Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum Guided Tour Skip the Line

Pricing Information:

From $54.41


To maximize your visit to the Colosseum, consider a guided tour that includes skip-the-line admission. With an official guide versed in history, art, and archaeology, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of this iconic Roman landmark. You’ll learn about its historical context, hear riveting tales of gladiators and emperors, and gain an appreciation for its ancient engineering. The tour typically includes access to the first and second tiers of the amphitheater, offering a comprehensive look at the past. Afterward, the journey continues to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, where the ruins stand as silent narrators of Rome’s storied past.

  • Skip-the-line admission to the Colosseum with a guided tour
  • Learn about the Colosseum’s history and engineering from a knowledgeable guide
  • Listen to tales of gladiator battles that once took place here
  • Explore Palatine Hill for views of Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum
  • See ancient ruins like that of the Temple of Julius Caesar and Arch of Titus

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Embark on a tour of the Colosseum’s first and second tiers with an official guide to lead the way, providing expert commentary and insights. After experiencing the grandeur of the Colosseum, proceed to the Roman Forum to explore the heart of ancient Rome’s public life with its enduring ruins and historical significance.

What’s Included

  • Skip the line Entrance ticket
  • 2.5 hrs Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill guided tour, group max 24 people
  • Official Guide
  • Earphones (over 8 people)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Colosseum’s underground (unless you book the special option!)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via delle Terme di Tito, 72
  • Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Your meeting point for the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum guided tour is conveniently located at Via delle Terme di Tito, on the corner with Via Nicola Salvi. Look for the ‘Tour in the City’ sign; our staff will be waiting for you next to the park entrance, directly opposite the “Oppio Café.” They will be easily recognizable, dressed in blue T-shirts. Please be sure to arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your tour to ensure a prompt start. For further details about the tour, including the skip-the-line service, you can read more on Viator’s website under the provided link.

End point

Roman Forum

  • Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect


Commence your exploration of Rome with a guided tour of its most iconic monument, ideal for visitors of all ages. An official guide with expertise in art and archaeology will lead you through the Colosseum’s storied past. You’ll gain insights into the grand spectacles, ferocious gladiatorial contests, and the ingenuity behind ancient Roman construction methods. Discover the technological prowess of Roman engineers, marvel at the gladiators’ skills, and visualize the savage confrontations between beasts. As you navigate the amphitheater’s first tiers, learn about the intricate trapdoors and devices that brought the games to life. Engage with tales of naval battles, the holding pens for wild animals, and the anticipation that gripped spectators during the grandiose and costly games of antiquity. Your guide will animate your visit with these vivid stories, ensuring an educational and thrilling experience.

1 hour • Admission Ticket Included

Palatine Hill

Following your immersive Colosseum tour, the journey continues to Palatine Hill, the site of Rome’s earliest habitation dating back to the 9th century BC. This ancient area offers a rare glimpse into the initial urban settlements of what would become one of the world’s most influential cities. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the ruins of the Hippodrome, an ancient Roman garden part of the expansive palace complex attributed to Emperor Domitian. While there, savor the panoramic views of the Circus Maximus and the valley that cradles the Roman Forum. The visit also includes storytelling of the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, who were famously nurtured by a she-wolf and later clashed in a fateful struggle for dominion over the nascent city.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

Your excursion culminates with a visit to the Roman Forum, an archaeological treasure trove and a collection of the most poignant ruins from Ancient Rome. You’ll stand where history unfolded at pivotal sites like the Temple of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Titus, and the residence of the Vestal Virgins, who tended the sacred flame. Explore the Senate House, where decisions that shaped the ancient world were made, and gaze upon the grandeur of the Basilica of Maxentius.

As you stroll along the Via Sacra, or Sacred Way, imagine the victorious legions parading through the heart of the Forum, their armor glinting in the Roman sun. This ancient path resonates with the echoes of triumphal processions, encapsulating the glory of the Roman Empire. With each step, you’ll travel further back in time, amidst the grandiosity and the everyday life of one of the greatest civilizations in human history.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please notice that the Colosseum Administration, which depends on the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit and offer a partial refund
  • Activity not recommended for people with motor lag
  • No change on a booking can be accepted less than 96 hours before the time of the tour. In that instance, no refund will be issued.

Cancellation Policy

You have the flexibility to cancel your booking up to 24 hours before the experience begins for a full refund. This policy allows you to alter your travel plans without penalty if done at least one day in advance of your scheduled tour.

  • 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 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.

Traveler Tips

  • This can be a long day so make sure you have refreshments and comfortable shoes.
  • It was a hot day so take plenty of water.
  • Worth every penny to be guided in/out easily and with such a rich explanation along the way.