Gladiator’s Gate: Special Access Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor

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Gladiators Gate Special Access Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor
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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Small group of 24 guests maximum
  • Headset (groups over 6 people)
  • Colosseum entrance ticket (Full Experience Ticket, €25)
  • 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.


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Palatine Hill

1 hour 25 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is in English.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.
  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows.
  • If you cannot join your tour at the last minute (running late, etc), please contact us. We may be able to reschedule your tour with a small amendment fee depending on availability.
  • All guests (including children) must bring ID on the day of their tour.
  • All guests must pass through security. No weapons or large items will be permitted. Only small backpacks and handbags are allowed inside (no bag check).
  • The Colosseum is subject to occasional closures. If modifications are needed and time permits, we will reach out to you prior to your tour. For last-minute closures, modifications may be communicated at the tour start time.
  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.
  • Walks comply 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
  • Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at +39 068-596-0143 (Italy) or 888-683-8670 (USA) to make alternative arrangements.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 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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Jessica_S, Sep 2023
This tour was a disaster. We could hear the guide originally with the ear pieces. However, our group ended up with 46 people (so much for small groups, part of why I booked it). It was static over the radio, even when he was near us. No group in the colosseum should be that large. There are far too many people there. Our guide also forgot we booked the arena floor tour so we had to try multiple different ways to get back to the arena floor. It cut the Roman forum part of the tour short to the point that we just left and did it on our own. So we lost some money there. But I would definitely not recommend this.
Great tour guide, lot of walking
David_B, Sep 2023
Tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable, tour would have been better starting with the Colosseum
Great Tour of the Colosseum
Brittany_B, Sep 2023
The tour was amazing. Our guide was great! We enjoyed learning about the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Be prepared for a lot of walking on uneven surfaces. Definitely would recommend.
Fin woth a good dos pk knowledge
Michael_W, Sep 2023
Our tour guide was excellent. He set a good pace was very knowledgeable. One of the best tours we took.
Walking with the Walks
Seema_M, Sep 2023
The guide was amazing! really cleared a lot of misconceptions and gave a realistic vision of what it all was. Loved every minute of it
Absolutely Fantastic
Shane_K, Sep 2023
Our guide Sev was excellent. Originally from New York, his knowledge of the Colosseum and the area’s history was second to none. He help bring the place to life and let us imagine what it was once like. Highly recommend
Excellent tour that saves time and offers the full experience.
Tarryn_T, Sep 2023
This tour was excellent. Truely skip the line and the tour guide was funny, knowledgeable and approachable. An amazing experience and well worth the money.
Excellent Visit!
HELEN_W, Sep 2023
Excellent guide. Was well worth going on this experience. Everything was brought to life! Bearing in mind it was, a 3 hour walking tour in the boiling heat! I would have liked to see the Colosseum first, the Forum next. Entered both places quickly and efficiently.
Excellent Tour Guide
Anna_M, Sep 2023
Guide was exceptional in taking us around the Forum, Palatine Hill, and Colosseum. He was articulate and extremely knowledgeable of historical events making it very . Alot of walking but it's to be expected.
Would be better with a maximum group of 6
Pam_M, Sep 2023
It was very hot and crowded. Had to make a real effort to stay with the guide as it would be very easy to lose her. Too much verbal information…. sounded like she had memorized a script. This tour would be much better if it was done with a maximum group of 6. The ruins themselves are phenomenal.
Excellent tour and guide!
Frank_F, Sep 2023
Guide was exceptional in takibg us around the Forum, Palatine Hill, and Colosseum. He was articulate and extremely knowledgeable of hisyorical events making it very interesti.
Great Tour
Karen_G, Sep 2023
Tour was very interesting & our guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable & gave us plenty of time to take photos.
Nice tour to see key sites.
Jeffrey_M, Sep 2023
Great tour - a significant amount of walking but beat the lines through the Colosseum. Tour guide was very informative and helpful.
First day first rate walking tour
James_K, Sep 2023
Extremely knowledgeable guide! Wonderful tour. Great way to enjoy our first day in Rome. The history lesson was a great starting point for the rest of our visit.
Great tour
Carol_G, Sep 2023
It was an absolutely enjoyable experience. The guide (unfortunately don’t know her name) was remarkable. Her knowledge was amazing, mixed with humour and consideration for the group. It was a very hot day and she went out of her way to seek out shaded areas to expand on aspects of the Colosseum. Would recommend this tour to everyone.
Awesome Experience
cheryl_k, Sep 2023
Awesome tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant. The tour guide shared history throughout our tour.
Hope you get Francesa for your guide
Joy_D, Sep 2023
Francesa(curly hair) was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and able to translate into the modern world. She was also good keeping track of all of us before moving to different locations.
Fabulous Tour
Kendra_E, Sep 2023
Wonderful guide who shared stories, pictures, history... all with humour, kindness and exceptional knowledge. It is long tour, but extensive and interesting.
Overall good experience.
David_C, Sep 2023
I give it a 5 for the guide and his wealth of knowledge but us and another couple on the tour were disappointed that we did not get to go on the ground floor level where the gladiators and animals are brought up as this was billed as a special gladiator tour. Title was a little misleading.
Great tour!
Mary_K, Sep 2023
Guide was very knowledgeable, friendly. Made all the difference. Booking process was easy. Free cancellation was a plus. Would use Viator again.

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