Walks of Italy

Colosseum Tours (Roman Forum & Palatine Hill)

Many visitors go in search of a Colosseum tour for skip the line access, but once you start looking, there are so many more decisions to make. Do you want to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill? Or do you want special access to the Colosseum underground? How about other limited-access archaeological sites like Caesar's Palace or the Domus Aurea?

On this page we'll try to answer all of your questions about choosing the right Colosseum tour; from what you should see to which service will suit your travel group best.

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Colosseum Tours (Roman Forum & Palatine Hill)

Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

A complete exploration of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill with skip the line access & small groups. This Colosseum tour is our most popular.

3 hrs
15
2500 Reviews
$69 per adult
SITES VISITED:
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill

VIP Colosseum At Night Tour With Underground & Arena Floor

Our most atmospheric Colosseum tour takes you into the underground tunnels after closing, plus special access to the reconstructed arena floor.

2.8 hrs
24
977 Reviews
$98 per adult
SITES VISITED:
  • Colosseum in lights (exterior and interior)
  • Colosseum underground
  • Colosseum arena floor
  • Roman Forum overlook

VIP Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

The most coveted access in Rome. This tour is limited and sells out fast (often months before), so if you're interested, book now!

3.5 hrs
12
3122 Reviews
$117 per adult
SITES VISITED:
  • Colosseum underground
  • Colosseum arena floor
  • Colosseum third tier
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Arch of Constantine

Rome In A Day Tour with Vatican, Colosseum & Historic Center

The most complete tour of Rome available; includes the Colosseum, historic center walking tour and a guided tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel.

7.5 hrs
15
1084 Reviews
$159 per adult
SITES VISITED:
  • Colosseum
  • Vatican Museums
  • St. Peter's Basilica (independent visit)
  • Historic Center
  • Pantheon
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona
  • Overlook of the Roman Forum

NEW! VIP Caesar’s Palace Tour with Colosseum & Roman Forum

The original Caesar's Palace tour takes you behind locked doors at the Palatine Hill to explore a 1st century palace, plus the Colosseum & Roman Forum.

3.5 hrs
15
864 Reviews
$89 per adult
SITES VISITED:
  • Casa di Augusto
  • Casa di Livia
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Arch of Titus

NEW! Gladiator’s Gate: Special Access Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor

The most affordable special tour of the Colosseum. Includes guided tour of the Colosseum (& reconstructed arena floor), Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.

3 hrs
25
177 Reviews
$68 per adult
SITES VISITED:
  • Colosseum arena floor
  • Colosseum general access areas
  • Palatine Hill
  • Roman Forum

NEW! Colosseum & Hard Hat Tour of Nero’s Golden Palace

Grab a hard hat and visit the active archaeological site, Nero's Golden Palace. Plus guided Colosseum visit & tickets to the Forum & Palatine Hill.

3 hrs
24
14 Reviews
$93 per adult
SITES VISITED:
  • Domus Aurea (aka Nero’s Golden Palace)
  • Colosseum (guided)
  • Roman Forum (independent visit)
  • Palatine Hill (independent visit)

HIGHLIGHTS In Colosseum Tours (Roman Forum & Palatine

The Colosseum Underground
The Casa di Augusto (Caesar’s Palace) & Casa di Livia
The Roman Forum
Colosseum Arena Floor
The Palatine Hill

The Colosseum underground is essentially a network of corridors and cells beneath the Colosseum floor, once used to hold animals and gladiators. When it came time to fight, they were hoisted onto the floor through a trap door. Today, access is limited to those who have pre-booked Colosseum underground tours. A guard unlocks the gates to 25 people at a time; which is part of what makes this visit so special. Visiting during summer in particular, the Colosseum can be extremely crowded but in the quiet of the underground, you’ll be as separate from the roaring crowds as the gladiators once were as they waited for battle.

Seeing the narrow corridors lets you step behind the scenes of history’s most brutal and thrilling blood sport - don’t be surprised if you leave with a new appreciation for Roman technology as well as sympathy for the gladiators and animals who fought and died here. For anyone with a keen interest in these legendary spectacles, the Colosseum Underground is unmissable.

Our VIP Colosseum Underground Tour and our Colosseum at Night Tour include access to the Colosseum underground.

It is a little-known fact that the word ‘palace’ originates from the Palatine Hill. This is where the city of Rome was founded and where its first rulers lived. Most significant of these palaces is the home of the Rome's first Emperor (and in the eyes of many, its best), the nephew of Julius Caesar, Emperor Caesar Augustus. The Casa di Augusto was where Augustus lived most of his adult life with his beloved wife, Livia, residing next door in her own house; the Casa di Livia. Both homes sit behind a locked gate on the Palatine Hill but have been recently opened to a limited number of visitors. The only way to visit them is on a pre-reserved tour.

Once inside you are instantly transported back in time for a uniquely intimate look at how this history-defining man lived. From the humble rooms with stone slabs for beds to the 2,000 year old frescoes still bursting with color, these living quarters are reminiscent of more famous ruins like those in Pompeii, but even more vibrant and better preserved in many cases. This incredible time capsule of Roman domestic life captures both the humility and unique vision of a man who ruled much of the known world.

The Casa di Augusto & Casa di Livia are only visitable on our VIP Caeasar's Palace Tour, which also includes a 1-hour, skip the line tour of the Colosseum plus the Roman Forum.

Today the Roman Forum is a scattered collection of ruins; 2,000 years ago it was the beating heart of one of history’s greatest empires. This dense cluster of temples, governmental buildings, markets, and courts was the center of public life in Rome. People came from every corner of the known world to do business in the Forum, and from this mingling of cultures, Roman Civilization blossomed. You can still gape at the hulking arches of Constantine and Septimus Severus, pay your respects at the Temple of Julius Caesar (where the dictator was cremated after his assassination), stop by the humble house of the Vestal Virgins who were entrusted with maintaining the city’s most sacred shrine, and peer into the cavernous interior of the Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius. You’ll need a little imagination to see the Forum in all its past glory, but there is no comparison to the thrill that comes from exploring such historically hallowed ground.

With the exception of the Colosseum at Night Tour (it's closed at that hour), all of our Colosseum tours visit the Roman Forum.

The Colosseum arena floor is a recent addition to the Colosseum. Built only a few years ago, it’s a wooden reconstruction of what the floor once was. Access to the floor is limited to only pre-reserved tours, when a guard opens to the gate for a set number of people at a time.

In our opinion the Colosseum arena floor is completely under-rated, and possibly the best special access available. Walking through the archway and feeling the crunch of sand underfoot, emerging into the light to see the enormity of the Colosseum rising around you is an overwhelming and unforgettable experience.

Let’s see if you can avoid the temptation to mimic Russel Crowe in Gladiator, raising your arms to the gathered crowd and screaming ‘ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!’

The Colosseum arena floor is included in our VIP Colosseum Tour, the Colosseum at Night Tour and more recently, in our (very affordable) Gladiator’s Gate Tour.

The Palatine Hill is not only the legendary starting point of Rome, it was Antiquity’s most exclusive neighborhood. Home to emperors, consuls, and various other VIPs, it was filled with opulent palaces like the Domus Flavia and Dolmus Augustana, sporting grounds like the mysterious Stadium, and religious centers like the Temple of Cybele. Today these buildings have been excavated and preserved, with new excavations taking place every year. If you want to see how the upper crust lived in Ancient Rome and steep yourself in the lore surrounding the founding of the Eternal City, this is one of the most important and evocative sites to visit.

As with the Roman Forum, with the exception of the Colosseum at Night Tour, all of our Colosseum tours visit The Palatine Hill

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