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Rome: Early Morning Colosseum Official Guided Tour

4.3 / 5

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Rome: Early Morning Colosseum Official Guided Tour

From US$ 73.56 per person

Visit the Colosseum early, when the crowds are still away. Skip the line to get inside the Colosseum with your priority entrance ticket. Expert tour guides will reveal, with detailed stories, the secrets of the Colosseum and gladiators.

About this activity

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Duration 1 hour
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  • See the Colosseum early in the morning with your priority entrance ticket
  • Learn about all the mechanisms used to animate the games
  • Enjoy the best views of both the inside and outside of the Colosseum
Full description
Once inside, learn about the spectacular and incredible entertainments organized in the Colosseum. Discover the techniques of construction invented by the Romans, the incredible ability of the gladiators, the violent fighting between exotic animals and the high level of technology achieved by Roman engineers to build the Colosseum.  Walk around the first tiers and reach the arena to learn about the trapdoors and all the mechanisms used to animate the games. Your tour guide will keep you entertained while telling and showing you about the sea battles, the cages where lions were kept before the games started, the rooms in which the gladiators were waiting before they reached the arena, the executions and the excitement of the spectators attending to the most spectacular, fantastic and expensive games of all human history.  After exploring the first level, reach the second tiers to enjoy the best inside and outside view of the Colosseum. The tour will end in front of the official book shop of the Colosseum, where you can find a wide assortment of books about the sight. Your tour guide will be at your disposal to answer all of your questions and curiosities. 
  • Colosseum guided tour
  • Small-group tour
  • Walking tour
  • Professional tour guide
  • Skip-the-line special entrance
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide in Via delle Terme di Tito on the corner of Via Nicola Salvi. Look for the guide standing at the park entrance holding a "Tour in the City" sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Selfie sticks
  • Sprays or Aerosols
  • Glass objects
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • A confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Child discount is applied only with a valid ID card
  • Please note that you can not get into the Colosseum with large bags, backpacks or suitcases. It is possible to go in with only small bags because inside the Colosseum there will be no cloakroom service. Therefore, you should not carry these articles
  • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint. Please expect to wait 20 to 30 minutes to clear security
  • Please bring photographic ID for the security check into the Colosseum
  • Selfie sticks cannot be used inside the Colosseum for security reasons
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 36 reviews

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Busy Place But One Should Not Miss It

We went to the early morning tour and glad we did. It was very crowded and would have been much more crowded if we went later. Our guide spoke English and she was very knowledgeable but her microphone did not work really good and this did not help not being able to hear through our headphones. We did get to see the Colosseum and it is well worth the visit.

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September 28, 2019

A knowledgeable and cheerful guide who enhanced our visit.

It was good to enter so early with a guide to steer us through the melee. The microphone system ensured we heard all that she told us. Our guide gave us the important background and key information during the tour ur and then we were at liberty to enjoy the site at our leisure and see the landmark’s displays. I suspect that an underground visit or an arena access would have been worthwhile but there were none available on the day we were visiting.

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April 15, 2019

Excellent guide (all my respect)!!! Bad starting timing

I did reserve on early morning, because I was flying in the afternoon so timing were critical! I arrived 8:15 (30min previous starting) for the 1 hour tour and we started 10:00am, a shame because the guide was excellent and I needed to leave at 11:00am, and we were not done for the tour. If you have the time definitely do it!!!!

July 13, 2018

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