Guided tour

Colosseum: Private Tour with VIP Arena Access

4.6 / 5

70 reviews

Activity provider: The Ultimate Italy
Guided tour

Colosseum: Private Tour with VIP Arena Access

Activity provider: The Ultimate Italy
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From US$ 69.25 US$ 41.55 per person

Skip the long lines to the Colosseum and access the Arena floor of the historic monument with a private guide in your preferred language. Journey back to the days of the Roman Empire and relive some of the epic battles of the mighty amphitheater.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, German, Italian, French, Portuguese
Private group available


  • Skip the long lines to access the best parts of the Colosseum
  • Marvel as Ancient Rome is brought to life by your guide
  • See the underground level from the reconstructed Arena
  • Choose between private or small-group VIP tours
Full description

Save precious time on a private 1.5-hour guided tour of the Colosseum. Take panoramic photos of the Roman arena and surrounding area before going inside through a VIP entrance.  

Marvel as Ancient Rome is brought to life before your eyes, and get a better appreciation of the sheer magnitude of the greatest amphitheater of the Roman Republic. 

Look down at the underground level from the Arena to see where the gladiators would prepare to go into battle. Explore the ground floor level and 2nd tier, where the crowds would roar at the spectacular entertainment.

Learn about the different games and ferocious battles that the Romans enjoyed, and get help from your guide to find the best spots to take perfect souvenir photos.

  • Guided tour
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Colosseum
  • Access to the reconstructed Arena
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the local partner's office at Via Del Colosseo 24. Please arrive 30 minutes before the activity starts. The office is above the second floor of the metro station, just around the corner from caffè Roma.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • There are no cloakrooms available at the Colosseum
  •  Delays may occur to the departure time due to the Colosseum's capacity regulations and security checks. The capacity regulations may also influence the smooth running of the tour, especially on national holidays and days with special events
  • Food and drinks are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 70 reviews

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This tour was absolutely excellent and highly recommended. First time in Rome (first time in Italy actually!) so I was very nervous booking things online from home before I went as didn't know the area or any of the companies. I needn't have worried though as Norman was very helpful and kind sorting out a booking issue I had, and Jan was so welcoming and knowledgeable about everything on the tour. It was so well organised even with the huge crowds, he managed to keep everyone of all ages together, engaged and interested. Sometimes there is interreference from other radios' tours but it cannot be helped, just take out your headphones and stand closer to the guide - it eventually sorts itself out!

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March 22, 2023

Rita was very lovely and told us all so much about the intricate history of the colosseo! What a wonderful experience, she even gave us directions for sightseeing on our own. We were all pleased with the timing of the tour, it was a great balance between hearing Rita (our tour guide) speak and taking pictures of the colosseo on our own. 10/10 would love to visit with this tour agency again!

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March 22, 2023

Colosseum is spectacular on its own, but Serena made the tour a fun and unforgettable experience for all ages! Highly recommended for family with young children. However I do want to comment on the punctuality of the operation, just so future guests are aware. We signed up for the 8:55AM tour, got there early as instructed but were told to come back at 9:20AM. It would've been nice to be informed of the change. Also as another review has mentioned, you do not need to be there 30 min early. 10 mins would suffice to get your stickers and headsets, but of course don't be late. Still, our tour guide Serena was amazing and she made this part a highlight of our time in Rome.

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March 22, 2023

Product ID: 145227