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Guided Tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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Enjoy an in-depth tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum as your professional guide takes you through each of these fascinating archeological sites. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour and enjoy skip-the-line priority access, saving you the hassle of tedious lines so that you can make the most of your time in Rome.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

The Colosseum is one of Italy’s most popular destinations, attracting over 5 million visitors every year. Standing 157 feet high (48 meters), only 8 meters shorter than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and covering a total area of 6 acres (24,000 m2), the Colosseum is the world’s largest amphitheater ever built. With accommodation for 60,000 seated and 10,000 standing, all of whom could enter and leave in a matter of minutes, courtesy of 80 entrances, it’s a spectacular architectural feat.

Believed to have been constructed as a gift from ancient emperors to the Roman people, this grand outdoor amphitheater once served as the epicenter for entertainment, hosting various public spectacles and games, including the infamous gladiator fights. Feel the adrenaline rush as you walk the arena floor, take in incredible views atop Palatine Hill and experience a slice of ancient Rome’s history at the Roman Forum.

For more tips on how to make the most of your experience, including must-see sites at the Roman Forum, best photo op spots and much more, check out our collection page for Colosseum tours and tickets.

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Your Experience

After meeting your tour guide at the designated meeting point, make your way to the Palatine Hill and bypass the long entry line with your priority access skip-the-line tickets. Enjoy one of the city’s best vantage points and discover the hill where Rome was originally founded. Once considered the most desirable neighborhood in Rome, Palatine Hill lives on as an extensive archaeological site. Explore ruins of the Flavian Palace and Stadium of Domitian, as well as the legendary Hut of Romulus. Afterward, head to the Colosseum, just a 5-minute walk from the hill. Once again, skip the long ticketing line and make your way directly through security and into the world’s largest amphitheater ever constructed. Walk the arena floor and learn all about the theatre’s bloody past as your tour guide tells you stories about the infamous gladiator games.

Next, walk the ancient path that Romans once used every day as you venture into the Roman Forum along the Via Sacra. Visit the temple of Vesta, Antonino, and Faustina. Marvel at the Basilica Julia and Aemilia, and imagine what Rome was once like thousands of years ago. Your tour wraps up here, leaving your free to spend the rest of your time in Rome as you please.

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Know Before You Go

Tour meeting point

Your tour meeting point is at the Arch of Constantine, situated between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. You can reach by metro line B, train line 3, or via buses 75, 81, 673, 175, and 204. If you’re coming from Rome’s Termini train station, the quickest and most efficient way is by metro. If you prefer to get there by foot, it’s about a 25 minute walk from the train station to the Arch of Constantine.
Please note: You are required to be at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to your tour.

Tour Timings:

During the High Season (mid-June through August) the tour departs at 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

During the Low Season (November through March) the tour departs at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Please arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes prior to the tour departure timings.

Tour duration

Your tour begins with the Palatine Hill, continues to the Colosseum and ends at the Roman Forum. It lasts approximately 3 hours.


Your ticket is valid only for the day of your scheduled tour. After the tour, you may not re-enter any of the sites.

Rules and restrictions

For safety and security reasons, no large backpacks or pieces of luggage are allowed inside the Colosseum.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

These tickets cannot be cancelled or refunded.

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Jonathan Banner
Reviewed in February, 2018

Quite the place. My family and I booked a licensed tour guide and she was spectacular! She greeted us right at the entrance with our tickets already purchased. Impressed by her punctuality, but more with her knowledge and zest for cultural interest. Loved it! Thank you

Aditi Rajpatty
Reviewed in February, 2018

Rome has a beautiful history. It is thus crucial to take a tour guide to really understand the details. Our tour guide was actually VERY informative and we got the chance to view the upper level of the Colesseo (we paid for underground tour!) Tip: look out for the stairases, they are old and a little tricky.

Kate Sanders
Reviewed in January, 2018

Great experience. Anyone who goes to Rome must see it. Such a gripping storyline! My husband and I had a great time learning about the place and we particularly loved the Palatine hill. Oh, also consider getting your tickets from the Roman Forum unless you want to wait in a never-ending line.

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How to Redeem your Tickets

• You will receive an email containing your Colosseum Skip-the-Line ticket voucher. On the day of your experience, display your voucher via mobile device or printout along with a valid photo ID at the tour meeting point located at the Arch of Constantine.

• Look out for your host who will be wearing a pink colored ‘I Love Rome’ t-shirt.

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