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Premium Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour – Skip the Line!

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Key Highlights

  • Visit the most iconic sites of Rome and get a fascinating insight into the history of Ancient Rome
  • Whisk past unending queues with exclusive skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Stand atop the Palatine Hill and admire the picturesque view of Ancient Roman monuments
  • Led by official Colosseum tour guide learn interesting facts about the largest amphitheatre ever built
  • Book in confidence – our local partners are highly rated by users of TripAdvisor
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Tour with English Speaking Guide: Daily
    Tour with French Speaking Guide:
    21 Mar 16 - 20 Nov 16: Daily except Monday & Tuesday
    21 Nov 16 - 31 Jan 17: Saturday & Sunday
    01 Feb 17 - 05 Mar 17: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

    Duration

    3 hours

    Start time

    Tour with English Speaking Guide:
    01 Jan - 31 Dec: 10:00am
    27 Mar - 29 Oct: Additional departure at 3:00pm
    Tour with French Speaking Guide:
    01 Jan - 31 Dec: 9:00am

    Meeting Point

    The tour starts on the 2nd floor of the Colosseo Metro Station (Metro line B, blue line) near Largo Gaetana Agnesi. Your coordinators are wearing blue polo shirts or jackets.
    Arrival by metro: After leaving the turnstiles in the Metro station, turn right into the tiled corridor to the escalator / stairs, just before the exit of the metro station. At the end of the escalator, turn right and then up the stairs to the exit. Go left at the exit to your left until you see steps that lead you to an oval course overlooking the Colosseum. This is the meeting point.
    Arrival by bus, taxi or on foot: Drive / Walk to the Metro station "Colosseo" on the opposite side of the Colosseum, Via dei Fori Imperiali. Then go to the metro station, then turn immediately left into a tiled corridor (opposite the sandwich bar), it leads to an escalator - you need to pay a ticket and do not go through the turnstiles of the subway station. At the end of the escalator, turn right and then up the stairs to the exit. Go left at the exit to your left until you see steps that lead you to an oval square (Largo Gaetana Agnesi) overlooking the Colosseum. This is the meeting point. Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the Arch of Septimius Severus near Senate House (within the Roman Forum).

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    A Colosseum tour is a must-do in Rome. This popular tour combines an in-depth Colosseum tour with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill; collectively the most significant sites of Ancient Rome.

    Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide visit the Colosseum; Rome’s most recognizable landmark. Hear stories about the bloody past of the amphitheatre, tales of gladiators, mock sea battles and executions. Your tour group will benefit from skip-the-line access to the Colosseum.

    You will climb to the top of the Palatine Hill, the most famous of the seven hills of Rome. From here you can admire views of the Roman Forum and Nero’s Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. Romulus and Remus were said to have been found on the Palatine by the she-wolf who nursed and raised them. Legend has it that Romulus went on to found Rome.

    Stroll along the Sacred Way, the main path through the Roman Forum which ends at the Temple where Julius Caesar was cremated. Visitors from around the world still leave flowers and light candles at this site today.

    Our local partner for this tour has been selected based on the quality and service they provide. All tours are led by expert guides and conducted in one language only (many other operators offer multi-lingual tours). This means that you do more than just “see” the Vatican; you get an in-depth, insider experience.

    This tour has a range of unavailable dates until the end of June and September 2016. Should this tour not be available on your chosen date, we recommend our Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off tour which includes a Colosseum ticket click here for more details>>

    Itinerary

    This tour enables you to skip the queue and explore the most significant sites of Ancient Rome. The tour will be led by the Administration of the Colosseum’s official tour guide, who apart from having extensive backgrounds in art, history and/or archaeology, are specialists on the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.

    Begin atop Colle Oppio with a panoramic view of the Colosseum. From there descend to the special Skip the Line access to the Colosseum. Once inside your guide will lead an in-depth discussion on the history of the amphitheater.

    On leaving the Colosseum you will take a short break at the Arch of Constantine before you arrive at Palatine Hill, the most famous of the seven hills of Rome.

    Further on, take a walk along the ‘Via Sacra’ or ‘Sacred Way’ which is the main path through the Roman Forum that once glittered with festivals and triumphal processions. It ends at the Temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated.

    After getting a deep insight into Rome’s history, the tour ends at the Arch of Septimius Severus near Senate House (within the Roman Forum).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Guide (English OR French speaking)
    • Skip the Line Entrance to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
    • Ticket for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and all reservation fees
    • Headsets to facilitate hearing the guide

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Snacks and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    You must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present your tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after departure time.

    Proof of age required on the day of the tour for those paying child rates.

    Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    In case of last minute closures, for example the Roman Forum, the guide will still be providing a thorough explanation from the outside and offer an extended tour of the Colosseum instead.

    On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour.

    Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Colosseum does not have any cloakroom facilities in which you can store such items.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may haveThe tour allows you to skip the line entrance and visit inside Colosseum, Palatine Hill including view of Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum. This tour is for a group of no more than 25 people.
  • Reviews
    • A must in Rome

      Thanks to the tour we got to skip the never ending queues of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. These places are a must visit when in Rome!!...

      Timothy Farrugia
    • Book it, it's so worthwhile

      Great tour and SO glad we booked it. Christina was very informative and made all the difference to our visit -- she managed to keep our attention for the whole three hours! I...

      Rebecca J Clarke
    • Super knowledgeable and friendly tour guide

      My tour guide was Francesca and right from the start, she was engaging and informative. I haven't studied Roman history since my first year of college and I learned so much and...

      TA XIONG
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