Why you'll love this tour
The Colosseum off-limits – and without queueing
With exclusive access to sections of the arena normally closed to the public, this VIP style Colosseum tour is what bucket list dreams are made of. Retrace the steps of gladiators as your delve into the underground maze of tunnels, where they armored up before facing the crowds. Then savor the chance to gaze upon the massive amphitheater from their point-of-view, as you step onto the arena floor - which is an option only available to few! Enjoy the privileged entry to its stage, dungeons & backstage area. Avoid the 6 million+ visitors a year - our official Colosseum partnership let us sail right past the lines and walk straight into the sights, saving hours of tedious queuing with the masses.
Roam the Forums with an insider expert
The Roman Forum is the perfect setting to gain a deeper insight into life in ancient Rome. Whether you were a lower-class plebeian or an esteemed member of the toga-clad elite, this was the place to be. Get a taste of it all as your first-rate guide uncovers the nitty-gritty, the dirty politics and the sublime beauty of this most remarkable of ancient sights. Traveling in a small group of 24 guests or fewer, you’ll walk the Via Sacra, where generals and their armies once held their triumphal processions, see the Temple of Caesar and pass the Rostra (speaker’s corner), where the head of the famed orator Cicero was put on display after his vicious murder.
Get a taste of eternity on the Palatine Hill
Paradoxically, we’ll end our tour where Rome herself was born. A few modest huts built on the top of the Palatine Hill in 200 BC were the humble beginning of the Empire, which grew to be the gigantic state we all know today. However, only centuries after the first settlers arrived, this mythical hill would be associated with anything but modesty. Let’s put it this way – if the Colosseum were the Hollywood of ancient times, then the lush (pun intended!) Palatine Hill was undoubtedly the Beverly Hills counterpart.
What you'll experience
When Emperor Nero was overthrown in 68 AD, the imperial power was seized by General Vespasian Flavius. Upon his installation as the new emperor, Vespasian faced an intricate urbanistic dilemma: what to do with Nero's gigantic palace? He desperately needed to establish good relations with the Roman people and, thus, demolished the lavish estate to make room for a spectacular new amphitheater. The building project commenced in 62 AD and took only 8 years to finish – an incredible achievement celebrated with 100 days of gladiator games, animal hunts and mass executions.
When visiting the he restricted areas of the amphitheater, the Colosseum authorities only permit one tour guide to speak. Due to these regulations, you may have to share the arena floor and underground level with up to 23 other guests.
The dates and times of the tour booked are subject to change depending on the availability. The exact times and dates are released by the Colosseum on the third Monday of the month preceding the tour. All tour operators have to work within these parametres.
In the case of extreme weather conditions, the authorities may close off the restricted areas for health and safety reasons as the underground could flood. If this occurs, we will try to reschedule your tour, subject to availability, or we will run the tour as our standard tour which will visit each of the three sites just without the special entrance and issue refunds for the difference in cost between this and our Colosseum Highlights group tour.
If you are travelling with children under 18, please send us a copy of their passport so we can purchase their tickets in advance of the tour date.