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Semi Private Colosseum Tour with Special Access to the Arena Floor - Group of 12

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Roma, Italy

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Take advantage of skip-the-line access to the Colosseum in Rome during this small-group express tour in Rome. Walk past the long lines and through the Gladiator's Entrance, then explore the reconstructed Arena Floor with your guide—usually off-limits to the public. Head up to the second tier, where spectators once sat, and enjoy the views of the ancient arena. You can then use skip-the-line admission to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, included as part of your experience.

Additional Details

  • Skip the line through special access to the Gladiator’s Gate
  • Get perspectives from both the Arena Floor and the Second Level
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a personalized experience
  • Skip-the-line access to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This express tour explores both the arena floor and second level.
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Group size is 12 people
Skip the Line Access for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Privileged Colosseum Arena Access
Expert-English Guide
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Food/Beverage (when not mentioned in the Inclusions)

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Meet your guide and small group at a central meeting point at your chosen tour time. Walk over to the Colosseum and enjoy skip-the-line priority admission through the Gladiator's Entrance. 

Explore the partial reconstruction of the arena floor, gazing up at the tiered ruins above. Listen to your guide's commentary on how the arena was used and imagine the screaming of more than 50,000 citizens from above. 

Proceed to the second level to get a view from the crowd's perspective while your guide fills you in on more history and culture. This express tour allows you to see the Colosseum from above and below in a compact time frame.

At the conclusion of your tour, opt to stay inside the Colosseum or follow your guide for skip-the-line access to the Roman Forum. Get a short introduction into its history and most famous monuments before visiting them on your own. Hike to the top of the Palatine Hill for an exceptional bird’s-eye perspective over the Forum and Circus Maximus.
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Feel the glory and majesty of Rome at the height of its power as you walk on the very same stones as those who came to fight here in gladiatorial combat, treading in their footsteps out onto a partial reconstruction of the arena floor, looking up at the tiered ruins that were once filled with some 50,000-80,000 bloodthirsty spectators. You are sure to hear their echoes as your eyes are drawn upward, your body turns and your mind is boggled by the elegance and engineering prowess of what was once the largest structure of its kind in the world, all from this unique 360° view, as a local expert guide reminds you of its dramatic purpose in a narrative that goes beyond anything Hollywood could dream up. Home to the gladiatorial games, exotic staged hunts, theatrical executions and even mock sea-battles, this 1.5-hour Colosseum tour explores the Arena Floor with its awe-inspiring perspective, up-close views of the underground area where the spectacle was brought to life, and the panorama from where the Emperor’s box once stood, all special access areas that standard ticket holders don’t get to see. In addition, you will 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. No other itinerary allows you to see the Colosseum from the two most impressive above and below viewpoints in such a compact time frame.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
After the tour in the Colosseum, follow your guide for Skip the Line access to the Roman Forum at no additional cost. Here you will be taken to the best vantage point for a short introduction into its history and most famous monuments before visiting them on your own, enriched by your guide’s expert knowledge.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Palatine Hill
You will also be able to hike to the top of the Palatine Hill for an exceptional bird’s-eye perspective over the Forum and Circus Maximus. The Colosseum has fascinated visitors throughout history, evoking images of fierce gladiators, roaring crowds, as well as wild lions and tigers springing from their cages. For the first time you can now access this awe-inspiring edifice's Arena Floor directly for a truly indelible imprint of the wonder that was ancient Rome.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Following the new regulations regarding Coronavirus, at the entrance your body temperature will be checked. If a body temperature above 37.5 ° C is registered, you will not be able to enter the site.
  • All visitors must wear the mask both at the entrance and during the entire visit and always keep the safety distance of 1.80 m.
  • Unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures
  • Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid document with you on tour. Passengers who fail to provide a valid proof of identity will be denied entry
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • May experience delays in clearing security checks when entering the venue
  • Only very small bags are allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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 Semi Private Colosseum Tour with Special Access to the Arena Floor - Group of 12?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the social distancing policy during Semi Private Colosseum Tour with Special Access to the Arena Floor - Group of 12?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What is the maximum group size during Semi Private Colosseum Tour with Special Access to the Arena Floor - Group of 12?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Very crowded so a tour is the way to go." See review
  • "Loved being on the floor - first thing in the am is the way to go in the summer." See review
  • "Arena floor with privileged access was definitely the way to go." See review


126 Reviews

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Awesome tour
Brenda V
, Nov 2019
This tour was a great way to see the inside of the colosseum Lots of history and facts Our tour guide was great very informative and seemed to really enjoy her jof
Gladiator-Closseum Tour
Jerry L
, Oct 2019
This was, by far, my favorite tour. We got in before the crowds and our tour guide was knowledgeable and explained everything with such passion. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Great, Quick Tour
, Oct 2019
Maria was fantastic and did a wonderful job on the tour. She hit all the highlights necessary and we had a really great experience. I don’t think you need more than a one-hour tour here, as I saw a bunch of options for three-hour tours! Afterwards, Maria offered to take anyone over to this other area (I can’t remember the name for the life of me) nearby with free entrance. Note that it does take more than an hour total because you have to wait for the exact time to get in with the group. I think meeting point to end was closer to 1.5 hours.
Great tour
Christine L
, Jul 2019
Very well organized tour. Great tour guide tour who seemed genuinely interested in us having a good experience. Highly recommend it.
Ok, But
, Jul 2019
This was the 4th booking I've made via Viator - all really good so far. However, my initial impression of the company running this tour was not favourable. The process of checking in was beyond chaotic. The tour guide was good but it was very scripted, no effort made to properly engage with different age groups within the group - our daughter (9) who is history mad was bored stiff and I think that sums it up particularly in such a spectacular venue. However, I appreciated the skip the line aspects and I think it was beneficial to have a tour , even little things like where to take the best photos are good as of course is the knowledge provided by the tour guide
Guide Was Great, Colosseum Was Great, End Was Disappointing
James W
, Jul 2019
Overall, this was still a great experience, though some parts at the end didn't meet our expectations. First, the Pros: Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. She did a great job keeping us in the shade whenever possible and getting our group water on a very hot day. She was great about keeping the group together while still giving them time to take pictures and fill water bottles, and she had a lot of interesting facts and great pictures to share. We had to wait a little longer than expected to enter the Colosseum but she filled the time well. After we entered, we were able to spend time on the arena floor before moving up to the general access floor, and it was wonderful to be able to experience the Colosseum from both perspectives. Now the Cons: we were expecting the tour to include skip-the-line access to the Roman Forum. For that reason, we stayed with the guide and exited the Colosseum and continued to the Forum. However, what actually happened was that the guide just walked us several minutes to the back entrance of the Roman Forum to "skip the line" by going to the less-crowded entrance. Once we entered the Forum, she left without pointing out anything of interest or providing any information on the Forum at all. We knew the Forum part would be independent, but we were expecting at least a quick introduction to the important sights. In retrospect, we would have left the tour at the Colosseum and not continued on to the Forum for two reasons: 1. there were a lot of interesting displays and things to see at the Colosseum that we missed by continuing the tour; we would rather have had the time to look more at the Colosseum first. and 2. because we entered the back of the Forum, we actually missed a lot of content at the Forum and on the hills and we did a lot of extra walking on a very hot day to find the entrances, rather than the exits, to where we wanted to go.
Informative & Interesting - Must Do!
, Jul 2019
Our tour guide, Tiziana, was outstanding. She was funny, personable and full of insight. If you're in Rome during the summer, I would definitely suggest the early morning tour, as it gets hot very quickly! I would also recommend doing a Forum tour as well. We did not (although the Colosseum tour gave us entry into the Forum), and I feel we could have gotten much more out of the Forum had we had a tour guide with us too.
Very well done
, Jul 2019
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, very well spoken, and very pleasant. Even though we were in Italy during a heat wave, and it was unbearably crowded everywhere we went, this tour was definitely a highlight.
, Jun 2019
Tour guide was amazing and kept is the shade - great experience! Loved being on the floor - first thing in the am is the way to go in the summer.
Colosseum Tour
, Jun 2019
A great hour and a half with Inga. Tour moved well through the crowds, walking through the Gate of Life was thrilling. Plenty of information and saw everything we wanted to see.

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