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Rome: Private Skip-the-Line Colosseum & Ancient Ruins Tour

Rome: Private Skip-the-Line Colosseum & Ancient Ruins Tour

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From US$ 188.96 per person

Join a private 3-hour guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Bypass the queue and explore the first and second tiers for great views. Then, walk through the ruins of the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum with your expert guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian
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  • Enjoy a 3-hour private guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
  • Discover ancient Rome and visit the Roman Forum
  • Explore the Colosseum with skip-the-line entrance
Full description
Enjoy this private tour of the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum to explore ancient Roman history. Visit the Colosseum first with skip-the-line entry. Learn about the spectacular games and bloody battles that were held inside. Hear about the techniques of construction invented by the Romans, the incredible ability of the gladiators, the violent fighting between exotic animals and the high level of technology achieved by Roman engineers to build the Colosseum.  Walk around the first tiers and reach the arena to learn about the trapdoors and all the mechanisms used to animate the games. Your guide will keep you entertained with stories of sea battles, the cages where lions were kept before the games started, the rooms in which gladiators were waiting before they reached the arena, the executions and the excitement of the spectators attending the most spectacular, fantastic and expensive games in human history. After exploring the first level, you will reach the second tiers to enjoy the best inside and outside view and of the Colosseum. The first part of the tour will end in front of the official book shop of the Colosseum, where you will be able to find a wide assortment of books about the Colosseum. Your tour guide will be at your disposal to answer all of your questions and curiosities. Start the second part of your tour exploring the Palatine Hill residence of the Roman emperors overlooking on one side the Circus Maximus and on the other, the valley of the Roman Forum. Visit the forum after your walk through the Palatine Hill. The Roman Forum is one of the most important archaeological areas in the world with some of ancient Rome's most evocative ruins: the Temple of Julius Caesar (built in the same spot where his body was cremated), the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius and much more. The tour will lead you up to the Capitoline Hill to admire the suggestive ruins of the millenary Latin civilization. Observe the elegant Renaissance square designed by Michelangelo and decorated with the statue of Marcus Aurelius. Enjoy then the most beautiful panoramic views of Rome from the top of the Capitoline Hill.
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Private tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

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

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • 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

• The meeting point is in front of the "Oppio Caffe" on Via delle Terme di Tito, on the corner with Via Nicola Salvi • The guide will hold a sign with your name on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Backpacks
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 persons per booking will be required
  • Official private guided tour including skip-the-line ticket, entrance fee and taxes
  • A moderate amount of walking will be involved so comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible due to uneven terrain at the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Child discount from 14 up to 18-years-old will be applied only with a valid ID card
  • Important: please note that you cannot get into the Colosseum if you are carrying large bags, backpacks or suitcases. The Colosseum has no cloakroom service, so please only bring a small size bag you can easily carry
  • Selfie sticks cannot be used inside the Colosseum for security reasons
  • Everyone has to pass security check. On some crowded days, it could be a long line
Customer reviews

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Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our time with her very much. Would definitely recommend this tour.

June 28, 2019

Alles war gut! Vielen Dank

August 27, 2021


Product ID: 143724