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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, 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



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.


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.


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 321 Customer Reviews

I thought our guide was wonderful and really made me feel like she knew a lot about the area.
Angela was an extraordinary guide with deep knowledge in history and architecture and fantastic sense of humour. Thank you so much for giving us such wonderful experience.
Julie was a fabulous tour guide - very informative and extremely fun. Her key line - Rome is like a lasagne with all its layers will be remembered forever. Loved being on the Colosseum floor. It rained for a while but when the sun came out in the Forum and it was spectacular.

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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I thought our guide was wonderful and really made me feel like she knew a lot about the area.
Tibereous was an awesome guide, he came over as very knowledgable about everything and passionate about his city and country, very refreshing. The weather wasn’t great, but it didn’t matter with Tibereous guiding us through history and events that occurred in the past. We would highly recommend this to anyone who’s fortunate enough to visit the beautiful city of Rome.
Angela was an extraordinary guide with deep knowledge in history and architecture and fantastic sense of humour. Thank you so much for giving us such wonderful experience.
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Guido was excellent. He was very informative and funny at times. Even though we walked in heavy rain in the Roman Forum, he kept us involved and the rain didn't bother us. Unfortunately, the gladiator's gate was closed because of the rain and we could not go in. That is why we paid the extra money, but that was not our guide's fault. Overall, the tour was enjoyable.
Julie was a fabulous tour guide - very informative and extremely fun. Her key line - Rome is like a lasagne with all its layers will be remembered forever. Loved being on the Colosseum floor. It rained for a while but when the sun came out in the Forum and it was spectacular.
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Having the opportunity to enter the Colosseum through the Gladiator Gate was an extra special event for our family. The information we learned from our knowledgeable guide Andrea was just what we needed to understand the layers of history surrounding Ancient Rome. Andrea was patient, kind, and a wonderful teacher.
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Giulietta was excellent!
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Our guide was amazing! I don't recall his name, but he was extremely well versed in the history of ancient rome.
Awesome thank you
Our tour guide was fantastic! Warm and gracious with a passion for sharing the art and history of Rome and the specified tour, definitely booking with Walks of Italy in the future.
Perfect tour! Just the right amount of detail. Great job moving us around to see everything and avoid crowds. I highly recommend!
This was a most enjoyable tour we had a great time tour guide was so friendly, professional and a full of information amazing could have listened to her stories all day she definitely made the tour extra special thank you, will highly recommended you to anyone going to Rome
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our tour guide was fantastic. she was very knowledgeable and very passionate about teaching us about the ruins and their history.
Angela’s knowledge was incredible. It’s obvious she loves her job. Her enthusiasm and pride was contagious.
Our guide, Angela, was amazing! The tour was great, and she was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was our favorite day in Rome. Thank you!
I’d recommend the tour to anybody planning a trip to Rome. Visiting the Colluseum is an amazing experience and Ferdinando‘s specialist knowledge certainly adds to it.
Dear Walks of Italy team, we would like to kindly thank you for an amazing service we have received. Everything run smoothly from the very beginning till the end. We deeply appreciated all the information gathered in one email, so there was no need to search for them and google a lot. The best thing about our tour apart the Colosseum and Forum Romanum itself was our guide (Federico). Such a great guide and person, full of knowledge and interesting information. It´s great to see and experience such a passion for history and have the honour of guided tour by archeologist. We are only sorry that we couldn´t book another tour with him, because of running out of time. (Domus Aurea would be amazing experience for sure). So one more time, thanks for everlasting memory, you are doing wonderful job. Definitely going to book a tour with you again. Thank you, Dominika
really good tour with a great guide, very informative .totally enjoyed it. will take more tours next time im in rome thank you for making a good day better
Guide was awesome and so smart and knew so much.
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Luigi was great! He was fun and full of information, we have learned a lot. It was a special experience.
Francesca was a wonderful tour guide. She did a excellent job explaining the history of the Colosseum and The Ancient Ruins. I would recommend this tour company to anyone who was traveling to Italy.
guide was very knowledgable, pace was good even for us with young kids. very enjoyable. thanks
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GG was wonderful. He has so much knowledge, but was great explaining things so our two children could understand and really kept their interest.
Gigi was a great guide, very informative and Kept the tour upbeat.
Only comment we would have was the group size was a bit larger than what we ar accustom to... otherwise it was a great tour!
Francesco was an amazing guide for this tour. He is very passionate about roman architecture and very knowledgeable too. Great tour with him.
Tour and guide were both good. It was unfortunate we could nor access an area which was roped off
Despite the atrocious weather, Davide made this an excellent tour!
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I enjoyed myself tremendously. The guide (forgot her name) was very knowledgeable and kept the interest of the group the entire time. I would recommend this tour to others.
Julietta not only taught us about the colosseum but also explained the history of Rome. She not only pointed out the obvious things but also went into detail when required. It was a very educational and interesting tour to all the locations. The world could use more guides like her. Passionate and knowledgeable.
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The tour was amazing! We didn't get to go on the colosseum floor as we were missing 2 members of our group and the security wouldn't let us. But Marta the guide handled it well and even with the rain she was amazing and handled everything well. We got a free tour by the customer service and used it the following day in Florence and that was a great tour as well!
Maria was great. Very knowledgeable, friendly and gave us a great experience!
A little more time viewing artifacts would be nice.
Sev, was most interesting and we enjoyed his perspective on the history of the ruins. He was humorous and informative.
Enjoyed the tour, very informative.