colosseum tour- is it worth the money?

May 5th, 2013, 03:13 PM
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I'm sorry. I just now saw this and it appears the some of the coopculture links aren't working as they time out if you don't complete the booking process.

You should have seen a selection looking something like this:



GUIDED TOUR - ENG (Colosseum) Fri, 07-Jun-2013 10:15 AVAILABLE .

VISITAS GUIADAS ESP. (Colosseo) Fri, 07-Jun-2013 10:30 AVAILABLE .

GUIDED TOUR - ENG(Colosseum) Fri, 07-Jun-2013 11:15 AVAILABLE .

VISITAS GUIADAS ESP.(Colosseo)Fri, 07-Jun-2013 11:30 AVAILABLE .



GUIDED TOUR - ENG (Colosseum)Fri, 07-Jun-2013 12:30 AVAILABLE

On this list, you would want one to choose one that says Underground tour and it shows a price of 22.50€ (includes the booking fee which is either 1€ or 1.50€).

If you chose one of the tours that say Guided Tour - Eng, that is for the Colosseum, Forum, Palantine and the cost for that is 18.50€.

If you chose Ingresso Singoli, that is entrance ticket only and is 13.50€ (walkup price would be 12€ so a booking fee of 1.50€). There is a separate line to pick up tickets or meet your tour so you don't have to stand in the long ticket line to purchase tickets.

The other tours listed are for tours in Italian and in Spanish.

The only thing that wasn't clear to me was whether you needed an entrance ticket in addition to the tour price. I see by the info on the Rome Tourist Board's info website, that the entrance is included in the tour. It says the actual tour fee is 8€ or to only one area 6€ (some is not accessible to disabled so the difference in fee). The explanations are here in English.

It does say on omniticket in the booking process if there are any special exhibitions with an extra charge, you will have to pay that when you pick up your tickets. Museums in Italy will have these special exhibits (usually some type of art) and charge an extra 3-6€ on top of the entrance ticket. You can't opt out of these when they have them. If you were using the Roma Pass for free entrance, you wouldn't be charged the exhibit fee as it includes them (or at least it has in the past). If using a Roma Pass as free entrance, you have to call to book any tours as you can't do it online.

I hope you booked a tour that said Underground as that is what you wanted.
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May 5th, 2013, 04:29 PM
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It's all good! That's what was the confusing part. My husband was happy to just click any button and think all was good but i wanted to make sure it said underground tour.Finally we found that one! On the printed order it states Colosseo+Palantino+Foro Romano and under purchased ticket details, it says underground tour. It doesn't state upper tier on ticket but mentions in blurb about "underground tour", at end of underground tour we get taken up to 3rd level so fingers crossed we will! most important is going underground! Ican't believe the difference in price!
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May 5th, 2013, 04:32 PM
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And yes michele, kids and hubby will be thrilled about that! Lots and lots of gelato!!
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May 7th, 2013, 02:12 AM
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ky - can you confirm whether the underground/upper tier ticket that the OP has purchased includes the rest of the colosseum/forum/palatinate, or does she need to purchase separate tickets for the normal entry?
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Jun 10th, 2013, 04:01 PM
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I see where there are evening tours available on Saturday and Thursday nights. Has anyone done this? Also, I could not figure out a way to book these evening tours online. Any assistance would be welcome.
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Jun 10th, 2013, 07:25 PM
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You can book them through the official site - Coopculture.
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Jun 10th, 2013, 07:49 PM
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Sorry. I see you can't currently book this. Not sure why. On one part it says open and another part says closed.
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Jun 30th, 2013, 08:18 AM
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kybourbon, i'm trying to maneuver through the ticketclic website. i got as far as the master list of options. i'm confused ... some options are italian, some in english. we want to get tickets for the colosseum AND do the underground/top tier tour. which do i choose?

GUIDED TOUR - ENG (Colosseum)

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Jun 30th, 2013, 08:39 AM
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The Underground Tour includes the Underground, Top Tier and Middle levels. You are guided through the Underground and Top Tier and then left on your own to explore the middle section for as long as you want.
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Jun 30th, 2013, 08:45 AM
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You choose Underground Tour. The price will be 22.50€. Guided Tour Eng (18.50€) is just the regular Colosseum tour (lasts about 45 minutes), but doesn't include the underground. The Underground Tour will be longer than just the Guided tour because it covers more areas.

>>>some options are italian<<<

Those tours are in Italian (ITA). They also offer tours in Spanish (ESP).

The prices breakdown like this?

Colosseum/Forum/Palantine entrance tickets only (good for 2 days):
12€ (walk up price)
13.50€ - (booked online through Coop/Ticketclic adds 1.50€ booking fee)

Colosseum guided tour
17€ (walk up price - 12€ entrance ticket + 5€ tour fee)
18.50€ - (booked on Coop/Ticketclic 12€ + 5€ + 1.50€ booking fee)

Underground tour
21€ (walk up if available 12€ ticket + 9€ tour)
22.50 (Coop/ticketclic 12€ entance + 9€ tour + 1.50€ booking fee)
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Jun 30th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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thanks kybourbon, your info has helped me save a lot of euros. i really appreciate your help. trying to visit italy on the semi-cheap is a challenge
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Jun 30th, 2013, 01:20 PM
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We used a private guide for our group of 5. In early June we used Marta Marsili and she was just fantastic! We all though it was one of the highlights of the entire trip! Her email is just her name in lower case at hotmail.
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Jun 30th, 2013, 01:22 PM
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We got a Roma Pass and used it for the Colosseum/Forum/Palantine Hill and the Borghese. We used those two as the two "big" costs places and then got discounts on several others. We thought the pass paid for itself with the transportation and entrance fees.
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Jul 16th, 2013, 07:51 PM
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Annhig, ticket did include forum and palentine hill etc!
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Jul 17th, 2013, 02:27 PM
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good to know, caroline.

did you enjoy it?
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 02:37 AM
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Yes Annhig, it was fantastic!
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Still no tickets available for September at website, but in the meantime, we are looking to do their guided tour of the Colosseum (including the underground and upper levels). Thus we will be signing up for "UNDERGROUND TOUR" for 22.5 euros per person (includes the online booking fee).

If we are from the United States, do our children ages 14 and 11 receive the discounted prices or since we are not from the EU, do we pay full price? And is there a 'family rate' for the 4 of us?

Also, we understand that this ticket will allow us admission to the forum and palantine hill, but we think we would also like to have their guided tour of those areas, which we have heard is an additional 5 euros per person. Where do we sign up for the tours of the forum and palantine hill?

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