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Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Guided Tour with Arena Access

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  • Visit multiple Roman hotspots in one go with this guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill with exclusive access to the Arena.
  • Jump the lines and march into the Arena just like the gladiators did, stopping only to admire the Arch of Constantine.
  • An expert guide weaves in-depth chronicles of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill – all in your chosen language.
  • Not a fan of crowds? Upgrade your experience to enjoy a small group tour with an expert English guide and no more than 15 guests.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum
  • Expert local English, Italian, Spanish, French or German-speaking guide
  • Special access to the Colosseum Arena
  • Access to the Colosseum floors 1 and 2
  • Access to Palatine Hill & Roman Forum
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Group of up to 18 people

Exclusions

  • Access to the Colosseum underground or upper floors
  • Pro tip: Visiting during summer? Bring a water bottle and use the free water fountains dotted around the area.
  • The guided tour is available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, or German.
  • Everyone must carry valid IDs.
  • Luggage and large backpacks are not allowed inside the Colosseum.
  • The experience is not accessible by wheelchair, pram/stroller baby carriage, or people with mobility issues.
  • As there is no timed entrance to the Palatine and Forum, it is not possible to skip the lines. Please expect a delay when entering these sites.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.



What is the Colosseum Arena?

The Colosseum Arena is the central stage of the ancient Roman Colosseum. Covered by a wooden floor topped with sand, the Arena is the heart of the Colosseum. It served as the battleground for gladiatorial contests, public spectacles, and dramas based on classical mythology in its prime. Its importance lies in its symbolic role, presenting an enduring image of Rome's imperial power and the sophistication of its cultural life.

Quick Facts about the Colosseum Arena

Facts about the Colosseum Arena

Why Visit The Colosseum Arena?

unique side of the Colosseum
  • A unique side of the Colosseum: The arena floor, once stained with the blood of gladiators and ferocious animals that fought to the death for the entertainment of both the affluent and the proletariat, is the focal point of the Colosseum.
  • Insight into Roman history and culture: On this tour, you will get to hear eerie and enthralling tales about the Arena’s construction and restoration, the bloody fights, and more, giving you an insight into ancient Roman culture.
  • Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Colosseum: Walk through one of the Gladiator gates onto the floor where combats took place. This allows you to experience the moment of entering the Colosseum as a gladiator would. As you stand on the Arena floor you can catch a 360-degree view of the amphitheater.

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What can I do on a Colosseum arena floor tour?

Gladiator Gate of Colosseum

Walk through the Gladiator Gate

Out of the 80 entrances of the Colosseum, 76 were reserved for the general public. The remaining 4 were known as the Grand Entrances, namely, the North Gate, the South Gate, the Gate of Life, and the Gate of Death. During gladiator games, the gladiators entered the arena through the Gate of Life and if they survived, exited through it. Those who were wounded or killed were taken out of the stadium through the Gate of Death. During the visit, you will be able to enter the Colosseum through the Gate of Life, which is today dubbed the "Gladiator's Gate", allowing you to experience what it might have been like to enter the amphitheater packed with spectators.

Arena Floor

Walk on the Arena floor

Follow in the footsteps of ancient gladiators by walking on the partially reconstructed Arena floor. This unique experience provides a distinct perspective of the massive amphitheater and allows you to envision the magnitude of the events once held here. Imagine the roar of the crowd and the tension of the spectacles as you stroll across the sand-strewn platform, and you'll truly appreciate the Colosseum's Arena as the epicenter of Roman public life. However, it's important to remember that very little of the original arena floor remains today; what you will be walking on is a partially reconstructed section of the floor.

Underground ruins of  Colosseum
Colosseum's architecture

Marvel at the architecture

Take in the grandeur of the Colosseum's architecture while standing at its heart. From the Arena, you can truly appreciate the intricate design of the remaining walls, the structural order of the seating areas, and the immense scale of the amphitheater. This unique perspective offers profound insight into the sophistication and grandeur of Roman engineering. While the image of the Colosseum from the outside is iconic, experiencing the architecture from the inside out is an opportunity not to be missed.

What Was the Colosseum Arena Used For?

The term arena comes from the Latin word harena, which means "sand, sand-strewn place of combat", which is exactly what the Colosseum Arena is. A floor covered by sand, the Arena served as a stage for combat. Here, gladiators and exotic animals engaged in mortal combat for the entertainment of the Romans. It was only 325 CE that this practice ended because Constantine believed in civil and domestic peace.

It is also believed that the arena floor used to be intentionally flooded so that they could stage mock naval battles. In fact, with the help of complex machines, ramps, and props, they used to set the stage for various scripted spectacles.

The Arena's Role in Modern Times

In addition to maintaining its historical and cultural significance, the Arena is now used for various modern events, such as concerts and theatre productions. These events are carefully planned and controlled to prevent damage to the historical structure.

In fact, as recently as June 30, the Colosseum was in the news with speculations about a potential cage fight between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg being hosted at the famed Flavian Amphitheater. These rumors were further fueled by the Tesla CEO tweeting: "Some chance fight happens in Colosseum."

Frequently asked questions about Colosseum arena tickets

What is the Colosseum Arena?

The Colosseum Arena is the central stage of the Colosseum, an ancient Roman amphitheater in Rome, Italy. It functioned as the primary venue for gladiatorial contests, public spectacles, and dramas based on Classical mythology during the Roman Empire.

Where can I purchase Colosseum Arena tickets?

Tickets can usually be purchased online or at the ticket office on-site. However, buying in advance is recommended to avoid long queues. It will also allow you the opportunity to see all the different ticket types that are available and choose the best one suited for your Colosseum visit.

How much do Colosseum Arena tickets cost?

Prices for Colosseum tickets that include Arena access can vary, typically starting at €54, depending on the type of tour selected. For the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information, please check our website.

What can one do in the Colosseum arena?

For starters, it is a hair-raising experience to merely stand on the arena floor, although the modern version is a reconstruction of its past. You can also access the Gladiator/Stern Gate from inside, from where gladiators came on to the Colosseum floor. Stepping on to the arena also offers a unique interior perspective of the Colosseum.

What is the Rome gladiator arena made of?

Constructed mainly out of wood and covered with sand. The arena floor needed to be both strong enough to support the fights and animals, yet also replaceable to accommodate repairs and soak up blood and other fluids. Now, you can see a reconstructed section of the wooden arena floor during your visit to the Colosseum today.

Who can enter the Colosseum Arena?

The Colosseum Arena is accessible to the public, but access may be restricted to those who have booked tickets that provide access to this section. Do purchase your tickets in advance, as entry to the specific areas inside the Colosseum is often limited to manage the number of people and preserve the site.

Does my Colosseum Arena ticket give me access to other parts of the amphitheatre?

Typically, a standard Colosseum ticket will give you access to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. However, access to specific areas like the Hypogeum usually requires a special ticket. Be sure to confirm what your ticket includes at the time of purchase.

What happened underneath the Colosseum floor?

A complex network of tunnels and chambers, known as the hypogea, existed underneath the arena floor. This underground network housed gladiators, animals, scenery, and stage machinery.

What events took place on the Colosseum arena?

-Gladiatorial combats: These were the most famous events, featuring gladiators fighting each other or wild animals.
-Venationes: Animal hunts showcased exotic beasts like lions, tigers, bears and elephants.
-Naumachie, or mock naval battles: In the ancient times, it was believed that the arena was flooded to orchestrate naval battles.
-Executions: Condemned criminals sometimes faced their punishment in the arena.

What is the cancelation policy for Colosseum Arena tours?

Ticket cancellation or change policies can vary. Most Colosseum Arena tours allow you to cancel up to 48 hours in advance to get a full refund. Ensure that you check for the cancelation policy beforehand.