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Rome in a Day Tour with Colosseum Skip-the-Line Tickets

Your comprehensive exploration of Ancient Rome
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Tour Details
7.5 hours
Product Type
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Spanish Steps
Photos & Highlights
  • A comprehensive view into the history and culture of Rome, featuring: The Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, and Centro Storico
  • Led by a local expert in history or archaeology
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Tour Description
We’ve carefully crafted this full-day itinerary for Rome visitors who want to maximize their time in the city’s ancient sites. Your tour will be led by an expert specializing in archaeology or history, and will start at the heart of ancient Rome: the Colosseum. Your visit will continue to Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, and the Centro Storico (historic center), where you will see sites including the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.

Please note:
  • Colosseum tickets are amongst the most difficult to secure in Rome due to the way the venue releases tickets for tour operators to purchase. In the event that we cannot secure tickets for your tour date, our team will be in touch with alternative options.
  • This venue may require headsets on certain tours. We may add a headset fee to your order if it is required for your group. 
  • Colosseum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Roman Forum 
  • Pantheon
  • Spanish Steps 
  • Trevi Fountain  
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum
    • Please Note: Our team will pre-purchase timed admission tickets on behalf of your party. However, due to enhanced COVID-19 safety precautions at this venue, there will be a mandatory security line which we must wait in together.

You will meet your expert at a cafe near the Colosseum for a full briefing on what's ahead. Be sure to let your expert know of any particular interests you have which will help inform the rest of the tour. You’ll of course begin at the Colosseum itself (skipping the line with our special entry tickets) where your expert will use the venue itself to talk through many aspects of ancient Rome: politics, architecture, culture, and of course the spectacles that took place on the site millennia ago.
You’ll make your way to Palatine Hill to explore both the legends and facts surrounding Rome’s founding. From here, you will head to the Roman Forum, seeing the major sites of the ancient city, such as the Senate House, and the basilicas, temples, and triumphal arches around the square. Your incredible morning will be topped off with a delicious Italian lunch at a local restaurant where you’ll have the chance to ask your expert anything about what you’ve seen, or even local life in modern Rome.
After lunch, you’ll move to the “Centro Storico”—the historic heart of Rome. Here you’ll meander through classical Roman streets and squares before moving to one of the most renowned spots in Rome: the Pantheon. You’ll soak up the spectacular beauty of one of our favorite spots in all of the city, learning even more about ancient Roman traditions and architecture.
Your tour will continue at the poetic Piazza del Campidoglio, and the legendary and beautiful Trevi Fountain, where your guide will discuss the importance of water to the city, the story behind its design, and the dramatic tale its sculptures portray. You will end your full day at the Spanish Steps, a beautiful panoramic point for views across the city. At the end of this awe-inspiring day, you will come away with a deeper knowledge of Rome, a comprehensive overview of its history, and a newfound appreciation of the remnants of the ancient city that live on today.
Interested in exploring more of Rome? Check out our Vatican Tours, or see Rome’s culinary side on our Savoring Rome Food Tour.

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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.   

Can I use the Roma Pass?  
No. Roma Pass holders have to wait in the long line for the non-reserved public entrance to the Colosseum. In order to save time and expedite the walk, we purchase skip-the-line tickets so you may enter as quickly as possible.
What are skip-the-line tickets?
For the Colosseum, your 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.    

Are there any other tickets required?
Yes! It is now required to purchase tickets in order to enter the Pantheon. Context will pre-purchase these tickets in anticipation of your tour.

What is the dress code inside the Pantheon?
The Pantheon is considered a holy place. Men should wear long shorts or slacks, and women should wear long shorts, slacks or skirts below the knee. Shoulders must also be covered; plan to bring a shawl to wear if your top has them exposed. Shorts above the knee are discouraged for adults and teens.

Can we add in or switch a site to the Vatican? 
If you’d like to see the Vatican, please take a look at our selection of Vatican tours.
Can I visit the Colosseum in the afternoon instead of the morning?
Yes, depending on the time of the tickets we can try and arrange this. 
Is this tour kid-friendly?
Kindly notify us if there will be children present at the tour. We recommend also looking into kid specific tours such as the Vatican Tour for kids.
What costs will I need to cover on the day?
We will pre-purchase your skip-the-line tickets for the Colosseum. You will be expected to cover the cost of your lunch and any additional refreshments.

Do you reserve headsets for this tour? 
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. If you would like to guarantee headsets for your tour regardless of your group size, please email us and we’ll be happy to get them reserved for you.
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What a wonderfully crafted tour that ambled the historic landmarks so effortlessly.
Excellent Excellent Would not change anything. His pace and knowledge was beyond compar
Our group, which included a 16, 18, and 20 years old, truly loved this full day tour of the Collesseum and Forum led by Antonella, a Rome native.