Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum with Arena Access & Roman Forum Guided Tour

4.9 / 5

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Activity provider: Roman Vacations

Rome: Colosseum with Arena Access & Roman Forum Guided Tour

Activity provider: Roman Vacations
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From US$ 66.71 per person

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Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators on a tour of the Colosseum with special access to the arena floor. Hear tales of famous battles and follow your guide to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Stand on the arena floor of the ancient stadium and see the Colosseum from a gladiator's perspective
  • Walk the ancient roads and explore the most important buildings of Rome in the Roman Forums
  • Explore the houses of the emperors in the Imperial Palaces on Palatine Hill
Full description
Walk in the footsteps of gladiators when you stand on the Arena Floor of the Colosseum! On this exciting tour, follow your friendly, professional tour guide as you enter the ancient stadium of the Colosseum and go to the restricted access area where you can walk through the gladiator gates and stand on the reconstructed arena floor. The scene of the famous games and gladiator battles is open to you for a whole new viewpoint in the Colosseum. Your incredible guide will tell you all about the styles of gladiators, the famous battles and the other games and entertainment that took place in this magnificent stadium. After your special walk on the arena floor, you will go up to the next level and get the vantage point from where the spectators would have sat and cheered for their favorites to win. With the knowledge, not only of the amazing history of this monument, but also where to go for the best photo opportunities for you and your family, your guide will be sure you get the most from your visit. After the complete tour of the Colosseum, you will follow your guide into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to see the very heart of Ancient Rome. Rise up onto the Palatine Hill to see the ruins of the palaces of the emperors and discover the beauty that made them want to reside here. Get a view of the Circus Maximus and the Stadium of Domitian before heading over to the Farnese Aviaries to see the stunning view of the Forum laid out below. From here you will descend into the Forum and walk on the roads still here from over 2000 years ago! Truly walk in the footsteps of Romans and emperors as your guide takes you past the Temple of Romulus, the Temple and House of the Vestals and even Julius Caesar’s Temple where his ashes remain. You’ll see the senate house and the ancient library and learn about how the Forum functioned in the Romans’ day to day life. When you visit the Eternal City of Rome, be sure not to miss this truly special experience.
  • Headsets for larger groups
  • Entrance tickets to each site
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and Drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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Meeting point

Look out for a Roman Vacations representative holding an orange Roman Vacations sign with our lion's head logo. The meeting point is in front of the Colosseo metro stop, under the tree, next to the green kiosk

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Reusable water bottle

Know before you go

  • All tours will operate within the current COVID-19 regulations set by the Italian Government
  • All visitors will pass through airport-style security
  • No refund for no show/late arrivals
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 17 reviews

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Our guide Mircea was filled us with as much knowledge as he possibly could on our 3hr tour of the Forum and Colosseum, while still giving us time for our own photos. On a hot day he made sure to keep us in the shade and stopped at all the fountains. Thank you!!!

August 9, 2022

This tour was very worthwhile! We learned so much more about the history and architecture of the area than we would have walking through on our own. Our tour guide Radu truly enjoys his job, and was excellent at engaging each one of us in the group. We didn’t just feel like little followers, we felt like we were immersed in a story-telling experience throughout the whole tour. I highly recommend this tour!

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July 28, 2022

This is a great tour and Mircea is a very knowledgeable tour guide - good English, sense of humour, tons of knowledge! He speaks a little bit fast but if your English is good too, you will have no issue understanding. As we took the tour at the end of June (very hot in Rome!), we especially appreciated that Mircea was trying to always take to a place with shade when he knew he had a longer story to tell. He remembered to ask us about water & bathroom breaks and was generally very cautious about us being in the sun for a long time. He even offered his umbrella to me and my mother, so we could use it as a parasol. Thank you for being so gracious, Mircea!

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June 26, 2022

Product ID: 411775