Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Carcer Tullianum - Guided tour

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  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Priority access
  • Mobile Ticket
  • Photos allowed

What to expect?

  • Visit the heart of the acient Rome
  • Walk among the ruins of the great empire and immerse yourself in history
  • One ticket, many emotions
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time

One ticket to visit the heart of acient Rome

A single ticket to visit the heart of acient Rome - the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill and the Carcer Tullianum accompanied by a guide.

The guided tour includes an official guide who will show you the Carcer Tullianum and the Roman Forum in the language of your choice and who will accompany you along the entire route of the archaeological area of the Roman Forum up to the entrance of the Colosseum which you can visit on your own.

Colosseum was originally called Flavian Amphitheater (from the name of the family under which took place the construction works), it was inaugurated in 80 AC and it's now known as Colosseum for the nearby statue of Nero that for its size was called "Colossus of Nero". This complex, declared one of the World Heritages of umanity from UNESCO and included few years ago between the Seven Wonders of the modern world, it housed public events such as fights between gladiators, fights between animals, re-enactments of famous battles and killing of prisoners, often Christian martyrs.

The valley of the Forum Romanum was once a marshy area, but at the end of the 7th century BC after his drainage, there was made a flooring and thus was created a large rectangular square where took place the market and where it converged the major streets like the Via Sacra; over the centuries, there were built many monuments for the political, judicial and religious activities (the Comitium, the Curia, the Temple of Vespasian and Titus, the Temple of Vesta and that of Saturn, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Basilica of Massenzio, and finally the Column of Foca).

Palatine: veritable outdoor museum, according to the tradition it was the hill where Romulus and Remus were found and suckled by the Lupa (she-wolf) and where, at the mid-eighth century BC, Romulus himself founded the first nucleus of Rome. In the Republican period it was seat of various cults, in particular that of Magna Mater (Cybele) and that of Apollo and Vesta. During the Imperial Age it was chosen by the Emperor Augustus as a place of residence, and since then there were built all the palaces of the members of the ruling class.

The Mamertine Prison, known in antiquity as the Tullianum, was a prison (carcer) with a dungeon. It is said to have been built in the 7th century BC and was situated on the northeastern slope of the Capitoline Hill, facing the Curia and the imperial fora of Nerva, Vespasian, and Augustus. It is not known when the prison went out of service permanently, but since medieval times the site has been used for Christian worship. Currently it is occupied by two superimposed churches: S. Giuseppe dei Falegnami (upper) and S. Pietro in Carcere (lower). The Cross on the altar in the lower chapel is upside down, since according to tradition Saint Peter was crucified that way. Accordind to a legend, during the imprisonment of St. Peter at the Tullianum a spring in the bottom of the pit came into existence miraculously and St. Peter used that water to baptise the guardians. Also Saint Paul was imprisoned at the Tullianum.

What is included?

  • Entrance ticket to the Prison Tullianum
  • Entrance ticket to the Colosseum Archaeological Park
  • Guided tour of about 2 hours in the chosen language
  • Internal explanation of the Colosseum

Not included

  • Ticket Full Experience Underground and Arena
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the "What's included" section

Available options

  • Guided tour available in English

Price reductions

  • Reduced ticket for students / UE Citizens aged 18 - 25 years
  • Reduced ticket for children aged 6-17
  • Free Ticket for children under 6 years old (It is still required to pay the reservation fee to skip the line; valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Meeting point

To remember

  • The guided tour is scheduled only for the Mamertine Prison and for the Roman Forum;
  • The title gives the right to enter the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill but does not include the explanation within the aforementioned sites;
  • The guided tour is made up of a maximum of 13 people
  • Accessibility: for logistical reasons, the Carcer Tullianum site is not usable by people with walking difficulties
  • Please show up at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the booked time