Private Tour

Colosseum and Ancient Rome Private Tour

Art & History
Duration: 3 hours
Languages: EN, ES, ZH, RU

Skip the line and travel back through time as you visit the archaeological wonders of Ancient Rome! On this 3-hour ancient Rome private tour, your licensed guide leads you inside the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill through the skip the line entrance. During the guided tour, you will explore the first and second level of the Colosseum and hear about the brutal gladiator battles.

Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Art & History Lovers
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What to Expect

The Colosseum, the world’s largest amphitheater, is a monument to ancient engineering methods. A visit is a must-do in Rome, and you can now enhance the experience with this ancient Rome private tour. Your guide will take you inside the Colosseum, across to the Roman Forum and up the Palatine Hill for an in-depth look into what was once the beating heart of the Empire. This fascinating ancient Rome private tour provides an overview of Roman architectural masterpieces and includes additional services that help you maximize your time: an officially licensed guide and skip the line entrance tickets.


Ancient Rome Private Tour Overview

Your adventure begins at the Colosseum with a short introduction to Rome's architecture and history. Afterwards you will follow your expert guide into the amphitheater where you will hear stories about the hard life of the gladiators and the gory games that used to take place in the arena. Discover with your guide the first and second tiers of the Colosseum while learning its dramatic history. Your expert guide will not only lead you through these crumbling corridors but back through the ages; thrilling you with tales of the mock sea battles and gory executions that took place here, as well as the gladiatorial contests that drew thousands of spectators.


Step Back in Time at the Roman Forum

Walking through the ruins of the Roman Forum is an exercise in time travel to the heart of one of the world’s great ancient empires. Your guide will weave the story of ancient Rome into these ruins, allowing you to imagine the masses bustling past you to conduct their business, as they would have thousands of years ago.


For a fascinating finale to your ancient Rome private tour, discover the majestic ruins at the Palatine Hill. Located just south of the Forum, the Palatine Hill is both the oldest inhabited area of the city and the site of crumbling emperor’s palaces, reaching the height of opulence under the reign of Domitian. Enjoy the ruins in their lush setting, allow yourself to be enveloped by the bewitching atmosphere of a lost world: that of Rome’s birthplace.


  • Colosseum: 1st and 2nd tiers
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Roman Forum
  • Arch of Titus
  • Arch of Septimius Severus
  • Temple of Caesar
  • Palatine Hill

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with pre-reserved entry time

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Underground level of the Colosseum
  • Food & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

At an easy to find location near the entrance to the Colosseum. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request any day except on Good Friday pm (the Colosseum closes at 1pm), January 1, June 2 am and December 25.
  • On the first Sunday of the month the Colosseum is free of charge and cannot be booked.
  • For safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3,000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for visitors with pre-booked entrance tickets.
  • When entering the Colosseum it is compulsory to pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.
  • The Colosseum Administration has the faculty to close the site or parts of it without notice for events, strikes, weather conditions, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour.

Good to Know

  • Due to the security regulations of the Colosseum, all members of your party must bring and present a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
  • Only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. As there are no storage facilities, visitors with larger purses or bags will not be allowed to enter. To avoid possible denied entry, we strongly suggest traveling light and leave any unnecessary belongings at the hotel.
  • The itinerary includes uneven terrain and steps. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
  • During the warmest months of the year, a small bottle of water* and sun protection is also advisable.*We discourage single-use plastic water bottles on our tours, and suggest you consider bringing your own refillable bottle. Rest assured that there will be opportunities to quench your thirst on the tour.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this ancient Rome private tour is not suitable for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Terms
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  • Tour Voucher
    Within three business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

How far in advance should I book my tour?

We would recommend booking as soon as you can as this ancient Rome private tour often sells out months in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than three weeks, every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Is this tour suitable for kids?

We've specifically designed a different version of this ancient Rome private tour for families. Please see our Kid Friendly Ancient Rome Colosseum Tour.

Does the tour include the underground level?

The Colosseum does not allow any tour operator to conduct private visits to the underground areas. They have their own guides and the only way to get access to this section of the Colosseum is by joining their group tours. For that reason, the visit of these areas are NOT included in the ancient Rome private tour.

What size bag is allowed in the Colosseum?

The bag that can be brought inside must fit into a tray a bit smaller than the trays at airport scanners. As there is no bag storage bring the smallest bag you can to guarantee entry.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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