Colosseum VIP access with arena and ancient Rome small group tour

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  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
  • Location: Roma, Italy
  • Product code: 21175P67
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Stop At: Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome Italy

This 3-hour guided tour with fast track access to the Colosseum through the Gladiators' Gate; our storytelling guide will take ancient history back to life. With multiple start times to choose from throughout the day,you will join a small group of average 18 participants  (maximum 24 people) and discover stories and anecdotes on Roman Emperors, Senators and Gladiators. You will depart from our office where you will receive personal headsets for a better listening to the guide and be introduced to our passionate guide and in 3 hours you will discover Ancient Rome!. With our fast track entrance you will access in the center of the Arena, have your camera ready to discover the Colosseum where Gladiators and wild beast did their combats. The morning times were reserved for the "Venationes"  where the "Bestiarii"  Gladiators were fighting the beasts.  Access through the special Gladiator's Gate  and take the chance to step into Arena stage where Gladiators used to join the fights!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Roman Forum, Largo della Salara Vecchia 5/6, 00186 Rome Italy

From this stage you will visit the ring that overlooks the underground areas of the Colosseum. While you take in the amazing view, your guides will share their knowledge about the history of Ancient Rome and of the Colosseum in particular. The guides are all licensed and have a degree either in Art History or Archaeology, and enrich their explanation adding amazing anecdotes about the Colosseum, its spectators, the fights between wild beasts and gladiators, and the lives of the powerful Emperors and politicians of the time.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Palatine Hill, Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome Italy

Your tour of Ancient Rome will continue to the Palatine Hill, one of Rome’s seven hills. Here, emperors and wealthy families used to have their houses built, to enjoy the stunning view over the Roman Forum and Circus Maximum. Your group will then walk down the Palatine Hill and stroll among the ruins of the Roman Forum, an archaeological area that the guide will bring alive sharing more history and anecdotes about Ancient Rome. Our guides use overlay books and 3D pictures to show you how each column, temple and building used to look like at that time. You will understand what those ruins used to represent, linking them to the main characters and events of Ancient Rome’s history.

At the end of the tour, you will return back to the starting point and from there can proceed with the rest of your day.

Duration: 45 minutes


  • Guided tour
  • group tour guide for 3 hours
  • admission tickets
  • arena floor access
  • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks

Schedule Details

Departure Dates:

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Departure Point:

Via Frangipane, 30, 00184 Roma RM, Italy


3 hours(approx.)

Return details

Via dei Fori Imperiali, Roma RM, Italy

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Additional Information

Not wheelchair accessible

Normal sized backpacks are permitted as huge backpacks will not be admitted.

Colosseums' Rules:Sharps objects, liquid glass bottles, drones, selfiesticks, perfumes & sprays are NOT allowed. Only plastic water bottle are accepted.

Small group tour will average 20 people (with a maximum of 26 people).

Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check;

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please be on time or you might lose the entrance for the Colosseum or a part of the tour

There might be a slight change in the departure timing. In this case we will call you in advance.

A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for the entrance at the Colosseum

Please make sure you bring comfortable shoes and a refillable plastic water bottle especially during hot weather!

Near public transportation

There might be a slight change in order of the itinerary due to security and ticket availability.

Please note that due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for any persons with disabilities.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Please show up at least 10 minutes before the tour to do the check in

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Posted By : fionnualal2020
This tour was excellent. Our guide Flavia was very informative and passionate about the history of the Rome. She made the tour of the 3 locations informative and fun. The three hours flew and well worth money. Great to see from gladiator entrance for the Collusseum and the views from Palatine hill were great. If warm or dunny bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Favourite thing of holiday 10/10
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Posted On : 2023-03-25

Posted By : Piero_F
Excellent tour leader and pictures she had helped hugely with visualisation. The audio devices could be better with better headphones perhaps covering both ears or tell customers to bring their own if you like. Thank you
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Posted On : 2023-03-25

Posted By : Lauren_S
Okay, guide was okay. Headsets were not good, one completely broke so could not hear the guide. Skip the que was not completely skip the que. Otherwise a pretty decent trio
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Posted On : 2023-03-25

Posted By : Christopher_G
The tour itself was fine- but the tour operator was ridiculous. I would never recommend - especially when 2023 gets really busy We booked for a specific time - and they changed times on us. They announced this change via email without asking us or confirming. We showed up early and were bumped to later so it screwed up our next tour Other people were not so lucky - a lot of people got changed. Only if you notice (while on travel) their email did you know they changed. The app still showed the original time and never changed The idea that i can book a date and time on Viator and it can be changed, without me saying ok to the change is ridiculous. I'd avoid this group, some people showed up at their time and missed tours and offered partial discounts which is even worse
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Posted On : 2023-03-25

Posted By : Heather_N
Great tour- Flavia moved us smoothly through the lines (loved skipping through them!), and shared lots of interesting tidbits, information and her passion about the subject. Definitely recommended!!!
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Posted On : 2023-03-25

Posted By : Ken_D
Great tour! Our guide, Francesca, was very knowledgeable and very entertaining and we learned things about the Forum and the Colosseum and Ancient Rome that we would have never discovered had we just gone on our own.
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Posted On : 2023-03-24

Posted By : seanwW4355AT
Off to poor start as we turned up 10 mins early but guide didn’t appear for 20 mins after start time. That said Aleeeandro was very informative and made it an interesting tour. Bring comfortable shoes and water as it is a long walk with many steps and quite tiring. Lots of great photos to take. Security checks and queues are super fast so well worth beating the other queues with a guide. Radio sets and earphone makes it easy to hear tour guide!
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Posted On : 2023-03-24

Posted By : Christine_V
I received a text telling me to come 15 minutes earlier. Viator office very difficult to find. Than waiting in very slow queue and consequently missing the deadline for tour by 1 minute. We werewolf we had to buy new tickets now: we lost 128 dollar. We found much cheaper tickets at the train by another operator. It was not a tour, but entree was much quicker and you can go at your own pace. Background info is written down on signpost in the colosseum anyway.
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Posted On : 2023-03-24

Posted By : gary_l
Seeing the Colosseum from both inside and outside and learning more about it, and recommend to go for the guided tour
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Posted On : 2023-03-23

Posted By : Estelle_B
I will say this , get to the meeting place at least 1/2 hour before the tour , it gets very crowded with several tour groups starting at the same time. The tour was fine although some people felt they were not given enough time to stop and take pictures. Wear comfortable shoes it is a lot of walking over different terrains and steps.
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Posted On : 2023-03-23