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

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The ancient glory of Rome is reborn! Skip the Line at three of the most significant surviving remnants of the Eternal City: the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Your expert, English-speaking tour guide will share anecdotes and history throughout the tour, rebuilding the impressive ruins with tales of Ancient Rome’s heyday.

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, arena floor and underground chambers—sections of the Colosseum that are either newly opened or typically closed to the general public.
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum in Rome
  • Upgrade to gain access to areas usually restricted to the public
  • Guide provides a comprehensive overview of ancient Roman history
  • See more in less time on a walking tour that heads straight to the highlights
What to Expect
Your tour begins near Oppian Hill, from which you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Colosseum. On arrival at the world wonder, you’ll avoid long lines with your fast-track pass and head straight inside the Colosseum. Travel back 2,000 years as your guide tells stories of gladiator battles, bloody animal fights, and executions in front of 50,000-strong crowds of spectators. If you’ve opted to upgrade your experience, you’ll then visit the arena floor and subterranean chambers, which are usually closed to the general public. Visit cells in which criminals and wild animals were kept, and follow in the footsteps of Roman gladiators in the arena.   After ample time at the ancient landmark, you’ll continue to the Roman Forum via Via Sacra. The sprawling site has minimal signage, but your guide takes you to the highlights and gives you the inside scoop. Learn about the historical significance of the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Temple of Julius Caesar before concluding your tour with sweeping city views atop Palatine Hill.
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Departure Point
Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Return Details
Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
  • Professional guide
  • Skip the Line Acess
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
  • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • 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 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday

Our guide was very knowledgeable, made sure everyone had time to stop for photo opportunities, and kept us moving. It's definitely worth it just to be able to skip the lines, though you do still have to go through security. Bring a water bottle as...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I bought the tour + the underground experience. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and really provided some fascinating insights. The underground part was very interesting as well. Overall, I'd recommend this tour to others!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Laura was an excellent guide. She was fluent in English, easy to understand, very knowledgable and her information was presented in an interesting format. She moved through everything at a good pace, so we didn't feel bonged down.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Omggggg. As a travel journalist the tour was really fantastic. Our guide was good, funny and he really knew about what the subject. We made the tour Saturday 14 SEP at 10.00. The guide mede the whole group into the tour.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our "half day walking tour " with "professional guide and headsets to hear your guide clearly" was mis-sold. We were walked into the Colosseum, set loose for 50 minutes to look around on our own, then we were walked to the forum where, again, we...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Yes, they have drinking taps you can fill up from as well.
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Yes we drank water from the taps at the fountains and it was good.
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