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Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour

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Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour

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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
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Departure Point

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.

Return Details

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.
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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
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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 20 travelers
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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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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Great tour and explanation brought ancient Rome to life!
, Nov 2021
Our tour with Francesca was the highlight of our week in Italy! Her exciting and clear explanations helped bring the Colosseum to life for us! We appreciate the small, personalized tour and appreciate her time afterwards helping us find great restaurants!
Great tour
, Nov 2021
Leticia was an excellent tour guide! There’s a lot of knowledge in that small person! We were facinated by her stories and trivia of the coliseum and Palatine Hill. Highly recommended 😃
, Nov 2021
Really enjoyable Tour. Our tour guide Denis was brilliant, very knowledgeable and knew everything that there is to know about Done. Palatine hill was just amazing as was the coliseum.
Wonderful on several levels
, Nov 2021
Our guide was Denniss and I hope you are lucky enough to have him on your visit. Beyond his clear knowledge shared, at every step he gave us time… time to absorb what was said, time to see and contextualize the sites AND gave HIS time to answer further questions… whether that was about the tour or the city in general. As we were leaving, our family was looking for some things…. The tour was over. We were wondering our next step when out of nowhere Denniss appeared and asked how he could help. He gave us direction and an offer to walk with us to our next location. Professional and kind… quite a wonderful combination.
Amazing tour
, Nov 2021
Our guide was amazing and we learned and saw so much. We had access to everything and spent quality time and learned things we never knew. Our guide was so informative and pleasant.
, Nov 2021
Francesco was absolutely amazing. He knew so much and we gained so much extra information about the exhibitions. 10/10.
Good but tiring
, Nov 2021
Trip was very interesting. Lots to see and the tour guide covered a lot of detail. Be prepared for LOTS of walking
Great tour and tour guide
, Nov 2021
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made it both fun and Interesting incorporating good stores, history and fun facts!! Highly recommend!!
Great knowledge
, Nov 2021
A very memorable guided tour of Colloseum with a lot of interesting stories. A great guide who painted a colorful background to the Roman Empire
Great experience
, Oct 2021
Federico was a great guide. The tour start on time. They even help me to get to the tour because I was a little late . Thanks!!!

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