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  • Rome: Private Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

    1. Rome: Private Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

    You'll begin by exploring the Colosseum, one of the wonders of the world and an incredible feat of engineering that hosted some of the cruelest yet spectacular shows in the ancient world. Your guide will help you understand the complex history of this magnificent monument, telling you stories about the incredible spectacles that took place there throughout time. You'll hear of bloody gladiatorial combat, wild animal hunts, and even naval battles, as you follow your guide through the tunnels of the Colosseum and walk in the footsteps of gladiators and slaves. On your Colosseum tour you’ll discover that truth is stranger than fiction, as you learn about what went on behind the scenes. You’ll hear about the lives and deaths of the gladiators, many of whom became celebrities, and will find out how the games were staged using complex machinery and the labor of slaves. Next to the Colosseum ...

  • Colosseum & Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

    2. 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 you'll 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, site of the foundation of Rome and 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.<...

    Very easy to book online. Bear in mind you do have to collect your actual tickets from the tourist board office which was very busy and a bit unorganised. Great tour.

  • Colosseum: Private Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

    3. Colosseum: Private Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

    Meet your private guide at the Colosseum. Here, your expert in Roman history will give you an introduction to the finest arena of the Roman Empire. You'll then explore the magnificent Colosseum, which had 80 entrances and could accommodate around 65,000 spectators. Hear about the spectacular festivals the Romans held here, which could last up to 100 days. After visiting the Colosseum, you will have some time to take some pictures, buy refreshments and wander around before starting the second part of your tour. Next, learn about the daily life of ancient Rome with a visit to its most bustling center of activity, the Roman Forum – see the temples, squares and legal buildings that would have defined this area. Finally, continue onwards to the Palatine Hill, the mythological birthplace of Rome’s founder, Romulus. Admire a spectacular view of the modern city, the ruins of Nero’s Golden Hou...

  • Colosseum: Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

    4. 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 ...

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

    5. 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 crowds from the gladiators’ perspective. Next, 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 Palatine Hill, the reputed birthplace of Rome and center of its 7 hills. Enjoy panoramic city views from here, including exceptional views over the Roman Forum and Colosseum.

  • Rome: Palatine Hill, Colosseum, Roman Forum Skip-the-Line

    6. Rome: Palatine Hill, Colosseum, Roman Forum Skip-the-Line

    Meet your tour guide outside the Colosseum and head back in time to Ancient Rome on a guided tour. Skip the long lines to this magnificent amphitheater and hear fascinating stories about the events that took place inside its walls.

    Learn about the technological advancements Roman engineers used to build their impressive structures. Find out how the Colosseum delighted emperors and roaring crowds. Visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

    Enjoy free time after your tour to explore the site at your leisure.

    Beautiful views, great guide passionate about the history of Ancient Rome, who was sharing with us unique pictures and stories, as we moved along. Definitely worth spending 2,5 hours of your time in Rome.

  • Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Tickets

    7. 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 sig...

    It was a very informative and great experience. Having the museums virtually empty on our visit was an awesome experience and the early breakfeast in the Vatican was great.

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

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

    This incredible tour goes to the very heart of ancient Rome and allows you to explore the Empire’s most iconic monuments. 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.

  • Colosseum: Tour with Underground and Ticket to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

    9. Colosseum: Tour with Underground and Ticket to Roman Forum and 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. 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. Then skip the ticket line for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to explore 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 an unmissable photo opportunity.

  • Fast Track: Colosseum, Arena Floor & Ancient Rome VIP Tour

    10. Fast Track: Colosseum, Arena Floor & Ancient Rome VIP Tour

    Discover unseen facets of the Colosseum on this exclusive skip-the-line tour with an expert guide. Access the arena floor through the gladiators’ gate and imagine what they would’ve experienced as they stepped out under the gaze of thousands of noisy spectators.

    From the arena, look down into the dungeons where the gladiators would prepare themselves beforehand and wild animals were kept.

    Across the way in the Forum, the political, social and religious core of the city, find the remains of public buildings, temples, the sacred dwelling of the Vestal Virgins, and much more.

    Listen to your guide as they share stories of the political dramas that played out there and the daily lives of people who lived over 2000 years ago.

    Finally, head to Palatine Hill, the supposed spot cho...

    This tour covers 3 major historical places in Rome. You get to skip the lines and your price covers all the entries. We walked by all of the people waiting in line! Marcius was a great guide and knew all the history. We wore an earbud with an amplifier and could hear everything clearly. It was a lot of walking—through the whole colosseum, up the Palatine hill and Forum. We walked the entire 3 hours but that is what it takes to see this in a day. Great views of everything! Bring water! You can get it at the fountain at the Palatine hill but it’s not bottled if you are used to that. We thought it was a semi-private tour, told there were 8 people and there were over 15 and some were quite slow. We were told to be there 25 min before but the slow people were also late which was unfortunate. I would have liked the tour guide to remind people to stay with the group and keep up because I think things were missed due to the inconsiderate nature of some. All in all it was a good tour.

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 71,213 reviews

We had a great time with our tour guide Claudia who was very sympathatic and caretaking. Claudia shared her broad knowledge about the roman history in a very easy going and funny way. We had a great time and can definitely recommend this amazing tour. Thank you Claudia!

Beautiful views, great guide passionate about the history of Ancient Rome, who was sharing with us unique pictures and stories, as we moved along. Definitely worth spending 2,5 hours of your time in Rome.

Our guide han(spelling may be incorrect) , was amazing! We took a semi private tour with him, and the way he told us stories ! I still remember how interesting the story was around rome and coloseum.

Very easy to book online. Bear in mind you do have to collect your actual tickets from the tourist board office which was very busy and a bit unorganised. Great tour.

What an amazing experience, our guide Sylvia brought the ancient world to life!