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

1. 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, Roman Forum & Palatine Guided Day Tour

2. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Guided Day Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable tour of three of the most historically significant sites in Rome. Learn about the Roman Empire and see the physical reminders of its legacy at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on this guided walking tour. Take the chance to explore about Rome's history and legacy while visiting the Eternal City. Begin the tour by visiting the famous Roman Colosseum, the site where ancient Romans would gather to watch spectacles including gladiator fights. See the site that is one of the New 7 Wonders of the world. Admire the architecture of the Colosseum, which has stood for nearly two thousand years, and choose between options to enter the arena or admire from the outside. Move on to the Roman Forum, the former heart of all civic life in the city of Rome. Walk through the place where Roman citizens traded, did politics, sought justice, worshipped the Gods, and socialized. Let your guide show help you identify the ruins and understand the importance of of buildings within the ruins like the Roman Curia, Arches of Septimus and Titus, the Temple of Julius Caesar, and more. Stop at Palatine Hill last, and explore the ruins of a former imperial residence. Enter the Palatine museum and learn about the lives and essence of the ancient inhabitants of Rome through the interesting artifacts and archaeological pieces housed in the museum to finish the tour.

Colosseum and Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

3. Colosseum and Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

Learn the story of the Roman Republic and its most important monuments on a half-day tour of Ancient Rome. Enjoy skip-the-line privileges at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman (Imperial) Forum. Meet your guide at the local tour partner's office and enjoy panoramic views of the best preserved part of the Colosseum. Get a detailed description of the Colosseum from the outside, before skipping the long lines to step inside. Once inside, learn about the spectacular entertainments put on during the Roman Republic. Discover the construction techniques invented by the Romans. Hear about the great feats of the gladiators and their battles with wild animals. Marvel at the technological advancements of the Roman engineers to build the Colosseum. Learn about the trapdoors and all the mechanisms used to animate the games. Your guide will entertain you with tales of sea-battles and tell you about the cages where the lions were kept. Imagine the roar of the crowd as their blood-lust was met. Continue to the 2nd tiers for the best views of the Colosseum, inside and out. Next, go to Palatine Hill to see where the elite emperors took residence. Admire the views of the Circus Maximus on one side and the Roman Forum on the other. See the ruins of the Temple of Julius Caesar, built in the same spot where his body was cremated. Look at the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius and much more.

Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

4. Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

Chart a course through the archaeological tribal beginnings of Rome and its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history: the Arch of Constantine the Great, before meandering through the sites of the Roman Forum. Walk the paths of the Roman citizens and emperors, and visit the hill where the legend of Romulus and Remus established the foundation of the city: Palatine Hill. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas of Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins and see their gardens and the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus and learn about the sacking of Jerusalem. Later, discover the Senate House, where senators met to decide the fate of the Roman Republic and how that climaxed with the murder and cremation of Julius Caesar. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Colosseum and Circus Maximus and stay in the Roman Forums as long as you wish at the end of your official tour. During your booking, you may choose the option to extend your Ancient Rome experience by adding an extra 30-minute tour of the Circus Maximus, overseeing it from the scenic terrace of the Palatine Hill.

Rome: Private 2-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

5. Rome: Private 2-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

Spend 2 days exploring Rome with a guide. Join this private tour to see the Eternal City's most popular attractions, including the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Vatican Museums, and much more. 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.

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. 

Rome: Walking Tour with Vatican and Colosseum Entry Tickets

7. Rome: Walking Tour with Vatican and Colosseum Entry Tickets

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 highlight of your tour is one of the most famous painted interiors in the world: The Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's frescoes.

The Roman Forum: An Immersive Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. The Roman Forum: An Immersive Self-Guided Audio Tour

Please Note: Entry into the Forum is not included in the price of this audio tour. You'll need to purchase entry tickets separately, and it's best to do this ahead of time to avoid disappointment. The Roman Forum is a treasure chest filled with history. Long a gathering place for the Roman tribes, the forum evolved with the city to become its seat of government. This process started 2700 years ago and continued for over a millennium. Through the ups and downs of all these years, buildings were destroyed and replaced, turning the forum into a temporally eclectic museum, where artefacts from prehistory are found beside Renaissance palaces. Join writer and historian Michael Anderson in imagining the passage of time here, where Caesar was assassinated and Cicero made speeches that echo through to the present. He'll connect you to the successes and failures of Rome, which is also a way of connecting with the with the civilizations that have inherited its culture.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

9. 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.

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

10. 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

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Very good value for money. You cover a lot of ground in one day - Camilla was very knowledgeable and managed to engage a group of 10 strangers through the busy streets of Rome. Excellent work and she shared a lot of stories and facts about the Colosseum and the Vatican! Highly recommend! You do a lot of walking as expected so wear comfy shoes and bring your own water bottle as refilling in the fountains are free.

Super complete tour. The highlights for me were the Palatine Hill and visiting the Arena of the Colosseum. The only thing, is it a bit long but then again it is very complete. I would recommend it for sure.

Please show the sign of the orange umbrella in advance on the ticket, which can help visitors find the group earlier. I spent a lot of time to look for the tour guide.

The tour was provided according to the included activities. The advice is to stay on Palatine Hill after the tour and enjoy a perfect view of Colosseum.

We booked and met at the meeting place to be advised we were the 9n of ones on the tour. So effectively had 1 guide to 2 people. No need for headsets…