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Small-Group Tour of the Colosseum Including Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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Experience Ancient Rome's most iconic sites on this small-group, 3-hour tour. Set out with an expert guide who will bring these incredible ruins to life though history, stories, and intriguing anecdotes. Step inside the Colosseum and hear tales of the gladiators who once fought here as you explore its first and second tiers. Stroll through the Roman Forum and imagine what this center of Ancient Rome was like 2,000 years ago. See Julius Caesar's final resting place, marvel at the monolithic Arch of Constantine, and climb Palatine Hill.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive overview of ancient Rome’s most important sites
  • Beat the crowds and save time with skip-the-line Colosseum access
  • A small group tour makes for a relaxing, personal way to explore
  • Included audio headsets mean you won’t miss your guide’s stories
What to Expect
This small-group tour begins at a meeting point just outside of the Colosseum’s entrance. Lines for the UNESCO World Heritage Site are famously long, but skip-the-line access means you’ll save hours otherwise spent waiting. Follow your guide inside, put on audio headsets, and discover this world-famous landmark up close. You’ll hear stories about the gladiators who once fought here, as well as the long history of the Colosseum. Next, the tour continues in the Roman Forum, just adjacent from the Colosseum. Home to a heavy concentration of priceless ruins, the Forum was once the heart of the Roman Empire. See Julius Caesar’s final resting place, the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, and more. The final stop on the tour is Palatine Hill. Climb up to the top for views overlooking the Roman Forum and beyond, and hear the Romulus and Remus myth from your guide. The tour ends back in front of the Roman Forum.
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Departure Point
Via delle Terme di Tito, 73, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Return Details
Roman Forum, Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
  • Guide
  • Audio headsets (if group of 6 or more people)
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Walks
  • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with Skip the Line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all (and longer general access lines!).
  • The Colosseum is subject to occasional closures. Please provide us with detailed contact information in case we need to reschedule your tour
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the 4th Walks of Italy tour we did while on vacation in Italy. The guides were all very knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic. Barbara did an especially good job keeping us all engaged with the stories about the Colosseum, Forum and the Palatine Hill....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Llthompson13
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Llthompson13, Thank you for joining us again, this time for one of our Colosseum tours in Rome! It is always a pleasure to provide our guests with fantastic experiences, and we are delighted that we were able to do this for you once more!...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Sooo good! Barbara is the greatest tour guide ever: funny, brilliant, interesting. For more than three hours she kept our group fascinated and enthralled. She’s the best!More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank AlexanderMSmith
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We cannot express how happy we are to learn that Barbara was able to provide you with the 5star experience that we work tirelessly to achieve! We will be sure to pass on your review to our guide manager to ensure she gets the recognition...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful. He extended his tour to make up for time spent waiting in line. note we only waited in line due to the Colosseum hitting the max amount of people allowed at one time.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Cadsigtraveler
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us! Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very organized, very informative, the guide spoke excellent English and she was easy to hear. Something to consider: we took the very first tour of the day so there was less of a crowd at the Colosseum, not to mention less heat. We both enjoyed...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Joanna S
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review! We are so glad to learn that you enjoyed your Colosseum tour. We work so hard to ensure every one of our clients has a fantastic experience while touring with us, and are glad that your experience reflected this!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour exceeded expectations! Francesca was extremely knowledgable about everything we looked at, not to mention her enthusiastic personality! Francesca also guided us to a neighborhood close by for some delicious pizza!!More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank lunderri
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello lunderri, Thank you for your kind review. We are over the moon to learn that your tour exceeded expectations! 100% customer satisfaction is our goal, and we are thrilled we achieved that with you! We will be sure to forward your feedback to our...More

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10 September 2019|
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Response from Camper798900 | Reviewed this property |
Mine was a bit over 3 hours but every hour was well spent even in the scorching August heat.
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Response from Mamajoy333 | Reviewed this property |
As stated above, you’ll meet at the little park on the corner. Have fun!!
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Response from michaeljK8188GD | Reviewed this property |
We met at Nicola Salvi. It’s a small street above the colosseum with shade and a park....
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