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Rome: Priority Access Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Tour

1. Rome: Priority Access Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Tour

Start your tour right outside the monumental Colosseum where you will meet your guide. Here, your expert in Roman history will give you an introduction to the finest arena of the Roman Empire. Explore the magnificent Colosseum, which had 80 entrances and could accommodate around 65,000 spectators. Hear about the spectacular festivals the Romans held here, which could last up to 100 days. Enjoy time at your leisure after your visit to take some pictures, refresh yourself, and wander around. Then, begin the second part of your tour to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Explore the social, political, and religious center of the Roman Empire, where the different strata of Roman society would rub shoulders. Take in the incredible ruins at Palatine Hill on a guided tour of the grounds, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Colosseum. For the second part of your tour, you will have the opportunity to meet your second guide, who is passionate about Ancient Rome. Make the most out of your experience by having two of the highest-rated guides lead you through the areas of expertise they know best.

Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill

2. Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill

Skip the line with a guide on this highlights tour of the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill. Enter the Colosseum through a dedicated group entrance. Follow in the footsteps of gladiators and see the monument from a 360° panoramic vantage point. Imagine what it was like to see 50,000 blood-thirsty spectators with help of your guide. Visit the Forum and walk around several important ancient Roman government buildings. Take a step into the past at the Forum Magnum, which was once a bustling marketplace. Learn more about the ancient Roman culture and picture how they lived. Go up Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. Experience the most ancient place in the city, situated 40 meters above the Roman Forum. Marvel at the view of the Circus Maximus.

Rome: Colosseum and Roman Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

3. Rome: Colosseum and Roman Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

The time selected for your booking refers to the timing at the Touristation office, Piazza D'Ara Coeli 16. Embark on an educational adventure with a tour of the most important sites in Rome — ideal for introducing you to the history of the city. Get preliminary information from a short multimedia video, and then set off on foot to see the Forum, Palatine Hill first and the Colosseum at the end of your visit. Start your experience at the activity provider's office, where you'll pick up your tickets and enjoy a multimedia video about ancient Rome. With your ticket, discover the Archaeological Park: Roman Forum, Palatine Hill first, and the Colosseum. See the Roman Forum where everyday Roman citizens used to live, see the tomb of emperor Julius Caesar, and explore the ancient ruins at your own pace. Continue your visit with the Palatine Hill, the site of the foundation of Rome, and the settlement of the most important houses of emperors and kings. Located just feet away from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximum. At the end, step inside one of the world's most famous monuments: the Colosseum. The entrance to the Colosseum will be approximately 2 hours after the meeting point time. Explore the immense amphitheater — the largest ever built by the Roman Empire. These tickets cannot be used for school groups, group guided tours, and private guided tours.

Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour

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

Explore the most famous amphitheater in the world on this guided tour. Enter the Colosseum with skip-the-line tickets and learn its incredible history. With your guide, walk on Palatine Hill and through the Roman Forum to see the most iconic monuments of Ancient Rome. Start your tour by admiring the outside of the Colosseum. Listen as your guide explains the history of the monument over the centuries. Enter the Amphitheater, through a security check, and discover the spectacular activities that took place inside it. Then, visit the first floor and admire the interior.  Take a moment to stop in front of the imposing Arch of Constantine as your guide describes its history and most significant features. Walk on the ancient Via Sacra to reach the entrance to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. After the security check, admire the Arch of Titus up close. Continue with the tour of Palatine Hill, where the remains of the oldest settlement in the city are. Visit some of the most significant imperial residences: the Palatine Stadium, the Domus Augustana, and the Domus Flavia. Next, go down to the valley that hosts the Roman Forum. Along the Via Sacra, discover the magnificence of the Basilica of Maxentius, the bronze door of the temple of Romulus, the curious suspended door of the temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the temple, and the house of the Vestals. Finally, arrive in the central area of the Roman Forum, which over the centuries has become the political, religious, economic, legal center, and square of the ancient city. Here, admire and learn about the Curia, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Tabularium, the temple of Saturn, and more.

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

5. 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. Get skip-the-line access, and tour the first and second levels of the Colosseum. See the Arch of Titus and the site where Julius Caesar was buried. 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: Colosseum Tour with Access to the Gladiator Arena

6. Rome: Colosseum Tour with Access to the Gladiator Arena

Visit one of Rome's most iconic attractions on a guided tour of the Colosseum. Learn about the rich history of this place, hear tales about the games that took place here, and enter through the gladiator gate to access the arena floor. Walk through the back door of the Colosseum and pass straight onto the arena floor through the gate named after Libitina, the goddess of funerals. Tread where dead gladiators and animals were once carried away. Feel the majesty of ancient Rome beneath your feed as you stroll over the steps of those who fought in gladiatorial combat. Enjoy astonishing 360-degree views of the Colosseum. Look up at ruins that were once filled with thousands of spectators. Snap excellent pictures, as a limited amount of visitors can be there for a given amount of time. Explore the general access area which includes the ground floor, the second tier, and a balcony with astonishing views over the Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine. Step onto the podium reserved for the most important Romans over the main entrance to the Arena and feel the thrill of the amphitheater. Let your guide paint you a picture of the past with engaging stories and legends. This is a Colosseum guided tour with special access to the Gladiator's Arena Floor. After you finish the guided tour you can take your time for another 30 minutes into the Colosseum and after wards you will be escorted to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill which will be self guided ( no guided tour ).

Rome: City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Audioguide

7. Rome: City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Audioguide

Explore the Eternal City from a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus with your 1 Day, 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket. Travel past the city's icons, leave the bus at any of the eight stops, and hop back on the next bus when you want to continue. Stay flexible while seeing all the amazing sights in Rome. Legend tells of Romulus and Remus and the 7 hills of Rome. Today the city is home to one of the world's largest churches, the Basilica di San Pietro of the Vatican, approached through a marvelous elliptical piazza. Among its other famous sights are the magnificent Colosseum, cinematic Trevi Fountain, and romantic Spanish Steps. With its vibrant café culture and quaint trattorias, Rome never fails to inspire. The full loop takes 100 minutes and you can jump off at any of the following points along the way: Location closest to our Bus Stops Terminal A Largo di Villa Peretti, Terminal B Largo di Villa Peretti or Terminal Piazza dei Cinquecento Santa Maria Maggiore San Giovanni in Laterano Colosseum Circo Massimo Piazza Venezia Largo Argentina Piazza Navona Vaticano (Castel Sant'Angelo) Piazza di Spagna (Fontana di Trevi)  Piazza Barberini Viale Enrico de Nicola (Stazione Termini)

Rome: Colosseum Arena Floor & Ancient Rome Fast Track Tour

8. Rome: Colosseum Arena Floor & Ancient Rome Fast Track Tour

Save precious time and skip the long lines to the Colosseum as you enter the world's most famous amphitheater. See a partially reconstructed section of the arena floor to imagine what the building looked like during the Roman Empire. Follow your guide on an exciting journey through the history of the monument, and get a close-up view of the senator seats as well as the trap door where wild animals were released for bloodthirsty entertainment. From the edge of the arena floor you can look down into the underground area to see the chamber that held these wild animals and the pathways taken by the gladiators. Enter through the gladiator's gate, stand on the arena floor, and see the Arch of Constantine. Learn how the building was brought to life. Hear about the battles that took place there over time. Relive the experience of the gladiators from an exclusive perspective. Then, go to the Roman Forum to discover the center of political and social life in Ancient Rome.

Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Panoramic Open Bus Ticket

9. Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Panoramic Open Bus Ticket

Discover Rome at your own pace on an open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See the imperial monuments of Ancient Rome as well as the Baroque and Renaissance buildings of the historic center as you learn about the city's glorious past and present. Experience Rome like never before on our Hop-on Hop-off bus routes. Choose where to start your tour and admire all the best landmarks and top sights of the Eternal City on our Green Route, explore the Italian tastes on our Orange Route, and enjoy off-the-beaten-path sites of Rome on our Blue Route. Onboard the audio guide will provide you with a city commentary as you tour. You can jump on and off as many times as you like during the Daily, 24-hour, 48-hour or 72-hour period from when you first validate your ticket. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes: Terminal 1 (Piazza dei Cinquecento corner Via Cavour)4 Santa Maria Maggiore (Piazza Dell'Esquilino,12) Colosseum (Via di San Gregorio close to the entrance of Palatine) Circus Maximus (via del Circo Massimo Belvedere Romolo e Remo) Piazza Venezia (Via del Teatro Marcello in front of civic numbers 32 -34) Vatican City (Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7) Villa Borghese (Via Ludovisi 48) Barberini Square (Via Barberini,14) Pyramid/Testaccio Quarter (Pyramid of Cestius- Non Catholic Cemetery, St. Paul City gate and St. Paul out of Wall) Eataly (Eataly market, Garbatella Quarter, Street Art) Borghese Gallery (Via Pinciana ) Bioparco/Zoo (Via Mercadante 34,36) Villa Giulia ( Piazza Thorvaldsen -National Etruscan Museums,National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) Auditorium Parco della Musica (Via de Coubartin) Maxxi Museums (via Guido Reni 4/a)

Rome: Colosseum Arena, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour

10. Rome: Colosseum Arena, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour

Skip the lines to the Colosseum and enjoy direct access to the arena on a guided walking tour. See where the gladiators entered the amphitheater in the days of ancient Rome. Then, visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Look out over the Colosseum arena. Learn about the site, the spectators, the fights that were staged, and life in Rome at the time from your art historian or archeologist guide. The tour continues to Palatine Hill, where wealthy Romans lived. Enjoy the stunning views over the Roman Forum. Walk among the ruins of the Roman Forum, as your guide uses overlay books and 3D pictures to show you how buildings looked at the time.

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Fantastic tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum…worth every penny! The underground part was great and our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. Very easy to find the meet up location prior to the tour and everyone was nice and gave some really great recommendations for after the tour. Don’t do the Colosseum with a guide as there is so much that you wouldn’t know just touring by yourself.

Max was a great guide. He was full of knowledge but with an injection of humour. I learnt so much from this wonderful tour and enjoyed the Colisseum and forum and Palatine Hill all the more for it! There were plenty of opportunities for pictures especially on the arena which was fab. A Wonderful experience.

Daniella was so great! She was a wealth of information with any question that was thrown at her. The three hours flew by and we would love to take another tour with her if we had the opportunity.

A fascinating guide who knows the history of the Colosseum and the Roman forum inside out. I recommend. The French

I would have liked to spend more time in the Romain forum