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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Tickets

1. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Tickets

Skip the long ticket line and go straight to the fast track entrance for security checks. After entering the Colosseum at your allotted time, relive the stories of emperors and gladiators. Begun under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and completed by his son Titus in 80 AD, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheater ever built. Imagine the ferocious fights between man and beast, as you stand in the elliptical arena, comprised of 4 levels, and once able to seat up to 73,000 spectators. Your ticket also includes one entry to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, must-see sights for all those visiting the “Eternal City.” According to ancient tradition, this is the spot where Rome was born. Look down at the ruins of temples in the Imperial Forum, center of all political, social, and economic life in the city during the Roman Republic. Experience the most ancient parts of Rome from the most significant of its “Seven Hills.”

Rome: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

2. Rome: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

Discover the Eternal City at your own pace with an all-access pass to the main monuments of Rome. Redeem your voucher at the office at your selected booking time and the staff will help you reserve all of your attractions. Visit St Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the largest church in the world, admire Michelangelo's "Pieta", and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit. Take the stress out of your visit with accompanied entrance to each attraction. Encounter masterpieces of art in the corridors, courtyards, and galleries of the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and pay your respects to former popes at the site of their tombs. Journey back to the days of the Roman Empire with a ticket to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman citizens at the Via Sacra and discover where the city was founded on Palatine Hill. Use your 72 hours unlimited public transport card to explore the city. Enrich your base option with the Vatican Gardens by minibus and discover the architectural wonders of the Vatican Gardens with a multi-lingual audioguide.

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket & Colosseum Entrance

3. Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket & Colosseum Entrance

Discover Rome at your own pace with a combined 48-hour ticket for the official hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Colosseum, Imperial Forum and Palatine Hill. Your fast track entry to the ruins of Ancient Rome means less time waiting in line for tickets, more opportunity to learn about life as a gladiator, Roman emperor, or everyday citizen in the vast Colosseum and more time to enjoy the views of the Imperial Forum from Palatine Hill. You can explore the Colosseum on 2 levels, wandering the circumference to understand what it was like when the crowds roared as gladiators fought for their lives. Walk along the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) of the Roman Forum, where the Eternal City’s festivals and triumphal processions took place. Go to Palatine Hill, the most famous of the 7 Hills of Rome and admire views of the Roman Forum and Nero's Circus Maximus where the chariot races of the Roman Republic were held. From the open-top bus, enjoy privileged views of the Eternal City’s main sights, including the Spanish Steps, Colosseum and Imperial Forum. Hop-on or off at any of the stops listed below: • Via Marsala • Santa Maria Maggiore • Colosseo • Circo Massimo • Piazza Venezia • Vaticano • Fontana di Trevi • Piazza Barberini

Skip-the-Line Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine

4. Skip-the-Line Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine

Embark on a fascinating archeological tour of Rome exploring some of its most thrilling archeological buildings. Begin with the spectacular Colosseum, one of the wonders of the ancient world and the most famous amphitheater in the world. Hear the fascinating history of this special place and the legends that surround it as you walk along its curved and crumbling walls, and let your knowledgeable guide take you on a journey through the thrilling history of the Roman Empire. Continue the tour along the via Sacra (Sacred Way) with a visit to the splendid Arch of Constantine, and then make your way to the Palatine Hill. Admire the ruins of this sacred area where the ancient Roman kings once lived. Eventually find your way to the impressive Roman Forum to end the afternoon in marvel.  Please note, due to the shorter days, from October 28 the visit to the Palatine Hill will be replaced with an external explanation from the Capitoline Hill. 

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

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

Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on a guided tour. Enter the Colosseum, admire the vast building from every angle, notice where the building has crumbled from past earthquakes, and tread in the footsteps of ancient Romans. Walk up to Palatine Hill and take in breathtaking views of the ruins from the top. Upon entering Palatine Hill, you'll see the House of Augustus and witness a vast collection of frescoes that would give you a deeper insight into Ancient Rome and its rulers. Visit the Roman Forum, a place that used to be the site of triumphal processions and elections and the venue for public speeches in ancient Rome. See the Temple of Romulus, an architectural wonder located within the Roman Forum. Hear fascinating stories about these sites from your tour guide.

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

6. 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. 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: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

7. Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

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: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

8. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

Avoid the long lines outside of some of Rome’s most popular ancient attractions and get skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. The tour is led by professional guides who will explain the history of Rome and introduce you to some of the most notorious Roman emperors. Included with your privileged priority entrance to the archeological areas are headsets that will help you to hear your guide better. You will visit one of the most famous monuments in the world, the Colosseum, the immense amphitheater that was the largest ever built by the Roman Empire. Imagine the gladiatorial fights and public spectacles that took place in the arena. You will also go to Palatine Hill, site of the foundation of Rome and settlement of the most important houses of emperors and kings. Located just feet from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus, it is the centermost of the 7 hills of Rome. Hear about the legends and history of Eternal Rome and stop on the Via Sacra to learn how everyday Roman citizens used to live. You will also visit the Temple of the emperor Julius Caesar, and explore the ruins of the Roman Forum, center of all Roman government and public life.

Colosseum Guided Tour and Vatican Entry Ticket 2-Day Combo

9. Colosseum Guided Tour and Vatican Entry Ticket 2-Day Combo

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire and follow in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators on a 1-hour guided tour of the mighty Colosseum. Learn about the legendary spectacles put on for the entertainment of the Roman citizens, including the gladiator fights and wild animal hunts. Say goodbye to your guide and stay to explore the monument at your own pace. Access the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to discover the remains of the markets and temples from the days of Ancient Rome independently. Meet at the local tour operator's office near the Vatican the next morning to receive a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums. Marvel at masterpieces of art from the papal collection on a self-guided tour. Enter the miraculous Sistine Chapel to gaze at Michelangelo's frescoes at leisure.

Colosseum: Tour with Live Guide in French

10. Colosseum: Tour with Live Guide in French

Learn the story of Ancient Rome on a half-day, skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Meet your guide by the “Colosseo” Metro Station for a fascinating journey through the world of the Ancient Romans. Save time with a skip-the-line ticket to the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre). Learn about the bloodthirsty spectacles between lions and gladiators, and who the gladiators really were. Hear how the Colosseum was built. Then, see the ruins of the imperial palaces on Palatine Hill. Hear about everyday life in Ancient Rome and the administrative activities of the Roman Forum. Get a comprehensive overview of Ancient Roman civilization from an English-speaking guide (with headsets and audio system to hear them better), and follow in the footsteps of emperors and citizens on the Via Sacra.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 44,924 reviews

Easy process, just take your email QR code to the main gate for entry. Instructions aren’t very clear when purchased. They are sticklers on the time slots and will not allow even 10 min early for entry. I recommend spending more time at the forum than the colosseum, also the audio guide for the colosseum (you can rent once in) is in no way worth €6

everything was great, online ticket worked without any problems, ticket was primarily to the Colosseum (3.30 PM), but before this time we could visit Roman Forum and Palatine Hill on this ticket - we didn't have to wait for this time,

Rosalba, a fantastic and very prepared guide !! I recommend it !!

Better book early or tickets will be sold out pretty quickly.

Christina (12) is a superb guide. The visit was perfect ;)