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Colosseum and Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

Product ID: 57837
Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on a 2.5-hour skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum, Imperial Forum, and Palatine Hill. See the ruins of temples and the mighty Flavian Amphitheatre. Ascend one of the legendary “7 Hills of Rome.”
About this activity
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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English, Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn the history of Ancient Rome at its most important monuments
  • Look inside the mighty Colosseum and follow in the footsteps of the crowds on 2 tiers
  • Hear stories about the brave gladiators and the bloodthirsty entertainments
  • Ascend Palatine Hill to see where the Roman emperors lived
  • Discover the ruins of the Temple of Julius Caesar and the site where he was cremated
  • Journey through the glorious years of the Roman Republic and its great capital city
Full description
Learn the story of the Roman Republic and its most important monuments on a half-day tour of Ancient Rome. Enjoy skip-the-line privileges at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman (Imperial) Forum.

Meet your guide at the local tour partner's office and enjoy panoramic views of the best preserved part of the Colosseum. Get a detailed description of the Colosseum from the outside, before skipping the long lines to step inside.

Once inside, learn about the spectacular entertainments put on during the Roman Republic. Discover the construction techniques invented by the Romans. Hear about the great feats of the gladiators and their battles with wild animals. Marvel at the technological advancements of the Roman engineers to build the Colosseum. Learn about the trapdoors and all the mechanisms used to animate the games.

Your guide will entertain you with tales of sea-battles and tell you about the cages where the lions were kept. Imagine the roar of the crowd as their blood-lust was met. Continue to the 2nd tiers for the best views of the Colosseum, inside and out.

Next, go to Palatine Hill to see where the elite emperors took residence. Admire the views of the Circus Maximus on one side and the Roman Forum on the other. See the ruins of the Temple of Julius Caesar, built in the same spot where his body was cremated. Look at the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius and much more.
Includes
  • Colosseum & Ancient Rome guided tour
  • Headset system to understand guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Walking tour
  • Professional tour guide
  • Skip the line, special entrance
  • Entrance ticket for the Colosseum
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation to/from the attractions
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the terrain conditions of the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forums
• Important: please note that you can not take large bags, backpacks or suitcases into the Colosseum. It is possible to bring small bags. Please note, there is no cloakroom service
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• Selfie sticks cannot be used inside the Colosseum for security reasons
• 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 953 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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We were “late”, as the ticket says be there 30 minutes prior to the indicated time (in small font in the very end). So, our tour was rescheduled which worked out just fine. We had two guides. The first one did not interact, just talked like a recording. The second one, Zenda, was wonderful.

January 27, 2020

Me and my friend pre-booked this tour before arriving at Rome. We had a tour guide called George, he was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable and had a sense of humour. I would recommend this tour as you get to learn so much that you wouldn’t get to know if you just went on your own. The tour left on time and allowed you time to take in the views. If you like to know what you are looking at and want an enjoyable experience I would recommend this tour. Thank you George for being a great tour guide!

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January 22, 2020

Zelna was truly the most amazing guide we had in Rome. She explained us every aspect of the Colosseum, without any boring details. She made the tour seem like we were part of a story that was written in front of our eyes. I loved the stories about the games that took place in the Colosseum and also I was impressed by the meaning this building had for the people. The Palatine Hill tour was also fantastic as Zelna told us every step of the way what was there so much time ago and what was its meaning.

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December 18, 2019

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