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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Entry Tickets

1. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Entry 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.”

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

2. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

Go back in time to the glorious days of Ancient Rome on a guided tour with fast-track entry. Explore the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, Temple of Romulus, Temple of Julius Caesar, Senate House, Palatine Hill, and Stadium of Domitian. Breeze past the crowds and enter the Colosseum with your guide. As you explore this Roman structure, your guide will set the scene for what attending a gladiator match was like. Discover the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, areas that were reserved for Rome’s most elite. Learn how the Colosseum was built and the history of the bloody battles that defined ancient Roman history. Spend an hour inside the Colosseum, which is perfect for families or those who want to cover the most ground in little time. Next, follow your guide to Palatine Hill, the site where Romulus is said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. Admire the opulent palaces characterized by detailed artifacts and mosaics. Besides being the residence of Rome’s most elite, they were enormous treasure troves. See a piece of an ancient Roman aqueduct. Finally, make your way to the Roman Forum. Be escorted around what the locals like to call “ancient downtown Rome.” Discover the cultural hub of ancient Rome where all the action happened, from senate meetings to poetry performances and political protests.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

3. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Enjoy a private or shared group tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with a local guide. Travel back in time to the Roman era and immerse yourself in the Colosseum's fascinating history. In the company of your local guide, delve into the mystery that surrounds the games held at the Colosseum and the fascinating stories of the famous gladiators who thrilled the crowds with their brutish fighting. Next, continue to the second part of the tour, Palatine Hill. Before Rome became a city, it was a cluster of separate villages built upon the seven hills of Rome. The centremost of these was Palatine Hill. Nowadays, you can enjoy breathtaking views across the entire city and admire the ruins of several Roman palaces. Your final stop is the Roman Forum, the beating heart of Ancient Rome. Here, walk in the Emperors’ footsteps and marvel at the amazing views over the Imperial Forum. Find out about what life was like for the Romans of that era in the political, social, and economic center of the ancient city. Your tour ends at the forum, where you’re welcome to continue exploring or head off for some local food and drink. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on the best spots to eat and drink in the area.

Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

4. Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

Start at the Arch of Constantine, and begin a private Colosseum tour with a top-rated local guide. Learn about the history of this amazing monument, the violence of the games, and the lives of the gladiators. Take a short walk to explore the breathtaking ruins of the Roman Forum. Next, head to the historic Capitoline Hill and enjoy a break in a bar with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Stop for a hearty lunch in a restaurant recommended by the guide, where you'll sample some delicious local dishes. After lunch, visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Sant’Eustachio, Piazza Navona, and Campo de'Fiori. See the Pantheon and Hadrian's Temple. Stroll through the magnificent Piazza Farnese for a memorable end to the first day of your 2-day private tour. Begin the second day with a visit to the Vatican Museums, which boast one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Visit the Belvedere Courtyard, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel, one of the artistic wonders of the world. Hear stories about the composition and the extraordinary life of Michelangelo which will give you a deeper understanding of the frescoes. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, continue your Vatican tour to St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the genius of Bernini, who designed the piazza and the immense colonnade. Hear stories and legends of the popes and artists who transformed the Vatican. Lastly, take a short stroll through Borgo Pio, the surviving medieval area of the city. Stop at Castel Sant'Angelo, an imposing fortress that overlooks the Tiber. Climb to the top of the castle for a spectacular view of the river and the Vatican.

Best of Rome Guided Tour With Colosseum, Vatican, & Pantheon

5. Best of Rome Guided Tour With Colosseum, Vatican, & Pantheon

Starting in the morning you’ll make your way over to the Colosseum before the crowds arrive, and take advantage of skip-the-ticket-line admission. Even though you’ve seen the Amphitheater in pictures, nothing will prepare you for the experience in real life. Hear stories of emperors and brave gladiators while taking in the atmosphere. Following in the footsteps of famous generals and emperors who once walked this road, you will head to the Roman Forum site. Admire the surroundings of temple ruins and listen as your guide points out and explains the important monuments and their history. Then discover a city center like no other. Stroll around the characteristic, cobbled streets and explore the highlights of the area: Piazza Venezia, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. At the Vatican, you will skip the ticket lines with your priority access ticket. Inside the Vatican Museum your expert guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art, as well as the sculptures of ancient Rome. In the Sistine Chapel, be amazed by Michelangelo’s paintings and the frescoes that adorn the walls and ceiling. Your last stop will be St Peter’s Basilica, where you will be overwhelmed by Michelangelo's great dome - the tallest dome in the world. Discover the chapels, tombs, and large monuments - many of which were created by Bernini. Do not miss the most famous marble statue, the Pieta, and breathe in the peace and beauty as you stroll around at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Column of Phocas

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Augustus was fantastic, a warm and entertaining host who boasted fantastic knowledge of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. Was accommodating and happy to answer questions some of the party had throughout and offered suggestions to further enhance our trip to the city following the tour itself. Thank you, Augustus!

Agostino was absolutely incredible. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the areas of the tour, was fun and witty throughout. If you are on the fence about booking an experience like this one, take this as your sign that it’s SO worth it! You will NOT be disappointed!

George was fantastic. Knowledge, personable and entertaining throughout. Would recommend the tour to anyone!

Brilliant tour, really brought the history to life. Laura was an excellent guide - well worth the money

Skip the line! Easy acces! All very impressive! Take your time over there, you'll need it!