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Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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Roma, Italy

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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Explore three of the most important ancient Roman sites on this tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. See where Rome was founded, where legendary gladiatorial games took place, and the streets where Caesar walked.
  • Tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Hear about gladiatorial battles as you tour the Colosseum
  • Walk the ancient streets of the Roman Forum
  • Visit the ruins of former noble palaces on the Palatine Hill
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum to avoid lines

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Not all Colosseum and Forum tours include Palatine Hill, the third main site of the ancient city.
Meet your guide near the Forum to begin your walk through ancient Rome. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide throughout the tour with a group of no more than 13 people, and avoid waiting in long lines with entry tickets for the Colosseum purchased in advance.

Visit the Colosseum, learning about the deadly games that took place here, thrilling spectators. Hear about what life was like for the gladiators and slaves who performed and died in this arena, and what went on behind the scenes to put on such massive spectacles.

Walk on the ancient cobblestone streets of the Roman Forum, once the epicenter of the Roman Empire. Get insights into the daily lives of the ordinary ancient Romans who lived and worked and worshiped here. See the ruins of the House of the Vestal Virgins, the Temple of Saturn, the Basilicas of Julia and Maxentius, and the Senate.

Hear about the funeral of Julius Caesar and the beheading of Cicero, both of which took place in the Forum. Learning about history in the place where it happened helps make ancient events come alive.

Climb up to the Palatine Hill overlooking the Forum and Colosseum. This is where the ancient Roman nobility had their palaces. Walk among the ruins of villas and gardens, including the Flavian Palace, Stadium of Domitian, and Baths of Septimius Severus. Admire the views and get some understanding of why this was such a desirable neighborhood in which to live.

While touring the Palatine Hill, hear the story of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome who were believed to have been raised by a wolf on this very hill. Learn how this story helped make the Palatine Hill particularly attractive to Roman emperors—including Augustus and Domitian.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica Julia
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica of Maxentius
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casa delle Vestali
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tempio di Saturno
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza del Colosseo
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Arco di Costantino
View from the Colosseum
Pass By:  
Tempio di Saturno
Inside the Roman Forum
Pass By:  
Tempio di Romolo
Inside Roman Forum
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Ultimate Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.

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star-5
10/10 - Interesting and Thorough, Well Worth It!
Football21bmd
, Sep 2019
This tour well exceeded our expectations. Easy meeting point and the guide (John) was spectacular, so informative and interesting. He was also very engaging with the group, we would re-take the same tour with him and I bet we would learn even more! Viator made the booking super easy, 10/10 we will use Viator again.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, thank you so much for your kind review. We are happy to read you were able to find the meeting point without issues. Rome is not the most easy city to navigate in the beginning, but thats also why we believe a guided tour is a good solution. John is an amazing guide and we are proud to have him on our team. We sure hope to see you again in Italy in the near future. *Desiree*
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Great tour of ancient Rome highlights
sarahfY7589WY
, Sep 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Kathy was informative, personable, and easy to follow. She did a great job ensuring we were in the shade as much as possible. Loved having the Forum to ourselves for a bit since it was our first stop in the morning. We went to the Colosseum last which was a mad house (not surprising nor the fault of the tour) but I wonder it might have been better to start there.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, thank you so much for your honest review and feedback regarding your Colosseum tour with us and Kathy. We are happy your had a great tour and appreciate your suggestion about the route of the tour. Other clients have mentioned they love the Colosseum as a grand finale at the end of the tour, but its interesting to have your point of view as well. We will certainly keep this in mind when making the new calendar and purchasing the timed entrance tickets for the colosseum . We hope you will come back to enjoy more of our tours. *Desiree*
star-5
Best Rome Guide
Road07527348022
, Jun 2019
Our guide was the best we had out of seven tours. She was extremely knowledgeable and informative and enthusiastic. One of our two best tours in Rome.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hello Road07, wauw the best of 7 tours that is an amazing compliment and we thank you for it. It seems like you had a busy holiday and we are glad Through Eternity and our guide could be a part of it! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are coming back, we would love to have you on our tours again. *Desiree*
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This is our 3rd trip to Rome and...
Sylvia H
, Oct 2017
This is our 3rd trip to Rome and Christina made the Ancient City tour the Best ever! She is an archaeologist so her knowledge and the way she provided information were very special. We saw a lot, but she paced the tour perfectly. Additionally, she gave us information and applied it to the sites we were seeing in such a way that we could envision the way the Romans lived. The information made sense which makes it easier to retain.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello Sylvia, thank you for you review. We are so happy to read were able to visit the Eternal city more than once. I can imagine every time you discover something new as Rome truly is like an open air museum. What a great experience to be with Christina this time, she is indeed an amazing guide and archeologist and know the Ancient city of Rome inside out, We hope to welcome you a fourth time for some moe adventures with us. *Desiree*
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One of our favorite tours of the...
Annette D
, Jun 2017
One of our favorite tours of the trip! Luka made history come alive, he was engaging and entertaining. I would highly recommend this tour, it was awesome!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello annette, thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us and Luca. we are very happy to rad that you enjoyed your t8me with him and we appreciate you recommendation. We hope to see you again in the near future, *Desiree*
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Bit of a shaky start as the only...
Martin D
, Sep 2016
Bit of a shaky start as the only instruction we received was to meet outside of a restaurant at a certain time, and the first 'official looking' person we approached didn't have our names, but eventually we spoke to the right person. The tour was great. Long 3.5 hours, leisurely, with lots of opportunities to ask questions along the way. Our guide, Beatrice, was very knowledgeable and covered not just the dry facts, but gossipy type stories as well. Highly recommended.

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