Booked our skip the line self guided tour through Viator and it was the best decision. We walked right on the skip the line ticket and walked right in, what would’ve been a 2 hour wait early afternoon was merely minutes.
The tour itself is great. You can spend weeks here, the history is so rich. Sundays are busy, but we came into the Roman Forum entrance which is less busy and also found the skip the line capability that this ticket gives very useful when entering the Colosseum.
The Colosseum was great. I wish we had realized how close the Colosseum and the Forum/Palatine Hill were so we could have planned a little differently. Also maybe more information about the availability of the audioguides we could purchase on site. But we really enjoyed the days. The sites were fascinating.
The visit was great with the weather being kind to us but we were constantly being pushed to purchase more in order to supposedly improve our experience. Such people are to be ignored. In fact, the only people who were really helpful when finding our way were a couple outside the Metro station and a young lady official near the entrance. The only part of being self guided was the fact it was not easy to go upstairs which was apparently for guided tours only. More interesting was the Forum and Palatine Hill because the Colosseum in Verona is actually better to visit than that in Rome. However, as we know, a lot of items were valandised over the years for building materials. Was it worth doing? A definite yes.
The access to the Colosseum went very smoothly. It was amazing. However, don't be fooled by the Free Self-Guided Vatican Quest Tour. This is simply a printout of many pages describing what you are seeing in the Vatican. It is NOT tickets into the Vatican itself. Since we assumed we had pre-purchased tickets on-line and discovered it not to be true, we wound up standing in line for over an hour and a half to buy tickets. Not fun in the heat wave in August in Rome.
Horrible. This is a scam. I paid 138 for the voucher, which is not accepted anywhere at the colosseum entrance, Roman Forum, or Palatine hill. I was told that Viator is not affiliated with them,, and the voucher can not be used there. I called When in Rome tours, as instructed on the voucher. They told me that the couldn'd help me. After I complained, they told me that they would email the ticket again, which they did not do. This is criminal- Viator is selling fraudulent tickets. This was a terrible experience for my children, as we then had to wait in 90 degree heat for over an hour, and pay for new tickets. Viator is a criminal organization, and should be shut down