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Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour

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Roma, Italy
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 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
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Arco di Costantino
Arch of Constatine
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 Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum 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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "Wear comfortable shoes, you are on your feet for 3 full hours, and it’s tiring!"
  • "Worth going early and having lunch in the cafe in the used for the meeting place (Opius I think it was)." See review
  • "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." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers
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Excellent Ancient Rome Tour
Yvonne
, Mar 2020
We couldn't go through the Gladiator Gates which was closed. However this did not deter from the overall of tour which was simply awesome. So informative and interesting. Thank you so much. We would definitely recommend it. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Yvonne, Thank you for taking the time to review and recommend our Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour. We are very sorry to read the Arena was unexpectedly closed on the day of your visit, but also glad the guide was so informative and interesting that your overall time with us was simply awesome regardless. We work very hard to deliver only the best experiences to our clients, and cannot express how happy we are to receive such wonderful comments like yours, as it means we have done a good job! Thank you again for walking with us, we hope to welcome you again, perhaps in our other markets, soon! Sincerely, The Walks Team
star-4
Brilliant but guide almost too clever for her own good!
Alison_W
, Feb 2020
The tour was fantastic and very in depth. My only minor criticism would be that the guide was almost too academic. I did the tour with my dad and brother. My dad and I have both studied history and read about the colosseum before the tour. However, my brother hadn’t done so and felt that the tour guide wasn’t always speaking in laymen’s terms. Sometimes she made things overly complicated and tended to jump around a lot. I completely understand that it’s a difficult and complex period of history that is not overly familiar to us today, however I firmly believe that every aspect of history can be broken down into more understandable chunks.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Alison_W Thank you for sharing your experience of our Gladiator Gate tour, we truly appreciate your feedback. We have noted your feedback and will pass it along to our guide's manager, as we firmly believe that there is always room for improvement! We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour with us, and very much hope to see you on another of our guided experiences in the future. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Poor and Unfriendly Service
Safari33382292428
, Dec 2019
We didn't join the tour due to less than 15 minutes late arrival as results of traffic and difficulties in finding the meeting point. The operator didn't try to help to finding possibility joining next group, which we feel very unfair. We will never recommend this tour organizer to our friends.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello Safari33382292428, Thank you for sharing your feedback from your recent experience with us. We appreciate that you took the time to do so. I am so sorry to hear that you were unable to join your Colosseum tour with us, as we would have loved to have had you as our guest as planned! Unfortunately, we are unable to wait for late arrivals to this tour, as our tickets into the Colosseum are time-sensitive and we can't allow the rest of the group to miss out on this experience. We ask that our guests arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to avoid exactly this disappointment, but we know that sometimes it can be difficult to navigate a new city! We always do our utmost to reschedule guests onto the next available tour, but if they are fully booked it can be quite difficult. If this was the case for you, I can completely understand your frustration. We hope that we will have another opportunity to tour with you in the future, as we are sure that you will love our tours. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Sev was brilliant!
nithinravindranath
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide Sev was brilliant. It was a group of 25 so we thought it was not going to be great but Sev was great and cant recommend him enough..the tour was lovely!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello nithinravindranath, Thank you for your kind review. We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your time with Sev. He's knowledge and insight simply cannot be missed! We will be sure to forward your comments to him as we sure it make his day just as it did ours. We look forward to sharing another walk with you soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
First class!
DaisyDuck301
, Dec 2019
Bought via Viator, executed by City Talks - very professionally run and organized. Sev led our group - he was excellent: that perfect blend of super knowledgeable and charismatic. So glad we took the tour, the access, the insight would all have been lost, if we hadn't. Sev also has a big tour guide flag... you don't know how important it is, until you need it. The audio was really great too, you don't miss a thing!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello DaisyDuck301, Thank you for your kind review. It is such a pleasure to learn that you had such a wonderful tour experience with Sev. Reading reviews such as these makes all the more proud of the work our guides do. We will be sure to pass along your review to our Guide Manager to ensure Sev gets the recognition that he so deserves! We hope that you will get the opportunity to share another walk with us soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-4
Great way to skip the lines
selynsd
, Dec 2019
We had an amazing experience at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and at the Forum. Our tour guide (a witty small lady) she is very knowledgeable of her Roman history and is an expert in leading big groups. So much of ancient roman history to unfold on these historical sights and she is very passionate to share these stories. Most of all fantastic way to skip the lines saves us our time.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello selynsd, Thank you for your kind review, and for choosing to tour with us. It is fantastic to learn that our guide was able to share her knowledge and passion for ancient Rome with you and that you had an amazing time in the Colosseum with her. We hope to have you join us for another exciting tour soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Fantastic tour
Jo S
, Dec 2019
Ahmed was a brilliant guide. He really knows his Roman history and made the tour a lot of fun. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello Jo S, Thank you for joining us as we walked through ancient Rome and explored the Colosseum's amazing past! We are thrilled that you had great fun with Ahmed, and look forward to welcoming you back to Italy soon. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Great Way to see Lots
Joan H
, Nov 2019
It took a few minutes to find exactly where the Guides were, but once we did all went well. Lots and lots of walking on these ancient marble, narrow, slippery at times, steps---be aware and wear proper shoes, this is no joke. Have lots of water and it will be great.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello Joan H, Thank you for your thoughtful review and advice for our future guests! We are delighted that you found our Colosseum tour to be a great way to see plenty of fascinating sites in and around this historic attraction. It is definitely a lot of walking, but we think it is worth it for this amazing area. We hope to see you for another walking adventure soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
The Only Way to Experience the Colosseum
Explorer373431
, Nov 2019
Though we went in the middle of summer in peak hotness and business, this tour was perfect. Getting walk the same walk as the gladiators was amazing. Getting to first walk through the forum and explore the area like a true Roman was wonderful. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions on the forum, Colosseum, and general Italian culture from the time. Skipping the line is more than valuable especially during peak tourism season. I would recommend this to anyone looking to get a full experience of the forum and Colosseum.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi Explorer373431, Thank you for such a kind review. We are thrilled to read how much you enjoyed our Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour. We work very hard to select only the best guides available, and cannot express how happy we are to know we have succeeded in making this such a wonderful experience for you! We look forward to sharing many more walks with you in the future! All the best, The Walks Team
star-5
Wonderful
lynn d
, Nov 2019
We had a wonderful tour. The experience of entering on the arena floor gave the tour a special flair. Our tour guide made the experience come alive for each of us. Highest praise for this tour. Would definitely take this again!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello Lynn d, Thank you for your review! We are thrilled to read how much you enjoyed our Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour. We pride ourselves in providing our guests with the best possible experience when touring with us, and we are so glad it shows! We look forward to sharing another walk with you soon! All the best, The Walks Team

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