Colosseum Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Roma, Italy
Skip the line Gladiators Entrance and Colosseum Arena Express Tour
Likely to Sell Out

From $55.20

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-You will not receive a refund if you cancel.

  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Maximize your limited time in Rome and bypass the seemingly endless ticket line at the Colosseum. The special ticket further grants you exclusive access to the arena floor where gladiators once stood. Listen as your guide goes beyond what you get in a typical audio guide. Hear the behind-the-scenes history of fighters, spectators, and more. Afterward, use the time you saved to explore other attractions, enjoy Italian food, or simply relax.
  • Skip the long line to the city’s most popular attraction
  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Colosseum
  • Experience the arena from a unique vantage point
  • Take advantage of your limited vacation time

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This express tour explores both the arena floor and 2nd level in a short period of time.

What's Included

  • Official Live Guide
  • Arena Floor restricted area
  • Fast Track Entrance/Gladiator Door
  • Headsets
  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour
  • Admission Fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Santi Cosma e Damiano
    Via dei Fori Imperiali, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet in front of the Basilica San Cosma and Damiano. Look for tour greeters in red Show Me Italy jackets/shirts. They will be waiting next to the large red pillar just in front of the church on the Via dei Fori Imperiali.

End point

  • Largo della Salara Vecchia
    L.go della Salara Vecchia, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Palatine Hill

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A government-issued ID/passport is required for every participant. Failure to bring an ID can result in the security staff refusing you entrance to the monument
  • 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.
  • The meeting time is subject to change. In this case, you will be contacted in advance via email
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour
  • • Refunds will not be provided for no-shows or late arrivals. If you are late to the meeting point, you will not be able to join your tour.
  • • Toilets are limited, use the toilet before arriving for the tour. (Breaks made when possible)
  • • No weapons (pocket knives), glass bottles or large backpacks
  • • Tours will run rain or shine (unless closed for safety reasons)
  • There are mandatory security checks al all entry points to the sites. The wait time time for the security check can be considerable during peak times/seasons and has nothing to do with the ticket line
  • The names provided at the time of the booking cannot be changed.
  • 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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      Amazing tour and our...
      Sofia_P, Nov 2023
      Amazing tour and our guide Nicolas was charming and shared so much interesting information. Highly recommend.
      If you do one tour make it this one!
      Colleen_K, Nov 2023
      My mom and I were so lucky to have this wonderful tour with Fi. She was so funny, informative and a complete professional. We learned so much but it was also incredibly fun. I would 100 percent recommend this tour—you really need the context of what you’re looking at and it’s so wonderful to not have to wait in line! Even in November we saw extremely long lines for people waiting to get tickets but we didn’t have to bother with that. Thank you to Fi for a wonderful tour!!
      Amazing experience
      Lori_A, Nov 2023
      Our guide Nicola was amazing, very knowledgeable and passionate. What an amazing experience, we were intrigued from start to finish. The only issue was that we were not aware that we could not re-enter the colosseum to go to the souvenir shop.
      Could have been amazing….
      MettaMarie_W, Nov 2023
      Colosseum was amazing! Tour guide was nice but very difficult to understand. I was expecting an English speaker, not someone who knows English but speaks with a very strong accent. I was looking forward to learning a lot, but simply could not understand him most of the time.
      Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum Tour
      Allison_K, Nov 2023
      My husband and I had a great tour with Amanda! She was very informative and entertaining and we both learned a ton! We would recommend this experience to our family and friends!
      Lovely experience
      James_M, Nov 2023
      If you don't have a lot of time and would like to see all three areas and also learn a lot about the history along the way, I would highly recommend this tour. We were able to optimize on the time and also see a lot during this tour. Our tour guide was also very nice, knowledgeable, and was overall, really great. I highly recommend this tour! Thank you for reading
      Great guided tour. Fun,...
      Aliuska_C, Nov 2023
      Great guided tour. Fun, informative and friendly tour guide. You get to see a little more details that doing the tour on your own.
      Love it
      Damalkys_D, Nov 2023
      Great guide great place. A lot of history about the city which was not only enlightening to us but very educative to our kids. I love this unforgettable experience. Every appointment was on time.
      Awesome Tour, Worth it!
      Letisia_C, Nov 2023
      Awsome tour guide, Kiara was so knowledgeable and easy to follow. Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn the history of the Amphitheater... Best experience in Rome!
      A must do experience in Rome with a tour guide!
      tutti_t, Nov 2023
      Rosa was knowledgeable and eager to share her expertise in all the places we visited. I highly recommend and give this experience 5 stars! This was the highlight of our time in Rome 🌟
      When in Rome ... a Colosseum tour is a must-do.
      Alison_B, Nov 2023
      Our guide, Roger, clearly had a wealth of knowledge and maintained the interest of the group throughout the tour - very difficult to do with a great deal of history to cover in a relatively short timeframe and the challenges of a crowded environment. Obviously expect lots of walking, including uphill and uneven ground, along with two separate security checks (sadly an absolute necessity in this day and age). Thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time and trying to imagine how life was back then - fascinating experience.
      Not Good at all
      Richard_S, Nov 2023
      Horrible guide. He actually yelled at other tour guides. Was rude. We understand it was extremely crowded when we were there but no reason to be rude to anyone/everyone. Actually left us standing in Sistine Chapel. Left without us. Found him outside and all he said was Yeah, bye. I realize this is not a timely review but I thought I had posted one. Never bpothered to check back.
      Great Trip
      Erin_H, Nov 2023
      Our tour guide was fantastic with explaining the history of the Roman Empire! The meeting point was easy to find and within walking distance to the main gates of the colosseum. Definitely recommend booking a tour and enjoying the rich history of Rome.
      The gem of the Rome!
      Natalia_V, Nov 2023
      Skip the line tour. Great guide. Very interesting presentation and absolutely unique information. The gem of the Rome!
      Walk Among The Gladiators
      Harvey_L, Oct 2023
      It felt amazing, walking around, inside the Colosseum. To stand on the ground that the gladiators used to do battle was something I never thought I would do. Our tour guide was very thorough. There was a great deal of walking, heading to the Palatine Hill, the Forum, and the area that used to be Circus Maximus. Ask your guide, how many people fit in to Circus Maximus, to watch Chariot races. The views were amazing and we learned a great deal. We highly recommend this tour.
      Great tour, highly recommended
      Tracey_P, Oct 2023
      We loved this tour. It was very well organised from ordering tickets to completing the tour. Our guide was informative, friendly and enthusiastic.
      Nice experience
      Julian_M, Oct 2023
      Nice walking tour, Manuel was an awesome guide giving good historical references and random comments. It's worth it.
      Best Tour
      Antoinette_H, Oct 2023
      We really enjoyed this tour Fransisco our tour guide was excellent he really knew his stuff it was very interesting and he was also very funny😁 we thoughly enjoyed the tour.would highly recommend this one.
      Linda_T, Oct 2023
      None. Tour guide said we were on a tour but we were not. I had proof that we were not on the tour. Refund was denied. I will not recommend Viator to anyone. Viator was not helpful in this situation.
      Very Complete Tour
      Osvaldo_A, Oct 2023
      Great guide, very knowledgeable and went information. The tour lasted about 3 hr. We were inside the arena at the centre. The different eras of Roman history. The guide described the ruins and also legends..

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