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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Official Guided Tour

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    Stop At: Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome Italy

    Visit Rome's symbolic monument with a tour that makes it easy and fun for all ages. Learn about the amphitheater's history from a guide with an art and archaeology background.

    Learn about the spectacular games and bloody battles that were held inside. Hear about the techniques of construction invented by the Romans, the incredible ability of the gladiators, the violent fighting between exotic animals and the high level of technology achieved by Roman engineers to built the Colosseum.

    Walk around the first tiers and reach the arena to learn about the trapdoors and all the mechanisms used to animate the games. Your guide will keep you entertained with stories of sea-battles, the cages where lions were kept before the games started, the rooms in which gladiators were waiting before they reached the arena, the executions, and the excitement of the spectators attending the most spectacular, fantastic, and expensive games in human history.


    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Roman Forum, Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome Italy

    You will then, visit the Roman Forum. This is one of the most important archaeological areas in the world with some of Ancient Rome's most evocative ruins, including the Temple of Julius Caesar, Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House and Basilica of Maxentius. Admire the Roman Forum's Sacred Way, the triumphal road where the Centurions of Caesar marched after their return from countless battles and conquests.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Palatine Hill, Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome Italy

    After you walk through Palatine Hill, explore the site of an older settlement from the 9th century BC.

    Admire the incredible frescoes in the House of Augustus and the Hippodrome, an elliptical sunken garden from the Palace of Domitian. Here, enjoy an impressive view of the Circus Maximus and the valley of the Roman Forum. Learn about the legend of Romulus and Remus, the abandoned brothers raised by a wolf who fought each other for power and control.

    Duration: 45 minutes
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    Departure Point
    Via della Polveriera, 11, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Roman Forum, Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
    Inclusions
    • Colosseum & Ancient Rome guided walking tour
    • Professional Tour Guide
    • Headset system
    • Small Group of 25 person or less guaranteed
    • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
    • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
    • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Customers have a mandatory meeting time stated 30 minutes prior the scheduled departure time due to managing and organizational reasons.
    • To get inside the Colosseum it used group ticket and not individual one. Anyone can ask just the ticket entramce.
    • All visitors MUST have a photo ID for the security check
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Child discount is applied only with a valid ID card
    • As per Colosseum rules, LARGE BAGS - PERFUMES – SPRAY/AEROSOL CANS- WEAPONS – GLASS – ALCOHOL are forbidden. Please note that there is no cloakroom service inside the Colosseum to accommodate the above items.
    • At the end of the Colosseum Tour, guests who wish to access the Roman Forum & Palatine will be accompanied by a member of our staff
    • Activity not recommended for people with motor lag
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Please be advised that the Colosseum’s capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure . This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events
    • PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not recommended for travelers with walking problems
    • 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 via mobile

    Our guide Simona was very informative. The one huge downside was it was very difficult to locate the ticket office so we could pick up our tickets. Street signs and directions were hard to follow if you can even find them. We almost missed the...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    Giovanni did a great job and you can tell that he's passionate about Roman history and sharing his knowledge! He took us to places other guides wouldn't show to their audiences and even started discussions with the personell at Palatine Hill when they wanted to...More

    Thank dhopfm
    Reviewed yesterday

    Great tour. It was a hot day with large crowds however our guide Catalina was informative and had a great since of humor that kept your mind on the sites and not on the heat.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank skippingalongwithU
    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    Great walk with engaging Andrea our guide. He was a Richard Dreyfus lookalike with a Robin Williams sense of humor. Lots of info and can’t imagine doing this any other way. It was very hot and guide was considerate not to let anyone spend too...More

    Thank TheTravelerChick
    Reviewed yesterday

    Visited here as a party of five. We had a lovely lady who I think was called Alex. We started at 9.30 and did not finish until well after 1.00. Recommend that you bring a water bottle and comfortable footwear. There are fountains on the...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    14 September 2019|
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    Response from jle336 | Reviewed this property |
    Im not sure if it is customary but we did. The tour guide was excellent! Guides in Rome are required to take a test and be certified.
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    It’s completely optional. We chose to tip those that did an exceptional job (which was almost all of them).
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    Response from jle336 | Reviewed this property |
    The main floor is under construction as they are working on repairing the "under ground" aspect. However, you do walk in the main entrance and get as close as any other visitors can get. Then you hit the stairs. The first... More
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