Visit the famous Mamertine Prison and learn about the captivating life of St. Peter, who was held prisoner here before his crucifixion. The tour continues in the footsteps of the Roman gladiators with a journey through the Colosseum.


  • A fully guided tour preceded by an interactive video guide provides the best of both worlds
  • Pre-reserved access means you bypass queues at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Learn the meaning of “Caput Mundi,” the famous she-wolf, and did all roads really lead to Rome?
  • Walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero and more


Begin your tour with one of the most fascinating yet little known sites of ancient Rome, just a few steps from the Roman Forum. Present your PDF ticket at the entrance and enjoy a visit with a multimedia video guide to the 7th-century BC Mamertine Prison. According to early Christian tradition, this is where Emperor Nero ordered the incarceration of Saints Peter and Paul prior to their executions. View the altar that commemorates the imprisonment of the two saints as well as the remains of the ancient cistern where St. Peter reputedly baptized his fellow captives.

After a short break, meet your guide just steps from the Colosseum, where you’ll want to take some pictures of the spectacular view before we descend to the entrance. Enjoy express entry to this Roman icon built in 72 AD to seat up to 50,000 spectators. Once inside, your guide will paint an accurate picture of the gladiator games that took place in the Roman empire’s most impressive arena, helping you to decipher between fact, fiction, and the images portrayed by big-screen Hollywood blockbusters.

After walking around the perimeter of the Colosseum, gaze down onto the arena floor and beneath to the maze-like underground level where man and beast awaited their moment of glory or met their fateful death.

Follow your guide outside the arena and travel even further back in time as you enter the Roman Forum, the true heart of ancient Rome with monuments dating as far back as the 7th century BC. Learn of the legendary founding of Rome on the Palatine Hill and how a she-wolf rescued and nursed the young twins Romulus (the first king of Rome) and Remus after they washed up on the banks of the Tiber River. Hear how these famous twins would pave the way for future tyrants, emperors, and even caesars who declared themselves gods throughout the rise and fall of the Roman empire.


  • Entry tickets and video guide to the Mamertine Prison
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide at the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Express entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (value €18)


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Know before you book

  • This is a walking tour
  • Due to the route covered and/or the means of transportation used, it is not possible to participate in this tour using a wheelchair, scooter, or other aid. Please contact us to inquire about customized tour options for guests with mobility challenges
  • Max group size: 20

Know before you go

  • No large bags or backpacks will be allowed into the Colosseum
  • Tour departs rain or shine
  • An official form of ID is required to enter the Colosseum
  • Bring a hat, sunblock and water on hot summer days

Cancellation Policy

  • Tours depart rain or shine unless otherwise specified.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing. Tours and passes will be refunded if cancelled more than 24 hours before the tour start time, however the following penalties apply:
  • For tours entering the Vatican Museums and/or the Colosseum (venues where tickets are non-refundable) a penalty of $30 per person will be retained for each venue.
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice or failure to arrive at the meeting point on time (no-show).

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