Guided tour

Colosseum and Roman Forum Small Group Guided Tour

4.8 / 5

41 reviews

Colosseum and Roman Forum Small Group Guided Tour

Activity provider: Faberest

Follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors and fearless gladiators on a small group skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Learn about the main monuments of Ancient Rome and more.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Italian, English, Spanish, French


  • Skip the long lines to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • See the passages where gladiators walked out to the arena at the Colosseum
  • Get expert explanations from an art historian guide
  • Enjoy more personalized attention in a small group of no more than 15 people
Full description

Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Visit some of the historical wonders of Ancient Rome with an expert art historian guide and learn more about life in the Roman Empire. Skip the lines to the monumental Colosseum and hear grisly details about the gladiators who went into battle with wild animals for the entertainment of the crowds. See the arena from multiple viewpoints, learn how it functioned and explore the many myths surrounding the site. Next, enter the heart of all public life during the Roman Republic at the Roman Forum and marvel at the ruins of temples and markets along the Via Sacra. Learn about where Rome was founded on Palatine Hill, where the emperors and aristocrats later built their luxury villas. Get the chance to stay in the Roman Forum after your guided tour to explore on your own.
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets and reservation fees to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum
  • 3-hour small-group tour
  • Friendly and local guide that will give you local recommendations
  • Headset to listen to your guide clearly for groups of more than 6 people
  • Stops at "Instagrammable" places on the way: the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Arch of Constantine
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    • Meet the local partner 10 minutes before the activity starts, in front of the newspaper stand at the lower-level exit of the Colosseum metro station • Your guide will be holding sign to make them more easily recognizable

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags
    • Oversize luggage

    Know before you go

    • Due to mandatory security metal detector checks, the waiting time at the entrance line to the Colosseum is about 90 minutes. The skip-the-line tickets allow you to skip the ticket purchasing line, but not the mandatory security checks
    • The tour will not take place if the minimum number of participants is not reached. If this happens, you will be offered an alternative date
    • Please note in March 2021 access to the Arena is prohibited due to COVID-19 restrictions
    • The tour lasts a total of three hours, of which 45 minutes is spent inside the Colosseum (due to COVID-19 restrictions)
    • This is a small group tour of up to 16 people and gives you a personalized experience away from the crowds
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 41 reviews

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    We enjoyed this tour

    It was very nice to be in a small group and early morning rather than a large group, our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer any questions, she was maybe a little soft spoken as it was difficult to hear her while other tours were nearby and those tour guides had a stronger voice. Would definitely recommend this tour.

    September 18, 2019

    Fantastic Tour!

    We had a wonderful tour - only 4 people and our guide Nicole. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and she made it come alive by showing you a current picture of the area and then she put an overlay on it and showed you what it looked like 2,000 years ago. You really need a guide to do the Colosseum and Forum because you won't know what you are looking at otherwise. We recommend this tour and especially Nicole - she was lots of fun and had an amazing amount of knowledge. She was able to make the place come alive by describing how people lived in the really old days. Wear very sturdy shoes.

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    May 12, 2018

    Een aangename gids met heel wat achtergrondkennis

    Zeer goed. Het was een rondleiding met slechts 6 personen en de lange wachtrijen waren gelukkig niet aan ons besteed. We kregen heel wat deskundige achtergrondinformatie. De gids nam de tijd om een foto van ons te nemen en er was tijd om zelf wat fito’s te nemen. De timing zat goed. De rondleiding begon op tijd en de gids nam op het einde nog de tijd om wat tips mee te geven voor verdere bezoeken en buurten met restaurantjes zonder toeristtraps.

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    April 17, 2019


    Product ID: 148604