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The Best Colosseum Tours to Take and Why + Map

written by TheRomanGuy August 20, 2019

Standing almost 50 meters tall, the Colosseum is even more impressive in person than it is in photographs. Taking a decade and 60,000 slaves, construction on the largest amphitheater in the world began in 72 A.D.

Everyone who visits Rome wants to visit it, but with so many types of tickets, tours, and experiences, how do you choose which of our Colosseum tours is right for you? Read on to find out.

Colosseum Arena Floor Tour

Experience the
ground where
gladiators fought

See This Tour

Underground Colosseum Tour

Access the Colosseum's
dungeons and
hidden areas


Underground plus Belvedere Tour

Explore every Colosseum level
open to the public
inculding the Underground


Colosseum at Night Tour

See the Colosseum illuminated
fewer crowds


Colosseum Highlights Tour

Comprehensive Colosseum Tour
with Roman Forum
& Palatine Hill


Rome in a Day Tour

See the Colosseum,
the Vatican and city center
in one day


arena_floor_tour_the_roman_guyStanding on the Arena Floor, let your eyes wander upwards and imagine 60,000 screaming spectators.

If this sounds like it belongs on your bucket list, you’re in luck. In the 1990’s, a portion of the Arena Floor was reconstructed, making it easier for modern-day visitors to see what the Colosseum looked like in its heyday.

This is where Roman gladiators and animals fought, sometimes to the death! Only a limited number of people with a special Arena Floor reservation are allowed to access this area, so it’s worth planning in advance.

If you're traveling to Rome with kids or you're looking for cheap things to do in Rome, this tour is a good bet.


  • 2.5 Hours Long
  • Escape the crowds and walk through the special “Gate of Death”. This is where the losers would be dragged off the arena floor.
  • Walk out onto the reconstructed arena floor, located in the heart of the Colosseum.
  • Includes a skip the line guided visit to the Roman Forum including
    • Julius Caesar's Temple
    • Senate House
    • Arch of Titus
    • Arch of Constantine
    • Basilica of Antoninus & Faustina

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Colosseum-underground-tour-with-roman-forum-and-palatine-hill-the-roman-guyAlso known as the Colosseum Dungeons tour, this is the hottest tour in Rome and a Colosseum bestseller.

Due to extremely limited availability, this tour sells out within minutes of going live during the busy season.

So, if you decide this one is for you, make sure you book well in advance.

Not only do you gain exclusive access to the “Hypogeum” (dungeons/Underground), but you’ll also get the opportunity to walk out on the Arena Floor where the gladiatorial matches took place.

If there weren't enough, it also includes a guided skip the line visit to the Roman Forum. Instead of looking down into the Colosseum like you do on the Belvedere tour,  you look up into the Colosseum from below.

It’s pretty amazing. The Colosseum Underground Tour is a behind-the-scenes full package kind of tour for people who want to feel like VIPs on vacation.


  • 3.5 Hours Long
  • Go underground and into the Colosseum’s dungeons, with an expert English-speaking guide.
  • Walk out through the "Gate of Death" and out onto to the Arena Floor, where the brutal games took place.
  • Includes a skip the line guided visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

rome in a day colosseum tourThough we tell travelers to stay in Rome for as long as possible to make the most of the Eternal City, we understand that sometimes, your visit to Rome only lasts a day or two. We recommend this Rome in a Day Tour for anyone who isn't staying in Rome for long, as it includes skip the line Vatican and Colosseum experiences. This tour visits the same areas as the Arena Floor tour; however, you do not visit the Roman Forum on this experience.


  • 1 Hour inside of the Colosseum
  • Escape the crowds and walk through the special “Gate of Death”. This is where the losers would be dragged off the arena floor.
  • Walk out onto the reconstructed Arena Floor, located in the heart of the Colosseum.
  • Includes a visit to the Vatican as well

Looking for an abridged Colosseum tour, yet still want to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill? Our Colosseum Highlights Tour combines our Flash Colosseum tour with a guided visit to Rome's ancient city.

This is our quickest way to visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill in one experience.


  • *3 Hours Long
  • Visit the Colosseum's first and second tiers
  • Visit Palatine Hill and the ancient Roman Forum

*As this tour combines our Flash Colosseum tour with a visit to the Roman Forum, it's possible that there is a break between the two portions of the tour. The tour can last over three hours for this reason.

colosseum underground and top levels tourWe've added this tour just this year to make sure you can experience all of the levels of the Colosseum, not just the underground.

With this tour, you can visit every level of the Colosseum and see where every class of Romans got to sit when watching the gladiatorial games. Whereas most tours only visit one restricted access Colosseum area, this tour visits three!

Please note: The Colosseum Belvedere Top Levels are under maintenance right now. On this tour, the highest level you will reach is the 3rd tier. We will update this blog once the renovations are complete.


  • 4 Hours Long
  • Go underground and into the Colosseum’s dungeons, with an expert English-speaking guide.
  • Walk out through the "Gate of Death" and out onto to the Arena Floor, where the brutal games took place.
  • Visit the 3rd floor of the Colosseum, which is restricted from public access

Want an experience even more VIP than our daytime Underground tour? Well, you're in luck! Our Colosseum Night Tour is one of the most exclusive experiences you can get in Rome.

Experience the Colosseum Arena Floor and Underground under moonlight with no crowds.

That’s right, if you choose our VIP Colosseum at night tour, it’s quite possible that you won’t see a single other tour group while you’re inside the amphitheater.

Not only do you get to skip the crowds and heat, but there are other benefits if you tour the Colosseum at night. For one, you get access to the Underground and Arena Floor.

You’ll also enjoy a warm-up section of the tour that takes you to Rome’s most beautiful photo spot and helps set the scene of ancient Rome as you admire the Roman Forum from above, all lit up at night.


  • 3 Hours Long
  • No Crowds! You may not see another tour group the entire time you're in the Colosseum.
  • Explore the Colosseum’s Underground, with an expert English-speaking guide.
  • Walk onto to the Arena Floor, where the brutal gladiatorial games took place in ancient Rome.
  • Includes a skip the line guided visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Colosseum Hours

     Jan 2 - Feb 15                                       8:30am - 4:30pm

Feb 15 - March 15                                8:30am - 5:00pm

March 16 - last Sat. of March              8:30am - 5:30pm

Last Sun. of March - Aug 31                 8:30am - 7:15pm

Sept 1- Sept 30                                     8:30am - 7:00pm

Oct 1 - last Sat. of Oct                          8:30am - 6:30pm

Last Sun. of Oct-Dec 31                      8:30am - 4:30pm

Tips for Visiting the Colosseum

  • Wear comfy shoes! Not only will you walk during the tour, but the ground outside the Colosseum is made of cobblestones and can be slippery/uneven.
  • Keep two eyes open and on your belongings. It’s a crowded area with a lot of people looking for distracted tourists.
  • Water is important. Bring a reusable bottle and fill it up with the wonderful fontanelle around the Colosseum (and the rest of the city).
  • Address: Piazza del Colosseo
  • By public transport:
    • Metro B - “Colosseo”
    • Bus: Line 75-81-673-175-204
    • Tram: Line 3


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Glenda March 23, 2019 at 8:49 pm

Where do you meet?

Kayla Schorr March 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Ciao Glenda! Thanks for reading our blog. For all of our Colosseum tours, they meet right outside of the Colosseo metro stop. More detailed information can be found upon booking. Hope this helps!

Wally Bitaut August 8, 2019 at 5:18 pm

My wife is claustrophobic – what areas of the tour would you recommend to stay away from – e.g. underground?

Kayla Schorr August 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm

Ciao Wally! The Colosseum Underground might not be the best option for you guys. I recommend the Colosseum Arena Floor tour, this way you’re only in wide-open spaces.

Wally Bitaut August 12, 2019 at 2:53 am

Thanks Kayla. If we were to book 3 underground tours, is the Underground portion first, last or in between? We thought we could let my wife skip the Underground portion, but meet us for the rest of the tour. Is this even possible to coordinate?

Kayla Schorr August 12, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Ciao Wally! Depends which tour you’d like to do. Our Colosseum Underground, Underground + Top Levels, and Night Tour all visit the Colosseum Underground. I recommend calling our travel experts to coordinate the best experience for you and your group! You can reach them at 888-290-5595.

Dave Krueger August 29, 2019 at 4:16 pm

I am planning an analog photography trip to Rome/Italy in October. My daughter, who currently lives in Rome, says that they pass bags through an x-ray scanner when you visit museums. Since I will be carrying film and a film camera, I would like to know whether they will hand check my film and camera instead of sending it through the scanner if I request it.

X-rays will damage film, especially if it is is done repeatedly. I am buying all my film in Italy and developing it there specifically to avoid having to have it x-rayed at airports.

Kayla Schorr August 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm

Hi Dave! Thanks for reading our blog. I can’t say that we have a definite answer on this one. You can definitely ask them to hand check your bags, but we guarantee that they will. We recommend using a digital camera to take pictures inside of the Colosseum to avoid this issue. Hope this helps!

Dave Krueger August 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm

Thanks for your reply. I will be carrying a film camera, not digital. I have decided to carry limited film with me on each day’s excursion and log how many times each film is x-rayed so I can keep the x-ray passes to a minimum which will hopefully not be enough to damage the film. I will be buying and developing the film in Italy, so it will not be exposed to x-rays by the airlines.

Kayla Schorr September 4, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Ciao Dave! Sounds like a good plan. Always good to be prepared before your trip to Rome!

Paul Chuang September 11, 2019 at 2:49 am

We are going to be in Rome on November 7th and thinking of taking the VIP night tour. What time does this tour start and end?

Kayla Schorr September 12, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Ciao Paul! We would be more than happy to get you all set up. You can contact our travel experts who will help you book your tour at 888-290-5595.


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