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Colosseum: Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

1. Colosseum: Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with a guided tour of all 3 attractions. Learn all about the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, everyday Roman life, and the founding site of the city. After skipping the ticket line, explore the Colosseum as your guide shares its history with your group. See the arena floor from the stands, and imagine the battle scenes with gladiators and wild animals below. Next, visit the Roman Forum to see where the center of Roman social, political, and religious life took place. Home to the old marketplace and Temple of Julius Caesar, it was a grand site at the heart of Roman life. Head up Palatine Hill next, the rumored birthplace of Rome and middle of the 7 hills. Enjoy panoramic views over the city from here, including unforgettable views of the Colosseum and Roman Forum themselves. Travel along the Via Sacra, the road connecting all 3 sites, as your guide paints a picture of Roman life for your group.

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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Tickets

2. 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.”

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Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

3. 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.

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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

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

Experience Ancient Rome on a walking tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Start at the Arch of Constantine, and then skip the long lines to the Colosseum to explore the most famous arena of the Roman Republic. Learn about the grand spectacles and bloodthirsty shows of Ancient Rome Next, go to the Roman Forum to see the remains of the temples of the archaeological area. Hear how the site was once the center of all civic and political life in Rome. Continue to the Palatine Hill and get breathtaking views of the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit the House of the Vestals, Senate House, Capitol Palace and other temples of the area.

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Rome in a Day Small Group Tour with Vatican & Colosseum

5. Rome in a Day Small Group Tour with Vatican & Colosseum

Your full-day tour starts at the Colosseum, where you’ll bypass the long lines of tourists and enter the ancient world’s greatest sports arena without the wait. Hear harrowing tails of gladiators and martyrs that made the Coliseum famous and also about the political and social importance to ancient Romans.  Next you’ll head over to the Roman Forum to learn how it functioned as the beating heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire. Instead of slogging through the crowds inside the Forum your guide will lead you directly to a stunning overlook. From there you can take in the entire Forum complex including the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. It will be easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago as you hear stories of war, politics, economics, and religion that shaped the ancient city. No walk through ancient Rome would be complete without a visit to the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building has the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world. As you view if from inside, you’ll hear the story of how it was built and why it has inspired so many other buildings, from St. Peter’s Basilica to the U.S. Capitol Building.  Jumping ahead in history, you’ll be treated to a delicious gelato as you stroll through streets made famous by films including Roman Holiday, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a few photo ops. After a break for lunch your local expert will accompany you in a taxi or bus to the Vatican, where you’ll also skip the long lines of people waiting to enter. Meet your Vatican expert here and delve into one of the world’s greatest collections of art.  This specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the vast collections to give you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. You’ll take in the sculpture galleries and the world-famous Laocoön Group as well. The tour ends as you’re left contemplating Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. From here you can choose between extending your stay in the Chapel and the Vatican Museums, or skip the lines once again and enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel. 

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Tour of Colosseum & Roman Forum with Dutch Guide

6. Tour of Colosseum & Roman Forum with Dutch Guide

This classic Colosseum and Forum tour is an absolute must and shows you the best of what ancient Rome has to offer. Explore the sites with a passionate Dutch-speaking guide and  avoid long queues at the entrance to these popular sights. Let yourself be carried away by the stories behind the facts and in your own language. The guide brings the ruins to life, you hear and see things that you would miss on your own. The discovery tour starts with a walk in the Roman Forum, where you will take a look at the Curia or Senate. Stop at the last resting place of Julius Caesar, stroll along the Via Sacra – a Roman road where you still see cart tracks. Continue past the perfectly preserved temple of Antoninus and Faustina up to the arch of Titus.  Finally, a visit to the Colosseum follows where your guide will share in great details stories about the brave gladiators, lion fights, sea battles and executions. 

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Rome: Colosseum, Arena Floor, and Roman Forum Guided Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum, Arena Floor, and Roman Forum Guided Tour

Escape the agonizing queues of tourists trying to get entrance to Rome’s most iconic landmark and enjoy priority access through the back entrance. From there, enter the reconstructed Arena Floor, an area not accessible to the general public. Take an amazing panorama photo as the Colosseum will be surrounding you in its beauty. Next, visit the first and second tiers of the Colosseum where the wealthiest of Romans sat. The best seats in the house are located in the same area as modern stadiums today. Your guide will then lead you through the ancient downtown known as the Roman Forum. Here you will see the remains of ancient senate buildings, temples to Roman gods, and multiple grand arches. Listen to stories of ancient Rome and learn all about Roman life from a passionate guide.

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What people are saying about Curia of Senate House

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 54 reviews

This is a humbling piece of history. No photo does it justice. It is amazing. The sheer size is daunting. Travel back in time here, with the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palentine Hill. Amazing visit.

We did skip the line which was well worth the money and very efficient. However for future trips I would have a guide as well

Amazing experience, to do it all you definitely need the whole day. We had to break it into two days, but still enjoyable

Haven’t been there for 30 years and it was brilliant and easy to use the vouchers to get in and weather was sunny

Our guide - Deborah - was amazing. She is knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican art