Gladiator’s Gate: Special Access Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor

4746 reviews

3.25 hours

Max 16

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators as you enter the Colosseum through the “Gladiator's Gate”—an experience that will stay with you for years to come.
  • Follow along with an expert archaeologist guide as you explore the Colosseum, learning to decode and appreciate the ruins in a way that’s just not possible on your own.
  • Save time with skip-the-line access at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to help you make the most of every second in the heart of ancient Rome.
  • Hear the stories of blood, sand, spectacle and mayhem from your passionate guide—and learn the truth about some of the most popular myths surrounding the spectacular structure.
  • Sites Visited
  • Colosseum
  • Colosseum Arena Floor
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Colosseum entrance ticket (Full Experience Ticket €25)
  • Skip-the-line ticket for Colosseum (via Gladiator's Gate)
  • Special access ticket to Colosseum Arena Floor
  • Skip-the-line ticket for Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Headset (groups over 6 people)

Walk in the footsteps of gladiators with arena floor access on this unforgettable tour of the Colosseum.

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Total Customer Reviews: 4746

Verified Ratings
4.7 /5
based on 3439 Walks’ customer ratings
Rating summary by category
Guide
4.8/5
Guest Support
4.6/5
Latest reviews
Excellent
This was an amazing tour! We were very fortunate to have Maria Therese as our guide. She is an expert on ancient Roman history and shared lots of details about the Colosseum and the Forum that made the tour so much more enjoyable. It is a lengthy tour, but so worth the time. The meeting point was easy to find right across the street from the main attraction. There is a good deal of walking on this tour, but nothing strenuous. I enjoyed every part of the walking tour and recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the whole history, but just see the “greatest hits” of Rome.
Verified · Sara · Feb 24, 2024 · USA · Female · 65 to 74 years
Excellent
Well paced and managed by our tour guide. Very informative and enjoyable. An excellent way to understand the history of this remarkable sight.
Verified · Thomas · Feb 19, 2024 · USA · Male · 75 or older years
Excellent
Eddy was an amazing tour guide His depth of knowledge was fantastic We have been on many many tours, and this rates as one of the top We feel very lucky to have had him for our guide
Verified · Betty · Jan 19, 2024 · Canada · Female · 65 to 74 years
Excellent
Hi a great tour with a fantastic guide. However we weren’t taken onto the arena floor which is what we paid for.
Verified · Gina · Jan 11, 2024 · New Zealand · Female · 45 to 54 years
Excellent
Our tour guide Mauro was excellent- very knowledgeable and great stories to make the tour fun and informative. Highly recommend.
Verified · Deborah · Jan 04, 2024 · Canada · Female · 45 to 54 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point
Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, directly across the street from Oppio Caffè at the gated entrance to Colle Oppio Park. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign.

If arriving by metro, please note that there are two entrances/exits for the metro and the Park where we meet is located on the street above the metro station. You will need to take the stairs up from inside the metro station to reach the street above. Exiting the metro on the upper street level, turn to face the Colosseum and then walk to your left 150 meters and you will find the Oppio Caffe on the corner and the entrance to the Colle Oppio Park just opposite. The Walks Coordinator will be waiting there to check you in.

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

FAQs

What's the cancellation policy for this tour?
This tour is fully refundable up to 7 days prior to the event. Within 7 days, this tour is non-refundable.
Do we always see the sights in the same order that you have listed in the description?
No. Sometimes the order of our visits change due to logistical issues or your guide make a snap decision to avoid crowds in order to increase the quality of your visit.
Do I need to bring my passport/ID with me?
Yes! All guests (including children) must bring a government-issued ID/passport on the day of their tour. Failure to bring an ID can result in the security staff refusing your entrance to the monument. The full names of all participants are required at the time of booking and must match the names on their ID/passport. Name changes are not permitted.
Is this tour accessible for wheelchairs, strollers or for those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at [email protected] or call +39 068-596-0143 (Italy) or 888-683-8670 (USA) to make alternative arrangements.
Does the order of the itinerary on this tour ever change?
Occasionally the sights on this tour are visited in a different order. This happens due to logistical changes and snap decisions made by our guides to avoid crowds and thus improve your visit.
Is there wheelchair access in the Colosseum?
Wheelchair access in the Colosseum is limited at best and non-existent when its crowded. The specific route of this tour does not accomodate wheelchairs (as we have to go up and down stairs). If you use a wheelchair or have impaired mobility and would like to see the Colosseum, please contact our customer service department for private tour options at [email protected].
Does Skip the Line Access mean no waiting?
During busy periods (May - October) there is sometimes a short wait to get inside the Colosseum. This is because the Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with Skip the Line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. It's rare that we have to wait for more than a few minutes but if we do, it's unavoidable.
Are selfie sticks allowed in the Colosseum?
Yes, but please be careful when using them - during the summer months they can be more dangerous than gladiators' weapons.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Is there anything I should bring/wear on my tour?
Because there is a lot of walking on this tour, we highly recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. There is very little shade at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill in particular, so we would recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen in summer and a rain-jacket or umbrella in winter. As there are water fountains with (delicious) drinking water dotted throughout the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, we would highly recommend bringing a bottle that you can refill.
Does the Colosseum ever close without warning?
Unfortunately, Yes. The Colosseum is subject to unforeseen closures due to weather conditions and worker strikes, as well as last minute changes in reservations, all of which are out of Walks of Italy (or any other tour operator's) control. If for any reason we cannot run the tour as described, we will contact you immediately, offering the best alternatives. Depending on the situation this might result in a modification of the itinerary or a change in the tour start time. Our aim is to offer you the highest level of service and in the rare occasion in which circumstances outside of our control mean that you cannot participate in a variation of this tour we will offer you a full refund.

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