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Explore Ancient Rome with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
Join us on an unforgettable 3-hour adventure through the heart of Ancient Rome on this VIP morning tour of the Colosseum. Stand awestruck in the shadow of the world famous Colosseum, as you get acquainted with your knowledgeable Rome expert! With a maximum group size of 12, you’ll have plenty of time to interact with your cicerone, who will point out hidden gems and fill you in on the insider secrets of the city. With a knack for storytelling and a passion for the Eternal City, it’s easy for our guides to offer genuine, top-notch experiences!
Make a beeline past long queues with “skip the line” entrance to all sites visited and follow your five-star guide through Rome’s top highlights! Not only will we receive privileged access to exclusive areas in the Colosseum that are not open to the general public, but we’ll also explore the remnants of ancient palaces on Palatine Hill before delving deeply into the Roman Forum. Lend your ears to unbelievable stories of the Empire that once was – and be ready to quiz your guide about all of your curiosities on this enlightening and interactive tour.
Get Breathtakings Views of Rome from the Top Tiers of the Colosseum
After decades of being closed to the public, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th rings of the Colosseum are now open for select tour groups to explore – and What a Life Tours is one of them! Skip the line and make your way into exclusive areas with one of our official tour guides. Scale to the top of the glorious amphitheater, where you can take in some of the most breathtaking views of Rome! From this unique vantage point you’ll not only get an overhead view of the Roman Forum, but also an impressive perspective of the interior of the Colosseum below.
From above, you’ll have the opportunity to examine the layout of the arena floor, where legendary gladiatorial battles took place, and the underground “hypogeum” which lies beneath it. Discuss the incredibly advanced building techniques that the Ancient Romans used to built this enduring structure, including the trap doors, pulley systems and ancient elevators which led to the stage, and even the retractable roof, or “velarium”, which once covered it. Relive the days when Roman citizens gathered at the Colosseum for “bread and circuses” and wonder about the grand gladiatorial combats, hunting games, and war reenactments that took place here millennia ago.
Reminisce on the Roman Empire as you Traverse the Ruins of Ancient Glory
The very roots of the Roman Empire can be traced back to the Roman Forum – not only in history, but also in legend. Roman folklore recognizes the “Foro Romano” as the cradle of Rome in which Romulus and Remus, the fathers of Rome, were raised by a she-wolf. Historically, though, this was the very center of Ancient Roman life, where senators, emperors, gladiators, Vestal Virgins, and civilians would go about their daily affairs. Legendary figures such as Marcus Aurelius, Cleopatra, and Julius Caesar would have spent much time in these quarters – in fact, the Temple of Caesar, equipped with a marble plaque deifying the once ruler as a god, is located on the grounds.
Strolling amongst the dazzling relics and impressive structures, your guide will give you the inside scoop! Traverse the remnants of Domitian’s Palace on Palatine Hill, where remarkable mosaics and frescoes can be found. Admire the towering Temple of Faustina and Antoninus, neighbored by the evocative remains of the Temple of Vesta, before making your way to the prominent Temple of Saturn. March past the grand triumphal arches of Constantine, Titus, and Septimius Severus, reminiscing about Rome’s glory days. And walk in the footsteps of victorious leaders on the ancient cobblestones of the “Via Sacra”, pondering the famous phrase: “All roads lead to Rome.”
What You'll See Along the Way
The 2,000-year-old amphitheater was built under the Flavian Dynasty, a family that ruled Rome for 30 years in the 1st Century AD. The father, Vespasian, initiated construction of the arena in 72 AD, but it was completed under his son Titus in 80 AD and later taken over by Domitian. These emperors built the Colosseum as a gift to the people of Rome with a plan to entertain and keep them happy – but it also proved to be a useful tool for imperial propaganda. After 4 centuries of use, the arena fell to neglect and much of the structure was quarried for building materials, which explains why the structure we see today is incomplete – but nonetheless incredible.
Please note that for security reasons all visitors MUST present valid photo ID in order to be admitted access to the Colosseum. Photocopies are acceptable.
Entrance to to the top tiers (3rd, 4th and 5th level), requires climbing numerous stairs, therefore we cannot accomodate participants with limited mobility.
Reservations for official Tour Operators with privileged access to the top tiers of the Colosseum are released on the 3rd Monday of the month preceding the tour. In the event when time slots are not made available, you might be asked to reschedule your time or date, subject to availability — or alternatively accept a refund. Every tour operator works with these parameters.
In the case of extreme weather conditions, the authorities may close off the "restricted areas" for health and safety reasons as they could flood. If this occurs, we will try to reschedule your tour, subject to availability, or we will run the tour as our standard tour which will visit each of the three sites just without the special entrance and issue refunds for the difference in cost.
If you are travelling with children under 18, please send us a copy of their passport so we can purchase their tickets in advance of the tour date.