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Group Size

Max 12




3 hrs


1:30 pm

Revel in exquisite antiquity as your guide dazzles you with tales from the Roman Empire on this afternoon tour of the Colosseum. This carefully crafted itinerary also covers the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill – without waiting in any lines - to give you a complete perspective on one of the most important civilizations in history.

At a Glance Why You'll Love It

  • Skip the general admission lines for an in-depth guided tour of the Colosseum, then head down the Sacred Way to see the Arch of Constantine, the Roman Forum and up to the Palatine Hill.

  • Gain incredible insight into Ancient Rome's most important monuments and historic moments with an expert story-teller to unveil its archaeological treasures.

  • You'll never be a number in our small groups of only 12 guests or fewer, and your guide will be able to provide you with all the personal attention you deserve to get the most from the experience.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

Experience the Colosseum Wonder of the Ancient World 

If you truly want to immerse yourself into the Eternal City’s 2500+ years of intriguing history, there is no better place to start than the Colosseum. The most spectacular edifice of Ancient Rome still in existence, this immortal amphitheater has a past filled with equal parts gore and glory – just like the Roman Empire itself. Over time, the boundary of history and legend may have been blurred out, but your guide will help you debunk the myths and shock you with stories even more jaw-dropping the ones you’ve seen played out on the silver screen. From wicked emperors to gruesome gladiator fights, we’ll delve right into the excitement from the get go!

In our book, sightseeing should be fun, casual and relaxing if done right – and we leave nothing to chance in order to make that happen! With fast-track access to Rome's most popular attraction, you’ll never have to worry about queuing up and can focus fully on enjoying your visit – just as it should be!

Glimpse Across Millennia into Life in Ancient Rome

After our in-depth guided Colosseum tour, we'll take a short hike over to the adjacent Palatine Hill – the very birthplace of Rome. It was upon this grassy summit that a small hillside village took its first faltering steps towards becoming the largest Empire ever known to man. But what drove the first settlers to make their home here of all places? And how did the twins Romulus and Remus and their adoptive wolf mother fit into the complex equation? Your tour guide will straighten out those question marks (and many more!) as you ponder amongst scattered ruins on the most notable of Rome’s seven hills.

It’s only a hop, skip and a jump to downtown Ancient Rome, also known as the Roman Forum. This was once the central hub of the sprawling empire, where the early Romans would mix and mingle throughout its glory days. As you gaze upon towering triumphal arches and the imposing remnants of senate houses and hallowed temples, you’ll be mesmerized by the stories that have transpired on this very ground. Get the inside scoop on Marc Antony and Cleopatra’s epic love story and hear the thrilling tale of the conspiracy that cost Julius Caesar his life – but also learn how the great Roman Empire slowly began to crumble towards its dramatic demise in 500 AD.

No Boring Lectures Infotainment at its Best!

At What a Life Tours, we don’t believe in lackluster, might-as-well-be-reading-from-a-script types of tours. In a city with millennia of enthralling history, story-telling is the core of everything we do and we’re proud to say that we have some of the most animated cicerones in the business on our team. Every single one of our Colosseum guides has been hand-picked based on their stellar ability to engage, entertain and educate – and their rave-worthy qualities shine through in the thousands of 5-star TripAdvisor reviews they've received!

One thing we do believe in at What a Life Tours is interactive touring! Sharing your guide’s attention with no more (and often fewer!) than 11 other tour-goers, we ensure that you’ll always have personalized attention and time to ask any questions that pop along the way. Don’t hold back your curiousity because, ultimately, our goal is to enlighten you with a deeper understanding of the Roman Empire and a wider perspective on how today’s society has been shaped by this uniquely influential place and period in time.

What You'll See Along the Way

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What Our Customers Say...

Overall rating
Very enjoyable

My roommate and I really enjoyed our tour of the the Colosseum with Jad. He was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. Would definitely recommend.

Colosseum Tour

We ended up having a private tour with Mario being off season and he was absolutely fantastic! Having a masters in history his knowledge of Roman history was incredible. What A Life should give Mario a big raise! Mario - Thank you again - your tour was one of the top highlights of our trip to Italy

Great tours

My husband and I took the Colosseum Afternoon tour with What a Life. The tour was excellent, well organized and informative. I would definitely recommend this experience.

A first class tour company

The tour was amazing. Marcello our guide was just brilliant. Obviously passionate about his subject but never ever just spouting facts and figures. He engaged with us and was funny, friendly and a joy to listen to. The three and a half hours just flew by and we felt we had learnt so much in a fun and informative way.

Loved it!

We have been there twice before. This time was by far the most informative and fun tours of both the Forum and the Colosseum. Mario was great! Usually, we we just walked through the lower part of the Forum; this time we actually climbed steps and saw the entire Forum. The same for the Colosseum. Just terrific!

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