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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-1
Not a small group tour, bad company, DO NOT GO WITH THEM
sanderburghoorn
, Aug 2022
Company is ripping of tourists. When I book a SMALL group tour and find myself in a group of 24 (!!) I feel ripped off. When you tell them, their answer was it is high season. Yes, so what, I pay for a small group, you don't put us in a group of 24. Due to this big group it took longer to gather all people, to look at the different parts and to take photo's. So I really feel scammed. There were several tours to book for prices lower than this one, that went in the Colosseum with 6 to 10 people. So it is possible. Tourist info is online everywhere so, companies like these are not long to stay. I do not recommand to use this company.
star-5
Great day!
Cheryl_T
, Aug 2022
Great day exploring the Colisseum, Palentine Hill, and the Forum. Our guide was knowledgeable and really accommodating.
star-5
Colosseum Tour
Glenn_L
, Aug 2022
Can’t recommend this tour enough! We had Matt as our guide, he was knowledge, friendly and professional at his job. You could see his passion for the history and it really made the whole experience more enjoyable. He added his own little bits of information and shared little stories as well. Made it a knowledgeable and wholesome tour. I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone. The gladiator entrance was amazing to see as well, something different.
star-5
Excellent tour and guide
Susan_B
, Aug 2022
My husband and grown children thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Colosseum and Forum. Our guide (really sorry I didn’t hear his name!) was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Rome. Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Definitely NOT a small group
Barbara_C
, Aug 2022
Booked this trip as it said it was for a small group. There were 27 people in attendance and when I asked the tour operator, they claimed that the number was only aspirational and not a guarantee. Very disappointing.
star-5
Excellent story telling excurtion.
Linda_P
, Aug 2022
The guide was very interesting by explaining history as if he was telling a movie. We had more than what we expected. Pleasant experience.
star-5
Great experience
Tammy_W
, Aug 2022
Dennis was an excellent tour guide. It was great to have his perspective to understand Roman life. Also skipping the lines was a huge timesaver and well worth the expense.
star-5
Well worth it
JaredDuchin
, Aug 2022
Paulo was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable and moved the group at a good pace. The Roman Forum was my favorite part, but there is a lot of walking in the heat.
star-5
Rome history and lots of fun!
Ryan_N
, Aug 2022
We had a blast and learned a ton. Our guide (Francesca) was incredibly knowledgeable (a degree in archeological studies), incredibly enthusiastic and incredibly fun. We would absolutely recommend this tour!!!
star-5
Great tour
Sarah_A
, Aug 2022
Fabulous guide Francesca. Very knowledgeable. Great places to visit close to each other. Plenty of time to see the main points. Small friendly group. Very enjoyable
star-1
Bad experience, do not book!
Lara_F
, Aug 2022
The tour did not deliver what it was meant to. The time within the coliseum was rushed and limited information was provided by the guide. I left halfway through the tour
star-5
Excellent Tour!
Claudio_C
, Aug 2022
Excellent tour with Renata! Great narration and very informative. We loved everything about it especially Beautiful grounds. We highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Laura_C
, Aug 2022
Guide was fantastic! Communication with the company was clear and we had a wonderful time on the tour!
star-5
Rome- family of 15
Julie_C
, Aug 2022
This was an amazing experience for our multigenerational family of 15. Our tour guide, Dennis, was so knowledgeable and engaging. He immersed us in the history of Rome that got even the youngest of our group inspired. The company was very organized and made this a day we will never forget. I would highly recommend this tour it really was amazing.
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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

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