Rome Guided Tours

Express Arena Floor Colosseum Tour

Step straight through the Gladiator's Gate and look up from the arena floor.

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  • Availability

    Tue, Thu

  • Duration

    1.5 hours

  • Start time

    16:45

  • Small group

    Max 15 people

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Why Choose it?

  • Experience an affordable, small-group tour with no more than 15 guests.
  • Follow in the footsteps of gladiators as you stand on the arena floor.
  • Skip all the lines entering the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Tour description

Experience ancient Rome from the perspective of those who lived it through our Express Arena Floor Colosseum tour. Entering through the Colosseum’s Gladiator’s Gate, you’ll stand on the arena floor of the Colosseum, gazing down at its labyrinthine underground, and learning all about the savage scenes and spectacles from almost 2,000 years ago.

After exploring the world’s most iconic ancient monument, your expert guide will walk you over to the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill and scan you in, granting you access to its attractions Our guide won't be joining you for the rest of the tour, but you and the others can follow in the footsteps of the emperors, senators, and ordinary citizens of the former caput mundi (head of the world). Discover the temples, basilicas, and other fascinating monuments that tell the story of Rome’s ascendancy to an imperial power and climb the Palatine Hill to see where it all began.

Meet outside the Colosseum before entering through the Gladiator’s Gate

With timed, skip-the-line tickets, your small group of a maximum of 10 guests will step straight inside the Colosseum. Instead of arriving where all other visitors do, however, you’ll walk through the Gladiator’s Gate to emerge on the ancient level of the arena floor. Standing on a wooden reconstruction of the original arena floor, you’ll be treated to a 360° panorama of the entire ancient amphitheater. 

As you gaze down into the Colosseum Underground and up into its ancient stands, your expert guide will bring this monumental amphitheater’s history to life. Discover the scenes that took place when the Colosseum was inaugurated and find out how the Colosseum was designed to accommodate such spectacles.

Discover the wonders of the Colosseum with your expert licensed guide

As well as bringing you exclusive access to the Colosseum Arena Floor, this express Colosseum tour also grants you access to the Colosseum's upper levels. Get an expert's insight into the secrets of this iconic monument. Learn about the lives of those who fought and died here as you gaze down on the amphitheater's floor. And discover the different kinds of gladiators - what separatd the best from the rest and how they inscribed their names in immortality.

Please note that you won't be able to re-enter after leaving the Colosseum (though after this express Colosseum tour, you won't feel you need to!)

Passing the Arch of Constantine, step into the Roman Forum

Crossing the short distance from the Colosseum to the entrance of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, your guide will accompany you and your small group along the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) - the route victorious generals took for their triumphal military parades. Scanning you into this incredible archaeological site, you'll then be left to explore for yourself, armed with a newfound knowledge of imperial Rome.

Passing the symbolically loaded Arch of Titus, you’ll tread the same cobblestones as some of the most famous names in history, visiting the site of Julius Caesar’s cremation and the platform from which the likes of Cicero delivered their speeches.

Exploring the Roman Forum’s many temples, you can enter the House of the Vestals, the living quarters of Rome’s virginal priestesses who kept the city’s symbolic hearth fire burning in the temple next door. Visit temples dedicated to gods and temples built in honor of the emperors. And retrace ancient daily life in the ruins of the Forum’s basilicas, monuments, and Curia (Senate House).

Explore the city’s cradle as you ascend the Palatine Hill

Romulus founded Rome on the Palatine Hill, constructing the ramparts here in the mid-8th century BC which his twin-brother fatefully transgressed. Eminent citizens of the Roman Republic had their homes here, most famously Cicero who paid millions in today’s money. When Rome was ruled by emperors, the imperial family’s palaces stretched across the Palatine Hill, providing such a vision of splendor that it’s given us our word ‘palace’.

Feed your curiosity as you explore the most fascinating of Rome's Seven Hills, roaming it on your own or with the fellow travelers on your tour. Enjoying sweeping views over the Roman Forum and Colosseum in the distance, this is the perfect way to finish your adventure through ancient Rome.

Please not that your guide will accompany you only around the Colosseum, scanning you into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with your skip-the-line entry. 

itinerary:

  • Colosseum Arena Floor
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum or Palatine Hill Entrance

Wheelchair accessible:

Not for small group tours. Guests with limited mobility are encouraged to visit our private tour page.

meeting point:

In front of the metro station Colosseo, by the green souvenir kiosque.

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excellent guides

Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!