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See the Colosseum from the Arena Floor Up
If you truly want to immerse yourself in the Eternal City’s millennia of history, there is no better place to start than the Colosseum Arena Floor. Not only will you be following in the footsteps of gladiators, you'll also get a 360° panorama from where it was possible to see all 50,000 blood-thirsty spectators with a brilliantly executed narrative from a passionate guide.
Ancient Rome's most spectacular edifice is still in existence, and this immortal amphitheater has a past filled with both gore and glory just like the Roman Empire itself. Over time, the lines between history and legend may have blurred out, but your guide will help you debunk myths and surprise you with stories even more jaw-dropping the ones you’ve seen played out in film. From imperious emperors to gruesome gladiator fights, we’ll delve into the fray from the beginning.
Across the Millennia & into Ancient Roman Life
After your guided Colosseum tour, you'll head past the Arch of Constantine and into the Roman Forum. This was once the central hub of the sprawling empire, where ancient Romans would mix and mingle throughout its glory days. As you gaze upon it's towering triumphal arches, columns and temples, you’ll be mesmerized by the stories that transpired right under your feet. Get the inside scoop on Mark Antony and Cleopatra’s epic love story and hear the thrilling tale of the conspiracy that led to the assassination of Julius Caesar, but also learn how the great Roman Empire slowly began to crumble towards its dramatic demise in 476 AD.
Then it's a short hike up the adjacent Palatine Hill – the very birthplace of Rome. It was upon this summit that a small hillside village took its first steps towards becoming one of the largest empires ever known. But what drove the first settlers to make their home here of all places, and how did the twins Romulus and Remus and the she-wolf who raised them fit into the equation? Your tour guide will straighten out those question marks and more as you uncover secrets among scattered ruins on the most notable of Rome’s seven hills.
Contagious Passion for Illuminating History
In a city with millennia of enthralling history, story-telling is the core of everything we do and we’re proud to say that we have some of the most animated guides in the business. Every single one of our Colosseum guides has been chosen based on their stellar ability to engage, entertain and educate – and their qualities shine in the thousands of 5-star TripAdvisor reviews they receive.
We ensure that you always have personalized attention and time to ask any questions that pop up along the way. Don’t hold back your curiousity because, our goal is to enlighten you with a deeper understanding of the Roman Empire and a wider perspective on how today’s society has been shaped by this uniquely influential place and period in time.
What You'll See Along the Way
When Emperor Vespasian made the first draft of the Colosseum in the 2nd century AD, he certainly didn’t go for a “less is more” feel. While the plan of the building was inspired by a classical Greek theater, Vespasian’s vision was much grander than that. He made his architects place two theaters back to back, creating an oval stage with the audience seated around the entire perimeter and pushing the backstage to the underground. We are left to imagine how magnificent the then marble-clad edifice must have looked on its inauguration day in 80 AD but, luckily, what remains of the Colosseum is still undeniably spectacular.
Colosseum Arena Floor Tour
What Our Customers Say...
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We were taking the “arena floor” tour so there’s a separate entrance. I highly recommend you do this to see areas that most tourists don’t get to see, and it’s less crowded. Jovita took her time to explain everything and answer questions, plus she’s an Archaeologist and is passionate about her work, which makes it even more interesting. She doesn’t rush so you get plenty of time to take photos. I highly recommend What a Life and especially Jovita!
My roommate and I really enjoyed our tour of the the Colosseum with Jad. He was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. Would definitely recommend.
We ended up having a private tour with Mario being off season and he was absolutely fantastic! Having a masters in history his knowledge of Roman history was incredible. What A Life should give Mario a big raise! Mario - Thank you again - your tour was one of the top highlights of our trip to Italy
My husband and I took the Colosseum Afternoon tour with What a Life. The tour was excellent, well organized and informative. I would definitely recommend this experience.