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Special Access Colosseum & Arena Floor Tour

Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: 9AM

Tour Highlights

  • Walk in the footsteps of Gladiators, accessing the Colosseum Arena Floor (usually closed to the public) via the ‘Gladiator’s Gate’.

  • This is the most affordable special access Colosseum tour on the market.

  • Save time at the Colosseum bypassing even the small lines at the ‘skip the line’ entrance. You won’t wait in line at the Palatine Hill or Roman Forum either.
Use a special gate to enter the Colosseum The Colosseum arena floor is closed to the public Entering the Colosseum arena floor View from the Colosseum arena floor View from the Colosseum arena floor Balcony within the Colosseum overlooking the Forum View from the balcony of the Arch of Constantine The Arch of Constantine The Arch of Constantine The Palatine Hill Hear tales of early emperors on the Palatine Hill View of the Colosseum from the Palatine Hill Palatine Hill tour A church inside the Roman Forum A church inside the Roman Forum Get forum context from your guide

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

A GLADIATOR’S VIEW OF THE COLOSSEUM

The Colosseum is Rome’s most beloved attraction, which has its downsides. Take a break from the crowds on this new, special access tour. You’ll enter the Colosseum via the ‘Gladiator’s Gate’ – the side entrance once used by gladiators. Located on the other side of the amphitheater, this entrance is separate to the usual group skip-the-line gate. So you avoid even those lines (longer these days following increased security), for immediate entry.

Once inside, your guide will take you directly onto the Colosseum Arena Floor. A wooden reconstruction above the Colosseum Underground, the arena floor offers the best vantage point of the Colosseum. Closed to the general public, it’s also a more peaceful place to contemplate your first view of the Colosseum interior. Cluster around your guide to hear stories of how gladiators and lions once battled right in this spot, feeling the crunch of sand underfoot just as they did almost 2,000 years ago.

A COMPLETE TOUR OF THE COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL

Of course, you’ll also tour the rest of the Colosseum. Your expert guide will lead you on a one-hour tour of this iconic structure, taking you to the first and second floors and to a balcony from where you’ll get great views over the Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine.

Gladiators and executions, lions and elephant hunted for sport, and all manner of mock battles... the Colosseum was home to a strange and often grotesque form of public entertainment. To understand the context in which the Colosseum existed, you have to visit the cities of Ancient Rome. With skip the line access at both the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, you’ll avoid long lines to get inside. Follow your expert guide around the ruined homes of Rome’s first emperors, hearing stories of Remus, Romulus and the surprising origins of this great city. Did you know the word ‘palace’ got its start on the Palatine Hill?

The Roman Forum is another must-see, but without a guide, it can be difficult to decipher. With an expert archaeologist to lead you, you’ll get the full benefit of your visit. Your guide will bring these ruins to life, showing you the House of the Vestal Virgins; the burial place of Julius Caesar; and the senate buildings where so much drama unfolded throughout the centuries.

FUN, AFFORDABLE, APPROCHABLE

We've kept this tour affordable by increasing our group size to larger than our standard (although still smaller than a lot of other Colosseum tour operators). At 25 people or fewer, your tour will be a little less intimate than our Premium Colosseum Tour but it won't be cattle-herding either. We include headsets for every guest, so you won’t have to struggle to hear your guide, which is a good thing because they're well worth hearing. Throughout the tour, your guide will focus more on the stories and legends of these sites than a long list of dates and emperors, so you leave with a vivid picture of what life was like in Ancient Rome and a handful of stories you'll be repeating for years to come.

Sites visited

  • Colosseum arena floor
  • Colosseum general access areas
  • Palatine Hill
  • Roman Forum

Included

  • Entrance to the Colosseum via the ‘Gladiator’s Gate’
  • Special access to the Colosseum Arena Floor
  • Skip the line entrance to the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • All tickets
  • Groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Headsets for every guest (on groups over 6 people)
  • Expert tour guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 7 Customer Reviews

Tour Guide was great! Vincenzo the Restorer. He was very informative, kept the group moving, gave us the information we needed and was entertaining at the same time. I would highly recommend him and would take another tour with him. Also, the topics and locations visited were great.
Our guide and walking tour was wonderful. Guide even provided, as we asked, for a couple resturant suggestions. We tried both and both were terrific. We would do it again in a minute. Thank you!
Greatly enjoyed the tour and the sites, Sylvia was funny with a dry sense of humor that we appreciated. The pace was good and we chose another Walks of Italy tour because of this experience.
Well organized tour, very good knowledgeable guide, drew us in to feel the history. I'm not generally into history ,but she made me want to find out more. My husband enjoyed being able to hear with the headphones while taking time to take photos. Excellent tour. Thank you
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Tour Guide was great! Vincenzo the Restorer. He was very informative, kept the group moving, gave us the information we needed and was entertaining at the same time. I would highly recommend him and would take another tour with him. Also, the topics and locations visited were great.
Our guide and walking tour was wonderful. Guide even provided, as we asked, for a couple resturant suggestions. We tried both and both were terrific. We would do it again in a minute. Thank you!
My family of four had a marvelous time on the Walks of Italy tour to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum. It was without doubt one of the trip highlights from our two week trip to Italy and Greece this last September! The staff member at the meeting point was very organized and Luigi was a phenomenal guide. He was very patient, efficient, thoughtful and he clearly showed a deep interest the ruins and history--everything I look for in a tour guide. It was our second time to the Colosseum and this was by far the superior tour. We got an wonderful in-depth look through the Colosseum and were pleasantly surprised that we had access to the ground floor of the Colosseum. I may have missed it but your organization should definitely advertise that more clearly on the description page because it's a great value for the tour price; in fact, I almost paid more for a tour from a competitor who advertised that feature more overtly.
Greatly enjoyed the tour and the sites, Sylvia was funny with a dry sense of humor that we appreciated. The pace was good and we chose another Walks of Italy tour because of this experience.
Every faucet of our tour was explained in great detail to to the point we could relive who and where they sat and how they carried on. My sons and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. She took the time to personalize and remember our names which I believe is quite amazing considering the number of tour and people per day. We were extremely happy with both tours and would definitely use your company again
Well organized tour, very good knowledgeable guide, drew us in to feel the history. I'm not generally into history ,but she made me want to find out more. My husband enjoyed being able to hear with the headphones while taking time to take photos. Excellent tour. Thank you
Best way to see the Colosseum. Entering from the Colosseum floor was incredible. A memory I won't forget. Plenty of time for photos and taking in the incredible structure and atmosphere. I highly recommend early morning or last thing at night would be another amazing option. Less people and cooler if visiting in the summer months!