Jocelyn Julian wrote:
We are going on this tour in September. Did anyone book a Colosseum tour to do on your free time? Did you do it before you left or book it when you got there? Thanks for any information.
Make sure the tour brings you back to hotel or you know the directions. We hired a company like this during free time on this same trip , but different date. The company was great, but at the end of colosseum/forum tour, they did not offer a ride. The guide left us there and said just walk up that street and you should find your hotel. We thought we could depend on our cell phone, but the service was terrible. Some street names were hard to find. We didn’t speak Italian, again thinking we would have cell phone service to rely on. About two hours later we finally found a taxi which returned us to our hotel. It was extremely crowded and hard to find a taxi etc.
We used What A Life Tours for the Colosseum and Forum. It's a small group tour limited to 12 per tour. They are excellent! Check their reviews on Trip adviser.