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Colosseum & Roman Forum: Icon of Rome

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Roma, Italy
Colosseum & Roman Forum: Icon of Rome
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators on a guided tour of Rome’s most iconic attractions — the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, and learn about the bloody battles and glorious victories that once took place inside this mighty arena. In the Forum, wander among the ruins of temples and judicial palaces while your guide shares insight into the complex social structure of ancient Rome.
  • See a pair of legendary Roman attractions on a 2-hour guided tour
  • Skip the line at the popular Colosseum
  • Listen to legends of gladiators, gods and emperors
  • Learn about daily life in ancient Rome
  • See highlights of the sprawling Roman Forum ruins
  • Perfect for first-time visitors
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon tour

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This time-saver, archaeologist-led tour covers the highlights of the Colosseum in just ninety minutes.
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Skip-the-line access means you bypass queues at the Colosseum AND Roman Forum
Walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero and more
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Priority access tickets to the Colosseum
Fully guided tour inside the Colosseum and Roman Forum
Unlimited time in the Roman Forum
Small groups of max 20 participants
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Personal extras

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above "Colosseo" Metro Station on Linea B (blue).

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Tour concludes in the Roman Forum archaeological area.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The ground in the Roman Forum is composed of large stone or dirt pathways that can be difficult to navigate with strollers or wheelchairs. Contact us to determine the best way to visit Ancient Rome with small children or guests confined to wheelchairs
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Only small bags or purses are allowed in the Colosseum. No large bags or weapons allowed, and there is no cloakroom available
  • Tour departs rain or shine
  • Unfortunately, wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking
  • Wear a hat and sunblock during summer months
  • Bring water if you will tour on a hot day
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY When In Rome Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    62 Reviews

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    Best Tour yet
    Jodi B
    , Aug 2019
    When in Rome Tour lead by our guide Aurora was the best tour booked in our three days in Rome. The day of our tour was exceptionally hot but that didn’t stop our guide Aurora in making it historically accurate in detail through its history and somehow found all the shady spots for a rest throughout. Her love of history and architecture was clearly present so it was a joy to spend the three hours with her and this historically significant sight.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
    Hi Jodi, Thank you for booking with us, we really appreciate your comments about Aurora and our Colosseum & Gladiator Gate tour. We hope you return to Rome again in the not-too-distant future. When In Rome Tours
    Great site. Great guide!
    Nick A
    , Aug 2019
    I have two young sons and our guide Aurora was entertaining and highly informative over our long visit. Thanks!
    Excellent experience
    , Jul 2019
    our tour guide was born in Rome and lived in Rome all of her life. while 2h is not enough time to cover the Roman Forum and Colosseum history, she did an incredible job and left knowing more than when I started. The lines were extremely long and it was so nice to bypass it and go right into the colosseum!
    Colosseum and Forum
    , Jun 2019
    Great tour led by Robert from Ireland. Very knowledgeable and perfect amount of detail in the Forum. Nice way to cover the important parts and keep the kids attention. Colosseum interesting as well and skipping line was worth it.
    Bait and switch operation
    , Jun 2019
    The guide was lovely. The tour, however, is not what you are buying. The bait and switch is clearly a standard operation for them because they even go as far as including this switch in their legal language. There is no gladiator gate access with them. They will claim it wasn't available that day and refund you 5 euros. Meanwhile you will be watching all the other tourists having complete and total access to the arena floor and the gladiator gate. What you will get is the very basic access to the general public areas of the colosseum. The 5 euro refund is an insult. They lied to us, wasted our time, and gave us back 5 euros. In the meantime, we never got the chance to see areas of the colosseum we dreamed of seeing and there is no more time left on our trip to book with someone else. And like salt added to the wound they lie right to your face claiming there was no access this day while you are watching other groups walk out onto the arena below you. Huge disappointment with this tour. They should be ashamed of this. Save yourself 25 euros and get a different basic tour with anyone else, because this is what this tour is, general basic public access tour with skip the line, and absolutely nothing else.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
    Dear Eerinka, We are very sorry that your Colosseum tour didn't measure up to your expectations. While part of what you said is true, in that our tour did not obtain access to the gladiator gate and arena floor, I do feel it important to point out a few details. Over the past few months, tickets which were once widely available for tour operators are suddenly and mysteriously "sold out" within seconds of the opening of sales. It has led to a problematic situation with many of the tour operators of Rome, leading to a class action suit demanding fairer distribution of tour operator access tickets. We do wish to assure you that we did not achieve 5 star status with more than 3500 reviews by trying to deceive or scam our clients. We are working round the clock to correct the errors in this tour so that no future clients will feel they did not get what they paid for. Our tour descriptions have already been updated to reflect this. The difference between the standard skip the line entrance and the arena floor entrance is that of exactly 2 Euro per ticket. For this reason, we felt that 5 Euro per person compensation would be fair. We are sorry if you do not agree.
    The Best Guide Ever!
    , Jun 2019
    I took my 16 year old son and we had the best part of our trip to Rome as the Guide was so knowledgeable. Her passion, expertise and ability to look after us all when the weather was so hot was superb. THANK YOU 😊
    A Colosseum Kiss
    , May 2019
    Our guide Eleanor was excellent. She was knowledgeable, interesting and interested. She even brought along a booklet to show us pictures of the way certain parts of the Colosseum looked in it’s hey day. Eleanor graciously took our photograph and then encouraged us to kiss for the next one. Of course that is the photograph we treasure! Two thumbs up!!
    , Mar 2019
    We had Frank “the Irish guy” and he was wonderful! He made the tour interesting for all ages and kept a good pace. Highly recommended!
    One of the better tour guides on our...
    , Oct 2017
    One of the better tour guides on our tours. New her history and was enthusiastic. Smelled horribly. Needs to use deodorant in the hot weather.
    Great way to see two of Rome's...
    , Oct 2017
    Great way to see two of Rome's highlights without having to commit to an all-day tour. Our tour guide was one of our favorites on our entire European trip. Highly recommend.

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