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Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Skip-the-Line Tickets

Immerse yourself in the Roman Empire with a leading expert
From US$213 for 1 person
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Tour Details
Duration
4 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Photos & Highlights
  • Join an engaging, local expert at the top of their field such as archaeology or history as you explore ancient Rome
  • Unique, personal tours for the intentional traveler. Choose from private tours for just you and you party, or join a small group tour with other travelers
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Tour Description
Your tour begins near the gates of the Colosseum, the most iconic site of ancient Rome. Here, at the world's largest standing amphitheater, you’ll learn about the gladiatorial shows and public spectacles that took place almost two thousand years ago. Feel free to ask your guide in-depth questions about the construction of this wonder and the role it played in society, politics, religion, and history.

As you make your way down Via Sacra, the exciting main street of ancient Rome, you’ll marvel at the major sites in the city center including the Curia (senate house), and the temples, triumphal arches, and basilicas around the historical Forum Square.

You’ll explore Palatine Hill, one of the sites where the city first began, and delve into the legend of its founding in 753 B.C. by emperor Romulus. By the end of this four-hour tour, your expert will have guided you to find a deeper knowledge of the rise and decline of one of history's most pivotal empires–and the many historical figures who once walked the streets of Rome.
  • It's your first time in Rome and you're seeking to uncover the essential sites of the Eternal City
  • You’re returning to Rome and want to go deeper into archaeology and the Roman Empire subject
  • If you're traveling with children under the age of 12, we recommend our family-oriented Ancient Rome for Kids Tour
  • Colosseum – Learn more about this iconic landmark on our Context Stories
  • Palatine Hill – Offering a stunning panoramic view of the Roman Forum this was once the location of the home of aristocrats and emperors.
  • Roman Forum – A central marketplace for ordinary citizens and noblemen to conduct their daily business.
Tickets
  • Includes skip-the-line access tickets to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.
  • Our special skip-the-line tickets will get us to a fast lane, where our group will have to stand in line due to security measures and a strictly enforced maximum capacity at the Colosseum.
  • Upon receiving your order, our team will secure a guide. Once the venue tickets are released, we will purchase them. Our team will be in touch with alternative options if we cannot secure tickets for the date and time you requested. 
Headsets
  • Depending on your group size, we may be required by the venue to order headsets in which case you’ll see a “Headset Fee” added to your order. 
Resources
  • For more information on planning your tour, take a read through our How to Tour the Colosseum resources page.
  • Check out our upcoming online lectures which transport you back to Ancient Rome, accompanied by a leading Context Expert. 
Wheelchair accessibility
  • The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are wheelchair accessible while the Palatine Hill is not. 
Service Dogs
  • Service dogs are allowed if you have a medical certificate proving the need. 
For more information about Context tours, please visit our FAQs.

Will I need to bring identification to enter the Colosseum?
Yes, original identification is required to be presented upon entry to the Colosseum for all visitors including children. These should be original documents, copies will not be accepted.   
 
If children under 18 qualify for free tickets, why am I required to purchase a ticket for my child?
While children may enter for free, they are required to stand in the general entrance line if they do so. In order to save time and expedite the tour, we purchase skip-the-line tickets so they may enter as quickly as possible.

What are skip-the-line tickets?
For this tour, your Colosseum tickets are pre-purchased which allows you to skip the ticket office line upon arrival at the venue. You may still have to wait in a security line or in a line to have your pre-purchased ticket scanned.   

I have purchased the Roma Pass, can I use it on my Context tours?
You cannot use the Roma Pass on your Context tours. Roma Pass holders have to wait in a long line for the non-reserved public entrance to the Colosseum. In order to save time and expedite the tour, we purchase skip-the-line tickets so you may enter as quickly as possible.  

Why does this tour only take place early in the morning and late in the afternoon?
In the summer, this tour has an early start or takes place late afternoon to beat the heat.
Book with confidence — see Context's flexible cancellation policy here.
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We had a wonderful time with our knowledgeable guide Claudio. We are thrilled that we opted to take this tour and get lots of insights on these 3 spots in Rome. Claudio was a great guide and we would highly recommend taking this tour. You'll learn lots!
I specifically requested Dimo, and I was so happy that Context made it happen. It was through Dimo's Context on-line lectures that I developed an interest and love for Roman history. The tour he conducted for us was just brilliant. He is very knowledgeable, and is very passionate about sharing all of his knowledge. He adapted the tour to fit our special interests, and answered all of our questions with genuine enthusiasm. This tour was a highlight of our trip to Rome, and we can't thank Dimo enough for his engagement and very enjoyable company. We are hoping to do another tour with Dimo before we leave Rome.
Another perfect tour from Context! We had a group of 4 and Fiorenza was our tour guide for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. She was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly! She had a gift for helping us to imagine we actually there in the past while she told the stories. It was well worth it and we will most definitely use Context Tours for future tours.

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