Ancient Rome Tour: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

The Colosseum is the Most Booked Site in the World.
Make sure that your visit will be a 5 Stars Remarkable Experience


Enjoy a Privileged Skip the Line direct entrance into the famous Arena


the-stage-floor-in-the-colosseumRome is a beautiful city like no other. A cultural jewel whose importance to modern society cannot be understated, boasting an unrivalled depth of architectural wealth and famous landmarks. But real history is ultimately made by people; buildings are just the shells their life stories leave behind. There is only so much you can learn (and more importantly understand) by walking through a ruin with a brief audio-guide, or by reading the plaques at a museum. The goal of this tour is to show you the magnificence of the Colosseum but other than that, to bring Ancient Rome’s Society to life, delving deep into the lives of notable Emperors such as Nero, Vespasian and his son Domitian. You will certainly remain in awe when admiring at the huge dimensions of the Colosseum but your English speaking tour guide/story teller will bring for that day Ancient Rome to life for you, with anecdotes and facts related to the Gladiators and the roman Emperors. Nearly two hours inside the Colosseum will make you want to watch the “Gladiator” movie once again. Surprisingly though, this is not the end of our tour and most likely the best part of it has yet to come! Indeed, after the visit inside the Colosseum, your tour guide will take you to the ancient downtown Rome, known Roman Forum. In this archaeological site you will learn of the fascinating Vestal Virgins, the priestesses who had to look after the Eternal Flame of Rome for 30 years, they were the women who had the highest consideration in roman society, to the point that they were seen as “living-demigoddesses”. In addition, your tour guide will show you several recreations of how the Roman Forum looked, back in its heyday.
The final part of your walking tour is the Palatine Hill, hence the official residence of the Roman Emperors, their Palace. The visit in also enriched by a view over the Circus Maximus, which was the biggest stadium in the history of the classical world and you will learn everything about the Chariot Races and the lives of the Charioteers, who were the real Super Stars of ancient Rome, with all the incredible amount of money that some of them had been able to collect in their lifetime


What’s Included:

  • Skip the line entrance in the Colosseum
  • The Arch of Emperor Constantine
  • Skip the line entrance in the Roman Forum
  • Temple of Vesta
  • Temple of Julius Caesar
  • The Via Sacra
  • The Arch of Emperor Titus
  • Palatine Hill (site of the foundation of Rome)


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35 thoughts on “Ancient Rome Tour: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

  1. Massimo was one of the best guides we had in Italy. He was genuinely engaging, funny, and really passionate about what he does.

    We had booked through Viator but got lucky that Massimo from storytellingrome ended up being our guide. We are definitely booking Massimo for all our tours next time.

  2. Someone who takes pride in their work. Brought me back to Ancient Rome for the morning. Funny and very knowledgeable. An amazing tour guide!

  3. Best guide I ever experienced ! Fun, energetic, knowledgeable and very entertaining ! Loved the tour !

  4. We have taken many walking tours around the world. Massimo was by far the best tour guide we have EVER had! He was EXCEPTIONAL!

  5. I was absolutely blown away by Massimo”s expertise, knowledge and personality too. He was by far the best tour guide that I”ve ever experienced in my whole life and, I mean…. I travel a lot! His knowledge of ancient Rome and the people were absolutely superd and he made me eager to discover more about charcters such as Empress Livia, the Vestal Virgins and Julia, daughter of Augustus. I will never forget Julia”s story, she will haunt me forever! This was my third time to the Colosseum and Massimo”s tour was way above my previous guided tours a lot richer with details that I didin”t know. I highly, highly recommend Massimo as your tour guide when you come to Rome. Do yourself a favor, don”t waste anytime and book your tour with the best tour guide.

  6. Arianna was the most wonderful tour guide – we cannot praise her highly enough. It’s not easy catering to a family with 7,9,11 & 13 year olds but she was informative, interesting, great at suspense & intrigue and held everyone’s attention for the full duration of the tour. It made the most enormous difference to our entire week in Rome having all the stories and context and information in our minds from Arianna as we visited more sites. The greatest decision to have come to you for this tour – so many thanks.

  7. Massimo was fantastic he really made the places come to life with his stories, very knowledgeable and a credit to your team

  8. Massimo was great. He provided an incredible amount of information with his entertaining story telling ability. I give him the highest marks for his ability to inform and entertain. I will highly recommend this tour specifically to anyone I know going to Rome.

  9. Massimo was awesome! He was knowledgeable and made the historical stories very entertaining. We were a group of 12 and we all agreed that this was the best of our Rome tours.

  10. Massimo was fabulous – he has an amazing way of talking about history in a story telling way that keeps you engaged.

  11. Massimo was an incredible guide! He was personable and entertaining. He made the history of the sights we were seeing come alive for the adults as well as the teens in our family. It was an extremely hot day, however, our family was engaged throughout the entire tour and really enjoyed Massimo’s storytelling style. Wonderful experience!

  12. Massimo was a superstar. His passion, his humour and his near perfect command of English made this the most enjoyable tour our trip. Importantly, he was really easy to understand without having to concentrate. He brought ancient Rome to life.

  13. Massimo was fantastic and really brought the tour to life. The tour itself was great and worth doing first thing if it us the height of summer. Definitely recommend- well organised and again a first class guide.

  14. Massimo was a wonderful guide! His stories about the sites were entertaining and informative.. We enjoyed ourselves very much and would highly recommend this tour!

  15. We were able to book a last minute private tour of the Colosseum, Forum and Palantine Hill with Massimo/Storytelling Rome and it was wonderful. Massimo is incredible. He delivered the history of the Colosseum and the events that led up to its creation while also telling us about the daily life, customs, beliefs and superstitions of classical Rome in a way that I have never experienced. It was all fascinating but he made it even more so by drawing parallels to modern life presenting the details in a very animated way and with a humor that at times made us laugh out loud. I highly recommend this tour and will be back to take his other tours the next time I am in Rome.

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Tour Logistics


Private for 1 person: 200 euros
Private for 2 people: 230 euros
Private for 3 people: 270 euros
Private for 4 people: 300 euros
Private for 5 people: 330 euros
Private for 6 people: 360 euros

For group tours larger than 6 members, please email us.
We offer discounts to children and teenagers

everyday, except the first sunday of every month
you can choose when to start with your tour
Central Rome. Details provided after booking