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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, click here.

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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
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, restricted area tour

A three hour guided tour that takes in the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill area plus - with an element of surprise - one of the two 'restricted' areas of the Colosseum, either the underground areas (plus the Arena floor) or the upper tiers (3rd, 4th and 5th levels) of the Colosseum.
Numbers are strictly limited, and availability is scarce - we'd agree that this 'pot-luck' tour is perhaps unusual, but we'll take any chance we can to get visitors into the off-the-beaten-track areas of the Roman Colosseum!

Colosseum 'restricted' areas guided tour

This tour is led by an expert (english speaking) tour guide and will take you to areas of the Colosseum that regular tours do not. You'll have at least 25 minutes in either the dungeon or upper-tier levels, areas restricted to short-visits and limited numbers of visitors; if it's the dungeons then you'll also have 15 minutes on the normally off-limits, sand-covered Arena floor whereas with the upper levels (Belvedere) you'll have views out across Rome and down towards the Colosseum base.

Again, we must stress that this tour doesn't include both upper and lower levels (few, if any, can), just one of them, and this is likely to be a surprise, not known until the day of your visit ... it has everything to do with weather and overall numbers of visitors.

Your tour will begin at the Arch of Constantine - alongside the Colosseum itself - and will then progress, skipping any queues (aside from the security checks that affect everybody), directly to the Colosseum (also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre). Having visited the arena floor, you'll be shown around either the dungeons or the upper levels.
The underground - ipogei, hypogeum - areas are what made possible the long and spectacular days of the Colosseum in all their gore and glory - the subterranean backstage, as it were, where slaves worked, animals (read lions, tigers, hyenas and bears) were stored and gladiators rested, ate and offered up their prayers. They were completely filled in during the 5th century AD and as a result show a remarkable state of preservation.

Or, it might be the upper levels you visit. The third tier has been open for a good few years, but it was only in late 2017 that the fourth and fifth levels were opened to visitors.
Please note that, for the fourth and fifth levels, access is often via some steep stairways, and, at top, you'll be 50 metres in the air, so it may not be for everyone.

You'll visit the regular areas of the Colosseum before heading off to explore what was the social and political heart of Ancient Rome - the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, again, skipping any queues. You'll learn of the everyday life of a Roman citizen as well as the tale of the she-wolf that nursed the founders of the city, Romulus and Remus.

Colosseum guided tour, gladiator entrance

If you like to make an entrance then this is the Colosseum guided tour for you! A fully guided tour of the Roman Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill archaeological area, it sees you enter the Colosseum via the Gladiator's Gate and emerge directly onto the sand-covered arena floor, a section of the Colosseum that is ordinarily closed to visitors.

The tours lasts around three hours and is fully guided, fully skip-the-queue - in fact it's an 'express' entry as the Gladiator's Gate is not used for standard Colosseum access. As well as the restricted battle-floor area, you'll also see the 'Cross' area, the spot where Rome's Good Friday celebrations are initiated each year.

Colosseum 'belvedere' tour and ebook guide

Tickets for the Colosseum 'belvedere' guided tour including a downloadable 'Colosseum and Roman Forum' ebook guide in PDF, mobi and epub formats.

This tour lasts approximately 75 minutes and includes the Colosseum, the first tier of the Colosseum and, from late 2017, the third, fourth and fifth tiers, and any running exhibitions. It does not include a guided visit to the Forum and Palatine Hill area - your voucher will cover entrance to those areas, just that you need to visit by yourself.

IMPORTANT:Security measures have been increased at the Colosseum and, even though this ticket will be valid 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.

Please select a time of day for the tour. You may, of course, specify a specific time, however, we'd recommend you are flexible and select 'Anytime' to increase your chances of getting onto a tour. To be clear, your booking will eventually be confirmed for a specific time of day and we're simply asking whether you'd prefer that to be in the morning, afternoon, or at any time of day.

There is no way to simply select 'Anytime' and then arrive whenever you choose to - 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.

Please note that, for the fourth and fifth levels, access is often via some steep stairways, and, at top, you'll be 50 metres in the air, so it may not be for everyone.

Unfortunately, current restrictions mean that we're unable to offer more than six people per time slot - if your group is larger than six people then you'll need to split your order across different times.

Colosseum, combo dungeons and 'belvedere' tour and ebook guide

A combined ticket for the Colosseum dungeons and the 'belvedere' guided tours including a downloadable 'Colosseum and Roman Forum' ebook guide in PDF, mobi and epub formats.

The two tours have a combined duration of approximately 90 minutes and together include the Colosseum, the dungeons, the first tier of the Colosseum and, from late 2017, the third, fourth and fifth tiers, and any running exhibitions. It does not include a guided visit to the Forum and Palatine Hill area - your voucher will cover entrance to those areas, just that you need to visit by yourself.

IMPORTANT:Security measures have been increased at the Colosseum and, even though this ticket will be valid 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.

Please select a time of day for the tour start. Things are changing regularly and, for now, the only two start times available are 9.20 AM and 10.40 AM.

Please note that, for the fourth and fifth levels, access is often via some steep stairways, and, at top, you'll be 50 metres in the air, so it may not be for everyone; also note that should the underground areas be closed for whatever reason (for security reasons or due to flooding after heavy rain) then we will arrange a partial refund.

Unfortunately, current restrictions mean that we're unable to offer more than six people per time slot - if your group is larger than six people then you'll need to split your order across different times.

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 319 ratings. See all 208 reviews

5 stars
NR, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
5th Jan 2018
Excellent tour
5 stars
CM, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
5th Jan 2018
Worth every penny having a guided tour. Lovely lady and skipped all the queues.
5 stars
MN, Romania
27th Dec 2017
Highly recommended
5 stars
GJ, United States
3rd Nov 2017
The 3 hour tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palantine Hill was the greatest.
5 stars
NH, Ireland
14th Oct 2017
Really enjoyed it.
5 stars
FC, United States
10th Oct 2017
Our guide was wonderful, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience especially the view from the upper levels!
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