Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance & Arena Floor
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Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance & Arena Floor

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Tour Highlights

  • Skip the Line & enter immediately through the Colosseum’s ‘back door’: the Gladiator’s Entrance
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators with exclusive access to the awe-inspiring Arena Floor
  • Experience a unique introduction to Rome’s most famous monument in just 1.5hrs
  • Hear captivating commentary that brings ancient Rome to life from a passionate, local guide
  • Enjoy Skip the Line Access & an introduction to the Roman Forum
  • Group sizes of no more than 25 people and audio headsets so you don’t miss a thing


Seize the chance to stand where the gladiators stood on the Arena Floor. This amazing experience begins with reserved Skip the Line Access through the coveted 'back door' open to select parties only. From here you will walk directly out onto its infamous stage before exploring where the Emperor's box once stood, the second level and opting to follow your guide to the Forum.
Arena Colosseum Express

The Fast-Track to the Colosseum

This is the only tour that saves you time visiting the Colosseum with optional access to the Roman Forum in half the time of others tours, thanks to privileged Skip the Line access directly to the Arena Floor

Tourists Arena Colosseum

Truly Experience this Ancient Marvel

From the awe-inspiring perspective of the Arena Floor, you’ll feel what it was like for the gladiators as they entered the arena surrounded by the Emperor, Rome’s elite and the bloodthirsty masses

Guide Arena Colosseum

A Colosseum Expert by Your Side

With an expert local guide leading the way, you’ll be captivated by the stories that bring Ancient Rome to life, as the quiet ruins become the raucous arena of millennia past

Tour Description

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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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

Sites Visited

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

Meeting Point

Important notes

On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.


  • How can I cancel a booking?

    To cancel your booking, please contact our Customer Care team by phone or email. If you have booked your tour through a third party distributor, please contact them directly to cancel or rebook your tour.

  • When can I make a amendment to a booking?

    Changes made to bookings within the 72 hour window will be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling, headsets and administration.

  • Is an advanced booking necessary or can I just show up at the meeting point?

    We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

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