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Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour

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From $64.38

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered 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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What's Included

  • Skip the line access at the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Expert licensed tour guides
  • Headsets for every guest
  • Groups of 25 people or fewer
  • No-wait entrance to the Colosseum via the Gladiator’s Gate
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via delle Terme di Tito, 72
    Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet your guide at the entrance of Colle Oppio Park on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. The entrance is opposite Oppio caffè. Colle Oppio Park is located on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.

End point

  • Foro Romano
    Foro Romano, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    Colosseum/Roman Forum

What To Expect

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.

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.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

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.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

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.
  • 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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Traveler Tips


Worth going early and having lunch in the cafe in the used for the meeting place (Opius I think it was).
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.
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Selenia is a great tour...
Gursharan_C, Feb 2023
Selenia is a great tour guide and had a great way to tell us the story of the colosseum. Highly recommend!
Fantastic tour
Tony_M, Feb 2023
Sev put English speaking tour guide was fantastic. He gave us so much knowledge about the history of the colosseum
Francesca was very...
Neppie_S, Jan 2023
Francesca was very knowledgeable and experienced. She brought our Colosseum and Roman Forum experience to life!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Neppie_, Thanks for your lovely review. We are very happy to know that you had a great experience on our tour and that you found our guide Francesca to be knowledgeable and experienced. We will make sure to let Francesca know about your comments. We appreciate your positive feedback and we're glad that you enjoyed the tour. Our team hopes to see you soon on another of our tours. If you have any further comments or queries, please contact us at feedback@walks.org. Best regards, Jhonas.
Fantastic tour
Sarahjane_K, Jan 2023
Our guide was so knowledgeable and made our experience so interesting, exciting and a must do for anyone visiting for the first time.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Sarahjan, Thank you for sharing your fantastic review of your Colosseum Tour. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour and found our guide to be knowledgeable and engaging. It is our goal to provide our guests with an informative and memorable experience, and we are glad that we were able to meet your expectations. It is always rewarding for us to hear that our guests have had a great experience and we are glad that we could contribute to your visit to Rome. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again on one of our future tours. If there is anything else you would like to address with us, feel free to contact us at feedback@walks.org. Kind regards, Jhonas.
An absolutely fantastic...
James_A, Jan 2023
An absolutely fantastic tour on the morning of January 20th. Our tour guide was phenomenal and brought the Coleseum to life for us!
Superb tour!
David_B, Jan 2023
Fredericka was an amazing tour guide. Knowledgeable and friendly. She really knows her history! I watched Gladiator as soon as I got back to my hotel!!
Awesome Tour and Guide
Brittany_W, Jan 2023
This tour was great. Emi was such a good guide and answered any questions our group asked. She was very knowledgeable and made sure we were able to take as many pictures as we wanted.
Great tour and guide
Dawn_H, Jan 2023
Booking the guided tour for the colosseum and palatine Hill was definitely the watch go. Francesca was an amazing tour guide, we moved at a good pace through venue and she provided us with all the history we needed to give us context to what we were seeing.
Fantastic day
Vicki_B, Jan 2023
This tour as fantastic and our tour guide Francesca was amazing. She gave us tons of information in a very interesting manner. Don’t miss this tour!11
Great tour
Michaela_S, Jan 2023
The tour guide was great and we found it all extremely interesting! Would definitely recommend to others!
The engineering was...
Oscar_A, Jan 2023
The engineering was amazing, Francesca our guide did a very thorough job of explaining everything and answering everyone’s questions. Thank you Francesca !!
Friendly and informative...
Helen_T, Jan 2023
Friendly and informative tour. Great access to the sites. Really engaging guide (Francesca). I would definitely recommend
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Helen_T, Thank you for taking the time to review our Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour. We are overjoyed to hear that you had a fantastic time on the tour and that our guide Francesca was able to make it an engaging and memorable experience for you. We sincerely appreciate your recommendation and hope that you will join us on another tour in the future. We are always working hard to make sure our guests have a fantastic time and it's always great to hear when we have succeeded. If there is anything else you would like to address with us, feel free to contact us at feedback@walks.org. Thank you once again. Kind regards, Jhonas.
Brought Ancient Rome to life
Andrew_M, Jan 2023
Very knowledgeable and lovely guide….3 hours went quickly!! Recommend trip. Could have given a pin drop for meeting location??
Fantastic Way to See Ancient Rome
Tara_M, Jan 2023
Loved this tour! Our guide was informative and friendly. This was a fantastic way to experience life in Ancient Rome - the Forum and ruins were so interesting and the colosseum was everything I imagined it to be. Being able to go out into the floor was a treat!
We learned a lot
Sarah_Z, Jan 2023
This tour was well worth it! Our guide Valeria was very knowledgeable and shared great stories of the past. Dress comfy and prepare to get your steps in!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Sarah_Z, Thank you for your review! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Valeria and found it to be well worth the price. It's great to know that Valeria was able to share her knowledge and interesting stories with you along the way. If there is anything else you would like to address with us, feel free to contact us at feedback@walks.org. Thank you for choosing us, and we hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Jhonas.
Angela our tour guide was amazing
Madoka_C, Jan 2023
Angela was our tour guide and was the BEST tour guide I’ve ever had so far, and we loved everything about the tour. Although it was a lot of walk, you see so many views and also learn the history of the beautiful city. As our tour guide Angela said, the city is like a “infinite lasagna!”. So much more to discover!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Madoka, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your tour with Angela. We are thrilled to hear that she was the best tour guide you've ever had and that you enjoyed everything about the tour. We agree that the city is an "infinite lasagna" of discovery and are glad that you were able to see so many views and learn about the history of the beautiful Italy. We appreciate your positive feedback and are glad that you had a memorable experience. If you would like to address anything else with us, feel free to contact us at feedback@walks.org. Thank you for choosing our tour company and we hope to see you on another tour in the future. Kind regards, Jhonas.
Immersive and Fun!
Dalton_T, Jan 2023
Our guide, Sarah, was fantastic! Her English was flawless and she herself had a lot of energy. She kept the tour moving and was very well-paced. My group enjoyed every part of this tour and I would strongly recommend it to anyone visiting Rome
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Dalton_T, Thank you for your kind words about the Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour. We are so happy to hear that Sarah was a fantastic guide for you. It's great to know that she kept the tour moving at a good pace and that your group had a wonderful time. Our team will make sure to let her know about your lovely feedback. We are glad that you would recommend the tour to others and appreciate your positive feedback. Thank you for choosing our tour company and we hope you had a memorable visit to Rome. We look forward to the possibility of welcoming you on another tour in the future. If there is anything else you would like to address with us, feel free to contact at feedback@walks.org. Kinds regards, Jhonas.
Tour time changed without notification
Mary_M, Jan 2023
We arrived 15 minutes before the tour was scheduled to depart as was recommended. However, the tour was rescheduled to depart 30 minutes earlier than the original one. We were not notified of the change and missed the tour. They did reschedule us. We then had to alter all of our other plans.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Mary_M, Thanks for your review. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced with your tour booking. It appears that there was an error on the part of our partner, Viator, that resulted in a misunderstanding about the departure time. We want to assure you that our company did not change the departure time for the tour and that the tour was scheduled to depart at 12:30, as originally planned. We have requested a full refund on your behalf through Viator and they will be responsible for processing the refund as soon as possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and we hope that you will consider booking with us again in the future. We are working closely with Viator to ensure that this does not happen again in the future. Sincerely, Jhonas.
Ten stars tour! ⭐️⭐️
May_P, Jan 2023
Stefano was our guide and he was friendly, informative and kept us moving along. The Coloseo, Palatino and Roman forum are overwhelming to say the least. Stefano broke down the journey into pieces so it all made sense. He kept us safe and pointed out not only the sights, history but also where the two bathroom stops were. LOL. The whole experience was about 3.5 hours and worth every penny. We are a family with two teenagers and everyone was pleased. Ask for Stefano!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear May_P, Thank you for your positive review of the Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor tour. We are glad to hear that the experience was enjoyable and informative for you and your family, and that everyone was pleased with the tour. Stefano will be very happy to read your lovely comments. We hope to see you on a tour with us again in the future. If there is anything else you would like to address with us, feel free to contact us at feedback@walks.org. Thank you for choosing our company for your sightseeing needs. Kind regards, Jhonas.
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Julia_A, Jan 2023
Your was so good, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, we were able to learn so much, in a short period of time! Truly enjoyed this experience, and I highly recommend it !
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