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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

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

A GLADIATOR’S VIEW OF THE COLOSSEUM

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.

A COMPLETE TOUR OF THE ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL

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.

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 1223 Customer Reviews

Our guide Maria Theresa was knowledgeable. She had a great sense of humor mixing history with stories. The experience was excellent!
Jowita was charming and as cute as could be!
Great tour. Francesca was fantastic.

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).

All guests visiting the Colosseum must pass through a security check before entering. You must also present an original photo ID. Please remember to BRING your ID (including children).

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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Gigi (Gianluigi) was an amazing guide. He was very informative, friendly and quite funny. Gigi is definitely one of the best guides I have ever had on a tour and made my trip very memorable. It was my first time to the Colosseum and I felt that I had an amazing experience with lots of brilliant information. Thank you very much Walks of Italy team :-)
Our guide Maria Theresa was knowledgeable. She had a great sense of humor mixing history with stories. The experience was excellent!
Jowita was charming and as cute as could be!
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Great tour. Francesca was fantastic.
Franchesca was fabulous. Very knowledgeable and engaging. She took extra care to include a few children/teens in the group to maximize enjoyment for all.
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Our guide was very good and pleasant. Very knowledgeable.
Our guide, Tiberio, was amazing and extremely knowledgeable. He knew the history of Rome and the sights in depth. A great experience and very well run.
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Guido is very knowledgeable, polite and witty. He was so fun, he made the time during the tour feel short.
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Excellent tour, and one of the best, knowledgeable tour guides I have ever had. I would definitely recommend this tour! Pricing was also exceptional for the tour. Thank you for a wonderful morning at an amazing place!
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It was a fantastic tour. Highly recommend to anyone who is visiting Rome. The guide was so informative and made our visit perfect.
Camilla was fantastic! She added so many interedting details! Highly recommended
This was the first time that I’ve ever done a guided tour and was incredible. I’ve told our family, and just today my coworkers, about what a great decision it was to do one. It was so worth it. Felix was truly excellent. I am not a history buff or even super interested in history, but he made the experience great. He pointed out so many things that we would have missed. He set the stage like we were really in the colosseum during those times. I even told my coworkers today how he taught us that their used to be fired in the halls under the arena floor due to olive oil lamps and hay from the animals. They were super impressed too! Felix has us engaged the whole time. Please send along our thanks again!
We enjoyed our experience as Felix was very informative and also humorous. The group wasn't too big so it was easy to follow. We did have some trouble finding the meeting point as we did not quite understand the instructions. All in all, I still felt it was a great way to see the important parts of Colosseum.
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Francesca was a fantastic tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and very passionate. She took her time with our group, encouraged questions and was always aware of everyone. We had a few families with young kids during our tour and she did a really good job of incorporating and acknowledging the kids during the tour. She had different books she would use to show us pictures to help illustrate the stories she shared. This was probably my favorite tour while in Italy and it was primarily because of Francesca.
The professionalism and passion that Emanuela showed on the tour were amazing! I was kept enthralled thought the whole tour and learned so much about the history of Rome. Her archaeologist background was particularly evident in the points of interest that were covered on the tour! Thank you so much for an amazing and I have great memories fo the trip.
Enjoyed the whole tour which was made special by our guide Sev who was absolutely wonderful and very informative, his passion and knowledge made the tour, thanks for a great time.
Francesca was amazing, first tour I have ever done and she was fantastic. She is passionate and involved my son who was 7, she stayed back and gave us tips on Rome, would highly recommend this tour.
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It was all great!
Tremendous guide. We did take a little while to find the tour group meeting place as it was across the street from the cafe.
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Emma was awesome and very knowledgeable and she spoke very good english! My girlfriend and i were very pleased with her! She is a huge asset to your company! 10/10 would recommend Walks Of Italy to friends and family! Thank You.
We loved our tour!!!
Our guide was the best very informative and very entertaining!!!!
Maddy was great. We enjoyed the tour and she provided very good details and history. Her pacing was good around the 3 different sites; the Colosseum, the Roman forum, and palatine hill.
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We were intitally a bit sceptical about taking a tour. We’ve only ever seen tours where people are herded around with a guide shouting at them trying to be heard. Our tour was nothing like that. Our guide was exceptional, I think his name was Michelo? He was really engaging, incredibly informed and made it a brilliant experience. He just had a fantastic way of bringing you into the story and bringing it all to life. Seriously that guy is amazing.
Loved our guide!!! Loved the knowledge she relayed! Wonderful day we won't forget. We would definitely recommend this tour to friends and family alike!!! Walks of Italy did not let us down. We booked three tours and all were amazing!
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Sev was great and the tour was very insightful, thank you
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Guila was a great guide! She was so knowledgeable, friendly and funny!
Angela was a very enthusiastic tour guide and provided a lot of interesting information. She was the best guide we had throughout our whole trip to Italy.
Angelina was a great guide, very friendly and great stories to make everything come alive.
We had a wonderful time in Rome and this tour was a highlight for the whole family. Michaela our guide was wonderful. She explained everything and really brought the experience to life.
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Michaela was a fantastic guide, so engaging and handling the group in a great way. There were kids in the group, and she made sure they understood and constantly adressed questions and issues to them, to ensure the felt an interest for the tour. I can highly recommend to take a tour with Walks!!
Our guide, Mario, was fantastic!