Colosseum Full Day

The Full Day Colosseum and Best of Rome Tour

Skip the Line
  • Duration
    8 h.
  • Start time
  • Meeting Point
    Colosseo Metro Stop (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language

Tour Highlights

  • Skip the line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Guided walking tour of Rome's historic center
  • Expert, English speaking-guide
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Groups of no more than 25 people
  • Coffee break in central Rome
  • This tour is divided into two parts with free time in between

Combine 2 of our most popular tours to see the best of Rome in 1 day - save money too! With Skip the Line access at the Colosseum and our expert guide, you‘ll explore Rome from birth to the Renaissance and beyond. Also see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain the Pantheon and more!
Roman Forum wide

Experience the Heart of Ancient Rome

Visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with an expert guide, you’ll hear the stories behind the birth and growth of the world’s greatest empire.

Fountain on Spanish square with Spanish Steps on background

Rome's Most Famous Sights in a Day

By combining two of our most popular tours you’ll see all of Rome in a day without waiting in line – and you’ll save money too!

Trevi Fountain close up

Discover Its Art and History

Then delve into Renaissance Rome as we explore sculptural fountains and architectural titans in Rome’s historic center.


They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day but that doesn’t mean you can’t see it in one. Experience the history of culture of Rome, from birth to modern day on our Rome in a Day Tour, covering all the most famous sights of the Eternal City.

We start our tour off at the city’s most popular site, the Colosseum. With Skip the Line Access you won’t waste precious time waiting in line. Your expert, English-speaking guide will take you straight inside, telling you stories of gladiators, animals and emperors to bring these ancient stones to life. Wander the first and second levels of the amphitheater built for 82,000 and imagine what it must have been like to be in the audience on fight day – or to see this incredible structure filled with water for the re-enactment of a sea battle.

Of course there’s more to Ancient Rome than the Colosseum. Palatine Hill is home to the city’s oldest ruins, as the birthplace of Rome, while the Roman Forum has taught us volumes about what life was like at this time. With Skip the Line Access here too, you’ll have more time with your expert guide and small group sizes of only 25 people or less make it easy to ask all the questions you can think of.

We’ll take a break so you can go get lunch then (not included but be sure to ask your guide for recommendations nearby), before reconvening near a metro stop in the historic center of Rome. Here you’ll meet another expert guide and be given another headset so you won’t get lost. During our walking tour we’ll delve more into Renaissance Rome, visiting Bernini’s ‘Fountain of Four Rivers’, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

We’ll also see Raphael’s tomb at the incredible Pantheon, whose enormous ancient dome is a marvel of engineering even to this day.

Seeing Rome in a day is hard work so we’ll take this part of the day with ease, stopping for a gelato or espresso depending on the season (included in the price). Our emphasis will be more on the stories behind the monuments than facts and figures (although our guides know all of these too) helping you to build a picture of what it was to live in this city during the time of Bernini, Raphael and Michelangelo. Travelling from the birth of the empire to Renaissance Rome and beyond that to today, you’ll understand where it is that Rome got its nickname, The Eternal City.

By combining our Colosseum Tour and Best of Rome Walking Tour, not only will you see all the key attractions of Rome in a day, but you’ll also save money compared to purchasing these products separately. And by seeing all of these incredible monuments in just one day, you’ll have squashed as much as physically possible into a short trip in Rome – or freed the rest of your longer trip up for wandering and further exploration.

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Groups of 25 people of less
  • Refreshment stop in central Rome
  • Skip the Line Entrance at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Tour divided in two parts

Sites Visited

  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona

Meeting Point

Important notes

  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.


  • At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Colosseum on my own?

    If you wish to explore the Colosseum on your own after your tour, you should take our Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance and Special Arena Floor Access (with or without Breakfast). This gives you a guided tour of the Colosseum only. After the tour you can choose to either enjoy the skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Roman Forum (our guide would accompany you to enter but the visit is not guided) or stay inside the Colosseum without the guide.

     For any other tour however, our tours follow a pattern of visit and you would not be able re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket.

  • Can I take this tour if I have walking difficulties or require a wheelchair?

    Due to the uneven grounds and stairs on the itinerary at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, we are unable to accommodate customers with walking difficulties.

  • It’s raining, is my tour still running?

    Yes. Our tours run rain or shine.

The Full Day Colosseum and Best of Rome Tour Reviews

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After seeing the ancient...


After seeing the ancient ruins of the Colosseum and The Forum in the morning, we headed over to The Spanish Steps where the afternoon portion of the tour was starting. We arrived early enough to climb the Spanish Steps and explore the French church at the top. The view from up there was stunning, the steps and the fountain below and the skyline of Rome, all beautiful. Finding the tour guide was no problem and again we were treated to the excellence of City Wonders, specifically, Salvatore. We started our walk at the fountain at the base of the Spanish Steps. From there we passed the Keats and Shelly house where they lived together in Rome. One of the oldest ruins we saw were the remains of the 1st Century BC aqueduct. Salvatore provided facts after facts, stories and more stories, bringing to life sights such as the Field of Mars, the Bernini designed Parliament building, the 3,000-year-old Egyptian Obelisk and the Temple built in honor of Emperor Hadrian, the St. Ignatius church with its incredible frescoed ceiling. The highlight for me was the 1,900-year-old Pantheon with its Oculus, an opening in the roof for the light to shine through. To walk around this preserved Roman building, in continuous use since around 200 AD, is magical. Then onto the Trevi Fountain. Finished in the late 18th Century it is an absolute marvel. It literally "grows" out of the building. Again, Salvatore completed the picture with facts and stories, making it even more real. We ended up at the Piazza Navona and its famous Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi). The sun was low in the sky, creating a cool image of the fountain and its statues depicting the 4 great rivers of the 4 continents of that time - Danube (Europe), the Rio de la Plata (the Americas), the Nile (Africa) and the Ganges (Asia). This is a superb tour and pairing it with the morning Colosseum and Forum tour makes for the perfect day. Thanks, Salvatore for your great tour.

I was on this trip with a...


I was on this trip with a good friend and we both found Michela to be extremely charming and the best possible guide imaginable. She was personable and extremely knowledgeable. She is a born actress and she brought Ancient Rome to life for me. I am a history buff and my day with Raffaela and Michela has made the wonders of Renaissance and Ancient Rome tangible for me. This was the last of my ten days in the former Southern Italy and Rome and I was pretty much toured out by then, but your fabulousmguidesmgave me my second wind. How can I ever thank you, City Tour, enough? Please continue to inspire countless other lovers of Rome in the future.

Jaber was a very...


Jaber was a very informative and friendly guide.

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