Private Tour

Colosseum & Ancient Rome Private Tour

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

Skip the line and step back in time! On this 3-hour private walking tour you enter Colosseum and dive into the archaeological core of the city from the Roman Forum to the Palatine Hill. The Colosseum and the ruins of ancient Rome come to life in the company of one of our licensed local guides.


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

Relive the glorious days of ancient Rome on this private tour of the Eternal City’s three most important archaeological sites. Your expert guide will take you inside the iconic 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.

 

Unveil the majesty of one of the world’s most visited monuments as you enter the Colosseum. Learn about its origin, architecture and what happened to its missing pieces. Here you will hear about the intriguing and terrifying events which took place inside the famous arena, where gladiators and wild animals fought to the death to entertain Emperors and roaring crowds.

 

Explore the heart of the ancient City, walking amongst excavations that have uncovered one of the most astounding archaeological sites in the world, twenty feet below present day Rome. Travel back in time almost 3,000 years, into the trades of the Roman Forum. Visiting the ancient markets and spellbinding temples, you will walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, come to the site of his memorial and learn where and why he was murdered.

 

The Palatine Hill, just south of the Forum, 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 enchanting ruins in their lush setting, allow yourself to be enveloped by the bewitching atmosphere of a lost world: that of Rome’s birthplace.


Highlights

  • Colosseum: 1st and 2nd tiers
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Roman Forum
  • Arches 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

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Underground level of the Colosseum
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Gratuities (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 and December 25.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Good to Know Before You Go

  • Occasionally, this tour may run in reverse order visiting Rome’s historic center top attractions prior to entering the Colosseum.
  • Due to the security regulations of the Colosseum, all members of your party must 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 guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter.
  • 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.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

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 Policy
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Why can’t I see a price?

We offer personalized, private travel experiences. The price depends on your party size and preferences.

Is this tour suitable for kids?

We've specifically designed a different version of this 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 our private tours.

What size bag is allowed in the Colosseum?

The bag 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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