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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: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

3. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

Go back in time to the glorious days of Ancient Rome. Hear enticing stories of emperors and common people from your guide. Explore the Colosseum (1st and 2nd levels), Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, Temple of Romulus, Temple of Julius Caesar, Senate House, Palatine Hill, and Stadium of Domitian. Breeze past the crowds and enter the Colosseum with your guide. As you marvel at this Roman structure, your guide will set the scene for what attending a gladiator match was like. Discover the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, areas that were reserved for Rome’s most elite. Learn how the Colosseum was built and the history of the bloody battles that defined ancient Roman history. Spend an hour inside of the Colosseum, which is perfect for families or those who want to cover the most ground in little time. Next, follow your guide to Palatine Hill, the site where Romulus is said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. Admire the opulent palaces characterized by detailed artifacts and mosaics. Besides being the residence of Rome’s most elite, they were enormous treasure troves. See a piece of an ancient Roman aqueduct. Finally, make your way to the Roman Forum. Be escorted around what the locals like to call “ancient downtown Rome.” Discover the cultural hub of ancient Rome where all the action happened, from senate meetings to poetry performances and political protests.

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Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill

4. Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill

Skip the line with an expert guide in this tour of the highlights of the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill. Hear your guide clearly with the included headsets. Listen in your own language with options in English, French, and German.  Enter the Colosseum through the dedicated Group Entrance. Follow in the footsteps of gladiators and see the monument in a 360° panoramic vantage point. Imagine what it was like to see 50,000 blood-thirsty spectators with help from your passionate guide. Visit the Forum and walk around several important ancient Rome governments buildings. Take a step into the past at the Forum Magnum, which was once a bustling marketplace. Learn more about the ancient Roman culture and picture how they lived. Go up Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. Experience the most ancient place in the city, situated 40 meters above the Roman Forum. Marvel at the view of the Circus Maximus.

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Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

5. 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: Skip the Line Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

6. 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. 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.

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Rome: Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Access

7. Rome: Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Access

Begin your guided walking tour outside the magnificent Colosseum. Skip the long queues as you enter the impressive amphitheater. Dive into the history of Ancient Rome, as your entertaining guide teaches you all about Roman history, architecture, and archaeological facts. Take some time to explore the almost 2000-year-old monument at your own pace. Carry on to the Roman Forum. See the historic area that was once the center of all political, social, and economic life in the 'Eternal City. Explore the ancient ruins in your own time. Visit Palatine Hill, one of the most ancient parts of the city of Rome, believed to be the location of the cave, where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf. Capture gorgeous, panoramic shots of the Colosseum and the city itself, from this iconic point.

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Colosseum Guided Tour and Vatican Entry Ticket 2-Day Combo

8. Colosseum Guided Tour and Vatican Entry Ticket 2-Day Combo

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire and follow in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators on a 1-hour guided tour of the mighty Colosseum. Learn about the legendary spectacles put on for the entertainment of the Roman citizens, including the gladiator fights and wild animal hunts. Say goodbye to your guide and stay to explore the monument at your own pace. Access the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to discover the remains of the markets and temples from the days of Ancient Rome independently. Meet at the local tour operator's office near the Vatican the next morning to receive a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums. Marvel at masterpieces of art from the papal collection on a self-guided tour. Enter the miraculous Sistine Chapel to gaze at Michelangelo's frescoes at leisure.

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Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

9. Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

Visit the ancient ruins at the Roman Forum and imerse yourself in the history of Rome with an expert guide who will ensure that you don't miss anything. Discover fantastic city views at Palatine Hill while listening to engaging tales of the past. Continue to the world-famous Vatican Museums and access artistic and historical treasures like Raphael's room, the Laocoon, or the Map gallery without having to wait in a long line. Let the majesty of the Sistine Chapel take your breath away. Use the provided headphones to hear your guide clearly at all times. See these highlights in just 4 hours and get the most out of your holiday in Rome.

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Rome: Colosseum and Arena Guided Tour

10. Rome: Colosseum and Arena Guided Tour

Discover the origins of the Roman Empire on this guided tour. Explore the archaeological complex of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum in the company of a local guide and an archaeologist. Begin in front of the Colosseum, and enjoy skip-the-line tickets to enter the gladiators' entrance. Enjoy a great view of the Colosseum Underground dungeons, where wild beasts were kept before the gladiatorial games. Follow your guide to Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome and the birthplace of the city. Stroll through the Roman Forum, the beating heart of Rome’s legislative, juridical, and political events.

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What people are saying about Column of Phocas

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 18,384 reviews

Really enjoyable and informative tour. Our tour guide Augustino was so much fun and helpful to all of us. Really good value and would definitely recommend to anyone. I would’ve preferred to spend more time in the colosseum but even with this we saw so much.

María Elena was phenomenal. She is very knowledgeable and very accommodating. We have a 2.5 year old with a stroller and she went through routes that were accommodating. Great tour and would definitely do it again!!

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

Very professional guide (Alexandra), engaging and knowledgeable, flexible in terms of presentation based on the group needs.

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