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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 606 Customer Reviews

Sev was an amazing tour guide and extremely knowledgeable! He did an amazing job describing how the Ancient Roman times still relate to current day and really bringing life to the ancient ruins.
Fabio was an extremely knowledgeable guide who made Ancient Rome come to life for us. Really enjoyed it.
We really enjoyed our tour! Very informative and fun!

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).

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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Sev was an amazing tour guide and extremely knowledgeable! He did an amazing job describing how the Ancient Roman times still relate to current day and really bringing life to the ancient ruins.
Fabio was an extremely knowledgeable guide who made Ancient Rome come to life for us. Really enjoyed it.
We really enjoyed our tour! Very informative and fun!
Ettore was a wonderful tour guide. He told us as much as anyone could about what we were seeing. He was a great wealth of knowledge. Every question he was asked he had an answer. His tour was a pleasure. We are an older couple (64 & 68) but we never seemed rushed, some tours we have had trouble keeping up. Thanks to your company and to Ettore
Guido was an excellent guide and thoroughly knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our tour. Would recommend to anyone.
Guido the guide was excellent.
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This was a great intuitive and time balanced tour. The tour leader was very nice and her explenations showed she was well prepared.
Excellent tour, my family really loved it. Our guide was excellent and made it a fun experience.
It poured rain at the beginning but we still had an amazing time. Coming in on the floor was an amazing view and being able to see the other sites with a guide was priceless
Loved this tour! Great pacing and very informative. Loved Tibiero. He was fun, friendly, and informative!
Our tour was not with Guido, but a female tour guide. She was very thorough and we felt our tour was worth the money spent. At times it was difficult to understand her English, but we appreciated the detail spent at each stop. Thanks!
She was a great guide - we thoroughly enjoyed the tour
We had an excellent guided tour of Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman forum. Great set up, well organized tour led by a knowledgeable guide (John). We appreciated the small group and the fact that we skipped all the lines. Our guide John did a great job!
The tour was incredible. Not only did we get to see the colloseum, palantine hill and the Roman forum from a unique perspective but our guide (Donata) gave us amazing insights to make the tour truly special. Donata was friendly, cheerful and extremely knowledgeable. Couldn’t recommend highly enough
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Due to a flight being cancelled, I needed to change my tour date to another day. That was handled beautifully by your office. Davide was a marvelous guide, make sure you keep him!
This was an excellent tour and our guide the hilarious “Mr T” was really passionate about history and this was evident for all to see. He brought the history to life as we walked around the sites. His animated detailing of events took us back in time in our minds to see the significance of the people and these places in history. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed this tour and as it was an extremely hot day it was nice to have a guide who was considerate of his audience, always finding places with shade for us to stop and listen to him. We would not hesitate to recommend this tour and tour guide to others planning a similar holiday.
Excellent guide, great tour!
Gaston was a wonderful guide. My family and I had an incredible time and learned so much. The tour was a highlght of a 2 week trip. Loved it! Thanks, Gaston:)!
Marco is a fantastic story teller! He really did an amazing job of helping explain the ancient ruins with a modern flair. We truly enjoyed our tour.
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Emma was wonderful and we were lucky to have her as guide. She was very knowledge about the history and quite funny as well which made the tour so much more enjoyable.
We enjoyed our Colosseum tour with Marco. He had great information and gave us plenty of opportunities to take pictures and ask questions. He worked hard to keep us in the shade and get us the very best views. He was super fun and joked around. My kids (13, 17) had a lot of fun too. They learned about facts and stories of the Colosseum and Roman Forum that we never would have know otherwise. Marco was very sweet and patient. He really knows his stuff and we learned a lot. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants great access to the Colosseum and a fun and informative tour. It was worth the money we spent.
Tiberius was a great guide & we really enjoyed being able to get on the arena floor.
Maurizio was great - very knoledgable
Marco is a knowledgeable, energetic, and engaging guide! He kept the tour moving at a good pace and answered all of our history questions. Also, he was mindful of the need for water breaks on an unusually warm day. Everyone in my family (teens and adults) found this tour to be enjoyable and informative.
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Our guide, "Mr T", was great! Very informative and entertaining. The day was so hot and crowded but he made sure we hit the water fountains and the shade when possible. He also finished up the tour though we ran a little late due to the crowds.
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Our guide, Angela, was wonderful! She kept the group together despite the crowded conditions. She was wonderful with both my parents who have some difficulties getting around. She also kept my 12 and 14 year old interested and engaged on the tour. We all really enjoyed the tour and would definitely recommend it to friends and family.
Francesco gave wonderful insight into Roman life and the Colosseum through the ages. He was very knowledgeable and experienced. He helped us understand what has happened to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill over time. Would highly recommend.
Fernando was an amazing guide. So much knowledge and passion for archeology. He brought a lot of perspective to the history of everything he showed us. I think I misunderstood the tour website, however. For some reason I thought we would be in the lower level given the name of the tour. The tour was great but the name was a little misleading.
Our tour guide was very friendly and answered all our questions well. The radios were also of good quality and we could hear our tour guide well. It was also quite impressive to walk through the gladiator's gate
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Great tour!!
What a brilliant guide! So knowledgeable and informative but funny too. Lots of incidental information too that held everyone’s interest right until the end of the tour. Well worth the money.
Guide had fantastic knowledge, good stories, good information
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Our guide was Vanessa (not Valentina). I will enter our survey responses. Please make sure Vanessa gets the credit she deserves--she was great!
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Some good history given, tour guide was nice - a tiny bit hard to understand at times due to her accent, but it was also nice knowing we had someone who had lived in Rome for years telling us about this magnificent structure. Thank you!
This was an excellent tour. The guide was very well knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, so the tour was engaging and interesting throughout.
Marielle was amazing. She was informative, passionate, pleasant and you could tell how much she enjoys her job.
the tour was just perfect and Elisa was extremely good for us. I hope her pregnancy is going well and please do convey our best wishes to her. a general suggestion is for having some breaks, if possible, in between for photo opportunities and drinking water/restroom breaks and for a few minutes at the shops which are inside.