Arena floor of the Colosseum on a sunny day
Gladiator's special entrance to the Arena floor of the Colosseum
Guided tour inside the Colosseum
Ruins around the Roman Forum
beautiful couple taking a picture in front the Colosseum
Special Access

Gladiator’s Gate Colosseum Tour with Special Access to the Arena Floor

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1.5 h.
Every day
Several Departure Times

  • Enter the Colosseum as the gladiators did! With our limited Special Access to the Gladiator’s Gate skip past the lines for the general public and enter the Colosseum on the Arena Floor within moments.  For generations, this area has been closed and only now with this special access you can look out onto the Colosseum as the gladiators did.
  • After the Colosseum tour, enjoy Skip-the-Line Access to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill where you can wonder at the palaces of the emperors and the ruins of the most sacred temples of Ancient Rome.
  • With an expert English-speaking historian as your guide, small groups of no more than 20 people, headsets to ensure you hear everything, and an express entrance and special access we can guarantee a great experience in the Colosseum with this tour!

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Privileged Colosseum Arena Access
  • 1.5hr guided tour of the Colosseum
  • Optional Skip the Line for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Colosseum including Gladiators Arena Stage
  • Roman Forum (optional)
  • Palatine Hill (optional)

Experience the immensity of Rome’s most iconic symbol on the City Wonders Express Colosseum Tour with privileged access to the Arena Floor through the recently opened ‘Gladiator’s Entrance’. On this tour, you’ll be able to slip through the Colosseum’s ‘back door’ without the lines, crowding and long security checks that characterize the main entrances to the Eternal City’s top sight.

Feel the glory and majesty of Ancient Rome at the height of its power as you walk on the very same stones as those who came to fight here in gladiatorial combat, treading in their footsteps out onto a partial reconstruction of the arena floor, looking up at the tiered ruins that were once filled with the 50,000-80,000 spectators who held your fate in the balance.

You are sure to hear their echoes as your eyes scan the structure’s magnificence from below, and your mind is boggled by the engineering prowess of what was once the largest amphitheater in the world, all from a unique 360-degree perspective. You won’t be alone either, as a local expert guide steeps you in the archaeology and dramatic chronicles of the building’s purpose in a narrative beyond anything Hollywood has ever dreamt.

Home to gladiatorial games, exotic staged hunts, theatrical executions and even mock sea-battles, this Colosseum tour explores the Arena Floor with its awe-inspiring panorama, up-close views of the underground ‘backstage’ where the spectacles were brought to life, and a look at where the Emperor’s box once stood, all special access areas that standard ticket holders don’t get to see.

Follow your guide up to the second level to see what the crowds saw, tracing the Colosseum’s circumference in an effort to understand what it must have been like when the stands were packed, the crowds were roaring and a gladiator’s destiny hung on their whims.

No other itinerary allows you to see the Colosseum from its two most impressive above and below viewpoints in just 1.5 hours. After the tour you will have the option of following your guide for Skip the Line Access to the Forum. Here you will be taken to the best vantage point for a short introduction to its history and most famous monuments before visiting them on your own. Once inside, you will also be able to hike to the top of the Palatine Hill for an exceptional bird’s-eye look over the Forum and Circus Maximus.

The Colosseum has fascinated visitors throughout history, evoking images of fierce gladiators, roaring crowds, and wild animals springing from cages. For the first time, you can now access the awe-inspiring Arena Floor directly for a truly indelible imprint of the wonder that was Ancient Rome.


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