Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and Roman emperors on this tour of Ancient Rome with skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum & Roman Forum. Entering the Colosseum via the famed “Gladiator’s Gate”, complete your semi-private tour with a walk along the Sacred Way (Via Sacra) as you immerse yourself in the vivid Roman history that surrounds you.
Availability: Monday – Sunday
Group Size: Maximum of 14
Meeting Point: Arch of Constantine (full details sent with confirmation email)
Departure Time: 8:30am
Check In Closes: 15 minutes prior to departure time
Duration: 3 Hours. Optional add-on of a Guided Palatine Hill tour, lasting 30 minutes extra.
What’s Included: Skip the line tickets, exclusive access to the Colosseum & Roman Forum, expert guide who speaks fluent English, high spec headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing anything.
Let the bustling ambience of Ancient Rome overcome you on this semi-private tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum. With just 14 spaces available, your tour starts early to beat the crowds and enables you to enjoy the most popular Rome attractions with a private tour feel without the price tag.
Early Tour of the Colosseum
Your tour will begin at the Colosseum, taking full advantage of the early morning shade provided by the Colosseum – there won’t be any later on in the day, so this is the best time to visit! A quick security check and you’re into this iconic monument to Ancient Rome.
Once you’re inside the Colosseum, you can fully explore the arena where gladiators and animals fought to the death for the entertainment of bloodthirsty Romans citizens and their megalomaniac emperors. Your guide will tell you fascinating stories about these events, and dispel some popular mistruths along the way.
Being the first people into the Colosseum for the day gives you stunning views of the arena and an overview of Rome city – just remember to bring your camera!
Early Tour of the Roman Forum
From there, you’ll head to the center of Roman life in ancient times – the Roman Forum. Here politics, business, state funerals and military parades all took center stage. Today, you can still see the wall on which famous orators such as Cicero and Marc Antony made their greatest speeches to the Roman public. Friends, Romans, Countrymen – lend me your ears!
Your guide will take you to the site of Caesar’s funeral, which is still honored every year on his anniversary (the Ides of March) by proud Romans, who leave flowers at the spot believed to be where his pyre was burned.
After explaining the ruins of the temples, triumphal arches and other monuments that are still visible today in the Roman Forum, you can exit with your guide or choose to remain to look around further by yourself in the forum and the nearby Palatine Hill.
Optional Extra: Palatine Hill (30 minutes)
Walk on the same paths as Julius Caesar and get the complete guide to Ancient Rome’s wealthiest citizens as your make your way to the top of Palatine Hill. Here, you’ll have awe-inspiring views of the Forum and Colosseum as your tour guide lets you in on the secrets of the rich and famous as your meander your way through the ruins of their extravagant villas.
* Note: The Palatine Hill involves walking up some steps, and currently there are unfortunately no ramps provided to reach the top, so it is not possible for wheelchairs or child strollers.
*Must be aged under 18 on the day of the tour and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.
**Must be aged under 13 on the day of the tour and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.
This tour is not suitable for cruise arrivals. It is not possible to join the group tour within the time frame that you will have in Rome. Please see our Cruise Excursions Page for options created specifically for cruise ship arrivals.