1 Hour Colosseum Tour with Arena Express

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Colosseum Express Tour with Arena Entrance

From US$96.31

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour
  • Offered in: English


If you’re on a tight schedule, you won’t want to waste time waiting in line—this express tour covers all the highlights of Rome’s Colosseum. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and enter through the Gladiators’ walkway right onto the arena stage, before climbing up into the stadium to experience the mighty amphitheater from all angles.
  • Colosseum Express Tour with Arena Stage Visit
  • Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum
  • Enter through the reserved gladiators entrance and walk the arena stage
  • Marvel at the views from the first and second tiers
  • Learn the fascinating history of Rome’s Colosseum from an expert guide
  • Ideal tour for first-time visitors to Rome or those short on time

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Santi Cosma e Damiano
    Via dei Fori Imperiali, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    The meeting point is in the square in front, OUTSIDE, of the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano, the church is located on Via dei Fori Imperiali (half way) & is close the entrance of the Roman Forum. You will see our staff in front of the Basilica wearing a uniform with the logos of the company. 

End point

  • Colosseum
    Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A copy of ID or driver license is necessary for the entrance at the Colosseum
  • Near public transportation
  • Departure timing may vary. Please check the timing on the tour option you booked to know at what time you have to be at the meeting place.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If you arrive late you might lose the tour
  • The meeting time might have a slight change. In this case we will inform you in advance
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note: in some areas the stroller must be carried by yourself in your arms, due to architectural restrictions
  • Please note that you must meet your guide at the designated point on time because you will be checked-in the tour and prepared for the security check. Arriving late may mean losing entry to the tour.
  • Please show up 10 minutes before the tour to do the check in
  • Please note that you will be asked a full refundable 10 euros deposit at the meeting point in order to ensure all the radios are given back to the guide or our staff. Once you return the radios you will be refunded your 10 euros. If you don't give back the radios you will be charged 30 euros for each of them.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

You do have to factor in getting to the train station, the train schedule and getting from the train station at the the square to the Colosseum - it too far to walk.


134 reviews
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Rosangela_W, Sept 2023
Amazing! We loved our tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and friendly! They were in time and organized!
The tour was good but our...
Matthew_V, Sept 2023
The tour was good but our English speaking tour guide didn’t speak very good English so it was very hard to learn about the colliseum while trying to decipher what she was saying! She was very nice just not ideal circumstances!
Jose_R, Aug 2023
From start to finish this was an amazing experience. Communication was a breeze and staff were very helpful and quick in replying to any texts sent. Our guide - George - was absolutely brilliant! Very knowledgeable and took his time with us. He stopped in shaded areas and was very concerned for the large groups well being. He was also very funny and interactive. Kept the entire group engaged. The tour company was Barcelona or something and I would highly recommend this tour. Lots of walking so be prepared for that. Went my my family, included an 11 year old and a 70 year old and all enjoyed.
Great tour! Saw what I...
Samantha_B, Aug 2023
Great tour! Saw what I needed to see in the hour and learnt a lot about the history. Enjoyed the easy to follow tour.
Olivia_B, Aug 2023
DO NOT BOOK!!!! We got scammed into this booking and robbed of an experience of a lifetime with our children! We booked this 1-hour Express Colosseum tour thru viator for August 2'nd @ 5:00 pm start as we had dinner reservations for 7 pm and we are only in Rome for the 1 night prior to our cruise departure! Received a text from the company's representative SIMONE via WhatsApp the day prior to say to meet at 5:40 pm and the tour will start at 5:55 pm! I questioned him on the time change as our booking was for 5:00 pm and he/she replied stating that they were forced to move the time due to ticket issues. Please refer to the WhatsApp chat thread attached. We showed up early at 5:32 and started sending messages on WhatsApp as we were at the meeting point but no one else was there - ** All messages were being read right away but no reply.... We waited and waited and finally someone local directed us to the Viator office right around the corner down an alley - We went inside only to be informed that there is no such thing as a 5:55 pm start since the last tour is 5:30 as they would have to clear security before the gates lock up at 6. As we are discussing this with the front desk, another family with children came in behind that were given the exact same start time of 5:55 which was also changed BY SIMONE from what they originally booked at 5:00 pm. They also got robbed from visiting the Colosseum! They told me that I should see the refund in 3-5 business days... Today is August 15'th and STILL NO REFUND! Contacted them again thru WhatsApp and no reply!!! DO NOT RECOMMEND OR YOU WILL ALSO BE ROBBED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE... SHAME ON THEM!
I would not recommend the tour with this guide
Nadim_S, Jul 2023
The guide was very bad, not only confused, disorganized but also rude. She is not very knowledgeable, her attitude is very bad. She made us wait for no reason at the beginning she was confused with the number of people, tickets, so our tour started much later and we had to wait few times inside Colosseum for her to finish paperwork. the tour had to be finished at 7 when it’s closing time. Very bad experience and waisted a lot of money since we we are family of four
Colloseum in a heatwave
Steve_J, Jul 2023
The sheer scale of the structure and the guide information and background. An amazing experience, not to be missed if in Roma.
Thumbs up for everything!
EngSiangLouis_C, Jul 2023
Punctual and hassle free , whole tour being taken a good care and tour guard very knowledgeable about the whole colosseum, thumbs up!
Fast access into colosseum
Cristina_P, Jul 2023
The easy access was the best part of the tour. The large group was not comfortable for us. We should have done private. The tour walked too quickly away from our family.
Jean_L, Jul 2023
The coliseum was an amazing structure that was made even more amazing by having such a great tour guide.
Perfect amount of time...
Myrtle_B, Jul 2023
Perfect amount of time and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made it such an enjoyable experience for our family.
Patricia_M, Jul 2023
We went in fast, and our tour guide was wonderful! A lady in our tour fell and hurt her knee , they were quick in getting help and while they were taking care of her our tour guide kept it very professional and we were not forgotten by giving us more information until the lady was better and able to continue with us.
Really good tour
Charter_N, Jul 2023
Amazing trip learning about the Colosseum from someone with knowledge of the history of the Colosseum and native to Rome.
5 minutes late and missed the tour :(
Niels_B, Jul 2023
Unfortunately due to our map redirected us as a result of all the construction in the area, we showed up 5 minutes late. The tour left us and two other parties.
Really hard to hear the...
Katherine_T, Jul 2023
Really hard to hear the tour guide with the bad quality earphones and strong accent. Did not understand anything.
Not worth it, other Viator tours are much better.
Karen_N, Jul 2023
While I enjoyed many Viator tours in Rome this was not one of them. My time was moved without my input, the actual tour was late starting on a very hot day, the experience was not as described. The tour guide too frequently stopped to share stories and catered to the two families with young children. Result is we stood too long in one place. My husband and I left the tour early so we could view the colosseum.
Great tour of the colosseum and the Forum
David_B, Jul 2023
The time was changed to a later time by 2 hours, this was communicated 2 days in advance though. In Italy these are well expected. The tour was worth the money. Andreanda was very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English, she had a well grasp of the history and details of the tour.
Just an ok tour - nothing special
Deborah_O, Jun 2023
Got in quick and hassle free. Our tour guide was nice. We had headphones to hear him speak which was good since it was pretty loud & crowded-at times he sounded muffled. It was an ok tour nothing special. Just think of it as a quick pass to get inside, get the basic info for about an hour. Then you can go on your own if you wish. It was our first time in the colosseum & was pretty impressive.
Jennifer_I, Jun 2023
Our tour guide, Laura, was delightful but this company is TERRIBLE. They delayed our tour time by 2 hours and didn’t notify us until we showed up for the scheduled tour. The later tour started more than 30 minutes late. Do not recommend Real Barcelona
Great tour, highly recommended.
Peter_B, Jun 2023
The colossal constructions that have been relatively well preserved to our days, and all the history and the gun facts the guide shared with us.

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