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Via Sacra, Roman Forum

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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: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

2. Rome: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

Discover the Eternal City at your own pace with an all-access pass to the main monuments of Rome. Redeem your voucher at the office at your selected booking time and the staff will help you plan and reserve all other attractions included in the Pass. Visit St Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the largest church in the world, admire Michelangelo's "Pieta", and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit. Take the stress out of your visit with accompanied entrance to each attraction. Encounter masterpieces of art in the corridors, courtyards, and galleries of the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and pay your respects to former popes at the site of their tombs. Journey back to the days of the Roman Empire with a ticket to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman citizens at the Via Sacra and discover where the city was founded on Palatine Hill. Use your unlimited public transport card to explore the city. Enrich your base option with the Vatican Gardens by minibus and discover the architectural wonders of the Vatican Gardens with a multi-lingual audioguide.

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

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

Avoid the long lines outside of some of Rome’s most popular ancient attractions with skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Follow your guide who will explain the history of Rome and introduce you to some of the most notorious emperors. Visit one of the most famous monuments in the world, the Colosseum, the immense amphitheater that was the largest ever built by the Roman Empire. Imagine the gladiatorial fights and public spectacles that took place in the arena. Go to Palatine Hill, site of the foundation of Rome and settlement of the most important houses of emperors and kings. Located just feet from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus, it is the centermost of the 7 hills of Rome. Hear about the legends and history of Eternal Rome and stop on the Via Sacra to learn how everyday Roman citizens used to live. Enter the Temple of the emperor Julius Caesar, and explore the ruins of the Roman Forum, the center of all Roman government and public life. Hear your guide's facinating commentary better with the headsets that are included with your priority entrance. 

Colosseum Underground: Priority Access Guided Tour

4. Colosseum Underground: Priority Access Guided Tour

Begin your tour of Rome’s most iconic monument with Skip-the-Line access directly through the Gladiator’s Gate. Once the main exit for defeated contenders, this special entrance leads you directly to the parts of the Colosseum most tourists don’t get to see.  Your first stop is the Colosseum Underground – the backstage area where gladiators prepared for battle. Here, your expert, English-speaking guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to let you imagine the space as it once was. Scenery and caged wild animals stood ready to be hoisted into the arena by ingenious pulleys. You’ll practically feel the gladiators’ tense anticipation and hear the roar of the blood-thirsty crowd. Then, you will venture out onto where the spectators would watch the bloody battles that once took place in the Colosseum. The next stop on the tour takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to find the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy a spectacular preview of your next destination: The Roman Forum. The Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, were the heart of Ancient Rome. All of Roman life could be found in this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins.

Colosseum: Tour with Live Guide in French

5. Colosseum: Tour with Live Guide in French

Learn the story of Ancient Rome on a half-day, skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Meet your guide by the “Colosseo” Metro Station for a fascinating journey through the world of the Ancient Romans. Save time with a skip-the-line ticket to the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre). Learn about the bloodthirsty spectacles between lions and gladiators, and who the gladiators really were. Hear how the Colosseum was built. Then, see the ruins of the imperial palaces on Palatine Hill. Hear about everyday life in Ancient Rome and the administrative activities of the Roman Forum. Get a comprehensive overview of Ancient Roman civilization from an English-speaking guide (with headsets and audio system to hear them better), and follow in the footsteps of emperors and citizens on the Via Sacra.

Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Tour

6. Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Tour

Take a journey into antiquity at the Colosseum in Rome. Learn from your guide´s historical and archaeological expertise as you hear about the battles that played out in this incredible amphitheater. Visit Palatine Hill, the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC.  Enjoy spectacular views overlooking your next destination: the Roman Forum as you find out about the fascinating history of this ancient place. See the Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, in the heart of Ancient Rome. Hear about how Roman life revolved around this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on a guided tour. Enter the Colosseum, admire the vast building from every angle, notice where the building has crumbled from past earthquakes, and tread in the footsteps of ancient Romans. Walk up to Palatine Hill and take in breathtaking views of the ruins from the top. Upon entering Palatine Hill, you'll see the House of Augustus and witness a vast collection of frescoes that would give you a deeper insight into Ancient Rome and its rulers. Visit the Roman Forum, a place that used to be the site of triumphal processions and elections and the venue for public speeches in ancient Rome. See the Temple of Romulus, an architectural wonder located within the Roman Forum. Hear fascinating stories about these sites from your tour guide.

Skip-the-Line Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine

8. Skip-the-Line Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine

Embark on a fascinating archeological tour of Rome exploring some of its most thrilling archeological buildings. Begin with the spectacular Colosseum, one of the wonders of the ancient world and the most famous amphitheater in the world. Hear the fascinating history of this special place and the legends that surround it as you walk along its curved and crumbling walls, and let your knowledgeable guide take you on a journey through the thrilling history of the Roman Empire. Continue the tour along the via Sacra (Sacred Way) with a visit to the splendid Arch of Constantine, and then make your way to the Palatine Hill. Admire the ruins of this sacred area where the ancient Roman kings once lived. Eventually find your way to the impressive Roman Forum to end the afternoon in marvel. 

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Colosseum Entry Ticket

9. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Colosseum Entry Ticket

Discover Rome at your own pace with a combined 24/48-hour ticket for the official hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Colosseum, Imperial Forum and Palatine Hill. Your fast track entry to the ruins of Ancient Rome means less time waiting in line for tickets, more opportunity to learn about life as a gladiator, Roman emperor, or everyday citizen in the vast Colosseum and more time to enjoy the views of the Imperial Forum from Palatine Hill. You can explore the Colosseum on 2 levels, wandering the circumference to understand what it was like when the crowds roared as gladiators fought for their lives. Walk along the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) of the Roman Forum, where the Eternal City’s festivals and triumphal processions took place. Go to Palatine Hill, the most famous of the 7 Hills of Rome and admire views of the Roman Forum and Nero's Circus Maximus where the chariot races of the Roman Republic were held. From the open-top bus, enjoy privileged views of the Eternal City’s main sights, including the Spanish Steps, Colosseum and Imperial Forum. Hop-on or off at any of the stops listed below: • Via Marsala • Santa Maria Maggiore • Colosseo • Circo Massimo • Piazza Venezia • Vaticano • Fontana di Trevi • Piazza Barberini

Rome: Private 2-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Via Sacra, Roman Forum

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4.5 / 5

based on 55,622 reviews

Very informative guide that shared some interesting facts about Rome. Well structured tour that flowed really well. Could not fault the service which was provided. Would recommend to anyone who is visiting Rome.

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.

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.

Had a wonderful experience and our guide Mircea was incredibly knowledgeable and delivered the tour with a great sense of humour. Thankyou!

Dario was amazing, excellent explanations and very clear introductions- highly recommend this tour.