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Colosseum in Rome

Ancient and Imperial Rome: Colosseum and Forum

Arguably Rome’s most iconic landmark, the towering Colosseum still retains an air of incredible majesty nearly 2,000 years after it was first built. With your guide, you’ll enter the ancient structure, climbing up within the interior walls for a view of the central arena as you learn about the fascinating history surrounding the building. While some parts of the 50,000-seat amphitheater have succumbed to the tests of time, the large section that remains offers an impressive glimpse into the ancient past and the incredible spectacles that were staged here.

Just steps from the Colosseum is the Roman Forum. Nestled at the juncture of the Palatine, Quirinale and Capitolium hills, the area was once a bustling district of temples, basilicas and grandiose public spaces. Today, the sprawling ruins are an incredible open-air museum, telling a plethora of stories about life in Ancient Rome. With the help of your guide, you'll be able to uncover the secrets of this historic area, much of which remained hidden beneath different layers of the city for centuries.

Your ticket covers pre-booked entry into both sites, allowing you to bypass the main queues. However, all visitors are required to pass through a number of security measures on entry, which can lead to a short wait.

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