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

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3 hours

Max 15

Why Take This Tour?

A lot of tour companies pack as many as 50 people onto their Colosseum tours; we don't. With a maximum of 15 visitors in your group, you'll be able to hear and interact with your guide, as they tell the stories and give you to context to truly appreciate the Colosseum. Then step back in time at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to explore life in Ancient Rome.

Take the time; Ancient Rome rewards every second.

Whatever you think you know about the Colosseum goes out the window when you visit on a small group tour with an archaeologist guide. This tour immerses you in the real history of the arena, from the truth of its name to the vicious blood sports that took place inside. There is no more insightful or entertaining way to see the Colosseum.

With a small group of no more than 15 people and an expert local guide who has studied ancient Roman history for years, you'll skip entrance lines that often extend for hours and head right inside the Colosseum.

As you explore this huge structure, you'll learn all about the reasons it was built and wh...

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Whatever you think you know about the Colosseum goes out the window when you visit on a small group tour with an archaeologist guide. This tour immerses you in the real history of the arena, from the truth of its name to the vicious blood sports that took place inside. There is no more insightful or entertaining way to see the Colosseum.

With a small group of no more than 15 people and an expert local guide who has studied ancient Roman history for years, you'll skip entrance lines that often extend for hours and head right inside the Colosseum.

As you explore this huge structure, you'll learn all about the reasons it was built and what went on inside. From blood curdling mass executions, to wild and extravagant animal hunts, mock battles, and the rumor that the Colosseum was once flooded to stage a naval battle. The history of this place really is stranger than fiction.

Of course you'll also get to hear all about the gladiator games that were the most famous of the entertainments hosted in the Colosseum. You'll break through myths about who exactly lost their lives here and what gesture was used to order their deaths.

After an hour exploring on your Colosseum tour, your guide will take you to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to learn what everyday life was like in Ancient Rome. As you traverse the center of the Ancient Roman world, stones will come to life with stories of political intrigues, crazy emperors, pagan religious practices, and more than a few murder plots.

At the Roman Forum you'll see the final resting place of Julius Caesar, the ruins of temples, and the main centers for business and politics in Ancient Rome. The Palatine Hill takes you even further back in time. This is where the she-wolf found Remus & Romulus, where the brothers fought for the right to build a city, and where Rome first grew and prospered. The Forum & Palatine Hill are often overlooked by visitors who have difficulty deciphering ruins on their own. With an expert guide on hand however, you'll learn why these sites are really far more important (and interesting!) than the Colosseum.

If you are looking for an exeperience to introduce you to the might and magic of the Roman Empire, this is one that shouldn't be missed.

  • Sites Visited
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip the Line tickets for the Colosseum & Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Headsets
A guide points out a fascinating detail in the floor of the Colosseum
The Colosseum was lined with boxes for wealthier spectators
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Anna was very knowledgeable, friendly, and engaged throughout the tour. Although it was a busy day with a lot of other tourists, she had a very calm, pleasant demeanor and kept the tour moving at a gentle, enjoyable pace.

This was our second tour with Walks, a great tour of the Colosseum! Francesco, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and was very well spoken in English. It was really hot weather, but we loved the tour.


FAQ

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.
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 info@walksofitaly.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.