Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - Recommended Route

Recommended Routes - Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill - Roman Forum - Colosseum

Although an offbeat way to explore the jewels of Rome, this route has many advantages. The primary one is the smallest entry queue at the Palatine Hill. By starting your tour at the Palatine Hill, you can save a lot of time that would have otherwise been spent waiting in line at the Colosseum. After exploring the charming hill and visiting the Palatine Museum, make your way towards the breathtaking Roman Forum, which features the remains of important buildings of the Roman Empire. The ticket you purchase at the Palatine Hill ticket counter offers you access to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Finally, head to the Colosseum before closing time and bask in its majestic glory.

Colosseum - Roman Forum - Palatine Hill

If you're a sticker for order, you'll want to visit the Colosseum first. You can skip the massive waiting line at the Colosseum by opting for skip the line tickets or a guided tour. After exploring all the levels of the Colosseum, including the newly opened basement and third level, make your way to the Roman Forum. The forum features ruins of government buildings from the Roman Kingdom and offers patrons an insightful peek at the Roman architecture. Finally, head to the Palatine Hill and get breathtaking views of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Rome from the top of the hill.

Tips For Choosing The Best Colosseum Experience

Unless otherwise noted, all Colosseum tickets also include admission to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Located adjacent to one another, each attraction has its own separate entrance so be sure to hang onto your ticket.

When selecting your Colosseum tickets, there are a number of different options you can choose from. There is an official Italian Colosseum website; however, it has limited information and can be a bit difficult to navigate. You can view the page in English; however, the translation is slightly off and can cause confusion. The following sections have been created to help ensure you get all the information you need in order to pick the best Colosseum tour for you.

Book Online

Booking your ticket online is the most convenient and easy option for visitors. While it is possible to purchase day-of tickets directly from the offices located at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum during operating hours, the queues at all three locations will take anywhere between 45-60 minutes. Booking online allows you to bypass the long ticket sale lines. This is especially beneficial during peak months, as well as during the summer when the weather gets quite hot.

Avoid The Long Queue With Skip-The-Line Tickets

A skip-the-line fast-track ticket is perfect for those who are short on time or would simply like to avoid the hassle of waiting in a long line.These tickets can be purchased online in advance and allow you to skip both the ticket box office line, as well as the main entrance line at the Colosseum. Keep in mind, all visitors will still be required to pass through an airport-style the security check.

Skip-the-line Colosseum tickets are available anytime and any date. Skip-the-line Guided Colosseum Tour tickets are available daily, at different slots through the day.

Understand Your Tour Options

A standard Colosseum ticket is valid for two days and includes access to the arena floor and the hypogeum. In addition, your ticket also grants entry to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. Within the Colosseum, there are also parts you can only visit as part of a “special access” guided tour, for which the standard ticket does not cover. The chart below provides a breakdown of Colosseum ticket variations according to price, inclusions, and availability.

Opt For A Combo Ticket

For those looking to make the most of their time in Rome, our specially curated combination tours allow you to club multiple experiences in one ticket. Enjoy a skip-the-line combo ticket to both the Colosseum and the Vatican, or, pair your Colosseum visit with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of Rome. These tickets will help you save time and money.

Buy Your Tickets In Advance

With over 5 million visitors a year - the Colosseum sees a whooping average of 13,600 visitors per day. While tickets don’t necessarily sell out, a recent cap of 3,000 visitors has been placed on the number of people allowed inside the attraction at any given point in time. When this happens, entry to the Colosseum is paused. During such periods, those who have not pre-purchased a ticket can end up with a delayed entry, since guests with pre-purchased and skip-the-line tickets will be given priority entrance.

For guided tours, we suggest booking two weeks in advance, as these tours do tend to sell out during busy months. With that being said, we are also happy to accommodate all last-minute bookings - availability permitting.

Guide Vs No Guide

Any tour of the Colosseum will be an incredible and mesmerizing experience. A self-guided tour is the cheapest option. However, there is not that much in the way of information provided anywhere in the three sites (Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum). For only €6 more, you can add an audio guide to our skip-the-line Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour. The audio guide lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes, and includes information on the magnificent history of the Colosseum, plus an interactive map to guide you inside the building.

For an even more in-depth tour, explore areas off limits to the general public with a guided tour of the Colosseum with special access to the upper tier and underground tunnels. The explanations and stories you get with a professional guide undoubtedly enrich the experience. A visit to the Colosseum will likely be a once in a lifetime experience, so if you have the time and money to spend on a guided tour, it is highly recommended.


1. Will my tour still run if it is raining?
Yes; all tours run in rain or shine.

2. At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Colosseum on my own?
Guided tours follow a particular pattern and you will not be able to re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket. If you would like enjoy free time after a tour, you can opt for the Skip the Line Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Entry Ticket.

3. Is there a coffee shop within the Colosseum?
No; however, there are dozens of cafes and restaurants nearby. Check out TripAdvisor’s top 10 restaurants near the Colosseum.

4. Is there wifi at the attractions?
No. Wifi is not available at the Colosseum. Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

5. Is photography allowed inside the Colosseum?
Yes, photos and video are permitted; however, no flash photography is allowed.

Rules And Regulations

For security reasons, it is strictly forbidden to enter the Colosseum with large backpacks, large bags, or any type of luggage. Medium and small sized backpacks and bags will be screened by a metal detector and opened for visual inspection at the entrance. Alcohol and glass bottles are also prohibited. Water bottles are allowed.

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Priority Entrance Tickets to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Skip-the-Line Tickets to Colosseum with Access to the Arena, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Skip-the-Line Colosseum Guided Tour with Access to Arena, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Priority Access Guided Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum

VIP Combo: Vatican Early Access Tour & Colosseum Skip the Line tour with Arena Access

VIP Access Tickets: Vatican Museums & Colosseum with Arena Floor

Colosseum by Night - Guided Tour with Access to Underground, Arena Floor & Roman Forum

VIP Caesar's Palace Tour with Colosseum and Roman Forum

Guided Walking Tour of Rome with Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill