Gladiator's special entrance to the Arena floor of the Colosseum
View of the inside of the Colosseum
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Arena Floor Access

Semi-Private Colosseum Tour with Special Access to the Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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  • Enter the Colosseum as the gladiators did! With no queues and 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; but now you can look out onto the Colosseum as the gladiators did.
  • After the Colosseum tour, enjoy 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, a semi-private group of no more than 12 people and our Reserved Entrance, we can guarantee a great and intimate experience at the Colosseum with this tour!

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Special Access to the Colosseum Arena Floor
  • Semi Private Group of 12 people or less
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Reserved Entrance for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Colosseum Entry ticket with Arena (23.60€)
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Colosseum including Gladiators Arena Stage
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill

Experience the Arena Floor

Experience the immensity of Rome’s most iconic symbol on the City Wonders Semi Private Colosseum Tour with privileged access to the Arena Floor through the recently opened ‘Gladiator’s Entrance’. On this tour, you and your semi private group of 12 people will be able to slip through the Colosseum’s ‘back door’

Feel like a Gladiator

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.

Step back in time

After the tour of the Colosseum your guide will take you to the Forum. This was the center of Ancient Roman society, and allows you to really imagine what life in the empire was like.

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. Called “the first nucleus of Ancient Rome”, the views are incredible and it is the best place to stand and appreciate Rome. It was the founding site of the city, and holds so much fascinating history which your guide will bring to life for you.

The Colosseum might be Rome’s most iconic site, but the city has so much more to offer. The Forum and Palatine Hill will help give you an amazing insight into Ancient Rome, and you can visit all three sites without the crowds of visitors that would usually be there with you.

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