The arena floor is one of the most evocative areas of the Colosseum, and is off-limits to the general public. With this tour, pass beneath the soaring Porta Libitinaria, or Gate of Death, and onto the vast space where gladiators once fought. Learn about the spectacles staged here, enjoy exclusive access to the underground backstage and emperor’s box, and take in the ancient amphitheater from the tiers of stands.
Special access to the Colosseum’s arena floor and underground backstage
Learn about the history and architecture of Rome’s most famous monument
Save time with skip-the-line tickets and priority entrance to the Colosseum
Option of continuing the tour in the Roman Forum with skip-the-line tickets
Professional art historian guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return
Via del Cardello, 31, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the- line entrance ticket! In a group 15 people.
Once inside, an expert guide will talk you through the bloody past of the amphitheater as you listen to tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions.explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games.
Walk under a great archway known as the “Porta Libitina” or the Gate of Death and out onto the reconstructed Arena Floor, where the savage games once took place.
The Gate of Death earned its name because only the dead passed through this exit after losing their lives in battle. Standing on the Arena Floor under the Roman Sky is an experience which nothing can beat even if you are a history buff or just a travel enthusiast, your guide’s stories will bring the roaring games back to life in the evocative setting. With no crowds to be seen on the floor, the Colosseum can never be so atmospheric.
Home to gladiatorial games, exotic staged hunts, theatrical executions and even mock sea-battles, this Colosseum tour explores the Arena Floor with its awe-inspiring panorama, up-close views of the underground ‘backstage’ where the spectacles were brought to life, and a look at where the Emperor’s box once stood, all special access areas that standard ticket holders don’t get to see.
Follow your guide up to the second level to see what the crowds saw, tracing the Colosseum’s circumference in an effort to understand what it must have been like when the stands were packed, the crowds were roaring and a gladiator’s destiny hung on their whims.
After the tour you will have the option of following guide for Skip the Line Access to the Forum. Here you will be taken to the best vantage point for a short introduction to its history and most famous monuments before visiting them on your own. Once inside, you will also be able to hike to the top of the Palatine Hill for an exceptional bird’s-eye look over the Forum and Circus Maximus.
This guided Roman Colosseum and Forum tour not only includes skip the line tickets, but you’ll also use a different entrance. Go back in time on an authentic gladiator experience as you enter the reconstructed Arena Floor. While our bestselling tour includes access to the restricted Arena Floor.
After visiting the Arena Floor, our English-speaking local tour guide will show you the Roman Forum and Palatine hill.
After the Arena Floor, go on a journey to the Colosseum’s first and second levels. See where Emperors sat and learn the rules of the gladiatorial games for both competitors and spectators. Learn why the ancient amphitheater was named the Colosseum and more.
After spending a total of 1.5 hours inside of the Colosseum, begin your guided Roman Forum and Palatine hill where you will be seeing arch of Titus and know the story of the she wolf LUPA.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Dress code is formal
A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with ‘Skip the Line’ access. Please note that for security reasons, random identity checks can be carried out at the Colosseum by their staff. Please make sure you carry an ID or Passport with you on tour to ensure you will be able to enter the venue.
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.
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