Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum Arena Access and Ancient Rome Guided Tour

4.8 / 5

70 reviews

Activity provider: Roman Vacations
Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum Arena Access and Ancient Rome Guided Tour

Activity provider: Roman Vacations
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From US$ 58.11 per person

Likely to sell out

Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators on a tour of the Colosseum with special access to the arena floor. Hear tales of famous battles and follow your guide into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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  • Stand on the arena floor of the ancient stadium and see the Colosseum from a gladiator's perspective
  • Walk the ancient roads and explore the most important buildings of Rome in the Roman Forums
  • Explore the houses of the emperors in the Imperial Palaces on Palatine Hill
Full description

Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and stand on the Arena Floor of the Colosseum. Follow your guide to enter the ancient stadium of the Colosseum. Go ont to the restricted access area where you can walk through the gladiator gates and stand on the reconstructed arena floor. See the scene of the famous games and gladiator battles which is open to you for a whole new viewpoint in the Colosseum. Your incredible guide will tell you all about the styles of gladiators, the famous battles, and the other games and entertainment that took place in this magnificent stadium.

Head to the vantage point from where the spectators would have sat and cheered for their favorites to win. Learn from your guide not only the amazing history of this monument, but also where to get the best photo opportunities for you and your family. Follow your guide into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to see the very heart of Ancient Rome. Ascend Palatine Hill to see the ruins of the palaces. View Circus Maximus and the Stadium of Domitian before heading over to the Farnese Aviaries to see the Forum laid out below. Descend into the Forum. Walk in the footsteps of Romans and emperors as your guide takes you past the Temple of Romulus, the Temple and House of the Vestals, and Julius Caesar’s Temple. See the Senate House, and learn about how the Forum functioned in the Romans’ day-to-day life.

  • Entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Guided tour
  • Headsets when appropriate
  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips

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Meeting point

Meet at the Roman Vacations office and look for the orange Roman Vacations sign with the lion head on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Glass objects

Know before you go

  • Tours will depart promptly at the scheduled time, and no refunds will be given for late arrivals or missed tours
  • Proof of identification may be required, so please bring a valid form of photo ID for each guest
  • Tours will proceed in all weather conditions, unless the site is closed by authorities for safety reasons
  • There will be a security check upon entering the Colosseum, any weapons, sharp objects, glass or aerosol containers will be confiscated, so please do not bring these items to the tour
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 70 reviews

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Excellent tour, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable guide. we toured in January and there were only 4 in our group. Skip the line tickets worth every penny. We were not rushed at all, toilet stops were offered and had all the time we wanted to take it all in. I would happily rebook this tour when visiting Rome again. Highly recommended.

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March 25, 2023

Me and my mum went on a tour with Mircea from ‘Roman Vacations’ to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum with a small group of about 8-10. Mircea knew everything about the Colosseum in detail and gave us plenty of time to explore on our own, take pictures and ask questions. The tour was amazing and I can’t wait to visit Rome again and book more tours with Roman Vatactions! Thank you Mircea for being such a great guide and for making the day so memorable! :)

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March 25, 2023

Great tour with very knowledgeable guide; especially loved the Colosseum part. A bit too much detail regarding the succession of various emperors when we toured the Forum Romanum. Would have been helpful if the guide had spoken a little slower. Overall very worthwhile!

March 25, 2023

Product ID: 411775