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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 177 Customer Reviews

Our guide Tongi (Mr T) was fantastic. Knowledgeable, passionate and entertaining. He brought the history of the place to life. 10 out of 10.
Our guide was OUTSTANDING! She would say "Imagine the Gladiators would go here and..." and you could feel you were there. Excellent guide!!!
Except for the hot temperatures, which was unavoidable, the tour was very good. Our guide was through and very informative.
Our guide was great
Jon was an incredible guide! Fun, enthusiastic and had a great knowledge of Ancient Rome! Great tour!
Have had 4 different Colosseum tours over the years, but this one was the best.
Finding the guide was easy. All was very well organized. The guide (Luigi) was fantastic. Very good English, provided loads of useful information and was funny. We covered a lot of ground and sites. Our teenagers very much liked him and focused the whole time! Thank you Luigi!
Excellent tour, seamless from start to finish, Martina the guide was great, light hearted, easy to understand, very knowledgeable and made the whole thing interesting fun and enjoyable, highly recommended Gladiator's Gate.
The tour guide was great; informative, enthusiastic and knowledgable . Booking process was easy, website was clear and easy to use. Instructions for meeting point were straight forward and clear. Overall one of the highlights of our visit to Rome.
Excellent guide - thank you Laura for sharing your knowledge.
Very good tour and guide. Enjoyed all tours. Would do again. Thank you
Tanguy was a wonderful guide. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. He found shade as often as he could because it was very hot. He also did a great job of involving the 3 children who were on the tour.
Great tour guide!
We absolutely loved our guide Gigi!! I had my 3 teen boys with us and when we left they all said how incredible Gigi was. He brought the story to life and had such a passion for his work!!
Fantastic tour. Really enjoyed it. Mauro, the guide, was fabulous.
The tour guide was fantastic. He spoke very good English and was very informative. I would certainly recommend this tour.
Emma was wonderful!
Our tour guide Tanguy was the best! He made our Gladiators Gate quite enjoyable.
Gigi our tour guide was great full if interesting fact that kept us entertained throughout and efficient service in te morning finding our tour highly recommended
Gigi was an excellent guide, and gave us a snappy but in-depth look into the history of Rome
The Gladiators Gate tour was great. It was very exciting going through the gates and Marco was a very knowledgeable and an amazing guide! Ask for Marco if you take this tour.
Guide (Marko) was very knowledgeable and made the tour come to life and added some humour to the tour as well.
Julia is the best! Please take this tour or you will regret it! It is a must. She made us feel like we were watching a movie. The way she presented it was a interesting and made us want more.
Marco was fantastic. Easily the best tour guide I've ever had!
Julia for the colosseum was excellent!! The. Vatican tour at 930 today was also excellent!! Our guides were knowledgeable and attentive!! I have already posted on FB your tour group!! Thank you!!
Great tour. Wonderful guide again polite and very knowledgeable. We learned a great deal from her. I would highly recommend your company to others
Emma was great
Thank you to our guide she was really sweet and very knowledgeable of everything. Will recommend this tour to others. Had a wonderful time!
Our guide was great. She was very knowledgeable and answered questions and kept the group moving at a sound pace. The palatine , forum and cosseum tour was the highlight of our trip.
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

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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Our guide Tongi (Mr T) was fantastic. Knowledgeable, passionate and entertaining. He brought the history of the place to life. 10 out of 10.
Our guide was OUTSTANDING! She would say "Imagine the Gladiators would go here and..." and you could feel you were there. Excellent guide!!!
Except for the hot temperatures, which was unavoidable, the tour was very good. Our guide was through and very informative.
Our guide was great
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Jon was an incredible guide! Fun, enthusiastic and had a great knowledge of Ancient Rome! Great tour!
Have had 4 different Colosseum tours over the years, but this one was the best.
The guides were great. It was well organized and the context clear
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An incredibly informative tour for the whole family. Each part of the tour was well organised with fascinating details about the building, mechanics and uses of the Colosseum; lives of the Roman nobility and gladiators; how the historic sites were excavated and preserved and why specific monuments/temples were created. Jon was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, answering my twelve year old son's questions and making sure we didn't get over-heated in the August sun. I will definitely be recommending this Walks of Italy tour.
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The tour was absolutely brilliant, where Marta was a fantastic guide. She was very informative and interesting - not like she was reading a script or just doing a 'job'!! We thought her knowledge was just brilliant, and is a really lovely person. Thank you so much for such an enjoyable trip. Will definitely use Walks of Italy in the future on return trips 😊
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Finding the guide was easy. All was very well organized. The guide (Luigi) was fantastic. Very good English, provided loads of useful information and was funny. We covered a lot of ground and sites. Our teenagers very much liked him and focused the whole time! Thank you Luigi!
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Excellent tour, seamless from start to finish, Martina the guide was great, light hearted, easy to understand, very knowledgeable and made the whole thing interesting fun and enjoyable, highly recommended Gladiator's Gate.
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The tour guide was great; informative, enthusiastic and knowledgable . Booking process was easy, website was clear and easy to use. Instructions for meeting point were straight forward and clear. Overall one of the highlights of our visit to Rome.
Our guide was Laura and to say she was amazing is an understatement! The historical and practical information she provided was great but even more impressive was her kindness and patience on a scorching hot day. Laura was the best guide of all our tours over the five days we were in Rome! Would take this tour again or any other with Laura as our guide!
Excellent guide - thank you Laura for sharing your knowledge.
Very good tour and guide. Enjoyed all tours. Would do again. Thank you
Tanguy was a wonderful guide. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. He found shade as often as he could because it was very hot. He also did a great job of involving the 3 children who were on the tour.
Great tour guide!
We absolutely loved our guide Gigi!! I had my 3 teen boys with us and when we left they all said how incredible Gigi was. He brought the story to life and had such a passion for his work!!
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Fantastic tour. Really enjoyed it. Mauro, the guide, was fabulous.
The tour guide was fantastic. He spoke very good English and was very informative. I would certainly recommend this tour.
Emma was wonderful!
I was very happy with the tour and customer service. I realized the night before our tour that I had misplaced the information on where to meet. Someone responded to my email early the next morning so we were able to meet our tour group with no problems. Our tour guide was also very knowledgeable and pleasant. I would highly recommend this tour. Thank you, Christine
Our tour guide Tanguy was the best! He made our Gladiators Gate quite enjoyable.
Gigi our tour guide was great full if interesting fact that kept us entertained throughout and efficient service in te morning finding our tour highly recommended
Gigi was an excellent guide, and gave us a snappy but in-depth look into the history of Rome
The Gladiators Gate tour was great. It was very exciting going through the gates and Marco was a very knowledgeable and an amazing guide! Ask for Marco if you take this tour.
Guide (Marko) was very knowledgeable and made the tour come to life and added some humour to the tour as well.
Julia is the best! Please take this tour or you will regret it! It is a must. She made us feel like we were watching a movie. The way she presented it was a interesting and made us want more.
If I could give Giulia 30 stars I would! This was an amazing tour! Giulia do an excellent job helping us imagine what the Colleseum and Palatine Hill looked like, and we learned so much about the history. It was the end of July and such a hot day, but Giulia made sure we filled up our waters at every stop and she gave us breaks in the shade. It was a truely unforgettable experience.
Marco was fantastic. Easily the best tour guide I've ever had!
Julia for the colosseum was excellent!! The. Vatican tour at 930 today was also excellent!! Our guides were knowledgeable and attentive!! I have already posted on FB your tour group!! Thank you!!
Great tour. Wonderful guide again polite and very knowledgeable. We learned a great deal from her. I would highly recommend your company to others
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Francesco was very informative and made sure to answer all the questions. Our family really love the epic entrance to the Colosseum, through the Gladiator's Door. It was super hot at the Palatine Hill & Roman Forum but Francesco made sure we were well informed of both sights by spending just enough time explaining in the open and try to be under the shade for those longer explanation. Highly recommend this tour and Francesco.
Excellent knowledge of the guide Well organised The only criticism really was that the portion relating to the forum was too long There was a huge amount of information to disseminate and clearly the guide wanted to tell us all but some of it was a bit dry and I think the overall effect would have been better if the tour was cut to By 20-30 minutes
Emma was great
Thank you to our guide she was really sweet and very knowledgeable of everything. Will recommend this tour to others. Had a wonderful time!
Our guide was great. She was very knowledgeable and answered questions and kept the group moving at a sound pace. The palatine , forum and cosseum tour was the highlight of our trip.