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Via Sacra Tours

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Via Sacra
Leading from the Capitoline Hill to the Colosseum via the first-century AD Arch of Titus as it traverses the Forum from west to east, the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) was once the main thoroughfare of Ancient Rome. With its origins stretching back to at least the fifth century BC, it was later paved and later still, in the times of Nero, lined with colonnades. The street was backed by Ancient Rome’s temples, civic buildings and the palaces of the wealthy; it was here that festivals were held, where prostitutes came to solicit clients and where crowds gathered to gossip and gamble along its route. Via Sacra was also scene of triumphal processions to celebrate military victories, when slaves and prisoners were dragged to market. Today the road forms part of the open-air museum that is the Forum; over the centuries this has been ravaged by fire, plundered for its stone and used as cow pasture but still retains something of its ancient majesty among scattered boulders, shattered arches and broken columns.

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Via Dei Fori Imperiali, Campitelli, Rome. Admission to the Forum complex: adults €12; students €7.50; free for over 65 and under 18. Open daily 8.30am–one hour before sunset. Much of this area of Ancient Rome is
pedestrianized, so Via Sacra is best approached on foot; the entrance to the Forum is at the junction of Via Dei Fori Imperiali with Via Cavour. Taxis stop outside the Colosseum, where there is also a metro station.
Address: Via Dei Fori Imperiali, Campitelli, Rome, Lazio 00186, Italy
Hours: Daily 8.30am–one hour before sunset
Admission: Adults €12; Students €7.50; free for over 65 and under 18
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Skip the Line Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

Skip the Line Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

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See the best of ancient Rome with this skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Avoid waiting in long lines and enjoy the informative commentary of a professional guide. Marvel at the size and history of the Colosseum, admire the Arch of Constantine and the former palaces on Palatine Hill.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.53
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Gladiator's Arena & Colosseum Underground Tour

Gladiator's Arena & Colosseum Underground Tour

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Visit a lesser-known part of Rome’s Colosseum on a walking tour of ancient Roman sites that includes access to the underground Colosseum. Learn about life in the ancient city as you walk through the below-ground area where gladiators waited for battle, then continue to the arena and third tier for views across the enormous structure. Keep exploring Roman history in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, where you see temples, arches, and landmarks from the Roman Republic and Empire.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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All in One Tour: Belvedere, Colosseum Underground, Ancient City

All in One Tour: Belvedere, Colosseum Underground, Ancient City

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Explore several landmarks of ancient Rome during this combination, half-day walking tour. Priority access tickets offer skip-the-line entry at the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum where you explore the underground chambers, arena floor, and up to the third floor for views of the monument and Rome. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.58
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Nero's Golden Palace: with Colosseum and Ancient City

Nero's Golden Palace: with Colosseum and Ancient City

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Explore Rome’s ancient sites on a half-day, small-group tour of Domus Aurea, or Nero’s ‘Golden House,’ the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Step into buried history with archeologist guides and use 3D glasses to see Nero’s palace as it once was, then hear stories about Rome's golden age as you walk through the heart of the ancient Roman Republic and Empire. This small-group tour includes all entrance fees and skip-the-line access.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.93
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Colosseum Underground Private Tour with Palatine Hill and Roman Forum

Colosseum Underground Private Tour with Palatine Hill and Roman Forum

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Enjoy the undivided attention of your expert guide and discover secrets of Ancient Rome, on this private Colosseum tour. Skip-the-line at the Roman Forum and go behind the scenes to restricted-access areas at the Colosseum including underground and the arena floor. Travel at your own pace as your guide provides fascinating facts of these Eternal City highlights.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Glory of Ancient Rome and Colosseum small group

Skip the Line: Glory of Ancient Rome and Colosseum small group

Dig into the history of ancient Rome with this 3-hour small-group tour of Imperial Rome, including the monumental Colosseum. Get an in-depth look at the enormous stadium, completed in only 8 years. Explore the political epicenter of ancient Rome in the nearby Forum. Visit the Capitoline Hill in a square designed by Michelangelo.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.59
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Skip-the-line: Colosseum Private Tour

Skip-the-line: Colosseum Private Tour

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The Colosseum is one of Rome's most-famous attractions and so attracts very long lines to visit. This private guided tour lets you skip that line and provides a comprehensive tour of the Eternal City's other most-significant ancient sites, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Your guide shares insights into ancient Rome and can adjust the pace to your preference.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.51
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$202.51
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The Secrets of Ancient Rome: Private Full-Day Walking Tour

The Secrets of Ancient Rome: Private Full-Day Walking Tour

Unlock the secrets of the ancient Roman Empire with the help of a private guide on this full-day walking tour. Travel back in time at Rome’s most important ancient monuments including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon and Theatre of Marcellus, where you’ll learn about daily life and legends from Rome’s imperial past. Beat the long queues with skip-the-line access to the most popular sites, and feel free to ask all the questions you like on this customizable tour. Stop to rest your feet midday with leisure time for lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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$360.35
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Skip-the-line Budget Tour of Colosseum Forum Titus Arch & Caesar Altar in Rome

Skip-the-line Budget Tour of Colosseum Forum Titus Arch & Caesar Altar in Rome

Join us on a 2.5 hour guided tour led by a top-rated local expert. Our tour starts at 8.20am to beat the queues and to avoid the hottest hours of the day during summer. It will be a travel back to the days of Roman Empire, with a tour inside the Colosseum, Palatine Hill for panoramic views and Roman Forums, through palaces, monuments and gardens of ancient Rome, birthplace of civilization and capital of the Roman Empire.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.13
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Small Group Tour: Ancient Rome and Vatican Museums - Full Day lunch included

Small Group Tour: Ancient Rome and Vatican Museums - Full Day lunch included

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Avoid the crowds and skip the line at Rome's top attractions on this small-group walking tour limited to 12 people. As well as visits to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica of San Pietro, this tour includes lunch in a local restaurant.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$228.72
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Kids friendly | Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Private Tour |Fast Track

Kids friendly | Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Private Tour |Fast Track

Designed especially for children ages 5–12, this private tour of the Roman Colosseum is both entertaining and educational. Learn about the gladiator battles fought here and the impressive engineering features of the structure, which is one of the New 7 Owners of the World. You will also visit the temple where Julius Caesar was cremated, the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius, Palantine Hill, and more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$192.98
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The Complete Colosseum: Private Tour with Underground, Arena & Belvedere

The Complete Colosseum: Private Tour with Underground, Arena & Belvedere

Benefit from the undivided attention of your expert, local guide, as you discover all the wonders of the world's most iconic amphitheater, on this Colosseum tour. Waltz past the line and enjoy exclusive access to areas of the Colosseum normally restricted to the public, including the Underground and Belvedere. You'll see all the highlights of Rome's ancient city on this remarkable Colosseum tour: including the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Your private guide will customize the itinerary to any of your specific interests — a big benefit of a private tour. Visit Julius Caesar final restingplace in the Forum, then look down upon Rome — and all its ancient wonders — from the Palatine Hill. On to the Colosseum! Experience the dark underground, where beasts were kept for battle, and step out on the arena like a gladiator. Ascend the dizzy heights of the Belvedere on the Colosseum's third floor and experience all the beauty of Rome's astonishing archaeological sites from above!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$332.95
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360° Virtual tour of Ancient Rome

360° Virtual tour of Ancient Rome

This virtual tour lets you explore the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Emperors and palaces of the ancient city in 360°. Compare and contrast Roman ruins and monuments with how they looked in their glory days. Your journey will take you from the magnificent Colossus to a ringside seat in the Colosseum where you will witness a naval battle. Stand next to The Arch of Constantine and see the decorative panels. Take a rest on the steps of the Circus Maximus before traveling through the Roman Forum to marvel at the Temple of Julius Caesar and Trajan's Forum. Bring comfortable walking shoes, water, sunscreen and a hat. Walking around in Ancient Rome is great exercise, it's no wonder the Romans were so fit! * 18 historically accurate 360° reconstructions * 3.5 km walking route * 1-hour of engaging narration
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$14.00
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Self-guided Virtual Tour of Roman Forum: The Beating Heart of The Empire

Self-guided Virtual Tour of Roman Forum: The Beating Heart of The Empire

Experience the Roman Forum from the comfort of your home with an engaging self-guided virtual tour, narrated in English from your PC or smartphone browser. It’s so simple! You'll receive an email with the tour link with instructions and in a couple of minutes, you will travel back in time and enjoy a virtual journey from the comfort of your couch! Through the power of storytelling combined with street and satellite views, you will learn not only about historical facts but also discover unknown stories and tales of ancient and modern times that will amaze your family and friends. The tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief intriguing stories that will make your virtual visit both engaging and informative. The tour is only available online and you can access it repeatedly and anytime. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the pulsating heart of Ancient Rome and immerse yourself in the surroundings in an entirely innovative way.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$21.43
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Half-Day Guided Historical Tour of Colosseum and Ancient Rome

Half-Day Guided Historical Tour of Colosseum and Ancient Rome

Small group tour (maximum 12 people) of Imperial Rome at the world’s most famous arena; the Colosseum, once able to seat up to 50,000 spectators. The building of the Colosseum began in 72 A.D. and was finished 8 years later. Close to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, considered the real political – commercial – social –religious center of Rome at the time of the Monarchy and the Republican period. At the center of the Forum, even after 20 centuries, it is possible to walk on the same cobble-stones of the “Via Sacra” (Sacred Way) leading to the Capitol Hill and admiring the remaining of with its ancient basilicas, triumphal arches, honorary columns, ancient markets.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.59
Price varies by group size
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$109.59
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Via Sacra hours of operation?
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Via Sacra hours of operation: Daily 8.30am–one hour before sunset. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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