Colosseum & Roman Forum: Skip the line Combo e-ticket & 2 Audio Tours

Rome, Italy

Clio Muse

Stops

21

Stories

115

Distance

4km

Duration

2h40min

Audio

Human Voice

Description

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.

Highlights

  • The Temple of Saturn

    1. The Temple of Saturn

    The 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...
  • The daises

    2. The daises

    The 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.
  • The Pope’s cross

    3. The Pope’s cross

    The Colosseum is also regarded as a site of martyrdom for Christians. Let’s break some myths!

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Contributors

Benedetta Geddo

A journalist for Lonely Planet Travel News, a writer for Bossy Italy with an overflowing love for art, travelling and Korean pop music.  I write about all those things that attract my attention from Italy and abroad.

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Freelance Travel News Reporter @Lonely Planet News

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Details

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
Inclusions
  • Entrance fee/ combined e-ticket for the Colosseum, the Roman Forum & the Palatine Hill
  • Skip-the-line service (e-ticket sent to your email)
  • 2 Self-guided audio tours for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English 
  • Offline tours with offline interactive maps to avoid roaming charges
Exclusions
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • App not compatible with Windows phones 
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation
Know before you book
  • This is a combination of a skip-the-line e-ticket & a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone
  •  No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • After booking, you will receive an email from us with further instructions for your tickets and the audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • An Android or iOS smartphone is required. (Windows phones are not compatible with the app)
  • Please ensure you have enough storage space (250 MB) 
  • Kindly note that the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill combined e-ticket is valid for 2 consecutive days and visitors can use the e-ticket to get in each site only once. 
  • The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are located in the same archaeological area and count as one admission
  • Please note that this package does not offer a tour for the Palatine Hill
  • Participants under 18 years old, as well as visitors with disabilities accompanied by one family member / a helper (belonging to the health and social assistance service), are eligible for free admission. Reduced tickets are also available for EU citizens 18-25 years old. Please note that reduced/ free entry tickets are not provided by this supplier
Know before you go
  • Keep in mind that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak at the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. So please download the e-ticket and audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit in order to enjoy it offline
  • Skip the main ticket line and follow the expedited line to the validating machines to enter the archaeological sites. Access is granted only to ticket holders. Tickets need to be printed or downloaded on your phone. 
  • Wheelchair accessibility is provided to the Colosseum from the entrances located along Via dei Fori Imperiali. The first floor can be accessed by the lift on the northern side of the Amphitheatre. The Roman Forum can be accessed by wheelchair through a dedicated entrance from Largo della Salara Vecchia 5/ 6  or through an elevator near the Arch of Titus
  • Kindly note that travellers need to arrive 30 minutes in advance to go through the security check-in at the Colosseum. Late arrivals won’t be accommodated
  • The booked entrance time is for the Colosseum entrance. After visiting the Colosseum, visitors can enter the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill with the same tickets in the following 2 days
  • Please consider that large backpacks and bulky bags/ luggage are not allowed in the archaeological site
  • Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3.000 people at once. Delays may occur even for pre-booked visitors, but this is still the speediest entry to the site
  • The audio tours can be used anytime, online or offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy
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.

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