Exclusive Gladiator Arena - The Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Tour

Roma, Italy
Exclusive Gladiator Arena The Colosseum Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Tour
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From $71.91

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-You will not receive a refund if you cancel.

  • 2 to 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Gaze out across the Colosseum as the gladiators once did with this exclusive tour that takes you into the restricted areas of the arena floor. Admire the ancient amphitheater from a unique vantage point and learn about its history and design from your guide before continuing on to explore the ruins in the Roman Forum and on Palatine Hill.
  • Save time with skip-the-line admission to the Colosseum and Forum
  • Visit with a guide for explanations to understand the complex ruins
  • Follow in the footsteps of the gladiators on the restricted arena floor
  • Headsets to follow the guide’s commentary inside the busy attraction

What's Included

  • Fast Track Entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill archaeological area
  • Exclusive Access to the Gladiators' Arena Floor
  • Audio Equipment to hear the guide clearly
  • Colosseum entrance ticket (valued at €17 per person)(€24 For Arena Entrance)
  • Colosseum reservation fee (valued at €2 per person)
  • Please note: Colosseum fees as above. The remaining cost of this experience covers other services.
  • Food & Drinks
  • Pick up/Drop off service
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via della Polveriera, 8
    Via della Polveriera, 8, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    The meeting point is Via della Polveriera 8, about 100 meters from the Colosseum at the Crown Tours office. Make your way to the terrace above the Colosseum Metro Station. You'll find a pedestrian bridge to cross above the road.

End point

  • Colosseum
    Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Ticket redemption point

Via della Polveriera, 8, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Palatine Hill

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • ID mandatory. Guests who show up without ID cannot be guaranteed entrance.
  • Please provide the full names of all travelers when booking. Failure to present a voucher with all travelers' full names at the ticket office prior to entry may result in denied entry to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
  • ID may be required for entrance (especially for guests under the age of 18). Guests who show up without ID cannot be guaranteed entrance.
  • It is forbidden to bring inside the Colosseum: glass, sharp objects, alcohol, spray
  • Customers need to show up at our office in via della Polveriera 8 in order to join this tour
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • In July and August due to the heat the duration of the visit is 2 hours and a half
  • Upon choosing our guided tour, you acknowledge and accept that the admission fee to the archaeological sites of the arena is 22 euros for adults, accompanied by a 2 EUR booking fee, and free admission ticket for children under 18. The remaining amount is voluntary and includes services provided by skilled licensed guides, headsets, booking fees, and other tour amenities. Our goal is to provide transparency and ensure your understanding of the cost breakdown, allowing you to fully recognize the value of our guided experience.
  • Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      559 reviews
      Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
      Reviews by Viator travelers.
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      Kathleen_D, Dec 2023
      We loved this tour. Our tour guide was amazing! Very friendly and informative. He engaged well with the group and made sure we all had a great time. I highly recommend!
      The Great Colossal Walking tour
      Woody_D, Nov 2023
      This tour was great and exceeded our expectations. Gabriele our guide is very knowledgeable. Our advice for anyone considering is to wear good shoes. There is walking and climbing ancient steps involved. There is also a lift if needed.
      Response from Host, Nov 2023
      Hello Woody! We are so happy that Gabriele impressed you as much as he does us! You give some great advice, as if you were a true Roman. Have a great rest of your holiday!
      Brandi_G, Nov 2023
      Amazing tour our guide was very knowledgeable and answered everyone’s questions. This tour is long with tons of walking, make sure to bring water- very worth it!
      Response from Host, Nov 2023
      Hi Brandi! We are thrilled you had such a great tour, and that you were able to learn so much. Good advice! Best wishes and safe travels!
      Artouro tour guide was the best
      Nairy_B, Nov 2023
      Artouro was the best tour guide we’ve ever had! His humour and rich knowledge made this tour so enjoyable, and we will definitely book him again for our next tour!
      Response from Host, Nov 2023
      Hello Nairy! Wow, we will be sure to share your kind words with Arturo, and are thrilled you enjoyed his tour as much as we do. We can not wait to see you again. Best wishes!
      Informative Tour
      Ellie_M, Nov 2023
      Laura was an amazing guide and we learned so much about life during the Roman empire and Rome's history. The tour was the perfect length and we were able to stay inside of the Roman Forum afterwards to explore more on our own. I highly recommend this tour!
      Response from Host, Nov 2023
      Hello Ellie! Wow, we are thrilled you had such a eye-opening tour with Laura. We are beyond grateful for your recommendation, and look forwards to seeing to soon! Kind regards!
      Blood, sand, and chocolate.
      Joshua_N, Nov 2023
      Our guide wanted us to paint a picture of what these places were really like, and not just come for the pictures. He gave us perspectives and stories that helped what we were seeing come to life.
      Response from Host, Nov 2023
      Hi Joshua! We are just thrilled you were able to step back in time and really learn something with the guide. Kind regards and have a great rest of your trip!
      Bringing ancient history to life
      Malcolm_M, Oct 2023
      Our tour guide Laura was outstanding, with a fun style, the right pace and impressive depth of knowledge. Thank you Laura!
      Response from Host, Nov 2023
      Hello from Crown Tours! We are thrilled you had a fantastic tour with Laura! Thank you, and have a great rest of your trip!
      Highlights of Rome
      Lera_O, Oct 2023
      Absolutely fantastic! Our guide Lara so knowledgeable, articulate and entertaining. A full on experience worth the money.
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hi Lera! Wow, thank you so much. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Lara. Kind regards and safe travels!
      Great tour and guide....
      Susan_O, Oct 2023
      Great tour and guide. Didn’t get 5 stars because the head set picked up other tour guides and had a lot of static interference.
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hi Susan! We are so pleased you had a fantastic tour and appreciate your feedback greatly. Best wishes!
      Magnificent piece of History
      Kathleen_H, Oct 2023
      Wow take my breath away at the magnificent structure that is still standing after thousands of years!!
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hello from Crown Tours! We are so joyed to hear you found these sites as incredible as we do. Kind regards!
      Wonderful tour
      DIANE_Z, Oct 2023
      Our tour guide was incredible. An archeology student getting her Ph.D., she was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Amazing!!
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hello from Crown Tours! We are thrilled you enjoyed your tour, and that you took the time to learn about Roman history. Have a great rest of your trip, hope to see you again soon!
      Great experience with a experienced, friendly guide
      suzi_d, Oct 2023
      Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. She took the time to allow us to take breaks and photos and was very friendly and caring if everyone on the tours needs. Would book with this company again.
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hello from Crown Tours! We so pleased you had a great tour with us! Our guides really do make the Crown Tours experience so special. Thank you for your kind review, kind regards.
      Great tour.
      Lisa_P, Oct 2023
      I am so disappointed that I can not remember the name of our guide. He was a very knowledgeable young man and I would love to give him the attention he deserves. He went at the perfect pace for a group of many ages and fitness levels. He welcomed questions at any given point, showed pictures as a point of reference and engaged the group in every step. The office staff at check in were kind, efficient and accommodating to our group. I really wish I got names, I appreciate you all!
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hello from Crown Tours! We are so glad you had a great tour, and were so taken care of. We appreciate you, and hope to see you again soon! If you have any questions feel free to reach out at!
      Our Coliseum experience
      Patrick_V, Oct 2023
      All of it. Out tour guide was excellent and gave us an understanding of every step.Please understand that when you insist on me writing more , you ruin the whole idea of it being my review
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hello from Crown Tours. We are so glad you enjoyed the tour and will be sure to share with our team. They will be so flattered by your kind review! Best wishes!
      Great Tour, but Poorly Managed
      Madison_F, Oct 2023
      We did love the actual tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum! Our guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job breaking down the complicated history so we could easily understand! However, Crown Tours, who this tour was operated through were a disaster. The instructions through Viator stated to arrive 30 minutes ahead of our tour, which we did. We were told to wait to check in and waited for ~20 minutes. We were then told our tour wouldn’t begin for another ~25 minutes. I’m short, we waited over an hour before even starting our tour, which started over 30 minutes after our booked start time. The whole process was a mess and Crown Tours was very unorganized and non-communicative. I would not recommend using them.
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hello from Crown Tours! We are so thrilled to hear that your guide was great, and that they helped to learn about the incredible Roman history. We are however disheartened to hear you had a less than organized office experience. We greatly value timeliness and communication and are so disappointed to hear your experience was not reflected of this. We always seek to improve and would really appreciate if you could email our team at We would love to get to the bottom of this. Best wishes!
      Not the tour for us
      Joi_K, Oct 2023
      We were not informed the time of the tour had changed by 30 minutes. An email informing us of a time change was sent 2 days after the tour. We arrived 30 minutes early as instructed only to sit and wait an hour for the tour to begin. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable but bordered on talking too much and boring our group. There was a lot of crackling in the audio the whole tour.
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hello from Crown Tours. We are so surprised to hear this experience. Organization and communication are pillars of how we operate, and furthermore having great guides. This is very troubling for us and ask of you kindly to email us to dig into what happened. Kind regards, hope to hear from you soon.
      Arturo is the best, hands down
      Ian_J, Oct 2023
      Arturo was absolutely phenomenal! Best guide we’ve ever had. Extremely knowledgeable coupled with a wonderful personality. Request Arturo!!!
      Response from Host, Oct 2023
      Hello from Crown Tours. We are so happy to hear such kind words about your experience! We will be sure to let Arturo know, thanks for choosing us!
      Couldn’t understand guide :(
      Halie_G, Oct 2023
      We couldn’t understand a single word the guide said to us :( 4 different people asked her to speak slower but it just didn’t happen. She was super kind though. I think we started with 20 people and by the end everyone had quit the tour except 8. The company refunded me 50% when I reached out, which is nice but the tour took away my groups will to live soooo unsure if that’s enough.
      Rough start to an excellent tour
      JAMES_C, Oct 2023
      Overall the tour was very good the guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the colosseum and the locations. We had a rough start as a result of a transportation strike leading to us arriving 15 minutes late. We had to pay extra for a new time slot which was not part of our plans. The strikes in Italy are ridiculous. To end on a positive note our guide once again was exceptional. He was animated, entertaining and super knowledgeable.
      We love Vasco!
      Skylar_D, Oct 2023
      We had a wonderful time with our guide Vasco! He is a true historian and it was a very entertaining and informative experience. I would highly recommend touring with this company, very organized.

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