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Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

See the Colosseum on a guided tour that gives you special access to enter the amphitheater on the arena, the same entrance that gladiators once used for their battles. This also allows you to skip the line at the main public entrance. Once inside, explore the ancient landmark with a guide, and then head outside to tour the archaeological area of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Select your preferred tour time when booking.
  • Colosseum and ancient Rome tour with special access
  • Enter the Colosseum directly from the arena floor, a rare privilege
  • Skip the main entrance line with priority admission tickets
  • Explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, as well

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Enter the Colosseum by the arena floor, and visit Palatine Hill and the Forum.
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Guided tour in English
English speaking guide for 3 hours
headsets for groups with more than 6 participants
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions
Food and drinks
Via Frangipane, 30 , Via Frangipane, 30, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Please be on time to meet your guide at our office in Via Frangipane 30 to avoid losing entrance at the Colosseum. Your private expert guide will lead you into the Amphitheater that is located only a few minutes away from our office.

Via dei Fori Imperiali , Via dei Fori Imperiali, Roma RM, Italy
Your tour begins by meeting your guide at the local tour office near the Colosseum; then walk to the special entrance reserved for members of this tour. 

Skip the regular lines and maximize your time at the Colosseum as you enter the amphitheater directly onto the arena floor, where gladiators and wild animals engaged in bloody fights. Visit the ring overlooking the underground sections of the Colosseum, and learn about its history from your guide, who has a degree in either art history or archaeology. Listen to anecdotes about the glory days of the arena and the lives of the emperors and senators of the time. 

Next, leave the Colosseum and walk to Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, where emperors and other wealthy residents lived. Take in the view of the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus, and then walk down the hill to explore the ruins of the forum, where your guide shares more stories and uses books and 3D pictures to show you how the site looked during the days of Ancient Rome. Your tour ends with return to your starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
This 3-hour guided tour with fast track access to the Colosseum through the Gladiators' Gate; our storytelling guide will take ancient history back to life. With multiple start times to choose from throughout the day,you will join a small group of average 18 participants  (maximum 24 people) and discover stories and anecdotes on Roman Emperors, Senators and Gladiators. You will depart from our office where you will receive personal headsets for a better listening to the guide and be introduced to our passionate guide and in 3 hours you will discover Ancient Rome!. With our fast track entrance you will access in the center of the Arena, have your camera ready to discover the Colosseum where Gladiators and wild beast did their combats. The morning times were reserved for the "Venationes"  where the "Bestiarii"  Gladiators were fighting the beasts.  Access through the special Gladiator's Gate  and take the chance to step into Arena stage where Gladiators used to join the fights!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
From this stage you will visit the ring that overlooks the underground areas of the Colosseum. While you take in the amazing view, your guides will share their knowledge about the history of Ancient Rome and of the Colosseum in particular. The guides are all licensed and have a degree either in Art History or Archaeology, and enrich their explanation adding amazing anecdotes about the Colosseum, its spectators, the fights between wild beasts and gladiators, and the lives of the powerful Emperors and politicians of the time.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Your tour of Ancient Rome will continue to the Palatine Hill, one of Rome’s seven hills. Here, emperors and wealthy families used to have their houses built, to enjoy the stunning view over the Roman Forum and Circus Maximum. Your group will then walk down the Palatine Hill and stroll among the ruins of the Roman Forum, an archaeological area that the guide will bring alive sharing more history and anecdotes about Ancient Rome. Our guides use overlay books and 3D pictures to show you how each column, temple and building used to look like at that time. You will understand what those ruins used to represent, linking them to the main characters and events of Ancient Rome’s history. At the end of the tour, you will return back to the starting point and from there can proceed with the rest of your day.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Normal sized backpacks are permitted as huge backpacks will not be admitted.
  • Colosseums' Rules:Sharps objects, liquid glass bottles, drones, selfiesticks, perfumes & sprays are NOT allowed. Only plastic water bottle are accepted.
  • Small group tour will average 16 people (with a maximum of 20 people).
  • Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check;
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please be on time or you might lose the entrance for the Colosseum or a part of the tour
  • There might be a slight change in the departure timing. In this case we will call you in advance.
  • A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for the entrance at the Colosseum
  • Please make sure you bring comfortable shoes and a refillable plastic water bottle especially during hot weather!
  • Near public transportation
  • There might be a slight change in order of the itinerary due to security and ticket availability.
  • Please note that due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for any persons with disabilities.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
  • OPERATED BY VIVICOS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SRL
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour?
A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour.

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  • "Of course worth the trek, but be sure to wear proper shoes as the walk to the Colosseum is dusty, rocky, and uphill." See review
  • "Note, it is a lot of walking, bring water and wear comfy shoes!!" See review
  • "Skip the line is a must when visiting these sites." See review

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star-5
Our tour guide was very...
purvi_g
, Aug. 2022
Our tour guide was very good .she had excellent knowledge and informative. She took time to explain and answer all questions.
star-5
Jhahn (I may have spelled...
Krysten_W
, Aug. 2022
Jhahn (I may have spelled it wrong) was the absolute best tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about Al of the colosseum and every piece of architecture because his background is in that and he was so kind and mindful of the heat. Definitely recommend this tour and guide.
star-3
Very hot but the view was incredible at this historic site
LiewHong_L
, Aug. 2022
Was very hot but the view was incredible. The guide explained some things but we had a hard time understanding them. Overall enjoyable but maybe not during the summer months.
star-5
A great introduction to Roman history
Rebeccah_C
, Aug. 2022
Our guide, Jan, was excellent. His English is wonderful. He was attentive and considerate of the needs of some of the group who were less mobile. Jan's style imparted knowledge in an easygoing and non-technical way. He was fluent in his story-telling as we went through the tour. He gave great tips for photo opportunities but was also timely and efficient. This tour is highly recommended. I didn't look at my watch once!!
star-5
Great tour - adds a lot to the experience
Mark_T
, Aug. 2022
Comprehensive tour, quite long but very informative and nicely paced. Leanred a lot. Great to skip the queues. Would recommend - can get so more out of the visit with the insight given.
star-5
Perfect tour for family.
JamesMike_M
, Aug. 2022
Giorgio was fantastic and engaging. He helped the kids understand ancient times through his use of story telling and role play.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Amy_L
, Aug. 2022
The guide (Diego) was fantastic-- very engaging and informative. I'm grateful we booked! So many surprises, and so much I would have missed!
star-5
Best Tour we ever had!
Steven_M
, Aug. 2022
We were on our honeymoon, our guide was passionate, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor! We took a few tours in Rome, Venice and Greece. This was by far the best guide and tour we took.
star-5
Great Coliseum and Forum Experince
Sabrina_S
, Aug. 2022
Dennis was an excellent guide. He was friendly and informative, and he paced the tour well. The information he shared was accessible and interesting for all ages.
star-5
Great tour!
Kevin_C
, Aug. 2022
We had a great time with our host. It was hot and very busy - but that is unavoidable in peak season. Our guide was very considerate of the hot sun, and also very engaging and knowledgeable.
star-5
One of our best guiding tours ever
TryggviOli_T
, Aug. 2022
We were facinated by the history of the Colosseum, and we can say that what we learned that day under the guidance of wonderful Laura Antonucci was so great that we want to learn more about Rome and it's history after we come home. What a day ! Laura made history come so much alive with his many stories he told the group.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommended tour
Harinder_T
, Aug. 2022
Definitely need a guided tour to truly appreciate these amazing sites. Booked this tour based on the good reviews and we were not disappointed. Our guide Francesca was very knowledgeable, kept the group interested and made sure we were comfortable in the heat. The group was not too large either which is a bonus.
star-5
Great experience!
Adrianne_F
, Aug. 2022
Alessandra was an excellent guide. She made sure everyone had water and shade on a hot day. We saw all the important pieces of the Forum and she was so knowledgeable on the history of Rome. The colosseum experience was amazing, we hardly waited to get in and went right on the arena floor for photos. My advice, book this tour!!
star-3
August 2022
KC_G
, Aug. 2022
Great tour for families or those looking to go at a slower pace. More time spent on the side listening to stories and not enough time to take pictures and enjoy the venue. The guide did make sure everyone has plenty of time to rest in shade since was hot. The tour info was very basic though.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Our guide Yuri was great.
Erik_D
, Aug. 2022
Our guide Yuri was great. So knowledgeable and very kind to all the guests. A very diverse mix of people in our group and he managed to keep them all engaged.
star-5
Colosseum excursion
Eileen_T
, Aug. 2022
Out guide Yuri was excellent he really brought Ancient Rome to life. Very interesting facts told in such a way as to capture the imagination of young and old alike. I would recommend taking this tour as early in the morning as you can, it is very hot and we were flagging by the end. There were plenty of drinking fountains en route to keep us hydrated. Plus stops in the shade that was available.
star-2
Too much information
Anette_B
, Aug. 2022
Too much information. We needed a tour, not a lecture. No doubt a passioned guide 👍 Thanks for the access.
star-5
Excellent Experience
Rachel_K
, Jul. 2022
Dennis was such an amazing tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and made the experience so much fun!
star-5
Wonderful
Zoran_K
, Jul. 2022
Wonderful experience. Very hot in July but our guide Jojo was very nice to our kids and kept them entertained, very knowledgeable as well. The tour was 3 hours, 1.5 old Rome town and 1.5 Coliseum.
star-2
Great tour but truly depends on the guide
Alejandro_G
, Jul. 2022
The tour itself was good, we visited all the spots that were listed. Our guide wasn’t knowledgeable at all, she didn’t know basic facts about each location. I learned more about the history of the temples, the Forum and Colosseum on Wikipedia during the tour than from her stories. Very disappointing. Also her English wasn’t good which made it difficult o understand her.

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