- City: Rome
- Duration: 3hrs
- Start Time: Times vary. Please select a specific date to see availability.
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.
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.
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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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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