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

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Roma, Italy
Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Private Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

Go back 2,000 years to the time when Rome ruled a huge swath of the planet and the center of entertainment was the Colosseum. This guided walking tour not only offers entertaining and intriguing historical tales and details while strolling around the Colosseum and Roman Forum but also gets you skip-the-line-access. That's right: breeze right past that long line and explore the awe-inspiring Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill.
  • Private guided walking tour of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum
  • Get skip-the-line access at the Colosseum and Palatine Hill
  • Learn about how the Colosseum was constructed and about daily life at the Roman Forum
  • Private tour means you'll get plenty of personalized attention from the guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Navigating and understanding the large and very crowded Colosseum is much easier with a private guide.
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Via dei Fori Imperiali , Via dei Fori Imperiali, Roma RM, Italy

Tourist Info Departure Point: Meeting point on Via dei Fori Imperiali Address: Via dei Fori Imperiali - corner with - Via del Tempio della Pace Directions: Meet your guide outside the Tourist Info on Via dei Fori Imperiali corner with Via del Tempio della Pace. Your guide will be holding a sign saying "ANNO DOMINI" Closest Metro - B Line - COLOSSEO. Dates: Daily

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport or ID is required on the day of the tour.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Anno Domini 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Private Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Private Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Private Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Private Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Private Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Private Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Private Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Private Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "A private tour guide is the only way to really learn about the Colesseum and the surrounding ruins." See review
  • "We had a private tour with our guide, which enabled us to determine our own pace and ask lots of questions." See review

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star-3
Informative but exhausting
Susan_B
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable, but the experience was very exhausting due to our mobility issues impacted our tour. We had to change days so we could take advantage of the handicap entrance, but our guide took us around the entire colosseum, which, adding the heat of the day, just exhausted us. I believe she thought there was an entrance on the side of the colosseum that was closed. She did request entrance from a guard, which allowed us in. She was very informative and did a great job really painting a picture of all the history. Unfortunately, we just got so fatigued, we could not do any more of the tour and had to eliminate Palatine Hill and the Forums. Probably not the best tour option if there's mobility issues.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Susan, Thank you for having taken the time to write a review about your tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. I am very glad you state that your guide was very knowledgeable, informative, and did a great job at illustrating all the history. I am also very happy to see that your guide indeed tried as best she could to accommodate your needs, and asked the guard to allow your entrance without further delays. Based on what you write about the tour guide, it seems the service we provided and the performance of your tour guide were very good. I therefore do not understand why give her such a bad score? Just three dots, which means average. Touring the Colosseum and Rome's archeological areas is indeed very difficult for people with mobility issues or disabilities. However, we have no control over this factor. It is not something we can change or fix. Your review harms our overall score without a good reason. Your tour guide was very good and did everything in her power to make the tour as accessible as possible. I thank you for your time, but I am disappointed at such an unjust score you gave us for the very good service we provided. We still hope to see you or any of your family and friends on one of our tours in Rome. Kindest regards,
star-5
We loved this tour
Sheli_M
, Jun 2022
This was one of the most pleasant of the tours we did in Rome. Easy to book, communication is fantastic and the tour was so enjoyable. Our guide, Renata, was everything you’d want from a guide. Passionate, fluent in multiple languages and in the topic. She was kind and knowledgeable, even had iPad/book with before and after photos of what we were looking at. We appreciate the company for partially reimbursing us after our tour didn’t end up being private. They joined us with another family after our original guide got ill. Either way, if you’re looking for a great Colosseum experience, book with them. Actually, any tour because Renata said she does others too!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you very much for your comments! We look forward to seeing you on one of Renata's other tours in Rome! Best wishes and safe travels!
star-5
Great tour
LyndenBrian_W
, Jun 2022
It was wonderful to tour the with a small group. The guide was great and it was easy to interact. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your kind review! We hope to see you soon on another one of our tours!
star-5
Unbeatable for families
Amit_R
, Apr 2022
Our family travel group included two young children (8 and 5) and one grandma. The “skip the line” tickets alone were worth it. We could not have asked for a better guide. Our guide, Sev, kept our kids interested and engaged the entire time. That’s no small feat. He had deep expert knowledge on the history and architecture of the area. (He’s a member of the faculty at a local university.) We felt so lucky! We cannot recommend this enough!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
It was wonderful to lead you back in time! I hope to see you again in Rome! Cheers! Sev
star-5
Outstanding Tour Guide
PAUL_W
, Apr 2022
Selenia of Anno Domini Tours did an incredible job of educating us throughout the Tour. She was smart, had a good sense of humor and was well organized. Highly recommended that you request her as your Tour Guide while in Rome.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your kind review! We hope to see you soon on another one of our tours!
star-5
Knowledgeable, clear & pertinent
Iris_M
, Apr 2022
Our group composed of my family of 5: husband, 2 children ages 12 & 10 and mother in law, enjoyed our tour very much. Our guide Alla, was very nice, courteous and knowledgeable. She even carried a big, heavy book that illustrated the way the special places we visited looked in the old times vs. now. She answered all our questions, didn’t rush our tour, yet kept a good pace. She provided with plenty of pertinent information that enriched our visit giving us a great glimpse into the history of these monuments. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Greetings! I would like to thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, and we are very glad you enjoyed our tour. We look forward to seeing you and your friends on more tours with Anno Domini Tours. Happy Easter and kindest regards!
star-5
Incredibly enjoyable and educational experience.
Karine_S
, Mar 2022
Sev our tour guide was a super star. He was incredible with the kids who followed every word he explained. We all learned so much. He was easy to meet and we had a lovely afternoon. Avoiding the lines was also so great.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Karine, Thank you! It was a pleasure to meet you! I hope to see you all again in Rome sometime in the future!
star-5
Lovely tour in Rome
Ali_N
, Nov 2021
Anna was wonderful - fun, very informative and knowledgeable, and great with our kids. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a private tour of Rome’s rich history.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
I wish to personally thank you for these comments. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our private tours in Rome or elsewhere in Italy! Happy Holidays!
star-5
We took a private tour...
Catherine_A
, Oct 2021
We took a private tour and are so glad we did. Our guide, Gianluca Ferris was incredible. So incredibly knowledgeable about the structures, the history, the stories. His English was excellent and was excited to answer all of our questions.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Catherine, thank you so much for these comments. We are so glad you were satisfied with our guided tour by Gianluca. We certainly look forward to see you and your friends on other tours in Rome! Kindest regards, Sev Borzak Anno Domini Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Good tour guide for ancient Rome
Wayne_S
, Oct 2021
Original reservations were cancelled due to special event at the Colosseum. Rescheduling on short notice not possible. Booked this guided tour to gain access and was very pleased with Anna the guide. Started on the Palatine, overlooked the Forum, then to the Colosseum. She read the three of us well and delivered a great and informative tour. I have lots of experience in Rome, my daughter-in-law does not. Both of us were satisfied and not overwhelmed. The sites, of course, are beyond compare and necessary visits for any traveler to Rome. Would highly recommend this, especially for visitors with high interest but minimal experience.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Wayne, thank you so much for these comments, which we cherish. Anna and all of us at Anno Domini hope to see you, your family, and your friends, on our private tours in Rome! Kindest regards, Sev Borzak, PhD
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
private tour colosseum
raybX8724FP
, Nov 2019
Fantastic tour. Sorry I don't remember the guides name but she was great. She is studying art history and was super informative.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect Tour for a Small Group!
Freedom42169132896
, Jun 2019
This was a very enjoyable and informative tour during our stay in Rome. We had a private tour with our guide, which enabled us to determine our own pace and ask lots of questions. Our guide, Anna, was extremely knowledgable and very passionate about sharing the details and history of the sites. Despite the crowds, we felt very fortunate to have such a personalized and intimate tour. Anna even told us about her favorite local restaurant when we asked for recommendations. We couldn't have asked for a better guide!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
On behalf of Anna and all of us at Anno Domini, we thank you for choosing us! We look forward to seeing you or your friends on another tour with Anno Domini Tours in Rome! The Anno Domini Foundation
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Ancient Rome
Belinda_R
, Apr 2019
Great tour with fast entry to beat the queues. Out tour guide Elizabeth was excellent. Well worth the expense.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great tour. lots of information
Rachael_N
, Jan 2019
Our tour guide, Maria, was super! We were very delayed getting out of the airport so we were late for the tour. Maria was very patient in meeting up with us and made sure we saw as much as possible in the time that we had. She was very knowledgeable, as well as funny, which is good with kids. She kept us moving and helped us take great pictures. We all enjoyed the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Well done!
Scott B
, Oct 2018
We had the opportunity to have Amanda as a guide. With her guidance we successfully negotiated the crowds and bureaucracy of tickets and security to enter the Colosseum and the forum with ease and minimal trouble. Her explanations were comprehensive and well thought out. She could adjust her guidance to our level of understanding in areas we knew well, and other we did not.Outstanding.
star-5
A private tour guide is the only way...
Dale_H
, Aug 2018
A private tour guide is the only way to really learn about the Colesseum and the surrounding ruins. Our guide was extremely knowledge. We enjoyed our tour very much.
star-5
Private tour of Coliseum and Ancient Rome
Pamela_W
, Jul 2018
We loved this private tour for 4 of us. Skipping the line is the way to go as the lines were very long. Our guide was extremely knowledge and added many fun facts which made the tour awesome. Highly recommend this tour!!
star-2
Disorganized & Rushed - Not worth the price point
Lauren_M
, Jul 2018
I'm not one to usually provide poor reviews, but we really were disappointed by our experience with Anno Domini tours. Our tour guide was 20 minutes late to our meet up spot, creating some anxiety amongst the tour attendees. Also, the phone number given by the company to call in situations like this, wasn't answered by anyone. Once our guide arrived, he seemed extremely distracted, anxious and rushed. He let us know that he was put on the tour last minute, which considering we had paid a significant price for high quality private tour, was a bit off putting. The guide realized he only had tickets for 5 entries, not 6, which was the number of people in our tour, which led to him sending part of the group inside without him and other party members to
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Absolutely incredible experience...
Stephen R
, Nov 2017
Absolutely incredible experience with probably one of the most experienced guides we have had the pleasure to meet, a massive thank you to Ferdinando for sharing his amazing knowledge and ability to bring and visualise this breathtaking historic monument. We have as to date never have had a bad tour courtesy of viator and always recommend them.
star-5
Excellent experience. Our guide was...
Nancy H
, Oct 2017
Excellent experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable. She was very thorough and we really appreciated her descriptions and diagrams of what we were seeing today now looked like in the original form then. Nancy and Tom, San Francisco, CA

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