Colosseum Semi-Private Tour with Special Arena Floor Access

Roma, Italy
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From USD 89.24

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Take advantage of skip-the-line access to the Colosseum in Rome during this small-group express tour in Rome. Walk past the long lines and through the Gladiator's Entrance, then explore the reconstructed Arena Floor with your guide—usually off-limits to the public. Head up to the second tier, where spectators once sat, and enjoy the views of the ancient arena. You can then use skip-the-line admission to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, included as part of your experience.
  • Skip the line through special access to the Gladiator’s Gate
  • Get perspectives from both the Arena Floor and the Second Level
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a personalized experience
  • Skip-the-line access to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This express tour explores both the arena floor and second level.

What's Included

  • Special Access to the Colosseum Arena Floor
  • Semi Private Group of 12 people or less
  • Reserved Entrance for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • English speaking Expert Guide
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • All entrance tickets and reservation fees
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food/Beverage

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Largo Gaetana Agnesi
    Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    At Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour. Passengers who fail to provide a valid proof of identity will be denied entry.

End point

  • Palatine Hill
    Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy

    Conclusion Point: Palatine Hill

What To Expect

Meet your guide and small group at a central meeting point at your chosen tour time. Walk over to the Colosseum and enjoy skip-the-line priority admission through the Gladiator's Entrance. 

Explore the partial reconstruction of the arena floor, gazing up at the tiered ruins above. Listen to your guide's commentary on how the arena was used and imagine the screaming of more than 50,000 citizens from above. 

Proceed to the second level to get a view from the crowd's perspective while your guide fills you in on more history and culture. This express tour allows you to see the Colosseum from above and below in a compact time frame.

At the conclusion of your tour, opt to stay inside the Colosseum or follow your guide for skip-the-line access to the Roman Forum. Get a short introduction into its history and most famous monuments before visiting them on your own. Hike to the top of the Palatine Hill for an exceptional bird’s-eye perspective over the Forum and Circus Maximus.


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Palatine Hill

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures
  • Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid document with you on tour. Passengers who fail to provide a valid proof of identity will be denied entry
  • May experience delays in clearing security checks when entering the venue
  • Please note that the itinerary for our tours may differ from the advertised order of destinations. We assure you that any changes made to the tour itinerary are carefully planned and intended to enhance your overall experience
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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.

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Traveller Tips

Very crowded so a tour is the way to go.
Loved being on the floor - first thing in the am is the way to go in the summer.
Arena floor with privileged access was definitely the way to go.


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Tiring but interesting tour
Madeline_L, May 2023
There were four of us traveling together and we were looking forward to our tour of the Colosseum. We were not disappointed! Our guide was informative and shared much information with us. Two of us grew tired and had trouble with the steps so our guide showed us to the elevator. We very much appreciated her.
Not as described!
adam_v, May 2023
Majority of time was not spent in the Colloseum...very misleading and disappointing. Tour guide was informative and enjoyable.
Fantastic tour
Bailey_S, May 2023
Eddy was a fantastic guide! He had so much information and answered all of our questions. Not to mention entertaining! Highly recommend this tour and a bigger bonus if you get Eddy!! Not everyone showed up for our tour so we were lucky enough to have a private tour this time!
bd59qhtsq4, May 2023
We enjoyed our trip so much!! Worth every minute in there, our guide was very knowledgeable, a lot of walking, some climbing, thanks!!
A must-see when in Rome
Elizabeth_G, Apr 2023
Our tour guide Amil was absolutely fantastic! She has a great sense of humor and made the amazing tour even more fun. We had booked a separate coach tour that included a tour of the exterior of the Colosseum but someone in our group mentioned that the INTERIOR was a must-see. This was so true. To see the place the games/fights/hunts/sea battles (yes, true!) happened was like being transported back two thousand years to the real deal. Highly highly recommend this tour.
Excellent guide
Kourtnee_D, Mar 2023
Our guide was amazing and knowledgeable, great personality. I would absolutely recommend this tour. The only reason it wasn’t 5 stars is because we were trapped in a hail storm, cold and soaking wet by the end of the tour.
Exceptional Tour of Roman Colosseum
Neel_J, Mar 2023
A very good tour with a professional and friendly guide. Very detailed explanation of important events and historical backgrounds were given which made the tour an exceptional and memorable event.
Good but late start
Kevin_B, Mar 2023
Good tour guide but did not appreciate her being a half hour late. That affected my other plans for thr night. No reason given either. And this is after I was rescheduled a week earlier.
Terrific tour , highly recommend
Niamh_N, Feb 2023
Marie Therése was a fabulous tour guide , very informative and she made the experience so enjoyable . It was a terrific fast tour which suited my needs perfectly.
Very good your
Sarabrazda, Jan 2023
Great tour, guide was friendly and very informative! On time and answered lots of questions. Very informative.
Semi private Coliseum and Arena Gate Entrance.
Rebekah_C, Dec 2022
Wonderful tour guide Sylvia made our trip memorable. She is an archeologist, College professor and she still has time to go on digs. Highly recommend
Amy_K, Dec 2022
This tour was absolutely incredible and zenda was exceptional. She was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and excited to share her culture and knowledge of the history of these landmarks. Definitely recommend and would do it again.
Gladiator level experience
Joy_K, Nov 2022
Wonderful experience. Second visit, but this tour was special with Heriberto as our guide. Very detailed and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
100% recommend
Helen_B, Nov 2022
Definitely recommend booking this tour. Tour guide spoke very good English, was very chatty and knowledgeable and we learn lots about the history of the Colosseum that I didn’t know. Tour isn’t rushed, but you don’t get a massive amount of time to take pictures in between. They give you access into the Forums/Palatine Hill, but there is no tour of this area (just as an FYI). Smooth booking process and plenty of info. The tour also give you earphones so you can hear the guide clearly whilst walking around.
Great tour! In-depth tour...
Jenna_G, Oct 2022
Great tour! In-depth tour of the Coliseum, and skip-the-line unguided access to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Our guide had lots of interesting facts, and getting to go through the gladiator gate and stand on the arena floor was very cool. The Romans were very fit people--be warned that this tour is a lot of walking and some very steep stairs. There were about 12 people in our group, so still a pretty small gathering. A word to the wise: your tickets will say clearly that they are just vouchers and not actual tickets, and you need to pick up your tickets. You don't actually have to do anything ahead of time; just show up at the appointed place at the appointed time, and you're fine!
Knowledgeable with a great sense of humour
David_M, Sept 2022
Fredy was our guide and was amazing! To have an archaeologist who has studied the area throughout his life was invaluable. Highly, highly recommend!!
Skip the line worth it
Natalie_S, Sept 2022
Definitely worth the skip the line experience because it was so crowded. Our tour guide was very informative and taught us a lot about the history of the Colosseum. Highly recommend
Great experience!
Pekka_K, July 2022
Great experience! Our guide was just great professional with so many details and good sense of humor. He also had historical pictures to show how Colosseum looked on its time. Group size 12 persons was good choice. Value for money!
Great tour! Highly Recommend!
Kelley_P, Nov 2021
Great experience! Hesitating booking a tour initially. The tour guide helped us to understand what we were seeing which put everything in context.
Awesome tour
Brenda V, Nov 2019
This tour was a great way to see the inside of the colosseum Lots of history and facts Our tour guide was great very informative and seemed to really enjoy her jof

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