Rome: Colosseum Express Tour

Explore the epic Colosseum and learn about its history on this Express guided tour. Enjoy fast track access to the amphitheater and uncover the historic glory of ancient Rome.

43.26 $

Colosseum Guided Tour

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Included in the price:

  • Headphones to hear the guide clearly
  • Access to the first and second levels of the Colosseum
  • Access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • A local professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance - Colosseum
  • Tips
  • Food and beverages
  • Transportation to and from attractions

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Duration 1 hour: Check availability to see starting times.

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Rome: Colosseum Express Tour with Forum & Palatine Access
Explore the legendary Colosseum and delve into its rich history with this efficient guided tour. Enjoy expedited access to the grand amphitheater and unravel the ancient splendor of Rome.

Embark on this Colosseum tour with express entrance, a swift and convenient way to immerse yourself in one of the world's most iconic landmarks. Skip the long lines and spend a full hour exploring the Colosseum with an expert guide. Gain deep insights into the fascinating history of this ancient amphitheater and grasp the cultural significance of the games once held within its walls.

After your tour of the Colosseum, you'll have group access to the nearby Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Here, you can wander at your own pace through the heart of the Roman Empire, discovering a wealth of historical and cultural treasures.

Enhance your experience by upgrading to the Arena tour option, granting exclusive access to the arena floor where gladiators once battled, providing a closer look at the Colosseum's remarkable history and legacy.


  • Entrance to the Colosseum
  • Access to the first and second levels of the Colosseum
  • A local professional English-speaking guide
  • Headphones to hear the guide clearly
  • Access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Important Information:

  • A moderate fitness level is required
  • You must pass a metal detector security check for the Colosseum
  • Access to the Forum and Palatine Hill for the 3:00 PM tour from October to March will only be available the following day

Reviews Summary:
Overall rating: 4.4/5 based on 337 reviews
Value for money: 4.2/5

History of the Colosseum and Significance of the Games in Colosseum

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an ancient Roman amphitheater located in the center of Rome, Italy. It is one of the most iconic and well-preserved ancient structures in the world, showcasing the architectural and engineering prowess of ancient Rome.

The construction of the Colosseum began in AD 70-72 under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in AD 80 by his son Titus. It was primarily used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, executions, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The Colosseum could hold up to 80,000 spectators, making it a grand venue for these events.

The games held at the Colosseum were of great significance in Roman society. They were a way for emperors and other elite individuals to gain popularity and show off their power and wealth. The gladiatorial contests were intense and often brutal, involving armed combatants fighting to the death. These contests were seen as a form of entertainment and a display of Roman values such as courage, discipline, and martial skill.

Throughout its history, the Colosseum has undergone various modifications and restorations. It was in use for nearly 500 years, with the last recorded games held in the 6th century. Over time, earthquakes and stone-robbers caused significant damage to the structure, but efforts have been made to preserve and restore the Colosseum to its former glory.

Today, the Colosseum stands as a symbol of both the grandeur of ancient Rome and the endurance of its architectural achievements. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major tourist attraction, drawing millions of visitors from around the world every year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What was the original purpose of the Colosseum?

The Colosseum was primarily built for hosting gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, and other public spectacles to entertain the Roman populace.

Q: How many spectators could the Colosseum hold?

The Colosseum had a maximum capacity of approximately 80,000 spectators.

Q: Why were the games held at the Colosseum significant in Roman society?

The games at the Colosseum were significant as they allowed emperors and elites to gain popularity, showcase power, and demonstrate Roman values such as courage and martial skill.

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337 reviews

It began at a good pace. We prefer to leave a bit early and were accommodated to start with the second portion. The instruction to meet by the Exit to meet the guide for the additional tour to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill never showed up.

traveler – United States

The tour was disorganized. There was a wait of an hour at the end of the Colosseum tour for someone to turn up to simply gain admission to the forum. No time was left to view the sights. Very bad.

Adriaan – Netherlands

The guide spoke too fast and was unorganized. We took our earbuds out and walked a lot of it ourselves. Not worth it.

traveler – United Kingdom

Dull and monotonous. Just recited facts, nothing interesting to keep your attention.


The microphone didn't work well, so much of what was said did not come through. I pointed it out to the guide, but he was not able to fix it. Furthermore, we did not get enough time on our own in the Colosseum. Maybe the guide could prepare better. We are disappointed - not enough value for money.

traveler – Australia