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Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill

1. Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill

Skip the line with a guide on this highlights tour of the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill. Enter the Colosseum through a dedicated group entrance. Follow in the footsteps of gladiators and see the monument from a 360° panoramic vantage point. Imagine what it was like to see 50,000 blood-thirsty spectators with help of your guide. Visit the Forum and walk around several important ancient Roman government buildings. Take a step into the past at the Forum Magnum, which was once a bustling marketplace. Learn more about the ancient Roman culture and picture how they lived. Go up Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. Experience the most ancient place in the city, situated 40 meters above the Roman Forum. Marvel at the view of the Circus Maximus.

Rome: Skip the Line Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

2. Rome: Skip the Line Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

Discover Rome's Colosseum, the Forum, and Palatine Hill and learn fascinating insights about the city's history. Get skip-the-line access, and tour the first and second levels of the Colosseum. See the Arch of Titus and the site where Julius Caesar was buried. Begin your tour of Rome's Ancient City with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum. Hear an introduction to the Colosseum and learn about the building's incredible construction and why it is considered an engineering marvel to this day. Notice the Roman numerals above each archway as you enter. Explore the Colosseum’s first and second levels as your guide shares stories of the emperors, gladiators, and famous battles that make the Colosseum Rome's most celebrated ancient monument. With your newly acquired expertise of ancient Romans, walk through the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Pass by the triumphal Arch of Constantine as you learn the story of Rome's birth and its legendary twins, Romulus and Remus. Once inside the Roman Forum, pass by the Arch of Titus, the House of the Vestal Virgins, and the burial site of Julius Caesar — all standing on what was once a vast swampland. Continue to the Palatine Hill where you will see the ruins of the Imperial Palaces, the extensive grounds from which the Emperors would rule the city.

Rome: Colosseum Arena Guided Tour, Forum & Palatine Option

3. Rome: Colosseum Arena Guided Tour, Forum & Palatine Option

Enjoy a full immersion in Ancient Rome’s history with an expert live guide during a walk through the ruins of the archeological area of the Roman Forum and Palatine hill and marvel at the largest amphitheater built during the Roman Empire — the Colosseum. Learn about the culture, religion, and everyday life of the Romans while walking through what the Romans called the Sacred Road inside the Roman Forum, the street where the temples were standing, and see the ruins of the temple of Cesare and of the temple of Saturn, as well as many others. Have your tour guide bring to life the Roman Forum as you stroll through its ruins such as basilicas, arches, and statues, as it's believed that it was a marketplace for everyday shopping and then developed to be the setting for many public events. Climb on top of the Palatine Hill and see with your own eyes the ruins of the Imperial Palaces and let your guide take you to the terrace with one of the most breathtaking views of the Roman Forum. Visit the first and second level of one of the oldest stadiums still standing and let your guide make you feel like one of the spectators of the ancient fights that took place in the Colosseum. Get the exclusive chance to walk through the Gladiator’s entrance and feel like a gladiator yourself while standing on the reconstructed stage of the Arena as the guide tells you all about the Lions, fights, and games that took place almost 2000 years ago. While on the Arena enjoy the overview of the underground and have your tour guide tell you everything about the inner workings of the Colosseum and its games.

Rome: Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Access

4. Rome: Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Access

Begin your guided walking tour outside the magnificent Colosseum. Skip the long queues as you enter the impressive amphitheater. Dive into the history of Ancient Rome, as your entertaining guide teaches you all about Roman history, architecture, and archaeological facts. Take some time to explore the almost 2000-year-old monument at your own pace. Carry on to the Roman Forum. See the historic area that was once the center of all political, social, and economic life in the 'Eternal City. Explore the ancient ruins in your own time. Visit Palatine Hill, one of the most ancient parts of the city of Rome, believed to be the location of the cave, where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf. Capture gorgeous, panoramic shots of the Colosseum and the city itself, from this iconic point.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

5. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Enjoy a private or shared group tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with a local guide. Travel back in time to the Roman era and immerse yourself in the Colosseum's fascinating history. Skip the long lines at the Colosseum with your express security check ticket. In the company of your local guide, delve into the mystery that surrounds the games held at the Colosseum and the fascinating stories of the famous gladiators who thrilled the crowds with their brutish fighting. Next, continue to the second part of the tour, Palatine Hill. Before Rome became a city, it was a cluster of separate villages built upon the seven hills of Rome. The centremost of these was Palatine Hill. Nowadays, you can enjoy breathtaking views across the entire city and admire the ruins of several Roman palaces. Your final stop is the Roman Forum, the beating heart of Ancient Rome. Here, walk in the Emperors’ footsteps and marvel at the amazing views over the Imperial Forum. Find out about what life was like for the Romans of that era in the political, social, and economic centers of the ancient city. Your tour ends at the Forum, where you’re welcome to continue exploring or head off for some local food and drink. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on the best spots to eat and drink in the area.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Guided Day Tour

6. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Guided Day Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable tour of three of the most historically significant sites in Rome. Learn about the Roman Empire and see the physical reminders of its legacy at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on this guided walking tour. Take the chance to explore about Rome's history and legacy while visiting the Eternal City. Begin the tour by visiting the famous Roman Colosseum, the site where ancient Romans would gather to watch spectacles including gladiator fights. See the site that is one of the New 7 Wonders of the world. Admire the architecture of the Colosseum, which has stood for nearly two thousand years, and choose between options to enter the arena or admire from the outside. Move on to the Roman Forum, the former heart of all civic life in the city of Rome. Walk through the place where Roman citizens traded, did politics, sought justice, worshipped the Gods, and socialized. Let your guide show help you identify the ruins and understand the importance of of buildings within the ruins like the Roman Curia, Arches of Septimus and Titus, the Temple of Julius Caesar, and more. Stop at Palatine Hill last, and explore the ruins of a former imperial residence. Enter the Palatine museum and learn about the lives and essence of the ancient inhabitants of Rome through the interesting artifacts and archaeological pieces housed in the museum to finish the tour.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Guided Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Go back in time to the glorious days of Ancient Rome on a guided tour with fast-track entry. Explore the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, Temple of Romulus, Temple of Julius Caesar, Senate House, Palatine Hill, and Stadium of Domitian. Breeze past the crowds and enter the Colosseum with your guide. As you explore this Roman structure, your guide will set the scene for what attending a gladiator match was like. Discover the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, areas that were reserved for Rome’s most elite. Learn how the Colosseum was built and the history of the bloody battles that defined ancient Roman history. Spend an hour inside the Colosseum, which is perfect for families or those who want to cover the most ground in little time. Next, follow your guide to Palatine Hill, the site where Romulus is said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. Admire the opulent palaces characterized by detailed artifacts and mosaics. Besides being the residence of Rome’s most elite, they were enormous treasure troves. See a piece of an ancient Roman aqueduct. Finally, make your way to the Roman Forum. Be escorted around what the locals like to call “ancient downtown Rome.” Discover the cultural hub of ancient Rome where all the action happened, from senate meetings to poetry performances and political protests.

Rome: Private 2-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

8. Rome: Private 2-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

Spend 2 days exploring Rome with a guide. Join this private tour to see the Eternal City's most popular attractions, including the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Vatican Museums, and much more. Start at the Arch of Constantine, and begin a private Colosseum tour with a top-rated local guide. Learn about the history of this amazing monument, the violence of the games, and the lives of the gladiators. Take a short walk to explore the breathtaking ruins of the Roman Forum.  Next, head to the historic Capitoline Hill and enjoy a break in a bar with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Stop for a hearty lunch in a restaurant recommended by the guide, where you'll sample some delicious local dishes. After lunch, visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Sant’Eustachio, Piazza Navona, and Campo de'Fiori. See the Pantheon and Hadrian's Temple. Stroll through the magnificent Piazza Farnese for a memorable end to the first day of your 2-day private tour. Begin the second day with a visit to the Vatican Museums, which boast one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Visit the Belvedere Courtyard, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel, one of the artistic wonders of the world. Hear stories about the composition and the extraordinary life of Michelangelo which will give you a deeper understanding of the frescoes. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, continue your Vatican tour to St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the genius of Bernini, who designed the piazza and the immense colonnade. Hear stories and legends of the popes and artists who transformed the Vatican. Lastly, take a short stroll through Borgo Pio, the surviving medieval area of the city. Stop at Castel Sant'Angelo, an imposing fortress that overlooks the Tiber. Climb to the top of the castle for a spectacular view of the river and the Vatican.

Rome: Private Ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour

9. Rome: Private Ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour

Your Ancient Rome tour start at either your hotel (if close enough to the attraction), or an agreed and easy meeting spot. You will be met by your professional art-historian guide, who you will then continue to embark on your tour with. Your first stop will be Capitol Hill, the city hall square designed by Michelangelo where you will enjoy the view of the Roman Forum. Walking through the Forum, your guide will tell you how life was in ancient times. You can see the Senate House, the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Julius Cesar, the Temple and the House of the Vestals, the Temple of Antonino Pio, the Arch of Septimio Severus, the Arch of Titus, the ancient basilicas and many other places. You will then arrive to one of the main attractions of the world, the Colosseum. This outstanding 1st-century amphitheater is where thousands of animals and gladiators performed their tragic shows. You will have preferential access, as you skip the lines to the entrance thanks to the pre-booked tickets included in the fee of the tour. During your visit, you will learn and understand how the Romans built this grandiose structure, and how they organized different kinds of shows.

The Roman Forum: An Immersive Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. The Roman Forum: An Immersive Self-Guided Audio Tour

Please Note: Entry into the Forum is not included in the price of this audio tour. You'll need to purchase entry tickets separately, and it's best to do this ahead of time to avoid disappointment. The Roman Forum is a treasure chest filled with history. Long a gathering place for the Roman tribes, the forum evolved with the city to become its seat of government. This process started 2700 years ago and continued for over a millennium. Through the ups and downs of all these years, buildings were destroyed and replaced, turning the forum into a temporally eclectic museum, where artefacts from prehistory are found beside Renaissance palaces. Join writer and historian Michael Anderson in imagining the passage of time here, where Caesar was assassinated and Cicero made speeches that echo through to the present. He'll connect you to the successes and failures of Rome, which is also a way of connecting with the with the civilizations that have inherited its culture.

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The tour guide radu was absolutely amazing I can’t speak highly enough of the guy. Never judge a book by its cover. He looks like a rock type crazy hair leather jacket ever so slightly looks like he came from a night out but honestly he was amazing. Insightful. Full of history can speak multiple languages was funny helpful witty. I could go on . Make sure to tip him because I swear his brilliant.

Our guide Radu was loud, clear and very funny. Super enjoyable and the walking was easy. The stairs were a little steep but easy to complete.

The tour guide was one of a kind, Humorous, informative but most importantly he showed interest in his field of work! Highly Recommended.

Elizabeth was great! She was so informative and really funny :) we had such a great time, and we highly recommend the tour.

Fantastic guide! made the tour all fun and interesting. Knowledgeable and witty. impeccable English too.