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Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

1. Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

Walk through the back door of the Colosseum and pass straight onto the arena floor through the gate named after Libitina, the goddess of funerals. Tread where dead gladiators and animals were once carried away. Feel the majesty of ancient Rome beneath your feed as you stroll over the steps of those who fought in gladiatorial combat. Enjoy astonishing 360-degree views of the Colosseum. Look up at ruins that were once filled with thousands of spectators. Snap excellent pictures, as a limited amount of visitors can be there for a given amount of time. Explore the general access area which includes the ground floor, the second tier and a balcony with astonishing views over the Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine. Step onto the podium reserved for the most important Romans over the main entrance to the Arena and feel the thrill of the amphitheater. Let your guide paint you a picture of the past with engaging stories and legends.

Colosseum: Fast-Entry Tour with Palatine and Forum Access

2. Colosseum: Fast-Entry Tour with Palatine and Forum Access

Get skip-the-line access on a guided tour of Rome's Colosseum. Get a deeper understanding of the social and historical elements surrounding these sites. After meeting your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, gain first-hand experience of Rome’s gladiatorial past and develop a deeper understanding of how prior civilizations shaped the monument. Begin your experience on the first level and hear about the bloody gladiator battles that once took place there. Next, witness the seating arrangement that symbolized the rigid nature of ancient Roman society. Before the conclusion of the Colosseum tour, experience the second level and enjoy the best views inside and outside the structure. After visiting the Colosseum, your guide or a staff member will take you to the entrance of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill so you can continue to explore these sites on your own.

Rome: Colosseum Underground & Arena With Skip-the-Line Entry

3. Rome: Colosseum Underground & Arena With Skip-the-Line Entry

The Colosseum underground is a fantastic visit, taking in both reconstructions and the original ruins of the underground level where gladiators and animals were once kept before they were hoisted onto the arena floor. Feel the fear and hear the roar of the crowd above you as you enjoy this full tour underground at the Colosseum. Stepping beneath the arena floor, you'll walk in the footsteps of gladiators who waited here before battle and hear stories about the real lives of the gladiators as you tour the tunnels below. Afterward, walk to the nearby Roman Forum, once the city’s political hub. Enjoy views of the ruins before climbing Palatine Hill, the residential area of ancient Rome’s elites, and gaze down at the Circus Maximus chariot circuit.

Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

4. Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

Discover the Colosseum in the serenity of night with a guided tour. Enjoy access to the main areas of the structure, as well as exclusive access to the underground dungeons and arena floor under the moonlight, where fierce gladiator battles once took place. Upon arrival at the Colosseum in the evening, meet your guide who will escort you on your exclusive journey. Away from the usual crowds of the day, enjoy the opportunity to admire the Colosseum in a more intimate and engaging way, as you first discover the grandstands. Then, you will enter one of the restrictive areas of the monument, the underground. Discover a network of tunnels where lions, tigers, and other fearsome animals were kept. See the remnants of cages, wooden elevators, and gladiator rooms where combatants awaited their frightful fate in the arena. Head up to the arena floor through the archway named "The Gate of Death." Hear thrilling stories from your guide under the eerie moonlight. Admire 360-degree views of the amphitheater as you imagine the sight of thousands of screaming spectators as you stand on a reconstruction of the arena floor.

Rome: Colosseum with Arena and Underground Tour

5. Rome: Colosseum with Arena and Underground Tour

Immerse yourself in Roman history with a licensed guide and exclusive access to the Colosseum's arena floor and underground level. You won't miss out on anything when exploring the two levels of the Colosseum and walking through the ruins in the Roman Forum and the Imperial Palaces on Palatine Hill. Go underneath the Colosseum and explore the tunnels of the hypogeum, the Latin word for the underground. See the tunnels in the underground level of the Colosseum where the animals and the gladiators were held before the fights. Move on to the reconstructed arena floor where your guide will tell you about the gladiator fights and the wild animals that used to be found there during the Roman imperial period. Finish off this portion of the tour inside the Colosseum by visiting the first and second rings of the Colosseum. From the Colosseum, walk to the Roman Forum where everyday life took place in ancient Rome. Admire the ruins of Ceasar's Temple and the Arch of Titus. Then visit Palatine Hill and check out the Imperial Palaces. Learn about the Domitian Palace, the Domus Augusti, the Temple of Apollo.

Rome: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

6. Rome: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

Discover the Eternal City at your own pace with an all-access pass to the main monuments of Rome. Redeem your voucher at the office at your selected booking time and the staff will help you reserve all of your attractions. Visit St Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the largest church in the world, admire Michelangelo's "Pieta", and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit. Take the stress out of your visit with accompanied entrance to each attraction. Encounter masterpieces of art in the corridors, courtyards, and galleries of the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and pay your respects to former popes at the site of their tombs. Journey back to the days of the Roman Empire with a ticket to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman citizens at the Via Sacra and discover where the city was founded on Palatine Hill. Use your unlimited public transport card to explore the city. Enrich your base option with the Vatican Gardens by minibus and discover the architectural wonders of the Vatican Gardens with a multi-lingual audioguide.

Rome: Colosseum Gladiator Tour for Kids and Families

7. Rome: Colosseum Gladiator Tour for Kids and Families

Give your whole family the chance to experience a new way of visiting the Colosseum. Get priority access to avoid the chaos and the long waiting lines. Once inside, discover history in a fun way and enjoy this unique experience with your children. Learn from your official guide all about the glorious deeds performed by the Gladiators in this majestic amphitheater. The tour will be dynamic and interactive and will certainly remain a long-lasting and educational memory for your kids. The whole family will be captivated by the life story of Flavius Attilius in an interactive way and with a quiz in stages. The children will be involved and actively participate in answering the questions through the use of smartphones lent to them by their parents.

Rome: Guided Colosseum Underground and Gladiator Arena Tour

8. Rome: Guided Colosseum Underground and Gladiator Arena Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the gladiators. Visit the Colosseum and delve beneath its surface on our Colosseum Underground Tour. Start at the special entrance to the “backstage” of the Colosseum, then descend into the Underground section where your expert guide will show you its inner workings. Venture out onto a partial reconstruction of the Arena Floor. From here you can take in the magnitude of the amphitheater from where gladiators faced their foes. Finally, you will walk around the tiers where the spectators watched the show. The skip-the-line Colosseum Underground and Arena Tour is a perfect way to further experience Rome’s iconic monuments. In a group of 8 or less, explore this incredible monument alongside an expert, English-speaking guide. Audio headsets will be used where appropriate so you won’t miss a thing.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Walking Tour

9. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Walking Tour

Follow history's footsteps on a guided walking tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Listen to stories about gladiators and the gruesome games that took place. Learn about the engineering systems of the arena floor and see the arches of 2 grand emperors during your visit. Smell the blood and taste the fear as you step through the Gladiators’ Gate into one of history’s deadliest arenas: the Colosseum. Follow your guide along the arena floor, listening to gladiator tales. Learn about the feats of engineering performed by the ancient Romans. Have exclusive access to the arena floor and observe first-hand the complex systems that made animals seem to appear out of thin air and the conditions where man and beast spent their final hours before becoming part of the show. Then, visit the nearby triumphal arches of emperors Titus and Constantine, two of only three remaining in the city, and stunning witnesses to the growing power of one of history’s greatest empires. Best of all, choose between a private and group tour for your visit so you experience the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill in the exact way you wish.

Rome: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour

10. Rome: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour

Learn about ancient Rome's history from an official tour guide while exploring the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine hill on this small-group day tour. Walk through the old city center, the Roman Forum, and see the ruins and the still standing temples. Move on to the Palatine Hill, learn about the imperial Palaces, and enjoy an amazing View of Rome and of the Roman Forum from above. Enter the Colosseum last, and enjoy access with skip-the-line tickets. Immerse yourelf in the history of the gladiators fights and the architecture of the over 2000 years old stadium while the guide leads the group through the first and second level.

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What people are saying about Colosseum Arena Floor

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,089 reviews

Augustus was fantastic, a warm and entertaining host who boasted fantastic knowledge of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. Was accommodating and happy to answer questions some of the party had throughout and offered suggestions to further enhance our trip to the city following the tour itself. Thank you, Augustus!

Agostino was absolutely incredible. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the areas of the tour, was fun and witty throughout. If you are on the fence about booking an experience like this one, take this as your sign that it’s SO worth it! You will NOT be disappointed!

Our tour was great. We enjoyed how our guide verified everyone's preferences and was ok with giving everyone a less sugarcoated version of the history most would otherwise encounter.

Excellent experience. We were able to see the grounds and have an intimate exploration with someone who had archaeological experience at the site.

Great value and a really good experience. Very pleasant and funny guide.