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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
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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.
  • 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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  • "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
Superb all around!
algoel
, Aug 2022
Mattea, the tour guide was phenomenal. I would do all of his tours if I was here longer. The meet up location was easily found.
star-5
Perfect snap shot of important sites
Helen_C
, Aug 2022
Fabulous guide so enthusiastic small group not too much not too little perfect for a family thank you - easy to find pick up point steps from entrance nice cafes near for breakfast
star-5
Tour guide knew a lot of...
Kevin_L
, Aug 2022
Tour guide knew a lot of history, knowledgeable. Went to key spots as well no lines at all. Great experience
star-5
Excellent tour and guide
Faye_H
, Aug 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and the history was so interesting!
star-5
Superb
Angela_C
, Aug 2022
Lovely guide, who was very knowledgeable and focused on every person and question they asked. Brilliant. Thank you
star-5
Amazing Tour!
Riela_A
, Aug 2022
Our guide Marcus was absolutely amazing. He had great energy and he was knowledgeable of all the places we went to. Definitely dress for the weather, but wear tennis shoes. There will be lots of walking.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Colosseum tour
Paula_D
, Aug 2022
Great information and explanations. Yuri, our tour guide was excellent! We always knew what to expect. Made sure all our questions were answered and tried to keep us in the shade on this very hot day.
star-5
Well organized, good information, great guide
Allison_S
, Aug 2022
Great tour overall. Our guide Patrizio both knew a lot and was entertaining. Covered all the main things and the access to additional areas was thorough. Especially recommend for someone who only knows an average amount about Roman/Italian history as I think you'll get even more out of doing it guided
star-3
Not the best choice
Yael_G
, Aug 2022
The full story of Rome was presented in a mess. No heads up from provider on dangerous hot weather offering to switch or that you can’t enter the Colosseum with liquid. Ended up being a nightmare.
star-5
Such an interesting tour guide
James_K
, Aug 2022
Had an amazing time! Laura was brilliant, so interesting. Our two boys enjoyed listening to her too.
star-5
Great day out
ken_w
, Aug 2022
Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and was really engaging with everyone despite it being quite a large group. Would highly reccomend
star-5
Jan was an exceptional...
Graeme_F
, Aug 2022
Jan was an exceptional guide particularly concerned with us in the extreme heat. His knowledge & enthusiasm of history, culture & religion was impressive. This is definitely the highlight of our trip to Rome. Thanks again Jan.
star-5
Route guide was great ,...
Nurit_W
, Aug 2022
Route guide was great , very knowledgable ! save us a lot of time on the long lines and very enjoyable tour !
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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!

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