Walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors on this tour of Ancient Rome with skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum & Roman Forum. Complete your 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 25 (see our Semi-Private Option for a smaller group size)
Meeting Point: Arch of Constantine (full details sent with confirmation email)
Departure Time: 9:00am
Check In Closes: 15 minutes prior to departure time
Duration: 2.5 Hours
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 small group tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum. With up to 25 spaces available, your tour starts early to beat the crowds and enjoy the most popular Rome attractions at a lower price.
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, your guide will take you to the very top tier. From here, you can look down at 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.
*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.
Pantheon addition – €7 per person
The Pantheon is one of the oldest buildings in Rome and has been in continuous use for over 2,000 years. Home to St Mary and the Martyrs church since the 7th century, the Pantheon’s intricate dome measures 142 feet (43m) and is the world’s largest non-reinforced concrete dome.
*When you add the Pantheon to your tour, allow for an extra hour to the overall time. Your tour will take a short coffee break during this time.
Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps addition – €15 per person
Combine the most significant sites in Rome with this amazing value add-on.
*When you choose this addition for your tour, allow for an extra two hours to the overall tour time.
**Note that with this options, you will not be able to stay at the Roman Forum as we leave the area to go to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps and it is not possible to re-enter without purchasing another ticket. If you wish to explore the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill area on your own after our tour and do not wish to purchase another ticket, do not add the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps to your tour.
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