You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
This tour will include some light hiking up the hill and walking on uneven terrain.
Domus Aurea, or "house of gold", was the name given to the Emperor Nero's Imperial palace. Today you will get access inside of this once immense and magnificent structure.
As this villa has only recently opened to the public and still undergoing an archaeological excavation, you will be equipped with hard hats before entering.
As part of this Ancient Rome Tour, you get to explore inside of the ancient villa with virtual reality goggles. The once magnificent structure will be brought to life in front of your eyes!
This 2000 year old gladiator school is often overlooked by visitors. As you walk up towards the Colosseum, your guide will make sure you learn all about it.
The Roman Guy doesn't like waiting in line. This is one of the Best Colosseum tours as you will walk past the regular entrance and gain special access into the arena from a special entrance.
Nicknamed the "loser" gate, or "death gate", gladiators were usually dragged out of this door of the Colosseum. Today, you will walk through it and into the heart of the ancient stadium.
Experience what it felt like to be a gladiator just before a fight as you step out onto the arena floor. This is a restricted access area to regular tour groups, but today you're our VIPs!
On the arena floor, you can look down into the underground dungeons and get close to a special trap door. The ancient Romans were very smart!
Your guide will also take you to the 2nd level of the Colosseum so you can get a view down onto the arena floor as you learn about the tales of gladiators and bloodthirsty sports of ancient Rome.
Now you'll have the choice to stay inside the Colosseum or follow your guide across the street where you’ll gain skip the line entry to the Roman Forum.
After a brief introduction to the Roman Forum, your guide will bid you farewell as you set off on your own journey through the streets of ancient Rome.
Nobody wants to wait in never-ending ticket lines on vacation. We have VIP access so you don't have to wait in line for admissions.
Virtual Reality experience inside the Palace of Nero (just recently reopened).
Go behind the scenes at the Colosseum & walk on the Arena Floor where the gladiators fought!
Have you ever dreamed of going inside an archeological site which is still undergoing excavation works? If so, get ready to put your hard hat on, because this is the best Colosseum tour for you.
Visiting the Colosseum doesn't mean you need to take a regular guided tour. Did you know you can go behind the scenes, access the Colosseum through a special entrance, explore a nearby ancient palace, look down into what was once the gladiators training school and visit the Roman forum with skip the line privileges? On our Colosseum Arena Floor Tour with Ancient Villa Explorations and Roman Forum Access, you do all of the above, with a professional local guide by your side.
Located just a 6-minute walk from the Colosseum, this unsuspecting site may just look like a pile of rocks from the outside, but inside it's a whole other world. Named the "Domus Aurea" (Golden House), this villa once stretched across the land where the Colosseum now stands. It was built by Emperor Nero and was so big that it had a man-built lake in the middle of it. Today, the villa will be reconstructed before your eyes as you take part in a Virtual Reality experience inside.
This incredible ancient ruin is a work-in-progress archaeological site. Nero didn't live long enough to truly enjoy his palace, but we want to make sure you do. That's why we provide all our clients with hard hats upon entry.
As you explore the incredible structure, you’ll learn all the most interesting Domus Aurea facts. Your guide will explain the history and scale of the area as you walk through this once amazing palace. To help you imagine what the Domus Aurea once looked like, you will be given Virtual Reality goggles and will partake in a virtual tour of the villa. Ancient Rome doesn't get much closer than this!
*Domus Aurea Tickets included.
Once you exit the Domus Aurea, your guide will lead you towards the Colosseum and en route you will pass the Ludus Magnus. Many visitors to Rome don't realize what this site is, often casually walking right past it. As your guide will explain, however, this was once the biggest gladiator training school in Ancient Rome. Historians claim that over 1,000 gladiators could be housed in the school at the one time!
Gladiatorial training was nothing less than vigorous. Men would train for two years before they were selected to fight in front of roaring crowds on the Colosseum's Arena Floor. Our guide will explain what happened inside of the training school, what the gladiators would wear, and even what they would eat (and you'll be surprised!) As you peer down into this archaeological site from above, our guide will use visual aids to help bring the gladiator school back to life as they relay the tales of gladiators and their roles in ancient Roman society.
Your journey doesn't stop there. It's now time to enter the Colosseum.
Enjoy this easy-going tour, where everything is pre-arranged for you, including your skip the line Colosseum tour tickets. Your guide will lead you past all of the crowds waiting outside, and towards a special entry for our group. After you skip the line at the Colosseum, you will be taken into the heart of the ancient stadium and out onto the reconstructed Arena Floor. To get there, you will walk under the Colosseum's "Gate of Death" where losing gladiators were escorted or dragged out of the Colosseum after a battle. Using this gate as an entrance, it delivers you straight onto the Arena Floor, an area of restricted access to the general public and regular tour groups.
As you walk out onto the arena floor, our guide will begin to explain the magnitude of games that once took place here! With your imagination running wild, it's not hard to imagine how gladiators would feel when entering the arena, surrounded by tens of thousands of screaming and roaring Romans. From the center of the stage, you will get a picture-perfect 360 degree perspective of the Colosseum. Our guide will show you where the Emperors once sat, where the trap doors can be found and the types of spectators that attended the games. You can also approach the edge of the floor to look down into the Colosseum's underground dungeons which have now been excavated.
Having explored the Golden House, enjoyed a birds-eye view down into the gladiator school and walked out onto the Colosseum's Arena Floor, it's now time to spend some time leisurely strolling through the ancient Roman Forum. At this point of the tour, you will have the choice to either remain inside of the Colosseum or enter the Roman Forum with skip the line entry.
For those who wish to stay inside of the Colosseum, please make this known to your guide. You will say your goodbyes here. For those of you wishing to explore the Roman Forum, your guide will lead you out of the Colosseum and will see you into the forum with skip the line access. Here our guide will give a brief introduction to the site before you will bid farewell and set off on your own journey through ancient Rome. At this point you can enjoy the Roman Forum at your own leisure.
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Notice: Due to the exclusiveness of the sites visited, the Archeological Society of Rome retains the right to close these sites for any renovation or special event happening. In this case, TheRomanGuy will do their best to show you another site relative to the area.
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Let me say that it is not the first time that we have visited Rome but the first time we have visited the Domus Aurea and we were really happy becauLet me say that it is not the first time that we have visited Rome but the first time we have visited the Domus Aurea and we were really happy because the virtual reality experience gave us an amazing feeling, making us feel like we were in Nero's time...more
Wow, I had been to the Colosseum before but not like this. Picked the tour with VR to keep the kids entertained and boy did it work.
Awesome job RoWow, I had been to the Colosseum before but not like this. Picked the tour with VR to keep the kids entertained and boy did it work.
Awesome job Roman Guy! We will be back!..more
This tour was spectacular! The Domus Aurea was incredible as you see parts of fresco's that have remained and the addition of the Colosseum and Roman This tour was spectacular! The Domus Aurea was incredible as you see parts of fresco's that have remained and the addition of the Colosseum and Roman Forum was a wonderful bonus! ..more
Never taken a tour on holiday that has virtual reality in it. This really helped us understand how beautiful the old palace was. Cool tour. Cool guidNever taken a tour on holiday that has virtual reality in it. This really helped us understand how beautiful the old palace was. Cool tour. Cool guide. Cool guys. ..more
Excellent. Well organized. I had a great tour guide who was very friendly and funny. It was a fantastic day.