Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum Arena Access, Palatine Hill, & Forum Tour

4.8 / 5

40 reviews

Activity provider: Carpe Diem Tours
Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum Arena Access, Palatine Hill, & Forum Tour

Activity provider: Carpe Diem Tours
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From US$ 70 per person

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Learn about the gladiators and beasts that were housed under the colosseum throughout its history, on this comprehensive tour that includes access to the restricted arena floor of the Colosseum.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • See the arena floor on this comprehensive tour of the Colosseum
  • Learn from an experienced guide while exploring Rome's most important sites
  • See Palatine Hill, where Romulus is said to have founded Rome and emperors built palaces
  • Explore the Roman forum, once the centre of Roman political and social life
  • Hear stories and legends from the tour guide at all of the stops along the way
Full description

Take a unique Colosseum tour with Arena floor access, a comprehensive tour that includes the central floor of the Colosseum, plus Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum – all with premium skip-the-line access.

Enter the arena where all the juicy action happened, and learn how on a big day of festivities, this 87x55m patch of dust was the beating heart of Ancient Rome. Close your eyes whilst standing in the center and picture the cheers and the drama of the time of the gladiators.

Move on to the next stop, Palatine Hill, after a 30-minute break. See the grassy peak of Palatine hill, upon which Romulus is said to have founded the city of Rome almost 3000 years ago. 

Explore the place that the Roman Emperors chose as the spot for some of the finest and most spectacular palaces the ancient world ever saw.

Explore the Roman Forum, centuries ahead of the rest of the world in terms of its cultural significance, this teeming hub of philosophers, scientists, lawmakers, Pontiffs, and commoners was the brains behind Ancient Rome.

Wrap up the tour in the forum, roam freely through the Forum or head off for some local food and drink, and the guide will be happy to offer recommendations.

  • Tickets to the Colosseum
  • Access to the Arena floor
  • Tickets to Palatine Hill
  • Tickets to the Roman Forum
  • Food & Drink

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Meeting point

Please meet in front of the Arch of Constantine. Your guide will be holding a Yellow Carpe Diem Rome flag.

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  • This route covers about 2.5 kilometers in total and is conducted at a leisurely pace that is suitable for all. The tour duration is around 3 hours.
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4.8 /5

based on 40 reviews

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This tour was amazing. Alessandro (I think this is correct) was a gem. He was brilliant and interesting and got us all the best spots for pictures and views. He let us take our time and our 2-3 hour tour turned into about 3 and a half hours and he did not even mind. His stories were interesting and funny and not to be found in any history book! I would HIGHLY recommend this tour. They were so organized and everything was simple and easy. It was a highlight of my trip. I will never forget it. Thank you so much Alessandro!

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January 2, 2023

This guided tour was just right! Lots of time in the coliseum—entering through one gladiator’s gate and out the other, going up to the next levels and looking back at the entire coliseum—it was fabulous and everyone in my party agreed. There were some stairs which would deter someone with accessibility issues. The rest of the tour was a walk through the gardens on Palentine Hill and the rest of the archeological site. I chose this Carpe Diem tour primarily because we met at the Constantine Arch and not in a place I would have to look for in the metro station. We went in the afternoon in December and it was nice walking weather. The guide was a PhD archeologist and she made the whole place even more fascinating with her insights.

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December 29, 2022

Our tour was excellent and we loved our operator. Ivana Manchini was our guide and she was fantastic. Especially good for our three children. I’m not sure they would have enjoyed these sites without the tour and they all love talking about the tour. Our kids are 11, 10, and 8. So happy we booked the tour.

November 2, 2022

Product ID: 410331