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

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From $33.95

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Avoid the long entrance lines at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill during this skip-the-line tour of the sights in ancient Rome. With a guide, head into the Colosseum to walk in the footsteps of gladiators, emperors, and plebeians as tales of the brutal games ring in your ears. Stroll amid the ruins of the Roman Forum, then discover layers of Roman history on Palatine Hill.
  • Skip-the-line tour of ancient Rome and the Colosseum
  • Bypass the main entrance line at the ancient amphitheater
  • Walk along the Colosseum tiers and learn about the gladiators
  • Discover the temples and monuments of the Roman Forum
  • Hear tales of ancient Rome and the Renaissance on Palatine Hill

What's Included

  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Entrance Ticket
  • Official Professional Guide and Passionate Storytelling
  • Audio Equipment to hear the guide clearly
  • Meet and Greet on site
  • Assistance from the Office
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Guided Tour if you choose Ticket Only Arena Floor

Meeting And Pickup

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End point

  • Palatine Hill
    Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Ticket redemption points

  • Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
  • Via della Polveriera, 8, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
  • What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Comfortable shoes are recommended
    • ID may be required for entrance (especially for guests under the age of 18). Guests who show up without ID cannot be guaranteed entrance.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • It is forbidden to bring inside the Colosseum: glass, sharp objects, alcohol, spray
    • Terms and conditions of this tour activity are clearly reported on the reservation voucher
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour?

    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

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour?

    A:The policies on sanitization are:
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour?

    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
    • Regular temperature checks for staff

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    Traveler Tips

    Even though you pay to skip the line if your party is less than 18 people apparently you go in the middle que, still had to wait an hour before getting in so be prepared!
    Is a great way to avoid the long lines and get insight into the historic sites.
    Don't kid yourself that it's enough to walk or drive by this awesome structure.
    1,370 reviews
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    Great morning in ancient Rome
    John_L, Dec 2022
    Lots of fun combined with history and fun facts. Would definitely recommend for anyone visiting Rome
    Long & lots of stairs/hills - must see at least once!
    Ashelyn_R, Dec 2022
    Overall I am very glad my husband and I did the tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We couldn’t come to Italy without seeing them. However, be prepared for a full 3 hours with about 3.5 miles of walking, significantly uphill and with steps. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, but not very pleasant. She gave so many small details that we barely retained any of the information. It’s definitely a must see in Roma, but would’ve enjoyed much more with a different tour guide.
    Great tour
    Carol_D, Dec 2022
    Our guide was wonderful -- very informative and upbeat presentation. I would recommend her very highly.
    Very knowledgeable and...
    Simon_T, Dec 2022
    Very knowledgeable and pleasant tour guide. Saw all the best bits in and out of the colosseum Thank you
    Our tour guide did an...
    AMY_B, Dec 2022
    Our tour guide did an amazing job at telling us the history and background of all of sights. We got to see so many things in just a short amount of time, and it was perfect for our morning in Rome. A Must-Do Tour in Rome.
    Fabulous Informative Tour
    Graham_K, Dec 2022
    The Guide Eugene was a historian and was fabulous in telling the story and bringing the area to life ! He was excellent at setting the scene and making you understand what life would have been like back in Ancient Rome
    Amazing tour! 😍
    Elizabeth_D, Dec 2022
    Amazing tour! Our guide, Stefano, was incredible. He was so knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. I highly recommend this tour if you want to have a glimpse of the long & amazing history Rome has to offer !
    Tour money can’t buy.
    Kylie_S, Dec 2022
    I experienced this with my son and we both had an amazing tour. It was a small group. The tour guide was an amazing woman who had some much knowledge. She was so light hearted and funny at times. She really made the tour.
    Rome Colosseum Tour
    Jane_F, Dec 2022
    Great experience to see the Colosseum and hear the history on the self guided audio tape. Our family enjoyed it1
    Highly recommend tour and Viator
    Joseph_B, Dec 2022
    Great experience and wonderful historical information on Roman Empire. Actually brings you back to that time era.
    Classic must do Rome Tour
    Michael_P, Nov 2022
    Great tour. Worth the guide to explain the details and history behind what you are seeing. Group was reasonably sized, though it is a lot of walking, so wear good shoes and be prepared to wait for some of the slower walkers, though the guide used those opportunities to explain things. Classic must-do tour in Rome.
    Good tour, the guide could’ve been better
    Ashome10, Nov 2022
    The tour company was good and professional. Everything was on time and they were checking all boxes. The guide himself was not very deep into the stories and this probably becomes monotonous for them. It was a good tour but nothing that gets them a home run
    Great history class!...
    Marcia_C, Nov 2022
    Great history class! Having a happy and fun guide made the hours passed by. Highly recommend Arturo!!
    Tour guide was not child friendly
    Jessica_G, Nov 2022
    The tour guide shared overly grotesque detail after detail, while my eleven year old daughter was the only child in the group, the general sentiment of the group seemed less interested in said shared detailed stories of rape and more interested in the historical significance that was touched on.
    Solid tour -- you'll see all of the highlights
    Angel_W, Nov 2022
    Great tour, but sometimes our guide was difficult to understand. There's quite a bit of walking so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
    Uncomfortable, rushed, awkward
    Sandy_K, Nov 2022
    We have been in Italy for 10 plus days and have taken many tours in that time frame. I have to say this experience was the worst. Our guide was harsh, abrasive, and he literally called out a women on our tour over 100x. He was CONSTANTLY telling her she had to stay close to him bc she had a baby stroller. It was so uncomfortable and awkward for everyone on the tour. People were complaining all through the tour. He embarrassed her and harassed her the ENTIRE time. He rushed us through the tour and would not give us ample time to take photos. It was constantly “Maria, close to me”. It was just terrible. People were discussing ditching the tour and taking off on our own but when “Maria” and her family tried to do this “JC” was relentless and would not let it go so they eventually rejoined the group. It was so incredibly uncomfortable for us all. The strangest thing ever. I would not recommend this tour bc I would not want to risk getting this same tour guide. Very disappointing.
    Pick this tour!
    Merissa_Y, Nov 2022
    Lara, our guide, was amazing and so knowledgeable about everything. She really gave a fantastic and moving tour. You can feel her passion for the history of Rome. And knew the answers to everything. It was one of my favorite tours in Rome. Highly recommend this one and you should suggest her as your guide. Grazie Mille!!
    Great Tour and will do it again
    Todd_N, Nov 2022
    Stephano was a wonderful guide. He was knowledgeable and had a way of bringing his information and stories to life. It was a wonderful tour.
    Tour and entertainment all in one!
    Clarita_S, Nov 2022
    Matteo, our guide was fabulous! We thoroughly enjoyed his funny commentary and informative presentation. He is very proud to be Italian and he absolutely loves his country. We would certainly send friends and family on the same tour and seek out Matteo for their visit!
    Not worth it unless you like standing around in same spot for 20 mins
    Amelia_B, Nov 2022
    Our guide was nice and knowledgeable, however, multiple times we spent 20+ mins just standing around listening to him talk and staring at the same thing. We barely got to see most of the 3 sites. At one point, we spent 30 minutes just past security inside the colosseum listening to our guide talk and did not see anything besides the bathroom. The Skip the line was nice, but honestly not worth the tour at all. It’s better to go on your own and get to actually see everything and maybe pay for the audio guides. I honestly feel pretty ripped off money wise.