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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 19 people or fewer
No-wait entrance to the Colosseum via the Gladiator’s Gate
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

Via delle Terme di Tito, 73, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Foro Romano, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
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

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.
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
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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
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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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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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

Reviews

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star-4
Wonderful. When there were errors, the contracted company made things right for us.
Marcela_Loeber
, Jul 2021
Our reservation (rescheduled tour from 7/9 to 7/3) of an audio guide was never received by the Walk Italy company, however, because they are such a good company, they compensated us with tickets to the Coliseum and Palatine Hill. We were very impressed with their desire to have us walk away happy.
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star-5
Davide - Best Tour Yet
Michele_M
, Jun 2021
Davide gave the absolute best tour we've been on yet in Italy. We've been on several Colosseum and Roman Forum tours, and this is hands down the best. Not only is he knowledgeable, but he spent a lot of time painting a wonderful picture of Ancient Rome and made the ruins come to life. He answered all of our questions with great detail. BOOK THIS GUY!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Michele, Thank you for the amazing review. We will certainly let David know how happy you were. Excited to know that you like to revisit the Colosseum and we hope to have you back with us again soon.
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star-5
Incredible tour and way to see Ancient Rome
Carrie_L
, May 2021
We absolutely loved this tour! Our guide, Dario, was extremely knowledgeable, quick witted, and just an overall joy. The colosseum was our favorite part. We loved hearing about the history but also Dario’s passion for the city and its extensive history. Must do!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Carrie, thank you so much for your 5-star review. We know that a guide can make or break your experience and we put huge effort into finding and keeping the best guides in the business - and Dario certainly fits that bill. We are delighted you loved your tour so much. See you again soon.
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star-5
The best tour !
Fiona_W
, Aug 2020
The tour was AMAZING, it was a tour of the colosseum and the Roman forum. My guide Francesco was 10/10 he was friendly and pleasant through out the whole tour and even offered to take photos (as I was travelling alone). He gave an excellent tour with so many interesting facts and story’s. He was able to answer any and all questions not just about dates and facts but about the social and political impact of events through out roman history. I couldn’t recommend it enough !!!
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star-5
Unbelievable
Billy_N
, Aug 2020
The tour was brilliant and the guide couldn’t have been better. Loved every second ! Would definitely book again through this company.
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star-5
Excellent Ancient Rome Tour
Yvonne
, Mar 2020
We couldn't go through the Gladiator Gates which was closed. However this did not deter from the overall of tour which was simply awesome. So informative and interesting. Thank you so much. We would definitely recommend it. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Yvonne, Thank you for taking the time to review and recommend our Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour. We are very sorry to read the Arena was unexpectedly closed on the day of your visit, but also glad the guide was so informative and interesting that your overall time with us was simply awesome regardless. We work very hard to deliver only the best experiences to our clients, and cannot express how happy we are to receive such wonderful comments like yours, as it means we have done a good job! Thank you again for walking with us, we hope to welcome you again, perhaps in our other markets, soon! Sincerely, The Walks Team
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star-4
Brilliant but guide almost too clever for her own good!
Alison_W
, Feb 2020
The tour was fantastic and very in depth. My only minor criticism would be that the guide was almost too academic. I did the tour with my dad and brother. My dad and I have both studied history and read about the colosseum before the tour. However, my brother hadn’t done so and felt that the tour guide wasn’t always speaking in laymen’s terms. Sometimes she made things overly complicated and tended to jump around a lot. I completely understand that it’s a difficult and complex period of history that is not overly familiar to us today, however I firmly believe that every aspect of history can be broken down into more understandable chunks.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Alison_W Thank you for sharing your experience of our Gladiator Gate tour, we truly appreciate your feedback. We have noted your feedback and will pass it along to our guide's manager, as we firmly believe that there is always room for improvement! We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour with us, and very much hope to see you on another of our guided experiences in the future. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Poor and Unfriendly Service
Safari33382292428
, Dec 2019
We didn't join the tour due to less than 15 minutes late arrival as results of traffic and difficulties in finding the meeting point. The operator didn't try to help to finding possibility joining next group, which we feel very unfair. We will never recommend this tour organizer to our friends.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello Safari33382292428, Thank you for sharing your feedback from your recent experience with us. We appreciate that you took the time to do so. I am so sorry to hear that you were unable to join your Colosseum tour with us, as we would have loved to have had you as our guest as planned! Unfortunately, we are unable to wait for late arrivals to this tour, as our tickets into the Colosseum are time-sensitive and we can't allow the rest of the group to miss out on this experience. We ask that our guests arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to avoid exactly this disappointment, but we know that sometimes it can be difficult to navigate a new city! We always do our utmost to reschedule guests onto the next available tour, but if they are fully booked it can be quite difficult. If this was the case for you, I can completely understand your frustration. We hope that we will have another opportunity to tour with you in the future, as we are sure that you will love our tours. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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star-5
Sev was brilliant!
nithinravindranath
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide Sev was brilliant. It was a group of 25 so we thought it was not going to be great but Sev was great and cant recommend him enough..the tour was lovely!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello nithinravindranath, Thank you for your kind review. We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your time with Sev. He's knowledge and insight simply cannot be missed! We will be sure to forward your comments to him as we sure it make his day just as it did ours. We look forward to sharing another walk with you soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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star-5
First class!
DaisyDuck301
, Dec 2019
Bought via Viator, executed by City Talks - very professionally run and organized. Sev led our group - he was excellent: that perfect blend of super knowledgeable and charismatic. So glad we took the tour, the access, the insight would all have been lost, if we hadn't. Sev also has a big tour guide flag... you don't know how important it is, until you need it. The audio was really great too, you don't miss a thing!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello DaisyDuck301, Thank you for your kind review. It is such a pleasure to learn that you had such a wonderful tour experience with Sev. Reading reviews such as these makes all the more proud of the work our guides do. We will be sure to pass along your review to our Guide Manager to ensure Sev gets the recognition that he so deserves! We hope that you will get the opportunity to share another walk with us soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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