Guided Tours of Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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Colosseum Express Guided Tour

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  • Join this 1-hour express tour for a time-efficient experience, perfect to jump straight into the action and tick off a bucket list item!
  • Don't waste time in long ticketing queues and make the most of your guided exploration of the Colosseum in English, Spanish, Italian, French or German.
  • This family-friendly tour offers headsets for larger group sizes, encompassing facts that will capture the imaginations of both kids and adults.
  • Learn about the amphitheater's history and the epic tale of the Gladiatorial games, humanity's grandest spectacle, in the largest and most expensive event ever.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour guided tour of the Colosseum
  • Skip-the-line entry tickets
  • English, Spanish, Italian, French or German-speaking guide
  • Charismatic local expert
  • Headsets

Exclusions

  • Entry to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Access to the Colosseum underground, arena floor, or upper floors
  • Tip: Keep some time free after your tour to take some EPIC photos from the Colle Oppio Park.
  • You must carry a valid ID with you and present it at the time of entry if requested. Should you fail to do so, venue authorities may deny you entry and such instances are not liable for reschedules or refunds.
  • Please note that the Colosseum will be closed on December 25 and January 1.
  • Please note that this tour does not include access to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.
  • Express tours run on a tight schedule, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the meeting point and arrive on time.
  • Comfy shoes are a must when visiting the Colosseum – those ancient steps can get pretty steep!
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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  • On this guided tour, bypass queues efficiently to make the most of your time exploring the Colosseum, and even visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Expert guides will transport you back in time with captivating storytelling in 6 language options, unraveling the ancient secrets at these sites.
  • Step into the extraordinary world of the Colosseum, where history comes alive amidst its breathtaking architecture and legendary stories.
  • Get ready to uncover the past, create memories, and be part of history in ancient public spaces as you make your way through the Roman Forum.
  • Stand atop Palatine Hill and take in awe-inspiring panoramas of Rome, an unforgettable backdrop that adds a touch of magic to your journey to the past.

Inclusions

  • 3-hour tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, & Palatine Hill
  • Expert local guide (English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese or German)
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum floors 1 and 2
  • Entry to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Headphones
  • Group of up to 18 people

Exclusions

  • Access to the Colosseum underground, arena floor, or upper floors
  • Tip: Visiting in the summer months? Be sure to bring a bottle of water with you and make use of the free water fountains dotted around the area.
  • The tour covers all 3 sites. However, the order of sites visited may be subject to change.
  • The Palatine and Forum are a single site, and there is no option to skip the line. When entering these sites with a guide, there might be a slight delay.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users, pram/stroller users or baby carriages, and people with mobility issues.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour with Arena Floor Access

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  • Visit multiple Roman hotspots in one go with this guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill with exclusive access to the Arena.
  • Skip ticketing queues and march into the Arena just like the gladiators did, stopping only to admire the Arch of Constantine.
  • Explore and learn about the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill in-depth, with expert multilingual guides telling you everything.
  • Not a fan of crowds? Upgrade your experience to enjoy a small group tour with an expert English guide and no more than 15 guests.

Inclusions

  • 2.5 - 3.5hrs tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum floors 1 and 2
  • Access to the Colosseum arena floor
  • Entry to the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Expert multilingual guide
  • Headsets

Exclusions

  • Access to the Colosseum underground or upper floors
  • Pro Tip: Visiting during summer? Bring a water bottle and use the free water fountains dotted around the area.
  • The guided tour is available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, or German.
  • Everyone must carry valid IDs.
  • Some things are worth the wait, like the Palatine and Forum that don't offer skip-the-line access.
  • Luggage and large backpacks are not allowed inside the Colosseum.
  • The experience is not accessible by wheelchair, pram/stroller baby carriage, or people with mobility issues.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Small-Group Guided tour

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3 hr.
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  • Enjoy personalized and intimate experience on a small-group tour that lets you fully immerse in the rich history of 3 of Rome's architectural wonders.
  • Beat the crowds and skip the lines to the Colosseum. Dive straight into the action and get to appreciate the intricate details up close!
  • Be entertained and enlightened by passionate guides who will reveal the hidden legends of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.
  • Savor picture perfect moments and sweeping panoramic views from the city's best vantage points at the Palatine Hill.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum floors 1 and 2
  • Entry to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
  • Small-group tour (15 guests or less)
  • Expert & charismatic local tour guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (making sure you don't miss a beat!)

Exclusions

  • Access to the Colosseum underground, arena floor, or upper floors
  • Tip: At the Roman Forum, ask your guide about the ancient religious practices in the House of the Vestal Virgins, once occupied by priestesses who tended the sacred fire of Vesta.
  • All members of your party must carry a valid ID to present at the time of entry if requested. Should you fail to do so, venue authorities may deny you entry and such instances are not liable for reschedules or refunds.
  • The Palatine and Forum is a combined site, with no possibility to skip the line, you may face a delay when entering these sites with the guide... but hey, sometimes the best things in life are worth waiting for!
  • The tour covers all 3 sites. However, the order of sites visited may be subject to change.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 5%): Colosseum + Vatican Museums Guided Tour

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  • Save big with this combo ticket and visit 2 must-see spots in the Eternal City with an expert tour guide.
  • Explore the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built, while listening to your tour guide relay stories about its past in the language of your choice.
  • Look at the most renowned Roman sculptures and paintings at Vatican Museums. Get up and close with masterpieces from the Renaissance period.
  • Visit 54 galleries in the Vatican Museums and get a chance to see some of the most impressive art collections in the world.

Inclusions

Colosseum

  • 3-hour tour
  • Expert & charismatic local guide
  • Entry to the Colosseum floors 1 and 2
  • Entry to the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Vatican Museums

  • 2.5-hour tour
  • Expert & charismatic local guide
  • Entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel

Exclusions

Colosseum

  • Access to the Colosseum underground, arena floor, or upper floors

Vatican Museums

  • Entry to St. Peter's Basilica

Colosseum

  • Tip: Save some time to visit ancient Rome's largest temple, located right at the eastern edge of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum – the Temple of Venus and Roma.
  • For safety and security reasons, no large backpacks or pieces of luggage are allowed inside the Colosseum. No storage facility is available. You can, however, take a baby stroller into the Colosseum with you, should it be necessary.

Vatican Museums

  • Tip: Keep your cameras ready to capture the dizzyingly stunning spiral Bramante Staircase in the museum.
  • For visitors with mobility impairment, the Vatican Museums offer free wheelchair hire from the cloakroom.
  • Strict Dress Code: Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for all guests.
  • Please carry a valid ID with you and present it at the time of entry if requested. Should you fail to do so, venue authorities may deny you entry and such instances are not liable for reschedules or refunds.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 5%): Colosseum + Castel Sant'Angelo Tickets

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  • Explore two of Rome's most iconic monuments with a single, money-saving combo ticket.
  • Get entry to the 1st and 2nd floors of the Colosseum, where you can explore this awe-inspiring structure in its complete glory.
  • Wear your audio guide and begin your venture into history as you pass from one attraction to the next.
  • You also get to visit the Roman Forum, the hub of socio-economic life in Ancient Rome, as well as the Palatine Hill, from where you can take in unparalleled views of the city.
  • While your ticket to the Colosseum is timed, you can enter the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill on the same day as your Colosseum visit or the next day.
  • Later, head over to Castel Sant'Angelo and see the Mausoleum of Hadrian, a historical monument that is about 2000 years old.
  • Step back in time, explore the castle at your own pace, and learn about Roman history.
  • Marvel at the ancient roman architecture, sculptures, art, and weaponry at its best.
  • Take in the breathtaking, panoramic views of Rome from the terrace of the building.

Inclusions

  • Access to the Colosseum
  • Access to the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Access to the 1st and 2nd floors of the Colosseum
  • Access to Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Booking and handling fee

Exclusions

  • Guide accompanying you on the tour.
  • Access to Colosseum's 4th and 5th floors or the Underground.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 5%): Colosseum + Borghese Gallery Tickets

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  • Get a dose of history, art, and architecture with this combo ticket as you visit the Colosseum and the Borghese Gallery!
  • Explore the Colosseum as you take in the ancient structure that is still the largest amphitheater in the world with a physical audio-video device.
  • Visit the Roman Forum, the hub of socio-economic life in ancient Rome, and see Palatine Hill, from where you can take in unparalleled views of the city.
  • Your ticket also grants you escorted entrance to the Borghese Gallery, where you can admire world-famous art without getting stuck in big crowds.
  • Also, enjoy a stroll through the Villa Borghese and explore the gardens dotted with vibrant flowers in bloom.

Inclusions

  • Entry to the Colosseum
  • Access to the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Access to the 1st and 2nd Floor of the Colosseum
  • Access to special arena
  • Escorted entry into the Borghese Gallery
  • Booking and handling fees
  • Digital audio guide at Colosseum

Exclusions

  • Guide accompanying you on the tour
  • Access to Colosseum's 4th and 5th Floor or the Underground
  • Audioguide (purchasable on-site at the Borghese Gallery for 5 Euros)

Colosseum

  • You can enter Palatine Hill and Roman Forum within 24 hours of the ticket time.
  • You MUST carry a valid ID with you and present it at the time of entry if requested. Should you fail to do so, venue authorities may deny you entry and such instances are not liable for reschedules or refunds.
  • The experience involves a fair amount of walking, hills, and stairs; as such we recommend wearing comfortable attire and suitable walking shoes.

Borghese Gallery

  • Did you know? The main room ceiling seems to be much higher than it is owing to the intricately painted fresco by Rossi that has a fascinating three-dimensional quality to it.
  • Access to the museum is regulated with a mandatory exit at the end of each time slot so tickets are limited and sell out quickly. Tickets will not be available on-site for purchase, especially for same-day entry.
  • You may pick up your ticket only on the day of the event at the opening of the checkout counter an hour before the show (until the beginning of the same).
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Two millennia unveiled: Explore Colosseum guided tours

Opt for a guided tour and journey through the Colosseum's storied corridors alongside an expert guide. Dive into our comprehensive video for an in-depth look at the array of tours on offer, ensuring you identify the perfect tour to satiate your appetite for history. From the Colosseum's captivating tales to the majestic sights within the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, brace yourself for a cinematic exploration of Rome's ancient wonders. Press play and let the adventure begin!

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Which Guided Tour is Best for You?

Roman Colosseum guided tour

Skip-the-Line Guided Tours

Duration: 1 - 3 hours
Suited for: Travelers short on time
Ticket price: Adults: from €69; Between 3-17 yr: €58; Under 2 yr: free

Why go for it?

  • Bypass queues and get straight to the heart of the action.
  • The knowledgeable guides will enrich your experience with fascinating stories and facts about the amphitheater.
  • Enjoy a more comprehensive experience with access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

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Express Tours

Duration: 1 hour
Suited for: Families with children
Ticket price: Adults: From €43; Between 6-17 yr: €19; Under 5 yr: €7

Why go for it?

  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Colosseum.
  • Dive straight into the heart of the Colosseum and enjoy an engaging, and educational, but time-efficient exploration of this landmark.
  • Hear facts and stories that both kids and adults will enjoy.

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Special Access Tours

Duration: 2-3 hours
Suited for: History enthusiasts
Ticket price: Adults: From €54; Under 18 yr; €48

Why go for it?

  • Gain exclusive access to usually restricted areas such as the legendary Arena floor and the Underground chambers with these special access tours.
  • You will be guided by experts who will breathe life into these ancient spaces with fascinating stories and insights.

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Small-Group Tours

Duration: 3 hours
Suited for: Solo travelers, couples
Ticket price: Adults: From €69, Under 18 yr: €49

Why go for it?

  • Enjoy a more personalized and interactive experience. With fewer people, you'll have more opportunities to engage with your guide, ask questions, and delve deeper into the history and architecture of Rome's iconic landmarks.
  • Perfect for those who want to avoid large crowds and enjoy a more tailored and immersive journey.
  • Explore the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill along with the Colosseum.

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Roman Colosseum Night Tour

Night Tours

Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
Suited for: Couples, photographers, history enthusiasts
Ticket price: Adults & Children: From €82

Why go for it?

  • Experience the Colosseum in a different light, literally, with our night tours. Watch the grandeur of the ancient structure come alive under the moonlight.
  • Explore areas generally off-limits during the day and enjoy the quiet ambiance of the monument as the crowds dissipate.
  • Visit the Capitoline Hill and enjoy the sweeping views of Rome from here.

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Combo Tours

Duration: >3 hours
Suited for: Budget travelers
Ticket price: Adults: From €65.55, Children: €51.30

Why go for it?

  • Combo tours offer a fantastic way to explore Rome's rich history and vibrant culture in one go. Not only will you get to delve into the past with a guided tour of the Colosseum, but you'll also get to experience the lively Roma World, showcasing different aspects of the city.
  • This is a cost-effective and time-efficient way to make the most of your visit to Rome, especially if your time in the city is limited.

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Why Book a Guided Tour of Colosseum?

Colosseum Guided Tours
  • Expert guides: Join our guided tours and let our incredible guides bring history to life with ancient tales of gladiators, and fascinating cultural and architectural insights, allowing you to grasp the immense significance of the Colosseum.
  • Personalized experience: These tours are smaller and more personalized. You can ask all the questions about the Colosseum you like! 
  • Special access: Get access to restricted areas of the Colosseum like the Arena, the Underground, and the 4th and 5th rings for an authentic experience. 
  • Multilingual experience: These guided tours are available in various languages, allowing you to enjoy an immersive experience in a language of your choosing.
  • Convenience: You don't have to worry about buying tickets or finding your way to the Colosseum. Simply make your way to the designated meeting point as described on the ticket and enjoy a hassle-free experience. 

Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour Experience

Most Colosseum guided tour options have the added advantage of including entry to two more pillars of ancient Roman history - the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. These three sites are in close proximity to each other, making it possible to explore them all in a single tour.

  • Typically, your tour will start with the Colosseum. You'll bypass the long entry lines with your skip-the-line access and be led by your guide through the historical landmark, learning about its fascinating history and architecture.
  • After exploring the Colosseum, your guide will then lead the group to the Roman Forum, the political, commercial, and judicial center of ancient Rome.
  • You'll get to walk through the ancient streets, see the temples, and envision the bustling Roman life from centuries past. Lastly, the tour proceeds to Palatine Hill, where you can soak in the panoramic views of Rome.
  • At each site, while the guide will keep the group together for the main tour and explanation, there's usually some allocated time for independent exploration, where you can check out points of interest at your own pace, take pictures, or absorb the atmosphere.

Frequently Asked Questions About Guided Tours of Colosseum

How much does a Colosseum guided tour cost?

The cost of a Colosseum tour varies depending on the type of tour and the specific experiences included. Prices typically range from around €40 to €82.
- Skip-the-line guided tours: Starting €39.90.
- Express tours: Starting from €41
- Special access tours: Starting from €54
- Small group tours: Starting from €56
- Night tours: Starting from €82
Factors that influence the cost include the duration of the tour, the areas of the Colosseum that are covered, whether other attractions like the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are included, and the level of access granted. Prices are subject to change, it is advisable to check real-time availability and prices by exploring our curated collection of experiences.

Which is the best Colosseum tour?

The best Colosseum tour depends on your personal preferences, interests, and budget.

- If you are short on time: go for the Skip-the-Line Guided Tour option.
- If you want a comprehensive and in-depth experience: opt for a Special Access Tour that will provide access to special zones like the Arena, Underground, and the Belvedere, which are not accessible with standard-issue tickets.
- If you are traveling on a shoestring budget: go for a combo tour option that includes other Rome attractions like the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica is a great option.

Why should I opt for a guided tour of the Colosseum and what does it include?

Guided tours offer expert insights into the history and significance of the Colosseum, which you may miss out on if you're exploring on your own. They can also provide skip-the-line access to save you time. Depending on the tour you choose, you may also enjoy special access to restricted areas such as the Underground and Arena.

How long does a Colosseum guided tour last?

The duration of Colosseum guided tours can vary based on the type of tour and the inclusions. On average, a Colosseum tour can take anywhere between 1-3 hours.

What languages are Colosseum guided tours available in?

Colosseum guided tours are typically available in 6 different languages to cater to a global audience. The most common languages offered include English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese. However, the availability of specific languages can vary. It's always a good idea to check the details of the specific tour you're interested in to make sure it's available in a language that suits you.

What parts of the Colosseum can I access with a guided tour?

Depending on the tour you choose, you will be able to access the Underground, Arena, and the Belvedere. Most guided tours also allow you to access the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill as well.

Do I get skip-the-line access with my Colosseum tour?

Yes, most guided Colosseum tours also include skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. This allows you to bypass the long ticket lines and gain quicker entry into the monument. However, it's always a good idea to confirm this feature while booking your particular tour as offerings may vary.

What is the cancellation policy for a Colosseum tour?

Most Colosseum tours offer free cancellation, allowing you to cancel your booking up to 72-24 hours before the tour starts and receive a full refund. It's important to check the specific cancellation policy for the tour you are booking to understand the terms and avoid any potential disappointment.

Are the guided tours suitable for children?

Yes, most guided tours are suitable for children and can be an educational and exciting experience for them. The Express tour might be particularly suitable for families with young children.