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Colosseum & Arena Floor

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 126 Customer Reviews

We throughly enjoyed our gladiator gate tour of the colosseum. The tour was awesome and was amazing to see from the floor of the colosseum. Our guide Camilla was wonderful, she had so many interesting facts about what we were looking at and was very personable throughout the tour.
Our guide Laura was terrific! We really loved her.
Great tour and guide. Traveling with teens and they also enjoyed it too. The only thing I would suggest is to add the top level as well
Excellent guide - lots of information all the time
Great tour for teens and Selena was an engaging guide.
Martina was excellent. I am traveling with my 16 year old grandson and her attention to detail and the historical background were fantastic. She has a dynamic personality and made us all feel Comfortable!
Really great and informative tour that started promptly and went into great detail regarding each ruin
Marty was an amazing guide : so knowledgeable and interesting. We learnt so much in those short hours that we had never learnt previously. We would highly recommend your tour and commend Marty highly
Loved our guide! She was very informative and sweet!
Our Guide connected us to the history in the most engaging way. Even though it was hot, and history is not our passion we (2adults and 2 teens) were totally enthralled and entertained. Definitely recommended!!!
We really enjoyed this tour. Walking in to the Colosseum via the Gladator's Gate is the ONLY way to see this special site.
Francesca was terrific. We were very lucky to have her as our guide. It was a wonderful informative morning, organized, efficient and a strong value
Francesca was amazing. Her presentation was fantastic and her knowledge was impressive. Her comfort level and delivery made you feel like you could see the events as they happened. Couldn't have asked for a better tour. Made us wish it had been a full day.
Michele our guide was incredible! He kept a great pace for the tour, but also managed to give us a deep understanding of what we were seeing. Best tourney far!
Michele was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable and and offered a lot of insight and detail at an appropriate topical level, and going deeper when the group had questions. Even though we were interrupted by a rain towards the end of the tour it was still an incredible experience. Thank you!
Loved the tour and loved our guide. Thanks!
Great experience! Wouldn't change anything!
All good
By far the best tour we took during our vacation in Italy. Uta was really a fantastic guide. She was very accommodating and was fun! You are lucky to have her!
Fantastic tour. I wish I had had more time at the Galdiators Gate, but I understand there are thousands of people coming in daily who also need a turn. The tour was filled with very interesting facts.
Francesca was lovely and extremely engaging and thorough.
Francesca was our tour guide. She was super knowledgeable and engaging. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour!
Mary was an amazing guide. Incredibly knowledge and clearly passionate about the subject. Best guide we had in all of Italy!
Laura was extremely knowledgeable and easy to follow! Great tour starting at the bottom floor.
Angela was great. Tons of information & she guided us through the Colosseum & crowds very easily.
The guide was fantastic. Every question he was asked he answered instantly. Well worth the money we paid.
Angela was a real star. Very enthusiastic and knowledgable. My sister and I thought she was terrific
Thoroughly enjoyed having Jon as our guide! He was quite knowledgeable and it's obvious he loves his job!
Great experience the guide were very kind and knowledgeable
Tour was absolutely fantastic and Jon was an incredible guide. Very knowledgeable and entertaining! Would definitely reccomend this tour and Walks of Italy to anybody.
Excellent tour! The guide was very informative and fun!
Great tour with lots of unteresting facts! Tour Guide Teresa was awesome!
This tour was great. I had considered checking out these places on my own but I'm glad I did it with a guide. She was very knowledgeable and it made the experience even better.
Maryella was wonderful - very friendly and knowledgable. And the tour was great.
John was an incredibly good guide
Our guide Mariella was great! So much knowledge, good at handling the group and fun! Thank you for delivering a great experience :)
Marcella was great! Extremely knowledgeable and efficient. I had mistakenly booked only 4 spots rather than 5 but your representative found space with Maryella's group and trusted me to call with payment after the tour.
Our guide Sev was absolutely phenomenal. He was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained the entire time. This was the best guided tour we had booked out of all the tours we did when touring Europe. Would highly recommend to everyone.
Guide was great!
Guide was really professional and full of information and knowledge.
Great tour!!! Saw more than I thought we would see. It was wonderful!
Really enjoy the trip...the tour guide is good & very knowledgeable about the history of Rome...
Wonderful guide
Our guide was both knowledgeable and friendly. It was in a completely different league to our pompeii tour. She was amazing.
Despite the rain our guide was excellent.
It was amazing. The mle guide was perfect,, knowledgeable with good sense of humor. This is why I booked two more tours in Venice.
Our guide was awesome and her having the first hand knowledge of having been part of archeological digs within the forum herself added that much more insight and information'!
The tour was very interesting and informative, thanks to our very knowledgeable guide, Luigi! He made the tour most interesting and even took pictures of us to get bigger pictures than from just a selfie! Great tour- interesting and great guide! Highly recommended!
Hands down the best tour around and truly a VIP experience. Our guide was fantastic and was even a real archeologist!
Guide was informative made the tour fun. Showed a great deal of care and took the time to answer any questions.
Luigi was an excellent guide who took the time to explain in great detail and made sure that he maintained the pace at a level for all guest. A great guide and a great tour.
Sev was AWESOME. He was a great tour guide and went at a great pace. The Colosseum tour was amazing and extremely rewarding. Definitely would recommend this to others.
Learnt more about the Romain history during this 3 Hours than 3 years af school. Great Tour!
Brilliant tour.
Thank you so much for your services. We had a wonderful time.
We were very impressed with Ferdinando, his knowledge about the Colosseum was more than we expected and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We learned a lot more than we had expected and Ferdinando made the tour informative and interesting. We were very pleased with the experience.
It was a great tour! I totally loved every minute of it! Our tour guide did a great job!
excellent tour, guide was very informative , really enjoyed his stories
Great tour, Laura was extremely knowledgeable and great with all the questions we asked.
A fantastic tour!
Appreciated the myth busting in the Colosseum...was a very informative and impressive tour!
Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. I feel that our tickets were well worth the price.
Guide was amazing. So knowledgeable.
Beata was an amazing tour guide! She talked for 3 hours straight and had so much to share. It was really crowded and she did a great job keeping our group together and away from the large groups.
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

Important information

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

NOTE: 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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We throughly enjoyed our gladiator gate tour of the colosseum. The tour was awesome and was amazing to see from the floor of the colosseum. Our guide Camilla was wonderful, she had so many interesting facts about what we were looking at and was very personable throughout the tour.
Our guide Laura was terrific! We really loved her.
Great tour and guide. Traveling with teens and they also enjoyed it too. The only thing I would suggest is to add the top level as well
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Excellent guide - lots of information all the time
Very knowing and friendly guide. Difficult to see where the tour started (bigger sign?), but once we got underway, things went ok. You're sending too much advertising mail, but besides that, we're satisfied.
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Great tour for teens and Selena was an engaging guide.
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Martina was excellent. I am traveling with my 16 year old grandson and her attention to detail and the historical background were fantastic. She has a dynamic personality and made us all feel Comfortable!
Really great and informative tour that started promptly and went into great detail regarding each ruin
Marty was an amazing guide : so knowledgeable and interesting. We learnt so much in those short hours that we had never learnt previously. We would highly recommend your tour and commend Marty highly
Loved our guide! She was very informative and sweet!
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Our tour guide for the colosseum was excellent. She was informative and she really went into depth with the colosseum's history as well as Octavious Augustus' palace ruins we walked through. She spoke English well and she kept up the pace so we didn't get stuck in other tour group crowds. We ended up touring more than I had expected and I would recommend this tour.
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Our Guide connected us to the history in the most engaging way. Even though it was hot, and history is not our passion we (2adults and 2 teens) were totally enthralled and entertained. Definitely recommended!!!
We really enjoyed this tour. Walking in to the Colosseum via the Gladator's Gate is the ONLY way to see this special site.
Francesca was terrific. We were very lucky to have her as our guide. It was a wonderful informative morning, organized, efficient and a strong value
This was a wonderful tour and our guide, Guido, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We originally tried to book a different Colosseum tour with Walks of Italy and it was sold out. We ended up booking a tour with another company that cancelled our tour less than two weeks prior to our trip. We checked again with Walks of Italy and were so glad to see this new tour had been added. It was great being able to walk out onto the arena floor and to get all of the history behind the various ruins. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Francesca was amazing. Her presentation was fantastic and her knowledge was impressive. Her comfort level and delivery made you feel like you could see the events as they happened. Couldn't have asked for a better tour. Made us wish it had been a full day.
Francesca was wonderful, very knowledgeable and entertaining, a nice combination. We felt that we learned a lot and were able to take pictures, did not feel rushed. She was also very concerned that we stay hydrated. It was the first tour we took in Italy and she was the tour guide we measured all others against. I would do a tour with her and your company again.
Tongi (not sure if that's the right spelling) was our guide and he was AMAZING. We felt like he not only gave a great overview of the history of all the ruins we toured but he brought visual aids and even had tour participants re-enact events! On top of that he gave us a little flavor of how an Italian local navigates the busy areas of Rome. He was so good and we could not have been more pleased with the tour.
Michele our guide was incredible! He kept a great pace for the tour, but also managed to give us a deep understanding of what we were seeing. Best tourney far!
Michele was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable and and offered a lot of insight and detail at an appropriate topical level, and going deeper when the group had questions. Even though we were interrupted by a rain towards the end of the tour it was still an incredible experience. Thank you!
Guide truly enjoyed her work and did everything possible to see that everyone got the most out of the experience
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Appreciated guide's archeology background and insights. Also, personality and sense of humor.
Loved the tour and loved our guide. Thanks!
Too early start at 9am. Enjoyed the Colosseum part but the Palatine Hill part was a bit too long and too hot, esp for the kids. Could make that part shorter by just walking through it while telling stories. I like the part where our guide showed us what it actually looked like before and now.
Great experience! Wouldn't change anything!
All good
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The guide was great and very knowledgeable. He answered questions, and really made the experience rich with information. I did not like how big the group was though. It was so big that if you were near the back, the audio device became static and it was hard to understand what was being said. I would have liked it more if there was 15 or less.
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By far the best tour we took during our vacation in Italy. Uta was really a fantastic guide. She was very accommodating and was fun! You are lucky to have her!
Fantastic tour. I wish I had had more time at the Galdiators Gate, but I understand there are thousands of people coming in daily who also need a turn. The tour was filled with very interesting facts.
Francesca was lovely and extremely engaging and thorough.
Francesca was our tour guide. She was super knowledgeable and engaging. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour!
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Finding the Walks of Italy representative and getting organized into groups was a bit chaotic near the Colosseum. Our guide, Jovita, was entertaining and knowledgeable. We did have to wait about 5 minutes for her to get the tickets for us to enter the Gladiator's Gate, having those tickets in advance would make the tour better.
Mary was an amazing guide. Incredibly knowledge and clearly passionate about the subject. Best guide we had in all of Italy!