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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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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
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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-4
Colosseum Experience.
Grace_R
, Jul 2022
A lot of walking, a lot of steps, please keep that in mind. It is a rough day. It was 97 degrees our day of Colosseum. A lot of walking on cobblestones. Great experience, but a very tough day in summer heat. Only do this with skip the line!
star-5
Tour guide friendly and...
Steve_B
, Jul 2022
Tour guide friendly and very knowledgeable. Kindly guided us into the shade on a very hot day. Happy to chat and answer questions.
star-5
Great tour on a hot day
Geoff_K
, Jul 2022
Eddy was fantastic. Passionate and knowledgeable. Turned a crazy hot day (38° Celsius) into an enjoyable tour. He really knew everything about the area and was very thoughtful about his group. Found us shade and water refills.
star-1
Terrible experience
Emily_C
, Jul 2022
We didn’t get the tour. When we showed up the tour operator said it had been cancelled and moved to 2:30. We were given no explanation of why. This is after prepaying and having confirmation email and texts sent. Since we had another tour planned for 3:00 we weren’t able to get the tour we booked months ago.
star-3
Decent tour but areas for improvement.
Eric_H
, Jul 2022
Seeing the tour of the Colliseum was guided and was enjoyable. The audio device given to all participants to hear the tour guide was not great, and commonly the wind would create feedback noise, or if the tour guide turned her head away from mic on her shirt collar when speaking you could not understand her. The Palatine hill portion of the tour was for access only but there was not tour guide involvement in looking at the Palatine hill area.
star-4
Would recommend
Chelsea_Z
, Jul 2022
A decent but long tour. The colosseum portion of the tour was very short. The Roman Forum portion of the tour was very long. We did this tour at the end of June and it was extremely hot. There is little to no shade but plenty of water from the fountains if you have a bottle. The lines were not bad and we did skip the line for most sections of this tour.
star-1
Disappointing
Deborah_N
, Jul 2022
Disappointing that we were not able to re book the tour after not being allowed to check in on time to our hotel due to no fault of mine
star-5
Must-do tour in Rome!
paigefilmeck
, Jul 2022
Great tour of the colosseum, roman forum and palatine hill! Our guide Patrick was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned so much on our tour. A must-do in Rome!
star-5
Our guide was excellent...
caroline_h
, Jul 2022
Our guide was excellent and gave us a lot of good information on the history of the colosseum and the Roman forum and the palatine hill..
star-2
Disappointing tour guide took away from the experience.
Christine_N
, Jul 2022
Just being at the historic sites of the Colosseum and Palatine Hill were amazing. But our tour guide was not good. First of all, the microphone/headphone system kept having glitches so we could not hear her. Not that we wanted to, as she just seemed to ramble on with adjectives instead of telling us the details we wanted to learn. I actually started listening to nearby tour guides, as they were giving more informative and interesting information. Our tour guide was a lovely lady, but just didn’t seem to know her stuff.
star-2
Our guide spent more time...
Naomi_F
, Jul 2022
Our guide spent more time counting the people in our group than anything else. She walked at a snails pace. Most of the group did not make it until the end because she was so Elie and boring. Real disappointment
star-5
Amazing tour of the Coliseum
Elise_M
, Jul 2022
Donatello was a wonderful tour guide. She kept us in the shade and was very knowledgeable. I loved the sunflower on the top of her flag so we could easily find her.
star-5
Very knowledgeable guide!...
Anjali_n
, Jul 2022
Very knowledgeable guide! Loved our time, well planned and pleasant experience. Very informative!!!m
star-3
Architectural Tour
John_C
, Jul 2022
This tour was more about the architecture which was interesting. But I enjoyed more Learning how the Romans enjoyed themselves in the coliseum and lived.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Well done!
Wanda_W
, Jul 2022
Great your tour guide, who was very knowledgeable, friendly and on time. Must try and a wonderful experience
star-5
Great Experience
Jessica_R
, Jul 2022
Our tour and guide was great. We learned a lot and it was nice to be able to cut all the lines. Wear very comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking. Everything was very organized. We went on a Friday in the summer and it was very crowded. This tour does not go underground into the colosseum but we were able to look down into it from the first floor.
star-5
Excellent Pace and Storytelling
TerriL_O
, Jul 2022
Zoya (sp?), Our guide was fantastic! Her pace was perfect for the heat and size of the group. She kept us moving without sacrificing the storytelling. As teachers, we appreciated her attention to historic detail while keeping it entertaining.
star-4
Great!
Caterina_G
, Jul 2022
Tour guide was very courteous and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the colosseum and it’s archaeology. I strongly recommend Alessandro as a tour guide. He helped made the experience enriching. Thank-you Alessandro!
star-5
Caring knowledgeable, and professional tour guide. She was fabulous with such interesting information about the sights
Kimberly_O
, Jul 2022
The coliseum was the best. I couldn't walk the Roman forum due to many stairs and inclines (I have mobility diffuculty). The tour guide found a place for me to sit and wait while they did the forum. The tour guide came back for me to do palatine Hill. She constantly checked on me
star-5
Great Tour!!
Patty_R
, Jul 2022
We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable and took a lot of time with all of us. It was very hot but he always found a place out of the sun to explain all the details. It was very informative!!

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