Skip the lines to the main monuments of Ancient Rome on a semi-private guided tour of the Colosseum, with exclusive access the underground and arena floor. From these fantastic viewpoints you will gain a unique perspective on the games the Romans watched here. Get a glimpse into what life was really like in Ancient Rome with a trip to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill afterwards.
Availability: For this tour, the departure time varies according to the time of the reservation we secure for each date. See the booking calendar for departure time for the date you are interested in, by clicking on the Book Now link below.
Group Size: Maximum of 14
Meeting Point: Arch of Constantine (full details sent with confirmation email)
Check In Closes: 15 minutes prior to departure time
Duration: 3 Hours. Optional add-on of a Guided Palatine Hill tour, lasting 30 minutes extra.
What’s Included: Skip the line tickets, exclusive access to the Colosseum, expert guide who speaks fluent English, high spec headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings
Immerse yourself in the excitement and feel the blood-pumping adrenaline of Ancient Rome on this half-day tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
Enjoy exclusive access to the Colosseum with skip the line tickets on this expertly guided tour. Your tour will begin in the general access areas, where your guide will set the scene and transport you back in time to the lively atmosphere of Ancient Rome.
After this, you’ll get exclusive access to the underground and arena floor of the Colosseum in the company of a local, licensed tour guide. Exclusive access means just that, for the duration that you are in each of the restricted areas, only your group will be allowed access, while thousands of visitors to the regular areas of the Colosseum look on enviously!
In ancient times, the public did not see the underground area of the Colosseum, as it was a staging area where animals were caged and gladiators sharpened their swords and prepared themselves for the games. The Gladiators’ Dungeons have been opened to the public only recently and you’ll have the opportunity to see them with an official guide, who will show you the working of the underground system from below the arena, in addition to the arena floor itself.
Once you’ve had a taste of the gladiator life, you’ll avoid the queues with your Roman Forum skip the line tickets. Surrounded by famous ancient structures such as the Rostra, upon which Marc Antony delivered Caesar’s funeral eulogy; the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and the temples of Julius Caesar and Romulus, you’ll experience the grandeur and luxury of Ancient Rome first hand. Your guide will tell you about the history of the Forum, the purposes of the temples, arches and monuments and describe the activities that took place in this sacred, epicenter of Ancient Roman life.
Optional Extra: Palatine Hill (30 minutes)
Walk on the same paths as Julius Caesar and get the complete guide to Ancient Rome’s wealthiest citizens as your make your way to the top of Palatine Hill. Here, you’ll have awe-inspiring views of the Forum and Colosseum as your tour guide lets you in on the secrets of the rich and famous as your meander your way through the ruins of their extravagant villas.
* Note: The Palatine Hill involves walking up some steps, and currently there are unfortunately no ramps provided to reach the top, so it is not possible for wheelchairs or child strollers.
This is one of the most popular Colosseum tours we offer and due to the access to special areas it is always full – so book early to avoid disappointment!
*Must be aged under 18 on the day of the tour and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.
**Must be aged under 13 on the day of the tour and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.
This tour can be booked only after the Colosseum has confirmed availability for each tour operator. It is not possible to confirm this tour more than three months in advance, but you may join a wait list for the date and time of your choice, and we will contact you as soon as our reservations have been confirmed for that date.