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Colosseum: Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

1. Colosseum: Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with a guided tour of all 3 attractions. Learn all about the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, everyday Roman life, and the founding site of the city. After skipping the ticket line, explore the Colosseum as your guide shares its history with your group. See the arena floor from the stands, and imagine the battle scenes with gladiators and wild animals below. Next, visit the Roman Forum to see where the center of Roman social, political, and religious life took place. Home to the old marketplace and Temple of Julius Caesar, it was a grand site at the heart of Roman life. Head up Palatine Hill next, the rumored birthplace of Rome and middle of the 7 hills. Enjoy panoramic views over the city from here, including unforgettable views of the Colosseum and Roman Forum themselves. Travel along the Via Sacra, the road connecting all 3 sites, as your guide paints a picture of Roman life for your group.

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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Tickets

2. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Tickets

Skip the long ticket line and go straight to the fast track entrance for security checks. After entering the Colosseum at your allotted time, relive the stories of emperors and gladiators. Begun under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and completed by his son Titus in 80 AD, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheater ever built. Imagine the ferocious fights between man and beast, as you stand in the elliptical arena, comprised of 4 levels, and once able to seat up to 73,000 spectators. Your ticket also includes one entry to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, must-see sights for all those visiting the “Eternal City.” According to ancient tradition, this is the spot where Rome was born. Look down at the ruins of temples in the Imperial Forum, center of all political, social, and economic life in the city during the Roman Republic. Experience the most ancient parts of Rome from the most significant of its “Seven Hills.”

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Colosseum: Tour with Arena Floor, Underground and Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

3. Colosseum: Tour with Arena Floor, Underground and Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Head out on an incredible tour that goes to the very heart of ancient Rome and allows you to explore the Empire’s most iconic monuments, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palantine Hill. Learn interesting facts and stories from your licensed guide as you walk through each attraction. With your group, an experienced tour guide will take you back to the time of gladiator fights at the Colosseum. Your guide will also reveal the secrets of the Roman Forum, which was the political and economic center of the city. No tour of this area would be complete without exploring the Palatine Hill. This was the Beverly Hills of ancient Rome, where emperors and nobles resided, high above the common people below. Marvel at all you've learned and discovered about ancient Rome at the end of your tour.

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Colosseum: Tour with Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

4. Colosseum: Tour with Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

See the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill on a guided tour of all 3 attractions. Learn all about everyday Roman life, the Colosseum’s gory history, and the city’s rumored founding hill. After entering the Colosseum, tour the amphitheater as your guide brings history to life. Visit the normally off-limits arena floor and imagine the roaring crowds from the gladiators’ perspective. Next up, visit the Roman Forum, the epicenter of Roman political, religious, and social life. Home to the Temple of Julius Caesar and Roman Senate, it was full of grand, classical architecture and a marketplace. Then walk up to Palatine Hill, the reputed birthplace of Rome and the centremost of the Seven Hills of Rome. Discover one of the most ancient parts of the city. Enjoy panoramic views of Rome from here, including exceptional views over the Roman Forum and Colosseum.

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Colosseum & Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

5. Colosseum & Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

Start your experience at the local partner's office, where you'll pick up your tickets and enjoy a 25-minute multimedia video about ancient Rome. With your ticket, discover the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Visit the Roman Forum where everyday Roman citizens used to live to see the tomb of emperor Julius Caesar and explore the ancient ruins at your own pace. Your ticket also includes entrance to Palatine Hill, the site of the foundation of Rome, and the settlement of the most important houses of emperors and kings. Located just feet away from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximum, it is the centermost of the 7 hills of Rome.  Afterwards, visit one of the most famous monuments in the world, the Colosseum. As you explore the immense amphitheater — the largest ever built by the Roman Empire — imagine the gladiator fights and public spectacles that took place in the arena.

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Colosseum: Tour with Underground & Arena Floor and Ticket to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

6. Colosseum: Tour with Underground & Arena Floor and Ticket to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

See 3 famous Roman attractions with an in-depth guided tour of the Colosseum, plus ticket access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Venture into the Colosseum's Underground, then explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill at your own pace. Maximize your time at the Colosseum with your guide leading you around the attraction. Enter the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, and head downstairs to the usually off-limits’ Underground, where gladiators prepared themselves for combat. Then skip the ticket line for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to discover both sites in your own time. Visit the home of Rome’s political, social, and religious life at the Roman Forum, with ruins such as the Temple of Caesar to see. Gain panoramic views over the city from Palatine Hill, the center of Rome’s 7 hills, and make the most of an unmissable photo opportunity.

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Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

7. Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colosseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and majestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” on foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

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Colosseum: Tour with Ticket to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

8. Colosseum: Tour with Ticket to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

See 3 iconic Roman attractions in 1 with an express guided tour of the Colosseum and access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to explore on your own. Skip the ticket line to enter every attraction. Maximize your time at the Colosseum with your guide leading you around the attraction after skipping the ticket line. Gain expert knowledge about the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire and the scene of many gladiator battles. Then head to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to explore both sites at your own pace. See the home of Rome’s political, social, and religious life at the Forum, with remarkable ruins giving a taste of how things looked. Gain pristine views over the city of Rome from Palatine Hill, the center of Rome’s 7 hills, and an unmissable photo opportunity.

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Rome: Best of Rome All-Access Pass

9. Rome: Best of Rome All-Access Pass

Discover the Eternal City at your own pace with an all-access pass to the main monuments of Rome. Redeem your voucher at the office at your selected booking time and the staff will help you reserve all of your attractions. Visit St Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the largest church in the world, admire Michelangelo's "Pieta", and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit. Take the stress out of your visit with accompanied entrance to each attraction. Encounter masterpieces of art in the corridors, courtyards, and galleries of the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and pay your respects to former popes at the site of their tombs. Journey back to the days of the Roman Empire with a ticket to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman citizens at the Via Sacra and discover where the city was founded on Palatine Hill. Use your 72 hours unlimited public transport card to explore the city. Enrich your base option with the Vatican Gardens by minibus and discover the architectural wonders of the Vatican Gardens with a multi-lingual audioguide.

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Colosseum Skip-the-Line Self-Guided Virtual Reality Tour

10. Colosseum Skip-the-Line Self-Guided Virtual Reality Tour

Travel back in time to ancient Rome, when the Colosseum knew its moments of greatest glory. Experience reconstruction of the Colosseum in 3D, integrated with audio commentary. Walk through the square, inside the arena to the roar of ferocious lions and fighting gladiators and along mysterious underground corridors where slaves prepared the shows. After your virtual experience, skip the line to enter the Colosseum. This iconic symbol of Rome was built to accommodate 50,000 to 75,000 spectators. Once you have explored the Colosseum, continue the cultural visit at the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, where Rome was founded.

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    Tickets are valid for two days but also cover the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. That's a lot to see so make sure you arrive there nice and early on both days! The Forum opens from 8:30AM (except holidays), but closing times vary depending on the season. You'll have more time between April and September.
    If not booking in advance, use the Palatine Hill ticket office, as the queue will be mercifully short compared to that at the Colosseum!

  • How to get there?

    Don't let the maps fool you! Although there are Metro stations nearby, none of them are that close to an actual entrance! Colosseo (by the Colosseum, in case it's not obvious) is the closest but you'll still need to walk to the main entrance up Via dei Fori Imperiali. Otherwise, take either the 51, 85, 87, 118, or 810 bus to the stop Fori Imperiali.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Forum opens at 8:30AM daily (except holidays) and closes an hour before sunset.
  • Is it expensive?
    The adult ticket is just € 12,00 and is valid for two days, for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Plan to walk from the Colosseo Metro stop, or take the 51, 85, 87, 118 or 810 bus to the Fori Imperiali stop.
  • Additional information
    Admission is free the first Sunday of the month! | There is a € 2 booking fee for booking in advance and skipping the queue.

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What people are saying about Roman Forum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 76,381 reviews

Absolutely amazing tour. Maria was an outstanding host and kept our 10 yr old daughter engaged the entire time. It was so great to not to be in a large tour group; this was just our family with the guide and a very intimate experience.

Unbelievable!!!! Our tour guide jabar was so knowledgeable and happy to chat with us. Highly recommend the underground tour of the coliseum gives you a much deeper insight into the history of the building and what occurred there.

The tour is worth every euro. Highly recommended and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Tip: try to book a tour with the GIGI guide - world-class personality with enormous knowledge and a personable, entertaining manner!

Amil was the bomb! Very good guide. She even took my picture. Very experienced and educated lady. Bring your good walking shoes and eat and drink before. Loved it.

This was an amazing tour. There’s no better way to see the Coliseum and Roman Forum. Our tour guide Laura, was extremely knowledgeable and interesting.