we asked and gave us a lot of history surrounding the area.
star-5
Very good experience.
Kumar_R
, Aug 2022
The guide Amber is very good and very knowledgeable about the colosseum. Five start. Highly recommended.
star-5
Wow, interesting, good value for money
Kellie_P
, Aug 2022
What a fantastic tour and made all the better by Amber our tour guide. Very knowledgeable and engaging. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great tour
Peter_A
, Aug 2022
We had great tour, guide was excellent! It was very hot, but we were prepared and it was a very informative and interesting tour.
star-5
Great Tour/ Great Guide
Denise_P
, Aug 2022
Great tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable, and made the trip very enjoyable! Definitely have a better understanding of the Colosseum after this visit
star-5
Our tour was amazing...
Christine_O
, Aug 2022
Our tour was amazing because of our tour guide. He is an archeologist and even worked on the site. He provided so much history and insight into the Colosseum and surrounding area. Thank you so much to his stories and information.
star-5
Amazing Colosseum tour guide!!
Santhi_Y
, Aug 2022
Damiano was an amazing tour guide. We got a private tour, and he really engaged with my son and discussed facts, history and even discussed theories with my son. Been to Rome before and this was a great tour!
star-5
Excellent tour!
Dawn_B
, Aug 2022
Excellent and very thorough tour! Our guide, Vasco, was terrific. Very easy to listen to and understand, was very good at having us all participate in conversation on all we were seeing and learning. 90 minutes were spent in the Coliseum and 90 minutes out on Palatine Hill and the Forum. Free time after the tour to explore further. Make sure you eat a good meal beforehand and bring water to refuel - the heat can be brutal! Don't miss the meeting point above the entry/exit of the Metro!
star-5
Excellent tour, a must do
Geetanjali_N
, Aug 2022
I wish it was not so hot that day but our tour was amazing because of our guide he was so knowledgeable and passionate it was clearly evident that he loves his work. He made sure to show us every detail and every corner with story and information behind it.
star-5
A really cool, historical experience
Rochelle_B
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was fun and told us some great historical facts about the place. She did a really great job of trying to keep our group together, which was so kind of her. It was great having the guided tour so that we could hear more details than you might get just viewing it on your own.
star-5
Great Tour!
Christina_M
, Aug 2022
Fantastic tour! Very informative and got to see everything I was expecting to see and more. Tour guide was very nice.
star-3
Disappointment
JOHN_D
, Aug 2022
The Colosseum was great we’ll what we could understand. We asked for a English speaking Tour guide, but she spoke very little English. Although she was very nice and seem to be very very knowledgeable, but it would’ve helped a lot if we could understand most of what she was saying. Also we had trouble getting in to the Colosseum in different parts of the Colosseum because she did not have the tickets and the electric tickets that were sent to me did not work. Also the tour was a little different than I was expecting. We were expecting to go underneath the Colosseum as well and on the ground level which we did not. I guess you needed super tickets for that and I thought that’s what I paid for. So I give it a three stars because of that. It’s certainly not the guides fault but the company’s fault.
star-4
Tour was good and guide...
Carol_O
, Aug 2022
Tour was good and guide knowledgeable but she didn’t seem to know where any bathrooms were and didn’t seem to care about that urgent need.
star-5
Definitely well worth it!
phil_t
, Aug 2022
Just an amazing tour and skipping the line just saves so much time. Very knowledgeable tour guide who did a great job covering so many topics/locations in such a short period of time..
star-4
Great Morning Tour
Sid_C
, Aug 2022
Great Tour of the Colosseum! The tour guide was excellent and gave us a lot of breaks in the shaded areas as it was so hot. I would recommend doing a morning tour in the summertime!

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