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Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get a gladiator’s view of the Colosseum, then explore the Roman Forum on a walking tour of ancient Rome. With a skip-the-line ticket, avoid the long entrance lines and access the arena via the Gladiator’s Gate. Stand where gladiators once fought, hear tales of ruthless crowds and emperors, then explore the Colosseum’s first level with your guide. Finish with a tour of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, with stories that bring the ruins to life.
  • Skip the line for fast-track entry to the Colosseum
  • Enter via the Gladiator’s Gate and stand in the arena
  • Learn about the gladiators and the battles they fought
  • Explore the Colosseum’s first level to see where the crowds cheered
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Skip the line access at the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Expert licensed tour guides
Headsets for every guest
Groups of 25 people or fewer
No-wait entrance to the Colosseum via the Gladiator’s Gate
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Via delle Terme di Tito, 73 , Via delle Terme di Tito, 73, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide at the entrance of Colle Oppio Park on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. The entrance is opposite Oppio caffè. Colle Oppio Park is located on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. If arriving by metro, please note that there are two entrances/exits for the metro. The caffè where we meet is located on the street above the metro station. You can take the stairs up either inside the metro station or from outside. Once you arrive to the street above the metro, face the colosseum and then walk to your left 150 meters and you will find the Oppio Caffè on the corner and the entrance on the opposite side.

Foro Romano , Foro Romano, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Colosseum/Roman Forum

Make your own way to a central meeting point in Rome to meet your guide and group.

Walk over to the Colosseum with your skip-the-line ticket in hand, then bypass the main entrance lines to head straight inside the arena via the Gladiator’s Gate. Transporting you back in millennia, your guide regales you with stories of the gladiators who fought here to their death. 

From the arena, head up to the first floor to see where the bloodthirsty Roman crowds bayed, and gaze out over Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum—your next stop.

Leave the Colosseum, and walk over to the forum as you hear tales of imperial-era Rome. Wander around the main ruins and monuments of the ancient plaza, which was a center of political activity in the city’s heyday. 

Finish your tour near the Roman Forum. 

NOTE: There is a new rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags are not allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
You’ll head into the Roman Forum and the Palatine hill to learn the the wider history of Imperial Rome. Through the stories and anecdotes of your expert guide, the ruins will come to life and you’ll have no problem imagining the heyday of this incredible civilization.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Step off the tourist track in the Colosseum and get a gladiator’s-eye-view by using their special entrance and stepping onto the normally off-limits arena floor. You can’t get closer to the action than this. The arena floor is where people actually fought and died in the Colosseum. While most visitors only ever see it from the stands, you’ll bypass long, general entrance lines and step directly onto it via the special Gladiator’s Gate. As you marvel at the great amphitheater around you, your expert guide will tell stories to transport back nearly 2,000 years, when vicious blood sports were the most popular form of entertainment in Rome. During your tour you’ll also explore the rest of the Colosseum, including the first floor and Roman Forum overlook.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
You’ll head into the Roman Forum and the Palatine hill to learn the the wider history of Imperial Rome. Through the stories and anecdotes of your expert guide, the ruins will come to life and you’ll have no problem imagining the heyday of this incredible civilization.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Arch of Constantino
Arch of Constatine
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Important Note: There is a new rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Comfortable shoes are reccomended
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
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 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 Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum 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
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  • "Worth going early and having lunch in the cafe in the used for the meeting place (Opius I think it was)." See review
  • "If you have small children or are elderly this tour can be challenging to withstand due to length of time on your feet and in the sun." See review

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Gladiators
Lisa_B
, Jun 2022
Nick was great, very knowledgeable and interesting. Included the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman forum. My family and I enjoyed the tour very much.
star-5
Family friendly and fun!
michele_s
, Jun 2022
Elena was friendly, witty, entertaining and incredibly knowledgeable guide! She made history come alive and even my usually surly teenagers stuck with the full tour on a hot, humid and shadeless day. Loved it!
star-5
Great Tour
John_M
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Emily, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, managed the crowds well, and made sure everyone was entertained.
star-5
Must do!
Madaline_D
, Jun 2022
Sabrina was the best guide ever! Her knowledge of the area was vast. Sabrina really engaged everyone. I especially loved the patience she had for those who attended with strollers or who had difficulty keeping up. She was always adjusting to their needs. Hands down one of the best guided tours we had on our trip to Europe!
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Bad Scheduling
Nicky_P
, Jun 2022
We booked our tour of the Vatican one month before and then we got a call one day before this tour stating that the Vatican was closed for a saints holiday the day we booked the tour. The tour company and Viator should have known this way as the Italians told me that June 29th is a known religious holiday. We had to reschedule our tour for the day we got the call. At that moment we had to leave the Coliseum tour early to rush back to our hotel to change per dress code and get to the Vatican tour.
star-5
Great knowledge and experience
Chazz_L
, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful time on this tour. Francesco was an excellent tour guide and provided a lot of incredible knowledge and information, and the experience itself was unforgettable!
star-5
Amazing, Insightful, and Fun
Kurt_L
, Jun 2022
A site I have been looking forward to for a long time, and it did not disappoint. Tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate. Many of the members did believe this was VIP access underground, however it did not include. That seemed to be a misunderstanding on my end, not understanding the areas of the Colosseum. Nonetheless, it was a great tour that I would recommend for everyone!
star-5
AMAZING history and tour with Sev! Thank you!
Kathleen_H
, Jun 2022
What a day this was! Sev is absolutely PHENOMENAL and I was lucky to get him as a guide. My partner couldn't make it and had to reschedule to a different day and his tour was not as good. He couldn't believe all the things I had to tell him. Sev is a professor and an archeologist with a real passion for Roman history. He also has a very easy-going way about him that made navigating everything very enjoyable. I'm so glad I did this one first and then the Vatican at the end of my stay - there were things I learned from Sev that I remembered and made the Vatican tour even more relevant. Sev mainly does these tours on weekends, I believe so if you can try and get him! I've done a lot of these tours in Italy and France - Sev is a real standout. Thanks, Sev for the perfect day! I learned so much!
star-5
Fantastic tour
margaret_R
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was amazing--incredibly informative and engaging. Even my 13 year old was fascinated and asked many questions. I highly recommend!
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Roman Colosseum family tour
Jeannine_H
, Jun 2022
Sev was an excellent tour guide. He was able to make us feel we were experiencing the arena as a spectator. Loved the history of this ancient time
star-5
Worth it!
Kelly_M
, Jun 2022
Great tour! Loved our guide! The teens enjoyed it and thought it was interesting. Take water with you in case the fountains aren’t working and it’s hot.
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Arena tour
Sandra_S
, Jun 2022
Nicola (Nick) was fabulous! Very informed, lovely and helpful! Despite the heat, it was a wonderful tour!
star-5
Excellent trip / experience
Paul_S
, Jun 2022
Well organised, not rushed. Excellent guide. Very hot but stopped for drinks. Would recommend to others
star-5
Best time
Joanne_S
, Jun 2022
Eddy was great funny and informative - despite the heat he kept us going and we both enjoyed this. The facts he told us helped us understand the area and appreciate how fortunate we are to see this
star-5
I really connected with...
Gizelle_W
, Jun 2022
I really connected with our guide Flavia. It was sweltering HOT the day of our tour and I am so glad our guide is concerned about us melting down. She found shade everywhere to explain most facts and historical events. I would recommend this tour!
star-5
Great guide and sites
Matthew_C
, Jun 2022
Engaging and entertaining guide. She even got my son back into the game in the 94 degree heat. THANK YOU!
star-5
Book this tour, it’s worth it!
Kim_S
, Jun 2022
We loved this tour, meeting place was easy to find, check in was seamless, and we started on time! I would not try to do this on my own, its huge with so much to see, it’s so worth it to have a guide! Stefano was fantastic, informative, funny & tried to find shade wherever he could (it was a very hot day) highly recommend!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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The guide gave such a...
Lisa_M
, Jun 2022
The guide gave such a nice history as we walked around this amazing place! Everyone should see the colosseum once in their life to truly feel it’s grandness.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Bring Coliseum to Life
Joseph_V
, Jun 2022
The tour began promptly on time. Equipment worked perfectly. Tour guide was excellent! Very knowledgeable. Brought pictures to show contrast between how the Coliseum and sites looked originally and now. Well timed tour. We all Thoroughly enjoyed.
star-5
Informative, interesting and ideal
Hayley_I
, Jun 2022
Guide was great, can’t recall his name sorry! Your was a good amount of time given the heat. Finding the meeting point was tricky as kept getting sent to the wrong place but for there in the end. Would definitely teco

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