This is the catch-all Colosseum tour for busy travelers! Walk with us in the footsteps of slaves, emperors, gladiators and perhaps even the Gods which ruled Rome and the Roman Empire in antiquity!
We meet on the steps beside Trajan's mighty column, recalling his victory in the Dacian Wars. It's stood in the same spot since AD 113 and is the perfect place to set out towards the Colosseum. Indeed, Trajan's Column merits a tour in itself, so many stories wrap around it's pictorial spiral bas-relief. With so much to see in so little time, we walk straight into the soul of ancient Rome and wander through the most important temples, shrines and basilicas which make the Roman Forum such an amazing place. Every building, still standing or ruined in part connects over 2,500 years of history which your expert archaeologist guide will bring to life for you!
With the Roman Forum still fresh in your mind, your guide will whisk you away from the busy main Colosseum entrance to the hugely impressive Gladiator Gate, an alternative entrance reserved for just a few tour operators and their small groups of select travelers.
Once past the Gladiator's Gate we reach the arena floor. This is exactly where gladiators killed and survived, or died for the pleasure of others. This brutal place in history is now the perfect spot to glance all around at the sheer scale and beauty of the Colosseum. It must have been terrifying in AD 80, but this is something we can reflect upon rather than worry about!
Your guide will deliver a brief history of the arena floor and Colosseum interior before leaving you inside to wander at your leisure. There is no waiting and no worry on this 90 minutes fast track tour of restricted access areas inside the Colosseum. It includes priority Colosseum ticket entrance and tour inside plus easy access to the Roman Forum all in the company of your expert archaeologist guide. Palatine Hill entrance is included so you can walk up to the classical birthplace of Rome where mythology and ancient cults ruled in antiquity.