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Colosseum Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Colosseum - click a date and we'll show you what's available.

Tours may be 'just' the Colosseum, they make take in other aspects of Ancient Rome, they may be smallish, semi-private tours or larger group ones - whatever, they're all fully inclusive 'skip-the-queue' tours.

It may well be that you're after straightforward Colosseum tickets - click here for those. If you're looking for a Colosseum tour that includes the dungeons and upper levels, click here.

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Special Colosseum and dungeon night tour (2 hours)

A chance to enjoy areas not normally accessible to the public in the company of an experienced guide. This night walking tour lasts about two hours and 15 minutes, starting at 8:30 PM and ending at about 10:45 PM, and includes major sights such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Imperial forums. Highlights include:

  • Colosseum in lights (exterior and interior).
  • Colosseum underground & arena floor.
  • An overview of the Roman Forum (exterior only).
  • Piazza Venezia, the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument.
  • Mussolini's balcony and imperial thoroughfare.
  • The Via Dei Fori Imperiali.

This atmospheric tour starts at Trajan's Column, exploring the surrounding area including the monumental facade of the Vittoriano monument, the Piazza Venezia and the Via dei Fori Imperiali. You'll visit the Imperial and Roman Forums - the heart of political, religious and public life in ancient Rome - and enjoy a wonderful view of the Palatine Hill before proceeding to the Colosseum. Please note that the tour will provide an external view of the Forums and Palatine Hill, it doesn't include entrance to these locations.

Your guide on this evocative, night tour will bring the ancient Colosseum to life with interesting descriptions and stories about the monument, the workings of the Colosseum and the lives of the gladiators who fought and died here. Everything is much cooler and more comfortable at night and you'll have a unique opportunity to experience these monuments in the dusk light and sunset.

The tour includes your experienced, English-speaking guide, headphones and special priority access to the Colosseum in a tour of no more than 24 people.

Colosseum guided tour (includes ebook guide)

This is a guided tour that includes the entrance fee for the Colosseum (plus the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Palatine Museum) as well as the cost of the tour guide. You'll be part of a large official group tour, meeting inside the Colosseum itself. The Colosseum is open every day of the year, excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The tour also includes a downloadable "Colosseum and Roman Forum" ebook guide in PDF, mobi and epub formats.

IMPORTANT:Security measures have been increased at the Colosseum and, even though a tour ticket is for entrance at a specific time, the authorities are currently telling all visitors to arrive 60 minutes before entrance time. Please see this page for the most up to date information.

Tours (in English and Spanish) last approximately 30 to 40 minutes; all visits are tied to a specific time. If you absolutely have to visit at a certain time then please specify that in the 'notes' section during checkout and we shall see what we can do, otherwise you're advised to go for one of the more flexible 'morning' or 'afternoon' options. Tours are currently available at the following times:

English tour: 10.15 AM, 11.15 AM, 12.30 PM, 01.45 PM, 03.00 PM

Spanish tour: 10.30 AM, 11.30 AM, 12.45 PM, 02.45 PM

(Please note - this is not a tour of the dungeons and upper levels - click here for those.)

The opening hours are (roughly) as shown below. Please note that the ticket office will close one hour before the Colosseum itself closes.

  • Last Sunday of March to end August, 07.15 PM
  • September, 07.00 PM
  • October 1st to last saturday of October, 06.30 PM
  • Last Sunday of October to February 15th, 04.30 PM
  • February 16th to March 15th, 05.00 PM
  • March 16th to last Saturday of March, 05.30 PM
Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour, 3 hours

A longer tour that of course covers the Colosseum in depth, but then goes on to take in the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill area, the Via Sacra and the Arch of Titus, the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Domitian Palace. This is an official three hour tour - you'll be led by an expert in ancient Roman history and the group size will never be more than 15 people. Meeting point is just outside the Colosseum.

Spend three hours reliving the wonders of Ancient Rome with an in depth exploration of the Colosseum and surrounding area. The price includes entrance tickets (all skip-the-queue) as well as headsets where necessary.

The tour begins, unsurprisingly, at the Colosseum and an explanation of its construction and its past life. Once inside you'll be learning about the often gory goings on and the hard lives of the the gladiators. From one of the interior levels you'll have the Arch of Constantine and other surrounding monuments pointed out to you.

Next it's on the the nearby Forum, home to some of Rome's most noted monuments including the Curia (focus of the Roman Senate), Julius Caesar's funeral altar, the House and Temple of the Vestal Virgins and the Arch of Titus. From here it's a short way to the Palatine Hill; Romulus founded the city of Rome here and it went on to become the favoured position for the Imperial residences - remains of the impressive Domitian Palace are still visible here.

The final view of the tour is across and over the legendary Circus Maximus, once home to fiercely contested chariot races. These are very popular and well reviewed tours that will give you an insightful introduction to the splendours and way of life of ancient Rome.

Ancient Rome, 3 hour private tour

This three hour private tour starts with a guided visit to the Colosseum, followed by the the Roman Forum and the parks and monuments of the Palatine Hill. You'll be in the company of a fully-qualified, experienced guide, who will help you get the most out of this marvellous experience.

This tour starts in front of the Colosseum, with an explanation of its architecture and history, before proceeding into the amphitheatre (without queueing). Your guide will describe the hard life of the gladiators, and the often gory entertainments that were held here.

From one of the terraces, you'll be shown various monuments, including the Arch of Constantine. The visit continues to the nearby Roman Forum, with views of some of Rome's most important historical monuments - the centre of the Roman Senate, the Arch of Titus with its depiction of the Judean War, and the funeral altar of Julius Caesar.

Thence to the Palatine, the hill where Romulus founded Rome and the site of the imperial residences, including the Domitian's Imperial Palace and the Imperial Family's private stadium.

The tour lasts about three hours, and comfortable clothing and footwear are recommended.

This tour doesn't enter the dungeons, but rather provides an overview, looking down into the corridors below the arena. With the help of accurate reconstructions, you'll get a clear insight into how the arena worked, and the immense effort that was put into making the games as breathtaking as possible.

Ancient Rome, 4 hour private tour

A four hour, private guided tour of Ancient Rome, taking in the Colosseum and the tombs, temples and palaces of the Palatine Hill in the company of a fully-qualified, local tour guide.

This tour starts in front of the Colosseum, with an explanation of its architecture and history, before proceeding into the amphitheatre (without queueing). Your guide will describe the hard life of the gladiators, and the often gory entertainments that were held here.

From one of the terraces, you'll be shown various monuments, including the Arch of Constantine. The visit continues to the nearby Roman Forum, with views of some of Rome's most important historical monuments - the centre of the Roman Senate, the Arch of Titus with its depiction of the Judean War, and the funeral altar of Julius Caesar.

Thence to the Palatine, the hill where Romulus founded Rome and the site of the imperial residences, including the Domitian's Imperial Palace and the Imperial Family's private stadium.

The tour lasts about four hours, and comfortable clothing and footwear are recommended.

This tour doesn't enter the dungeons, but rather provides an overview, looking down into the corridors below the arena. With the help of accurate reconstructions, you'll get a clear insight into how the arena worked, and the immense effort that was put into making the games as breathtaking as possible.

[Additional Colosseum links]: Visitor information, Colosseum location map, Google map

HOW YOU'LL GET YOUR TICKETS:

To reserve tickets for a Colosseum guided tour, just fill out the booking form, give us a preference for date and time (dates are in European DD/MM/YYYY format), supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your entry voucher. Print it out, take it with you to the Colosseum and present it at either the ticket desk or to the guide ... they will swap it for your entry ticket. Full instructions will be on your voucher. As simple as that!

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRINT YOUR VOUCHER (unless otherwise specified on the voucher)

You won't have to join any long queues (there is a special pick-up desk for internet tickets - see our blog post, with photographs, here), but nonetheless we'd advise you to arrive 30 minutes before your entry time (60 minutes at weekends). If your tour involves meeting your guide outside the colosseum these times can be reduced.

PLEASE NOTE: You must present yourself at the time specified on your booking voucher - admittance will not be granted at other times.

Please also be prepared to show some ID - It is sometimes difficult for Italian officials to understand that not all countries require their citizens to carry ID cards, if indeed they are issued in said countries at all. You will often find that nothing other than a Passport or Driving Licence (with photograph) will suffice.

IMPORTANT:Security measures have been increased at the Colosseum and, even though a tour ticket is for entrance at a specific time, the authorities are currently telling all visitors to arrive 60 minutes before entrance time. Please see this page for the most up to date information.

4.2 stars out of 5 from 287 ratings. See all 187 reviews

5 stars
PE, Norway
11th Jul 2017
The guide was both charming and knowledgeable.
5 stars
SG, United States
10th Jul 2017
We could not have asked for a better tour guide. She was an anthropologist who was both entertaining and knowledgeable. Could not have asked for a better tour.
5 stars
MJ, Canada
1st Jul 2017
Very nice visit!! Francesca has been a perfect guide with a good historical review of the sites. She let time for pictures and rests. We really enjoyed our visit. Molte Grazie Francesca!!
5 stars
TS, Canada
21st Jun 2017
We found the meeting place very challenging to find. There were numerous groups there and we spent at least 15 minutes trying to find it.
5 stars
Katie M, Ireland
20th Jun 2017
Valero our guide gave us a fantastic tour -the 3 hours went by too quickly. He has a great sense of humour and was able to answer all our questions. I would highly recommend this tour and then a walk to the Pantheon to see what a lot of the Roman Forum buildings looked like in that period. Thank you Valero and Cia
5 stars
LN, Denmark
19th Jun 2017
Helpful guides at Colosseum who helped us immediately, showing us where to get our reserved tickets, the right line etc.
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