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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 Travelers 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
Gratuities
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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
  • 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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers 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 sanitization during Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers 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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Traveler Tips


  • "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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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Colosseum Tour
heeger6
, May 2022
The Colosseum tour was an excellent way to learn about the Colosseum along with all the history of Palatine Hill. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much, for giving us such a wonderful feedback and recommendation
star-3
Tale of a three hour tour
Joanne_K
, May 2022
We booked an 11am tour but we were notified that we had no choice but to go to the 1:30 pm tour. The meeting place was easy to find, which was a plus when booking a tour that meets in a crowded venue. The tour was three hours long to the minute. It was extremely hot. We started at the forum, went up Palantine Hill and finished at the Coliseum. The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable, however, I felt that he made mostly only negative references when speaking of the Catholic church and the popes. I thought the information at the Coliseum was repetitive and long and after the tour ended we realized we had missed a lot of the artifacts that would have been more interesting.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent tour
Linda_L
, May 2022
We enjoyed the tour, the guide was excellent, and made sure that those of us with mobility issues were able to keep up and see everything.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Linda, thank you for sharing this! Our priority is to give you unforgettable experiences
star-5
Great and a must
KarinEghj_J
, May 2022
Our guide, was brilliant and full of info about this stunning area. Impressing, historical - 3 hours seemed Long time before start. We enyoyed every minute.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We're happy to see that our work reflected on your visit and that you spent such a great time, thank you!
star-5
Great time with a fantastic guide!
Stephanie_B
, May 2022
Flavia was very knowledgeable and personable. She also spoke English very well and made the presentation fun and entertaining. We also loved the fact she brought along a tablet and pictures to further explain the history.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
It warms our hearts to hear such an amazing feedback! Thank you so much!
star-5
Colloseum Tour Review
Hugh_B
, May 2022
Fantastic guide and an overall great experience. The colloseum was amazing and there was so much history to experience on Palatine Hill.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, we are glad to hear that you had a fantastic one!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Well organised tour,...
Sanya_R
, May 2022
Well organised tour, super guide(I forgot his name) - I was enjoying listening to him. I highly reccomend this tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much for your positive feed-back and recommendation
star-4
Colosseum tour
Christine_C
, May 2022
Our guide Yuri was very knowledgeable about all the sites we visited. The Roman Forum and the Colosseum are very impressive.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for reviewing your tour and sharing your experience!
star-5
Great tour
Zahraa_A
, May 2022
Yuri, the tour guide was very nice and engaging. The tour highlights all of the most significant sites. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are glad you spent a good time, thank you pretty much for your recommendation, Have a nice day!
star-5
Great experience
Tara_B
, May 2022
Patrick was phenomenal-he shared great information, was considerate of everyone in our group and quite humorous. A great combination of all the best traits!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much for your review, knowing that you had such a great time makes us very happy!
star-5
Fabulous Guide Fabulous Tour
Jo_B
, May 2022
The tour was fantastic from start to finish I wish it could have gone on for longer. The guide Laura was so knowledgeable, she made the tour! Laura not only spoke but showed pictures and diagrams, she also recommended documentaries for further learning I am so glad I did this tour, I have visited both the Forum and the Colosseum in the past and just used the audio tours provided at these venues, but doing this tour was so much better Thanks Laura you are brilliant
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much for your very positive feed back and for your recommendation! We are glad you spent a great time!
star-5
Fantastic tour of the Colosseum!
Ritch_H
, May 2022
Robbie the tour guide was great, very accommodating and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and learnt so much.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are so happy you enjoyed the highlights of your tour! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Have a lovely day!
star-5
An excellent tour!
Tonya_K
, May 2022
Tour guide, Alice, was fantastic! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour! Definitely worth the time & money!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much Tonya for your kind words, we are glad you had fantastic one!
star-5
A journey back in time
Ross_R
, May 2022
Great tour leader (Laura) who provided 3 hours of engaging information. Easy pace for my wife with mobility issues.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for choosing us and reviewing your tour. we're glad to know you had a great time!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip
Denys_K
, Apr 2022
Amazing guide Denys, highly recommended. Everything you want to know and more. Good structure of the trip
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to see ancient Rome!
Charles_P
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was great, very informative. My favorite part was walking around the roman forum and palatine hill, hearing the stories made it come to life..Being on the arena floor of the coliseum is a really cool experience, and it helped to be on the tour to move past the long line for the people not in groups/
star-5
Great guide and engaging tour
Beth_H
, Apr 2022
Flavia was a knowledgeable guide, she engaged the whole group, including the children…she brought Ancient Rome to life in the 21st century! Meeting point easy to find and well organised.
star-5
A-ma-zing tour! (Tip: book early morning)
Marcia_D
, Apr 2022
This tour was amazing, I only wished I had done it in the early morning to avoid the heat and have fresh legs (it is a lot of walking!). That said, the stunning views and amazing guide (Diego) made it all worth it!
star-5
Fantastic tour of the...
Georgina_S
, Apr 2022
Fantastic tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome. Diego was very knowledgeable and made the trip memorable. Definitely recommend
star-5
Great tour
Juan_A
, Apr 2022
Great tour. Andres our guide did a great job explaining all the history and places, overall a Fun day

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