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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 19 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:  
Arco di Costantino
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
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 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.

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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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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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Best Tour Guide
Lori_N
, Nov 2021
We loved our guide Barbara. We did this tour in 2015 and we loved it even more this time with Barbara from Walks. She was very knowledgeable and brought the stories and facts of Colloseum to life. 3 hrs went by so quickly.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Lori_N, Thank you for the lovely review. Barbara will be thrilled to know she has made your time with us special! We hope your holiday was wonderful and that you will join us again soon. All the best, Gaia
star-5
Especially the Palatine...
Reana_G
, Oct 2021
Especially the Palatine Hill was our favorite. Our guide explained lots about history, rites and the problems of excavation. We enjoyed the tour a lot and would recommend everyone a guided tour to get a real feel and unverstanden of what you See.
star-5
Nick is a great knowledgeable Guide!!
Tracey_S
, Oct 2021
Nick was a great your guide he was very knowledgeable. Humorous, he even had pictures of the structures we were viewing to give us an idea. I took several tours in Rome and Venice. This tour was by far the best! It was personable yet informative, very professional. The 3 hours went by quickly. My only regret was I forgot to give Nick a tip. I will use Viator for all tours in the future! Thanks for making the collosium, The Forum, and Pallatine Hill come alive!!
star-5
Perfect tour and guide
Jenna_V
, Oct 2021
My guide Barbara was amazing. She was funny, told a lot of interesting things that other guides haven’t told (this was my fourth tour at colosseum). Also the tour in it self was great with the arena and everything. Thank you Barbara!
star-5
Excellent tour
Daniel_G
, Oct 2021
I enjoyed the Colosseum tour and the Roman Forum. Our guide was enthusiastic and told the history of the sites where you could visualize it. It was one of the best tours on our trip. Our guide Ahmed even made a good recommendation on where to eat after the tour.
star-5
The Rome Colosseum!!!
Carol_M
, Sep 2021
We loved this tour! The pick up area was easy to find. Emanuela was so knowledgeable and so much fun to be with. We loved hearing all the stories and the history of the Colosseum. This tour is definitely worth the money, and we would recommend it to everyone. There is a whole lot of walking, so wear really comfortable shoes and take lots of water and a hat or umbrella.
star-5
Great value, incredible amount of information and spectacular insights thanks to Francesca! I came out
Bob_S
, Sep 2021
This was a wonderful three hour is packed with information and insights thanks to our fabulous guide Francesca! We highly recommend anyone looking for an inside guide to the Colosseum and more to sign up for this tour!
star-5
Fun and interesting tour
Julie_S
, Sep 2021
Our guide, Hectore, was like the fun and interesting guy at a party. He was very knowledgeable about all of the historical facts but also added some fun information. He kept the tour moving and we finished exactly on time.
star-5
Absolutely loved it!
MiahEstrada
, Sep 2021
The meeting place was very easy to find. The tour guide was absolutely amazing and she was very knowledgeable on all the history of the forum and the colloseum! The headsets made it very easy to hear everything she said. Plenty of bathroom breaks, but bring water. I highly recommend this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Davide saved my day from my angry woman
Lito_G
, Aug 2021
Davide was an amazing tour guide. I messed up my tour reservation and he did all he could do to help me out and ended up getting me into the Colosseum that day. You don't need to be worried to be bored to death, Davide makes it entertaining and keeps your attention with his humor.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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