Colosseum & Roman Forum: Skip the line Combo e-ticket & 2 Audio ToursRome, Italy
Experience the grandeur of Imperial Rome with this unique combination of a skip-the-line e-ticket for the Colosseum & the Roman Forum and two fascinating audio tours on your smartphone. Receive your e-ticket by email, download the self-guided audio tours on your smartphone and listen to a brilliantly tied narrative that will fire up your imagination.
Your tour begins at the individual visitors’ entrance gate, easily reached from Colosseum square. Once you’ve completed the security check and passed through the turnstiles, you will head to a belvedere, from where you will have the chance to admire the fabled Arena, as well as the basement of the amphitheater, which is also visible from this viewpoint. In the crater-like Cavea, the amphitheater’s seats, you’ll recapture the amazement of the ancient Romans, who shouted and cheered in full swing at the sight of blood. The stories of the wild animals and the desperate men waiting to meet death are bound to get you deep into the brutal heart of the Colosseum! Oriented by your tour, you will follow the flow out of the grand amphitheater to explore its surroundings, the Colosseum square and the iconic Arch of Constantine.
Just an 8-minute walk from the Colosseum, the Roman Forum is accessed from Via dei Fiori Imperiali. Upon turning left on Via della Salara Vecchia, you will find the entrance of the site and once you’ve validated your ticket, your audio tour will direct you to the first point of interest, the Basilica Aemilia. There, you’ll admire the only Republican Basilica surviving today and gain insight into the joyous lifestyle of the early Romans who, just like contemporary Italians, loved dining al fresco! Walking along Via Sacra, the spine of the ancient city, you’ll follow in the steps of the Roman warriors and Emperors, who once returned victorious from their battles and conquests to march the route of Triumph. Among many other fascinating attractions, you’ll encounter the famed Temple of Caesar and learn about the games of power and control in the political life of Rome.
1. The Temple of SaturnThe worship of god Saturn was central in ancient Rome. You see, the Romans loved being lush and this was the god of wealth and plenty. During the Saturnalia, some strange things happened in the city...
2. The daisesThe Roman Emperor was the most distinguished guest in the Colosseum. His seat was located on a raised platform offering the best view of the arena.
3. The Pope’s crossThe Colosseum is also regarded as a site of martyrdom for Christians. Let’s break some myths!
A Treasury and News Feed
The Temple of SaturnIn Roman Mythology Saturn’s reign was a period of plenty and peace, a golden age. Thus, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that his Temple was actually the state treasury. It also housed the public archives, the State insignia, and the official scales used to weigh metals, while outside the temple, on the stone podium that supports the entire structure, there’s a series of holes, where laws and public announcements were posted. It was, in fact, an ancient News Feed!
Best seats in the house
The daisesThe daises were two raised platforms situated at the northern and southern point of the arena. They offered the best view to the spectacles of the arena and from there, unlike the spectators seated in the cavea, one could enjoy the games without missing any detail.
The Pope’s crossPersecutions of Christians occurred in the Roman Empire over a period of more than two centuries. However, Christian executions took place in other amphitheatres. While today the idea that the Colosseum was the place where many early Christians were persecuted has been disputed and is no longer accepted by historians, during the Renaissance the amphitheatre started to become a memorial site for the Christians who had lost their lives in the early days of the faith. Pope Benedict XIV had a cross erected inside the Colosseum in 1744. The cross, which can still be seen today, was re-installed in 1926.
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|Address||Colosseum - Piazza del Colosseo, 58, 00184 Roma RM, Italy|
|Starting point||Ιndividual visitors’ entrance gate|
|Finishing point||Inside the archaeological site of the Roman Forum|
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|Areas||Arena, Basements, Pope's Cross, Cavea, Daises, Colosseum Square, Arch of Constantine, Stern Abutment, Basilica Aemilia, Comitium and Curia, Arch of Septimius Severus, Temple of Saturn, Main Square, Via Sacra, Temple of Caesar, House of the Vestals, Basilica of Maxentius, Arch of Titus, Temple of Venus and Rome|
|Recommended visiting hours||For the Colosseum, the less crowded hours are from 8.30 to 10.00 and then from 17.00 until closing time, but the monument is still pretty much always crowded given it's one of the most important not only in the city but in the whole world. Spring and Summer are also, of course, a more popular visiting time than Autumn and Winter.|
|Directions to Starting Point||Bus: 75 - 81 - 673 - 175 - 204 Metro: from Termini Station take the underground line B and get off at the Colosseum stop. Car: near the Colosseum, there is a car park, easily reachable from Via Fori Imperiali. Tram: Line 3|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.