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

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3 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?


  • Explore the Colosseum with a dedicated guide

  • Immerse yourself in the stories of Ancient Rome at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

  • View the final resting place of Julius Caesar

  • Sites Visited
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Skip-the-line ticket for Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • and Palatine Hill
  • Headset (groups over 6 people)

Take the time; Ancient Rome rewards every second

Free Cancellation

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The tour was truly spectacular. While the scenery and history was incredible, it was our tour guide Federica who brought it all to life. Charming and knowledgeable, she shared the most interesting stories every stop of the way. It was such a day well spent.

Our guide on the tour was Paolo. He was knowledgeable and fun. The sites were amazing and hearing his descriptions of the sites really enhanced our experience.

Our tour guide, Emily, was excellent. She provided wonderful background info (including pictures) that made the ruins come alive. She took the time to answer our many questions and made the experience one that we will treasure. Thanks Emily and Walks Tours!

Best three hours spent on a tour. The tour guide was excellent. Manny had a terrific background in the history and the various theories about what may have or had not taken place in the coliseum. The late afternoon tour time also helped to stay cooler than a midday tour.

Meeting Point

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Meeting Point
Via delle Terme di Tito, 72 (Oppio Caffè) Meet directly across the street from Oppio Caffè at the gated entrance to Colle Oppio Park. 

This tour meets opposite to the entrance to ""Oppio Caffè"" by the gate of access to the Park. The Park entrance is located on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi.

If arriving by metro, please note that there are two entrances/exits for the metro. The Gate to access the Park is located on the street above the metro station. You can take the stairs up either inside the metro station or from outside. Once you arrive to the street above the metro, face the colosseum and then walk to your left 150 meters and you will find the Oppio Caffè and the Gate to the Park at the corner.

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes, but we require advance notice in order to accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. After booking, please contact us so that we can organize a private tour for you. If we cannot find a guide to lead you that day we'll offer you the same tour on the next avaialbe date or give you credit for another tour anywhere else in the world.
Do we always see the sights in the same order that you have listed in the description?
No. Sometimes the order of our visits change due to logistical issues or your guide make a snap decision to avoid crowds in order to increase the quality of your visit.
Does the order of the itinerary on this tour ever change?
Occasionally the sights on this tour are visited in a different order. This happens due to logistical changes and snap decisions made by our guides to avoid crowds and thus improve your visit.
Do I need to bring a photo identification with me?
Yes! This is especially important if you have purchased a student ticket because some sights will check when we arrive.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Does the Colosseum ever close without warning?
Unfortunately, Yes. The Colosseum is subject to unforeseen closures due to weather conditions and worker strikes, as well as last minute changes in reservations, all of which are out of Walks of Italy (or any other tour operator's) control. If for any reason we cannot run the tour as described, we will contact you immediately, offering the best alternatives. Depending on the situation this might result in a modification of the itinerary or a change in the tour start time. Our aim is to offer you the highest level of service and in the rare occasion in which circumstances outside of our control mean that you cannot participate in a variation of this tour we will offer you a full refund.
Is there wheelchair access in the Colosseum?
Wheelchair access in the Colosseum is limited at best and non-existent when its crowded. The specific route of this tour does not accomodate wheelchairs (as we have to go up and down stairs). If you use a wheelchair or have impaired mobility and would like to see the Colosseum, please contact our customer service department for private tour options at [email protected]
Is there anything I should bring/wear on my tour?
Because there is a lot of walking on this tour, we highly recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. There is very little shade at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill in particular, so we would recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen in summer and a rain-jacket or umbrella in winter. As there are water fountains with (delicious) drinking water dotted throughout the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, we would highly recommend bringing a bottle that you can refill.
Are selfie sticks allowed in the Colosseum?
Yes, but please be careful when using them - during the summer months they can be more dangerous than gladiators' weapons.
Does Skip the Line Access mean no waiting?
During busy periods (May - October) there is sometimes a short wait to get inside the Colosseum. This is because the Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with Skip the Line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. It's rare that we have to wait for more than a few minutes but if we do, it's unavoidable.