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Colosseum & Arena Floor

Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: Times vary. Please select a specific date to see availability.

Tour Highlights

  • Walk in the footsteps of Gladiators, as you explore the special-access Colosseum Arena Floor 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



Step out of the highly-trafficked areas of Rome's most famous attraction with this special-access Colosseum arena floor tour. You’ll enter the Colosseum via the ‘Gladiator’s Gate’ – the side entrance once used exclusively by gladiators. This VIP entrance is not only the quickest way to get into the Colosseum; it gives you the full gladiator-eye-view of what it was like to enter the amphitheater for combat nearly 2,000 years ago.

Once inside, you'll embark on an in-depth Colosseum Arena Floor tour. Standing on a wooden reconstruction of the original arena floor you'll have amazing, 360-degree views of the Colosseum. This area is Closed to the general public, so it's also one of the best places to soak up the majesty of the building and listen to your expert guide tell stories about the famous blood sports that once took place in the very place where you are standing. After your Colosseum arena floor tour you'll also get to explore the general access areas of monumental buidling with your guide and group of no more than 25 people. Over the course of an hour, you'll see the first and second tiers, including a balcony offering a great viewpoing over the Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine.


Leaving the Colosseum, you'll skip the line into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for a fully-guided tour of the center of ancient Rome. Because they are active archeological sites, these attractions can be difficult to decipher, but with an expert guide to lead you the ruins will come to life. Highlights include the cremation point of Julius Caesar, Senate buildings, opulent palaces, and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins.


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


  • 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


5-stars from over 1110 Customer Reviews

Enjoyed this tour. Our guide was friendly, informative, and I wish I could remember his name. :(
Excellent tour. This was our second time, and we STILL learned alot!!
Tiberius was an amazing guide and we really enjoyed the tour!

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

At the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities).

All guests visiting the Colosseum must pass through a security check before entering. You must also present an original photo ID. Please remember to BRING your ID (including children).

The Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites that are neither wheelchair nor stroller friendly. Please contact our Customer Care team for more details at info@walksofitaly.com.

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Enjoyed this tour. Our guide was friendly, informative, and I wish I could remember his name. :(
Excellent tour. This was our second time, and we STILL learned alot!!
We greatly enjoyed this tour! This was our first trip to Rome and the Colosseum was obviously on our list of places to see. Our tour guide, Vanessa, was wonderful. We learned so much and she kept us right on schedule without making us feel rushed. I would highly recommend this tour. It was a highlight of our vacation.
Tiberius was an amazing guide and we really enjoyed the tour!
Best guide we've ever had! Extremely knowledgeable and entertaining!
Our tour guide Angela was really wonderful. Very knowledgable, organised and full of energy and fun. We loved the 3 hour Colosseum tour and we could not have wished for a better tour guide. Thank you Angela!
Ferdinando was an incredibly interesting and informative guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with him & have recommended the company to others. Thank you!
Mariella was brilliant! She’s wonderful and I’d really like to say I never expected to have a guide as prepared as she is. Congratulations to her and to Walks of Italy for being able to offer us such wonderful experience.
GG was informative, funny and moved things along. Great show all around. Graci!
Gigi was AMAZING! Would highly recommend to anyone, we had a great time, thank you!
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Outstanding! The tour surpassed our expectations. Our guide, Gigi, with his expert knowledge and gift for storytelling brought the Colosseum to life. Our 2 teenage children were engaged in the whole tour. We would recommend this tour guided by Gigi to others.
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It was a great tour! Michele was fabulous, knowledgeable & funny, we would highly recommend him on any tour. As well we loved everything we learned & saw.
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Tour was fabulous, out guides were fabulous and it will be a lifetime experience I will treasure for both tours!
Great tour
As per usual with walks of Italy, fantastic guide, always informative. As for the Arena floor WOW. Loved it and "I was entertained!" Anthony
Great tour, very informative, had a wonderful time!
Vanessa was very knowledgeable!
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Great tour Very interesting Would not have got the best out of the sights without the knowledge of our guide Guide was very friendly and chatty and kept us interested the whole way around Thank you
Angela was a fantastic guide who clearly has a passion for what she does and really brought the tour to life. Would recommend to anybody visiting the city as the tour offered tremendous insight into the history and culture of both the Colosseum and the Roman forum as well as a giving a fantastic opportunity for some beautiful photos to be taken
I took a tour of the Colosseum 2 years ago with a different company and wow! What a difference! This tour was MUCH BETTER!!! Gigi was so much fun, personable and full of information! The knowledge I gained from this tour with Gigi made it special and engaging. Quite a bit different than my previous tour. The Gladiator's gate was new for me and that is a pretty awesome experience. I would definitely do another tour with Walks of Italy and Gigi.
I would highly recommend to anyone the Gladiator’s Gate: Special Access Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor Access with Giulia. Giulia was a knowledgeable and very amusing guide. The tour was very interesting and well-coordinated around the big crowds. The meeting point was well organized and very easy to find.
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Michela was great - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Julietta was funny and made the trip interesting and enlightening, Thanks
Sev was great!
Our guide (JJ) was absolutely fantastic. We were beyond pleased with him and the experience. (October 6, 2018 - 8:30am - silver group)
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Loved our guide. She was very informative!
Great tour. Very knowledgeable guide.
Guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. One of the very best we've had in our travels. Will definitely recommend Walks.
Good tour , the gide Vanessa was very good . She new a lot and was very enthousiastic . Go one like this.
Massimo was amazing and so funny
Would definitely recommend, Laura was amazing and so informative.
The whole family enjoyed it- very informative and so much fun. Vincenzo our tour guide was amazing!
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Our guide was amazing! We had a great time touring the Colosseum, Palantine Hill, and Roman Forum. This tour was well worth the amount paid. Having someone explain every detail about the sights instead of wandering aimlessly is definitely a plus. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
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Excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable saw and learned much more than we expected. Highly recommend this tour.
Our tour guide Julia was amazing. She made our tour enjoyable.
Giulia was a wonderful guide and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Mama G was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, she made the tour great fun. She was very attentative to our group and made sure everyone was following her. She gave us plenty of time to see the different parts of the tour. She took pictures as we wanted. She made the tour a GREAT event! We were very satisfied with the tour, and your tour company! Thank you.
Elisabetta was WONDERFUL