Guided tour

Rome: Fast-Track Colosseum Small-Group Tour with Arena Floor

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
Guided tour

Rome: Fast-Track Colosseum Small-Group Tour with Arena Floor

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From US$ 71.12 per person

Skip the line and pass through the ‘stage door’ of the Colosseum, the Gladiator’s Gate, directly onto the partially reconstructed, exclusive Arena Floor, before ascending to the arena’s second tier, where fans once sat.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Get privileged access to the Colosseum and spend more time at Rome's most famous monument
  • Access the arena floor and stand where the gladiators once stood
  • See a reconstruction of the lift that brought the animals to the stage
  • Access the Roman Forum by skip the line entrance
Full description
Walk in the footsteps of the legendary Roman gladiators, striding out onto the partially reconstructed Arena Floor via the Gladiator’s Gate: the Colosseum’s restricted-access ‘back door’. From the Arena Floor, you’ll ascend to the second tier where fans once sat, cheering the violent spectacles below. It’s the most direct way to experience this iconic Roman monument: straight to the heart of the action, without waiting in line or pushing through crowds. Your expert, English-speaking guide will shed light on the experiences of the gladiators who walked these same stone corridors centuries ago. Combatants, caged animals and scenery all waited below to be hoisted into the arena and enact deadly duels, wild hunts and even sea battles were staged to entertain audiences up to 80,000 strong. Most tours aren’t allowed to visit the Arena Floor making it perfect for photo opportunities – and for taking a moment to imagine what gladiators must have felt, gazing up at tier upon tier of blood-thirsty spectators. Avoiding the lines and crowds at the Colosseum frees up time you can choose to spend with a follow-up visit to the Roman Forum, where you’ll also enjoy Skip-the-Line Access as part of this package. From this once-bustling marketplace, you may decide to hike up the Palatine Hill, birthplace of Rome, for panoramic views of the Circus Maximus, where Rome further indulged its penchant for spectacle with breathless chariot races. 
  • English-speaking guide
  • Privileged access to the Colosseum
  • 2-hour guided tour of the Colosseum
  • Optional skip-the-line access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (at your own pace)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the"Colosseo" metro stop (Line B/Blue Line). Your guide coordinator will be wearing a blue polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition. If arriving by metro, exit the turnstiles and take an immediate right. Walk down the tiled hall to the escalator/stairs. At the top of the escalator, go to the right and up the short flight of stairs to exit. Turn left, and then take the stairs ahead on the left to the small, oval-shaped “square.” Largo Gaetana Agnesi is above the metro, with views of the Colosseum.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note that you may experience delays getting through mandatory security checks when entering some venues due to heightened security
  • Some of the venues may be subject to last minute and unpredictable closure. When this occurs, you will be offered an extended tour to keep the length of the tour as stated
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code…) may change with little notice
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with each country’s requirements. The local partner cannot be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due
  • For security reasons, random identity checks can be carried out at the Colosseum by their staff. Please make sure you carry an ID or Passport with you on tour to ensure you will be able to enter the venue
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4.7 /5

based on 285 reviews

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Our guide Elizabeth was knowledgeable, engaging and personable. We had the privilege of having two tours with Elizabeth, and we knew we were in good hands. She had so much knowledge to share with us, and did so with enthusiasm and passion. She was very open and welcoming to any questions we had, and was extremely time efficient and organised. We really enjoyed our experience with her, and would highly recommend her to others in future!

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March 26, 2023

Silvia was our guide and she was fantastic. She was kind and knowledgeable and told very interesting stories. I recommend that you go a little early to the meeting place - it was very crowded and it took a long time to get there even though we weren’t far away.

March 26, 2023

This tour was great! It was easy to find the meet up spot and all the staff were very friendly/helpful. My guide is also an archaeologist so all the information and details shared was really fascinating. She was very knowledgeable. The tour length - 2 hours - was just right.

March 26, 2023

Product ID: 86198