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Rome: Colosseum Arena Private Tour with Ancient City

4.9 / 5

55 reviews

Activity provider: The Ultimate Italy
Private tour

Rome: Colosseum Arena Private Tour with Ancient City

Activity provider: The Ultimate Italy
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From US$ 255.02 US$ 153.01 per person

Experience the grandeur of Italy’s most iconic symbol with privileged access to the restricted Arena floor through the Gladiator's Gate. Feel the majesty of Ancient Rome as you follow the footsteps of Julius Caesar and those who led the Roman Empire.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Benefit from VIP Access to the Colosseum Arena Floor
  • Enter the Colosseum through its secret back door, called the “Gate of Death”
  • Visit the Roman Forum which was the political, economical and religious center in the Ancient Rome.
  • Get incredible panoramic views from the top of the Palatine Hill
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Discover the highlights of Roman history with a visit to the Colosseum with skip-the-line entrance and access through the Gladiator's Gate. Continue to the Roman Forum and then head to Palatine Hill.

The Colosseum is easily the most well-known of all Rome’s ancient architectural marvels. Its massive, towering walls still stand largely intact after 19 centuries, and its symmetrically arranged archways are a constant reminder of the orderly nature of Roman society.

Benefit from fast-track entry and learn fascinating stories from your expert local guide. Enter the Colosseum through its secret back door, called the “Gate of Death” because it was used to take out of the arena the ones who failed in battle. From there, go straight onto a wooden reconstruction of the original arena floor.

From the center of the Colosseum, enjoy fantastic views over the tiered seating of the monument. There will be plenty of space to move around and take some insta-worthy pictures. Discover the best of the Eternal City and continue your adventure to the Roman Forum, a place that was once the political heart of ancient Rome. Visit the ruins of the Temple of Caesar, the Senate, and many other important buildings to fully understand the daily life of the Roman citizen.

You will end this fascinating tour with spectacular views from the top of Palatine Hill.

  • Tickets for the Colosseum Arena Special Access
  • Tickets for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Professional tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

• Meet your guide at Via del Colosseo 24. Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the tour starts.

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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

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security.
  • It is required a moderate amount of walking on uneven surfaces.
  • This tour will take place rain or shine. During very bad weather conditions, some of the areas might be closed.
  • For late arrivals or no show, there is no refund.
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 55 reviews

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We booked this private experience for our family of 3 (1 teenage son) in order to get the most out of our first visit to Rome and especially the Colosseum. This enabled us to have the tour pace and content tailored to us specifically, and one-on-one time for asking questions and learning more about the history of the area. The tour enabled us to bypass most of the queues, meaning more time to spend in the Colosseum and Forum. This was ideal as introduction to this area, and gave us ideas for where to spend our time on a future visit. The time of our tour was excellent - 4:15 in October - this allowed us to see the magnificence of the architecture with the shadows and golden light of the setting sun. Our guide Julia was so lovely - friendly, relaxed, thoughtful, and very knowledgable. It felt like talking to a friend rather than a tour guide! She answered all our questions with interesting stories and background, but also gave us suggestions and tips for any further exploration.

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March 25, 2023

Our guide Georgio, was superb. Felt like a Roman history professor was guiding us back in time to explore and explain Rome. He was attentive and answered all our questions, even those not related to the tour itself. Whilst it wasn’t inexpensive (2 person private tour), it was definitely worth our € and we wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

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March 25, 2023

Our guide was very knowledgeable of both the Colosseum and the Forum. The tour had a nice pace to it. Not rushed but not lingering on any one spot. He answered all of our questions and went into detail on many interesting facts. If you are going to visit these sites you need to have a guide with you to get the most out of the experience. I would definitely recommend this tour.

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March 25, 2023

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