Colosseum & Roman Forum Small Group Guided Tour
The most famous ruins of Rome in the footsteps of gladiators
€49 per adult
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- Experience Rome's archaeological treasures with our express skip-the-line tour.
- Discover ancient Rome's legendary ruins as you step back in time.
- From the arduous training to the high-stakes gladiatorial battles, explore gripping tales of life as a gladiator.
- Get to know ancient entertainment, from mock sea battles to animal hunting to public executions.
- Explore the Roman Forum and learn about the city's rich legacy.
- Find out how you can enjoy the rest of the day with all the extra time saved on this express tour from your guide.
What you'll do
On this expert-led tour, you’ll visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, so you’ll get the most out of your time in Rome. The visit lets you enjoy the ancient ruins of Rome in just two hours with a local guide – even better, your guide can offer tips about what to see next. You dese ...
On this expert-led tour, you’ll visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, so you’ll get the most out of your time in Rome. The visit lets you enjoy the ancient ruins of Rome in just two hours with a local guide – even better, your guide can offer tips about what to see next. You deserve to have a perfect day in the Eternal City.
During a tour of the Colosseum, your guide will provide a detailed description of its features as you observe it from the outside. Pass by all those long lines with your skip-the-line ticket. Upon entering, you will learn about the gladiatorial contests and public spectacles this arena was built for. There have been mock battles at sea, animal hunts, recreations of famous battles, and even public executions right where you stand!
You’ll also learn about the technological prowess of the engineers who built the Colosseum – a feat that was no easy task in 70 AD. Find out how advanced mechanisms like trap doors were used during the gladiator games by walking around the tiers for the best views of the arena.
After visiting the Roman Forum, your guide will prepare you for a trip to Palatine Hill, conveniently located in the same archaeological site. You’ll discover how the Forum served as the focal point of daily life for centuries, hosting criminal trials, gladiator marches, elections, trade, and more.
Visit the Forum Magnum (as the Romans called it) at your own speed, armed with recommendations on what to look for and the history of the site. It used to be a marshy lake, but now you may stroll along the paved higher street level and witness why Rome is known as the city of layers.
As always, feel free to seek advice from your guide on what to do next. Your guide, as a local, can give you recommendations for where to dine, where to go with the family, and where to snap the perfect photographs – whatever you’re searching for.
Built in the first century for grandiose public spectacles.
City hub for gladiator marches, elections, and commerce in the 7th century BC
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Tour Ending Point
As your tour ends at the Colosseum, your guide will prepare you for your self-guided trip to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Tickets include admission to these sites.
We offer a 100% refund up to 48 hours before the start time.
Where to find your tour guide
Meet your guide across from the Colosseum at the Colosseo Metro Station. At the (blue line) metro exit, look for the guide holding a sign that says “ExperienceFirst” in front of a green kiosk.
Is this tour wheelchair-accessible?
This is not a wheelchair-accessible public group tour. At a moderate pace, we cover roughly 2 miles of walking, including some steep hills and steps. If mobility is an issue, you can also arrange a private tour.
How much walking is there?
At a moderate pace, we cover roughly 2 miles of walking, including some steep hills and steps. If mobility is an issue, please arrange for a private tour.
What is the rescheduling policy?
We are aware that plans might change. You may easily change your tour up to 24 hours before departure. We provide a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start of your tour. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.
What if it rains?
Our tours go on rain or shine, so please check the weather forecast before you go. If we have to cancel due to severe weather conditions, we will give you the option to reschedule or get a full refund.
Are gratuities included?
Tips are always appreciated, but they are never expected. They’re an excellent way to express your gratitude and tell your guide that they did a fantastic job.