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Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour

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Roma, Italy

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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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
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Departure Point

Via Frangipane, 30, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

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 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY VIVICOS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SRL

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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

Reviews

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Guided Tours of the Colosseum and Forum, Rome
Stephen
, Oct 2020
This my second guided tour of the Colosseum and the Forum. Dennis still managed to produce information that I have not heard previously by other tours. Dennis made sure all of the group understood and received facts and points of interest. For me the highlight of the tour, was the visit to the Arena floor, something that has been on my wish list for some time Please thank Dennis for an excellent and well produced tour
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Very informative and enjoyable tour.
MrandMrsB
, Oct 2020
Our guide for this tour was Dennis, he was fantastic, engaging with each and every one of the group. He was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Our tour was closer to four hours rather than three as many questions were asked and all the answers were given, there was no rush. Thank you Dennis, we have learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
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Wonderful tour
Janice_B
, Oct 2020
Wonderful tour. Our guide Dennis was superb and was never asked a question he couldn't answer. I can recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Janice, Thank you for your great feedback. Indeed Dennis is one of our best guides, he is really appassionate. We hope to see you again in Rome.
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Top trip
Alison_C
, Sep 2020
Great experience Massive shout out to our tour guide Dennis, he was full of knowledge answering every question with some brilliant stories on the history of Rome. Dennis's passion for the culture made this tour an amazing day. Will use this company for all our tours
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Alison, Thank you for your great review!!. We'll tell Dennis about your review, he'll be so happy to hear about it! We hope to see you again in Rome to discover more of Rome.
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Great experience
MahraniSotya_K
, Sep 2020
Dennis is really professional tour guide, he explained everything into details in a good way. I feel satisfied with the tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Client, Thank you for your nice review!. Dennis is a really good guide. We are glad that you enjoyed and we hope to have you soon with us for other tours.
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Dennis is the best guide! Amazing tour!
Peter_D
, Sep 2020
Amazing tour!! Really informative and knowledgeable guide. Dennis was the best guide! Please request him! Not rushed and answered all of our questions!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear Peter, thank you for your review! You're right, Dennis is great! :) We hope to have you soon with us for other tours.
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Highly recommend
Jonathan_B
, Sep 2020
Dennes was a great tour guide. He knew so much of the history but was also very funny and charming. I enjoyed this tour very much and would highly recommend it to others especially if he is the guide. It was also a great time of year to go.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hey Jonathan, what's up? We are so happy to read your review. Dennis is indeed one of our best guides. He´s very passionate about his job and you can tell that, We are happy to see you like our tour. Thanks for choosing us for your visit!
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Colosseum guided tour
Angela_C
, Sep 2020
Would definitely recommend this guided tour. Our tour guide Dennes was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you so much Angela. We'll tell Dennis about your review, he'll be so happy to hear about it! We hope to have you soon to explore Rome together.
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Great 3 hours in Rome
John_H
, Sep 2020
The guide was great informative friendly and knew his stuff. If I had just one small criticism it had to be the Communication devices when I looked around at other groups they had lanyards around their necks, ours were working but lanyards were missing meaning I had to hold mine for 3 hours. But the tour in total was well worth it.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
HI JOHN! Thank you very much for your sincere review and your feedback. Day by day we do our best to meet client's expectations, so we truly try to get better. We will make sure your guide gets your feedback. We'll work about the lanyards of our device, thanks for the advice. Please, do not hesitate to come back again soon, we'll be waiting for you!
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Peter_T
, Sep 2020
Excellent Guide Both knowledgeable and enthusiastic If you get the chance to go on a tour with Renata go for it
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for your kind review. All our guides are very professional. Renata will be happy to hear about your feedback! Thanks for trusting us during your visit in Rome.
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