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Colosseum and Roman Forum: Skip the Line Guided Tour

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Roma, Italy
Colosseum and Roman Forum: Skip the Line Guided Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Make the most of your time in Rome with skip-the-line tickets for the Colosseum and Roman Forum as well as a guided tour of each site. Enter the heart of ancient Rome as you walk through the ruins of the temples and buildings of the Colosseum with your informative guide. Afterward, head to the Roman Forum and take in sweeping views from Palatine Hill. Your experience provides a comprehensive experience of two of Rome’s most iconic ancient sites.
  • Skip-the-line tickets and tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum with a guide
  • Learn about Rome's history from your knowledgeable guide
  • Skip the long lines with fast-entry tickets

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Save time and money on this no-wait morning or afternoon group tour, capped at only 15 people.
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Professional guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Headsets to hear your guide clearly
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Via Capo d'Africa, 15A , Via Capo d'Africa, 15A, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

The meeting point is close to the Colosseum Area, 3 minutes of walk from the metro stop "colosseo". You should arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before.

Palatine Hill , Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Tickets price for youth are invalid for People not from European countries
  • Due to the big number of Visitors, sometimes Customers could find line for security check.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • THE SPECIAL OFFERS PERIOD IS DUE TO THE FREE ENTRANCE TO THE COLOSSEUM. THE CUSTOMERS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO PROBABLY STAY IN THE CURE.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SKIPTICKETSTOUR.COM
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-1
Do not book!
Amelia_C
, May 2022
We spent £200 and no tour guide even showed up, we waited at the pick up point for an hour and could not get through to the tour operator
star-1
Scam!!! Do not buy!!!
Melody_P
, Apr 2022
This service is a complete scam. We arrived at the meeting point and no one showed up. The phone number for the contact is disconnected. Tickets were sold out that day and we were unable to view the interior of the Colosseum. My family was extremely disappointed. Since then I have contacted viator and the company and no one has responded or refunded my fees.
star-1
Guide was a no show
Mark_H
, Apr 2022
Tour guide was a no show. Requested refund. Very disappointing. Another guide nearby realized what happened and helped us find an alternative, but it was not as good as the intended tour.
star-1
No show and cancelled 30 minutes after time, no communication
denisse_g
, Apr 2022
No one ever showed up at the ticket pickup location no communication nothing we even reached out through vialtor website and still nothing complete waste of time
star-1
Scam trip
Trine_B
, Apr 2022
We Were around 20 people waiting for the guide to show up - but after 45 min it was cancelled on trip afvisor and We all left. No formal cancellation - and no contact to the agency - the given phone Numbers did not exits. No contact to Viator either - and I would NEVER use or recommend it.
star-1
No paid tour guide
Tanya_F
, Oct 2019
I paid for Spanish tour guide and was changed while I was on the plane. The office said they will give me an audio guide that it didn’t work for the Roman Forum and never received for for It for the coliseum
star-5
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum...
Todd_M
, Sep 2019
There tend to be two types of good reviews. Ones where things go right, and then others when things go wrong. I wish that I could talk about how knowledgeable and funny our tour guide was. Unfortunately I can't do that. Sondheim would have been proud of the farce that we encountered trying to get to the meeting place for the tour (short story), Uber in Rome is not as reliable as many Americans may assume). Once we knew that timing was going to be tight, we called the tour company and were told not to worry, they would contact the tour operator. After the final 2 block sprint down a 1 way street to try to make it to our tour (a few minutes late for the start of the tour at this point) we discovered that they had already left. The folks in the office offered to try to reschedule for us for a different day, which honestly they had no obligation to do. Since that wouldn't work for us, they contacted other tour companies to try to just get us the tickets to skip the line. After about 20 minutes where we got to sit in an air conditioned waiting room, they had a ticket for us to enter, and sent us off with bottles of water. Under the circumstances, they definitely did everything that they could do to ensure that we had the best experience possible.
star-1
Very bad tour operator NO star but saved by a very good Tour Guide Francesco (5 stars for him)
Juliette_B
, Jul 2019
Francesco is one of the best tour guides we met, unfortunately, he was working for an operator that may have over or under booked a tour (VIPINITALY). We arrived as scheduled 1:30PM but got pushed to 3:30PM as the tour operator making deals with their partners to get us in. We requested English but initially got grouped with Spanish until we got matched with Francesco.... bad planning for the operator. The day was saved by a wonderful guide in Francesco.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Guide made this all the difference
steve_f
, Jul 2019
We had a wonderful time exploring the Colosseum and Forum. Our guide was very informative and made the experience very memorable.
star-1
dissatisfied
Joel_R
, Jul 2019
When we arrived for our tour we were told that it was cancelled due to overcrowding at the venue. Since that time, over two weeks ago I have been trying to get a refund and have been given the run around by several parties. We traveled from the US for this trip and were very disappointed when we were turned away. Someone should have notified us before we made our way to the venue which was not close by. We are not happy with the customer service at all.
star-1
Tour Guide Excellent - Experience an absolute shambles
Jenni W
, Jun 2019
We were emailed the morning of the tour to be told it was going to be earlier than the time we booked. As we were staying the other side of Rome to the Colosseum this mean we had to change our travel arrangments, just made it by the skin of our teeth as the office is on a random street 5 mins from the attraction and no address was given on the booking... we were then told that we couldnt get on that tour and to come back in an hour and 15mins time!! No appology or care at all from the guy on the desk. The only saving Grace of this tour was that the guide him self was Brilliant. An art historian graduate and a native Roman so very knowledgable and enthusiastic! All in all the tour was fantastic but the experience a complete shambles!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Horrible experience
Daniel S
, Jun 2019
I paid for a colosseum and Roman forum tour. But that is not what I received. At the end of the colosseum tour the guide said it was over and there was no other tour. This is not what I paid for and it was advertised as 2 tours. I am very dissatisfied and will never use this website again.
star-1
Completely unprofessional.
Melissa_K
, May 2019
It almost seemed like they threw this together at the last minute. We got to the meeting place & the man told us to wait. He grabbed someone else & we were told to follow him to the Colosseum. Not many words or any greetings, just a hand-off.Once there, another hand-off. Our guide for the colosseum was new and very friendly, but a little shaky with her English. After that portion was over, there seemed to be confusion, & we had to wait for another guide, who was waiting for another group to lump us in with. He informed me that he didn’t even work for this company, they just called him in. We were told we weren’t going in to the Forum, just going to look at it from Paletine Hill, which we did. (See name of tour above) So a brief talk & we were done. No Forum, which was why I took this tour to begin with. The guides were okay, So very disappointed with what seemed like a bait & switch.
star-1
Such a disappointment!
kppr
, May 2019
We booked this tour based on several considerations - the timing, the content, size of group, headsets. We were disappointed on all counts. When we first arrived at the office, we were told our entry time had been pushed back by the Colosseum. We were understanding as they had no control. But chaos ensued from there. We were told to come back in 1/2 hour, we did and then waited another 1/2 hour. We were "escorted" to the line-up area by an employee who didn't seem to care to explain what was happening or whether he lost us in the crowd. After another long wait we were introduced to a tour guide and found that our group had at least 20 people in it (not the 15 max promised). We spent most of the next hour in line (skip the line? NO). The guide used this time to introduce us to the Colosseum we were about to see. By the time we got inside, she led us to a spot to talk and then left us after 10 minutes. That was the whole "tour." There was no tour of the Colosseum. She told us that the second part of the tour (Forum) would start in over an hour! At this point our headsets were taken away. So, we could guide ourselves around the Colosseum during that time as she was done. We met our guide for the Forum over an hour and a half later and discovered that groups had been merged and we were now in a group of 50 people! With no headsets it was nearly impossible to hear our guide. What we heard was good but it was very difficult to keep up with him. We felt rushed to and through the Forum. In all, the tour that was supposed to take 3 hours took more than 5 hours but only about an hour of that was guided, most of it was waiting around.
star-1
There was no tour.
Jillian_N
, Apr 2019
So, we showed up to the appointed meeting place where there are 5 employees all doing nothing. One bothers to talk to us, acts surprised that we are there, makes several phone calls, then asks us to return an hour later. We show up, there are now all new employees, one walks us around the Coliseum for awhile and says he is looking for our tour group. We eventually wind up at another tour office and are eventually told all tours are gone for the day and sorry he can't hel us anymore. We we able to wak to the Coliseum and book a skip the line tour very easily, which is what I'd recommend. Luckily Viator was able to quickly refund my money so at the end of the day, it all worked out. It was just awful that this tour company wasted 2 hours of our day when we could have booked another tour right away. But judging by everything we saw they are a complete scam and they dont have a tour to provide. Hopefully they will be shut down soon.
star-1
AWFUL - DO NOT BOOK
camille_w
, Apr 2019
After 3 days of trying to get our tour we were not able to and did not get to do the Palatine hill or Roman Forum (the 2 main reasons we wanted to visit Rome). We never got to do our tour and I want a refund
star-5
An amazing day in Rome
Ashley_W
, Oct 2018
My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Roman Forum & Colosseum. Our tour guide was informative & knowledgeable. We would definitely recommend this group & use for ourselves in the future.
star-5
Great tour
marlon_a
, Sep 2018
Our guide Santos explained everything very well and allowed time for pictures! We skipped the long lines and he made sure to explain under the nice shade! Very hot in September. He also allowed bathroom breaks!
star-3
Not enough time in Colosseum!!
Goldinlay
, Jul 2018
Guide was knowledgeable however took us on Forum tour before Colosseum! Disappointing because we ended up waiting in line 30 min In 35C sun with 3 kids to get past security! Lineup was way shorter at 1030am!! Too much time spent at Forum abc not enough time in Colosseum. Also the hosts at Gladiator tours gave us WARM bottles of water on a 35C day. Thanks but NO THANKS! you knew well in advance we were coming and should have prepared to have a cold bottle of water for everyone!! Disappointing!!!
star-3
Amazing place!
Jeffrey James L
, Jul 2018
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and very nice person. Two concerns: We booked this particular tour because it offered headsets. The tour operator said they didn't have them, even if the confirmation says : headsets. In our confirmation we saw that the tour was to last 3 hours. It took 2;20 hours. Which parts we didn't see?

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