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Itinerary
Your tour begins by meeting your guide at the local tour office near the Colosseum; then walk to the special entrance reserved for members of this tour. 

Skip the regular lines and maximize your time at the Colosseum as you enter the amphitheater directly onto the arena floor, where gladiators and wild animals engaged in bloody fights. Visit the ring overlooking the underground sections of the Colosseum, and learn about its history from your guide, who has a degree in either art history or archaeology. Listen to anecdotes about the glory days of the arena and the lives of the emperors and senators of the time. 

Next, leave the Colosseum and walk to Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, where emperors and other wealthy residents lived. Take in the view of the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus, and then walk down the hill to explore the ruins of the forum, where your guide shares more stories and uses books and 3D pictures to show you how the site looked during the days of Ancient Rome. Your tour ends with return to your starting point.
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Colosseum
Rome Private Guides
Rome Private Guides
Overview
See the Colosseum on a 3-hour tour that gives you special access to enter the amphitheater on the arena, the same entrance that gladiators once used for their battles. This also allows you to skip the line at the main public entrance. Once inside, explore the ancient landmark with a guide, and then head outside to tour the archaeological area of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Select your preferred tour time when booking.
Highlights
  • 3-hour Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour with special access
  • Enter the Colosseum directly from the arena floor, a rare privilege
  • Skip the main entrance line
  • Learn about the history of the amphitheater
  • Explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, as well
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Amazing tour with Dennis

My husband and I showed up earlier than expected and was able to go on the 12pm tour with Dennis. We read other great reviews about him prior to booking and were happy that he ended up being our guide. He provided riveting commentary on...More

1  Thank mhobgood
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Colosseum with teenagers!!!

Great tour guide! She took care of everything and despite of the super hot day she managed to keep the group interested and did the whole tour! Congrats!

3  Thank DECA C
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Historic Adventure

We took this tour last week during our holiday in Rome. Our guide, Renata, was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and delivered the tour at a good pace, stopping for water breaks, and taking questions. There is a lot of walking involved in the tour, and so...More

2  Thank Aoife K
Reviewed 1 week ago
Put on your walking shoes!

This is a great tour with a lot of details and sites but is a lot of walking. There is a lot of loose gravel and uneven steps so is not safe for those who have trouble keeping their balance. The guide was great.

1  Thank Kiimber1913
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Amazing tour with Dennis

We couldn’t have asked for more! Our family of 5 walked away with so much learning and an appreciation for Ancient Rome! Thank you Dennis for the gift of knowledge and an amazing experience.

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booski1205
13 August 2018|
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Response from geoffdowle | Reviewed this property |
Hi Booski Simple answer is don't know. It could be different companies trying to out-do each other or the quality of the tour. Sorry I can;t be more helpful but enjoy the tour, it's brilliant and very interesting.
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sara4649
1 August 2018|
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Response from Karen S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, as stated above, the tour starts at the arena floor with a great view of the partitions and rooms underneath the arena floor where the animals were kept. The tour then progresses to the upper levels. This was a great... More
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sara4649
1 August 2018|
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Response from cmduke | Reviewed this property |
You will start on the arena level and then the tour makes it way to the upper level. I think that if you want to visit the dungeons, you need to upgrade your tour.
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