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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Priority Access Guide

1. Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Priority Access Guide

Start your tour right outside the monumental Colosseum where you will meet your guide. Here, your expert in Roman history will give you an introduction to the finest arena of the Roman Empire. Explore the magnificent Colosseum, which had 80 entrances and could accommodate around 65,000 spectators. Hear about the spectacular festivals the Romans held here, which could last up to 100 days. Enjoy time at your leisure after your visit to take some pictures, refresh yourself, and wander around. Then, being the second part of your tour to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Explore the social, political, and religious center of the Roman Empire, where the different strata of Roman society would rub shoulders. Take in the incredible ruins at Palatine Hill on a guided tour of the grounds, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Colosseum. For the second part of your tour, you will have the opportunity to meet your second guide, who is passionate about Ancient Rome. Make the most out of your experience by having two of the highest-rated guides lead you through the areas of expertise they know best.

Rome: Colosseum Hosted Entry Ticket with Arena Access

2. Rome: Colosseum Hosted Entry Ticket with Arena Access

Discover the Colosseum with entry through the spectacular Arena Floor and explore one of the world's most popular attractions in Rome. Discover the epicenter of Roman political, religious, and social life at the Roman Forum before taking a walk up to Palatine Hill. At the meeting point, you'll find your host waiting for you and from there you'll go straight to the Gladiators Arena. Get enough free time inside the Colosseum to explore by yourself and take photos of this historic site. Next, make your way to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to discover one of the most ancient parts of the city. Gain panoramic views over the city from Palatine Hill, the center of Rome’s 7 hills, and make the most of an unmissable photo opportunity.

Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Uncover the secrets within the walls of the Castel Sant'Angelo, a historic mausoleum that's now a museum on the Tiber River's right bank. Explore one of the lesser-known gems of Rome with fast-track entry tickets and enjoy views of the city from above. Skip the lines and walk inside to browse through the artifacts that narrate the building's many transformations. First erected to be a monumental tomb, then a fortress during the medieval ages, and a defensive post for barbarian invasions, the castle will offer you new insights into Roman history. Explore the 5 floors of the museum heading towards a spiral ramp, then see the cells and the rooms that served as a Papal residence, as well as a chamber of ashes where you can marvel at the remains of iconic Roman characters and frescoes preserved perfectly. End this informative trip on the Castle’s astonishing roof terrace and have a picturesque view of the whole city. Be prepared to spot Vatican City, the Tiber River, and the famous Bridge of Angels.

Rome: St Peter’s Basilica Early Morning Tour with Dome Climb

4. Rome: St Peter’s Basilica Early Morning Tour with Dome Climb

Explore the beautiful surroundings of St Peter’s Square and the Vatican City on an extraordinary tour with a local guide. Climb the dome and visit the basilica in the early morning before the crowds arrive with skip-the-line tickets. You will see the first viewing point through the elevator of the dome. Start climbing the remaining steps toward the summit while hearing fascinating facts and stories from your guide. Witness a breathtaking view of Vatican City and its iconic seven hills. Keep your camera ready to click photographs of the beautiful panoramic views from the top of the famous Vatican summit.  After admiring the splendid views, come down from the dome to enter the basilica. Enjoy the privilege of instant access and stroll through the area at your own pace. Marvel at the magnificent creation of St. Peter's Baldachin and Michelangelo’s Pietá. Discover every tiny detail of the historic building and admire the masterpieces adorning the space.  

Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

5. Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

Train to be a gladiator at a school in Rome! Go back to school, but a school with a difference! Take this fun 2-hour course at a gladiator school on the ancient Via Appia in Rome, and learn to be a Roman fighter. Suitable for children and adults both, you will live like a warrior for 2 hours, wearing the gladiator tunic and mastering the skills of swordplay – safely of course. After an introduction to Roman history, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial swords fighting. Each session includes a description of life as a gladiator and top tips on techniques with Roman weapons. Enjoy a unique experience!

Rome: Colosseum Tour with Access to the Gladiator Arena

6. Rome: Colosseum Tour with Access to the Gladiator Arena

Visit one of Rome's most iconic attractions on a guided tour of the Colosseum. Learn about the rich history of this place, hear tales about the games that took place here, and enter through the gladiator gate to access the arena floor. Walk through the back door of the Colosseum and pass straight onto the arena floor through the gate named after Libitina, the goddess of funerals. Tread where dead gladiators and animals were once carried away. Feel the majesty of ancient Rome beneath your feed as you stroll over the steps of those who fought in gladiatorial combat. Enjoy astonishing 360-degree views of the Colosseum. Look up at ruins that were once filled with thousands of spectators. Snap excellent pictures, as a limited amount of visitors can be there for a given amount of time. Explore the general access area which includes the ground floor, the second tier, and a balcony with astonishing views over the Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine. Step onto the podium reserved for the most important Romans over the main entrance to the Arena and feel the thrill of the amphitheater. Let your guide paint you a picture of the past with engaging stories and legends.

Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight Walking Tour with Ticket

7. Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight Walking Tour with Ticket

Join a guide on an evening walking tour of the Colosseum with skip-the-line entry and access to restricted areas. Check out the underground chambers where animals used to be caged. Then, explore the arena floor to relive the gladiator action. Meet your guide around the corner from Caffe Roma (above the Colosseum metro station). Enter through the back door to get stunning views of the underground area of the Colosseum. Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators and explore the restricted areas of the underground floor and the arena. Head below ground to explore the subterranean chambers and hear stories about the fierce battles between the gladiators and wild animals. Marvel as the past is brought to life through stories of ferocious games and see where the emperor sat above the arena floor as you take a tour of the circumference.

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

8. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Ancient Tour

Learn about ancient Rome's history from an official tour guide while exploring the Colosseum and Roman Forum on this small-group day tour. Walk through the old city center, and the Roman Forum, and see the ruins and the still-standing temples. Learn about the imperial Palaces, and enjoy an amazing view of Rome and of the Roman Forum from above. Visit the Arches of Tito and Constantine, and be immersed in their history explained by a licensed and passionate guide. Lastly, enter the Colosseum and enjoy access with skip-the-line tickets. Immerse yourself in the history of the gladiator fights and the architecture of the over 2000 years old stadium while the guide leads you through the first and second levels.

Rome: Colosseum Gladiator Tour for Kids and Families

9. Rome: Colosseum Gladiator Tour for Kids and Families

Give your whole family the chance to experience a new way of visiting the Colosseum. Get priority access to avoid the chaos and the long waiting lines. Once inside, discover history in a fun way and enjoy this unique experience with your children. Learn from your official guide all about the glorious deeds performed by the Gladiators in this majestic amphitheater. The tour will be dynamic and interactive and will certainly remain a long-lasting and educational memory for your kids. The whole family will be captivated by the life story of Flavius Attilius in an interactive way and with a quiz in stages. The children will be involved and actively participate in answering the questions through the use of smartphones lent to them by their parents.

Rome: Galleria Borghese Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

10. Rome: Galleria Borghese Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

View the art collection of the Borghese family in this gallery inside the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. Skip the line to enter the gallery, and appreciate the collection of famous sculptures and paintings from artists such as Caravaggio and Bernini. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the gallery. Explore the art display, which is in a separate building from the Villa Borghese Park. Inside the gallery, see paintings from Caravaggio, including "Young Sick Bacchus" and "Boy with a Basket of Fruit."  Then, admire sculptures from Bernini, including "David", and "Apollo and Daphne." Marvel at the collection of Canova's sculptures, including "Paolina Bonaparte", a likeness of Napoleon's sister reclining on a couch. Also, walk through the rooms of Casina Borghese, and gaze at the frescoes. Enrich your experience by selecting the option with the local and expert guide, who will guide you inside the Borghese Gallery. The small group allows you to fully enjoy the visit.

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Family-friendly activities: Things to do in Rome with kids– what to do with kids

Looking for things to do in Rome with kids? Rome is more than museums and old ruins. Show the kids what old really means. The Colosseum, Palatine Hills, and Forum still stand after almost 2,000 years and the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica are not much younger. However, Rome is not just history.

Rome’s attractions and activities spark imagination and fun. Discover old-fashioned fun at San Carlino’s puppet theater. Learn authentic pizza or pasta making at a local ristorante. Take on a treasure hunt through the Vatican. Imagine flying da Vinci’s inventions at Palazzo della Cancelleria. And after seeing art, create art. Try some papier-mâché sculpting or watercolors at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. There is so much more to try when in Rome for the whole family.

Where can the entire family have fun in Rome?

Journey through fun and learning in Rome and go for more than just the typical attractions.

Visit the Villa Borghese: More than just a park

Rome takes its gardens seriously when it comes to relaxation and fun. More than just greenery and statues, you and your family can walk on the wild side. The petting zoo has peacocks, penguins, and more for the kids to get close to nature. The Casina di Raffaello has toys and costumes for play and dress up. You can even ride a bike as the whole family by renting a two-, four-, or six-seater bike. The park is almost 200 acres, so a bike may be a good idea. Try and find the Secret Gardens or feed the swans from a rowboat.

Visit Explora Children’s Museum: Kids learn through fun

Take a break from history at Explora, and get the kids involved in the real world. Fully interactive, they might not realize they’re learning while they’re having fun! They can operate a train and learn about transport, go grocery shopping and learn to be a bargain hunter, or even go fishing and learn about ecology. Every child must be accompanied by an adult, so you can participate with them. Everyone gets to learn! There are activities suitable for infants to pre-teens (12 years old). Keep in mind that visits are sometimes limited to about 2 hours to prevent over-crowding.

Visit Welcome to Rome: Time travel with the family 

Today, you and your family walk by ruins. Take a tour back in time to their heyday and watch history unfold. A multimedia show will enthrall the kids as they learn and see Rome built before their eyes. Then watch it burn and then get rebuilt. Almost 3,000 years pass by in about 30 minutes. Then check out the interactive exhibitions of St. Peter’s, Castel Sant'Angelo, and more. Recommended for 6 years and older, this is ideal for a break from walking or from the heat if you’re there in the summer.

Visit Gruppo Storico Romano: Test fighting skills at gladiator school

After touring the Colosseum, see if you and your kids have combat skills. Put on a tunic and live like a gladiator at Gruppo Storico Romano. There’s nothing like living history to learn about the past! Safely learn sword fighting, then take to the ring. This is recommended for older children and adults, but there’s seating in the arena. Cheer on your favorite fighter and watch them graduate with a gladiator certificate!

Visit the squares of Rome: Search for animals in the fountains

Make strolls through the squares, or piazzas, and fountains a safari. The kids may discover a love for art or at least enjoy the walks a bit more. Turtles and dolphins play at the Fontana delle Tartarughe (Fountain of the Turtles) in Piazza Mattei. The elephant in Piazza di Santa Maria sopra Minerva looks like it has a secret. Lions fill Fontana del Mosè (Fountain of Moses) at the Piazza San Bernardo. And of course, there are the winged horses and sea creatures at the Trevi Fountain. Don’t forget to toss in a coin for good luck!

What should I expect when visiting Rome with my kids?

Rome is very much a walking city, but some of the streets aren’t that stroller friendly. You may want to consider a wearable carrier instead. Museums and other attractions should have coat rooms to store bags and strollers, but you should check with your guide. As you wander through the squares, you may need some, well, relief. Look for a p-spot. Yes, that’s what they are called. These are set up all over the city and for a small fee, you can use the facilities – water fountains, bathrooms, and baby changing stations. They are extremely welcoming and there’s even free Wi-Fi.



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What people are saying about Rome

Donato was an amazing guide. We did about 6 tours in Italy and this one was the most fun for my 10 year old and his favorite. I highly recommend Donato for this tour if you have a Percy Jackson lover. He was also a wealth of knowledge and kept my two teenagers and husband super engaged as well.

Our tour was so memorable, really fun and educational! We joined with our 5 year old son, in a group with another young child and 2 teens, our guide kept everyone involved and was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend, thank you for a great experience.

This was really worthwhile, interesting and taken at your own pace. A great concept and works well at the start of the visit.

Great tour guide, didn’t feel rushed, got plenty of time to take pictures. Great day out.

Great experience with wolly as our great guide So much interesting Thank you