guided tour
skip the line
2.5 hours
This tour route is NOT barrier-free

PRICES

Adult: 50€
Child: 35€
Children under the age of 6 are FREE, with a valid ID that proofs their age

Tour Description

Group Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

We designed this option for those who want to skip the lines, see the sites and learn some history. Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill on a fun historic walking tour of Ancient Rome, with an expert guide and likeminded travellers. 

The Colosseum

Your group tour begins with a look inside Rome’s most popular site, the Colosseum, which sees around 6 million people each year. Made up of a combination of tufa, concrete and marble, it was the largest Roman arena ever built, with the capacity to seat as many people as a modern baseball stadium. Despite its immense size, nothing was overlooked, and everything functioned like a well-oiled machine. From allocated seating, quick exits, trap doors, underground tunnels and its own sewer system, the Romans thought of everything when designing this incredible structure. Flanked by 3 hills, the Caelian, Palatine and Esquiline, this free-standing open-air venue was constructed by the Flavians (a dynasty of 3 emperors) between 72 – 80AD. Your guide will explain how the monument was a gift to the people, an apology for Nero and a promise of better times. Learn how no expense was spared when it came to the entertainment, from exotic animals to a variety of gladiators, historical and mythological reenactments, as well as free food that was provided by the state. Climb its different tiers, marvel at its columns and peer through its arched windows that look out into modern Rome. Hear about its rise and fall, its neglect, and how it was used as a quarry and storage facility before becoming a world heritage site. 

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is the most interesting historical site in Rome, as well as one of the best-preserved assemblages of ancient ruins in Italy. This open-air museum is located steps away from the Colosseum and houses a vast collection of temples, monuments, arches, and churches. Originally a marsh, it was converted by the Etruscans, becoming a market place during the early days of the republic and eventually the capital of the Roman Empire. Journey back in time, down cobbled streets into the basin of this remarkable archeological anomaly and envision what life was like in classical Rome. Hear how Caligula made his favorite horse a senator, about Nero’s cruel and tyrannical deeds and what made Julius Caesar Rome’s favorite son. You’ll find out where Saint Laurence was martyred, how Saturnalia was celebrated and discover the reason why some Roman churches are called Basilicas. Your guide will also tell you how the senate was reconstructed at the request of Mussolini, how excavation in the forum began and why one third of it remains buried to this day. 

The Palatine Hill

Towering high above the Roman Forum is the very birth place of Rome, the Palatine Hill. This layer cake of Republican houses and Imperial palaces was also the abode of Rome’s legendary founder Romulus. Acting as an intersection between myth and history, this hill housed the famous Lupercal, the house of a man-eating monster, as well as the temples of Cybele and Apollo. Surrounded by the Velabrum, Roman Forum and Circus Maximus, and with great views from all directions, this site is a perfect location for photos and videos. Hear the fascinating stories behind this historical wonderland, as you walk past ancient ruins, roman baths, and the remains of an old stadium. Find out the differences between ancient and Renaissance gardens, which English word is named after this hill and why this was Rome’s most desirable address for centuries. 

Itinerary

  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
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What's Included

  • Guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Skip-the-line admission and entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Live tour commentary

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Fascinating, historical tales of gladiator battles inside the ancient Roman amphitheater
  • Sweeping views of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Nero’s Circus Maximus atop of Palatine Hill
  • Opportunity to witness the civic buildings that were the center of the ancient Roman Empire

Available Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Private tour option available in English, Spanish, German, French and Russian. For more Information or/ and inquiries please contact us at info@mayatoursroma.com 

REVIEWS

"†roman‡ †forum‡ and colleseum"

We took a maya tour which we picked up as we walked around outside the Roman forumarea. There are a lot of different tours so make sure you pick maya tours. Tom, our guide was fantastic and we were totally captive throughout the tour. We loved it and learnt so much. we highly recommend this company and today are again joining a maya tour to do Vatican. unless you know a lot about roman history then a tour is really worth it as there is so much to take in and if you have a great guide, like Tom it makes it a total highlight of your holiday.

Lenore T Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

"Excellent tour of the Collosseum, Palatino and †Roman‡ †Forum‡ with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide Diego!!!"

we started under a “meteorological bomb” aka lots of rain, but our guide Diego, had so much information and was so full of energy that we stick to it and did not regret it. Booking a tour is 100% worth it as you skipped all the lines, you are given a headphones and can hear the guide perfectly , even if you fall a bit behind or look at other things while listening.
I am 100% convinced that we got much more with being with a guide _ as an historian I usually do the reading myself and/or take the audio guide, but this skipping the line make the extra $ worth.

lefaucheurc Austin,May 21, 2017

"Colosseum with neihbouring attactions tour, a captivating experience"

I’ll just keep this short and simple. Our guide Paolo was amazing! We booked the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum tour. Everything went according to plan, we started at the designated time sharp!

Our guide Paolo was very charismatic and his stories were very captivating. His whole concept of the info was amazing, it wasn’t something like throwing you a bunch of facts and names it was taking you down to memory lane and making you feel like you were there 🙂

At the end he also gave us just general tips on other amazing things to do while in Rome. Highly recommended!

Ivo N, October 7, 2017