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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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The ancient glory of Rome is reborn! Skip the Line at three of the most significant surviving remnants of the Eternal City: the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Your expert, English-speaking tour guide will share anecdotes and history throughout the tour, rebuilding the impressive ruins with tales of Ancient Rome’s heyday.

Optional upgrade to the Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier (3.5 hours) For a more thorough exploration of the Colosseum, select the upgrade option when booking for a tour that includes access to the third tier, arena floor and underground chambers—sections of the Colosseum that are either newly opened or typically closed to the general public.
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Largo Gaetana Agnesi
Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, ItalyMeet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Your guide coordinator will be waiting here wearing a blue City Wonders polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition. If arriving by metro: Upon exiting the turnstiles of the metro, take an immediate right down the tiled hall to the escalator/stairs within the metro station. At the top of the escalator, go to the right and up the short flight of stairs to exit. Turn left and take the stairs ahead on the left to the small, oval-shaped “square”, Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the metro with views of the Colosseum. This is our meeting point.
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    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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    Palatine Hill
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Roman Forum
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum in Rome
  • Upgrade to gain access to areas usually restricted to the public
  • Guide provides a comprehensive overview of ancient Roman history
  • See more in less time on a walking tour that heads straight to the highlights
What to Expect
Your tour begins near Oppian Hill, from which you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Colosseum. On arrival at the world wonder, you’ll avoid long lines with your fast-track pass and head straight inside the Colosseum. Travel back 2,000 years as your guide tells stories of gladiator battles, bloody animal fights, and executions in front of 50,000-strong crowds of spectators. If you’ve opted to upgrade your experience, you’ll then visit the arena floor and subterranean chambers, which are usually closed to the general public. Visit cells in which criminals and wild animals were kept, and follow in the footsteps of Roman gladiators in the arena.   After ample time at the ancient landmark, you’ll continue to the Roman Forum via Via Sacra. The sprawling site has minimal signage, but your guide takes you to the highlights and gives you the inside scoop. Learn about the historical significance of the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Temple of Julius Caesar before concluding your tour with sweeping city views atop Palatine Hill.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Return Details
Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
  • Professional guide
  • Skip the Line Acess
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
  • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • Italy’s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Alexandra, the guide should not be giving excursions in English language. Her English was terrible, barely was able to understand her. She had a very strong accent making very hard to understand what she was saying. I was not the only one on the group having the same issue.
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Response from CityWondersCS, Manager at Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
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Dear mafcal, Thank you for leaving City Wonders your review. We are really dismayed to see that you felt the excursion as a whole was not worth your time In particular we are sorry to see that you felt our guide did not have the appropriate level of English to be able to do the tour. We are surprised, as generally speaking we would only hire guides who have an excellent level of English. It is also true that in many cases intelligibility of an accent can be a subjective issue. However, as we do not wish to leave any dissatisfied customers, we would be grateful if you could reach out to us by email at info@citywonders.com, with your booking reference number, so that we can follow up with the guide and offer possible solutions. We hope to hear from you soon, and thank you for your feedback once more. Best wishes, Kevin, City Wonders Team
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Very knowledgeable guide who was an art historian kept the tour interesting and entertaining enough for my 11 year olds walking for 3 hours.
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Laura was awesome, she knew her stuff. We had a know it all kid and I was worried he was going to hold up the tour. Laura politely ignored him, lol. The tour ran very smooth and on time. Take this tour if you want to maximize your time and experience!
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My daughter and I joined a tour with Fabiana. There were much more people in the group than I would have liked, but Fabiana’s explanation made the tour very enjoyable. She was very knowledgeable and we learned many facts vs. myths.
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The tour guide, Giuseppe, was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and engaging. The time spent in the Colosseum was managed really well, he knew how to get us the best views with the smallest crowds. There are a lot of stairs and ramps on this tour and he made sure everyone was
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  • Duration: 3h
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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