Restricted Areas Belvedere Top Levels Colosseum Tour

5 / 5 23 Reviews · 3.0h 15 max · Rome, Italy

This tour visits one of the Colosseum's hidden gems, which means you'll experience very few crowds. Climb to the top of the Colosseum to get the spectacular views you've been waiting to post on social media.

Itinerary

What you will see on this tour

  • The Colosseum Exterior
  • Colosseum 3rd Tier
  • Colosseum 4th Tier
  • Colosseum 5th Tier
  • The Nosebleed Section
  • Roman Forum
  • Arch of Titus
  • Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
  • Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine

Gain exclusive access to the Roman Colosseum's restricted top levels and experience a spectacular view of the Eternal City. Open to a limited amount of visitors after four decades of closure, The Roman Guy is proud to offer skip the line tickets for the top tiers of the Colosseum. Learn about the significance of social class in ancient Rome, and where people of various status enjoyed events at the Colosseum. If you love to take photos, this is one of the best Rome tours for you. This three hour tour includes:

  • - Access to the top levels of the Colosseum
  • - An expert English-speaking Colosseum guide
  • - Access to the ancient Roman Forum
  • - A maximum group size of only 15 people

Colosseum Third Level

Enter the first level of the Colosseum and climb to the third level where you will enjoy the views over the Roman Forum from the amphitheater's northwest side. The third tier was reserved for Ancient Rome's working class, known as the plebeians. Once you've taken lots of photos, your professional guide will teach you about the history of the games that took place inside of the Colosseum. Once the scene of countless animal hunts, gladiator fights, mock sea battles and public executions, the Colosseum is one of Rome's must-see attractions.

Colosseum Fourth and Fifth Levels

After visiting the Roman Colosseum’s general access area, you’ll pass through a special locked gate and ascend to the restricted top tiers. You’ll see the marvelous views of the Forum and the Colosseum from what once were Ancient Rome’s “nosebleed seats.” 
 
Everyone standing in the general access areas will wonder how you got to the top. Nowhere else in the Colosseum can you experience such a jaw-dropping view. Once there, you’ll take great pictures and learn about Ancient Rome’s social structure in relation to the Colosseum’s seating practices.
 
Despite the seating arrangement according to wealth and status, the Colosseum was for everyone. The phrase “bread and circuses” refers to a practice used by emperors to prevented Roman citizens from revolting. This phrase was built on the philosophy that a well-fed populace with free access to entertainment is less likely to revolt against its rulers. You’ll learn more about this and other nuances of Ancient Roman society with our Colosseum Underground and top levels tour.

Ancient Roman Forum

Have you ever wondered what the Roman Forum was? Now see it for yourself! The Forum’s sprawling ruins are what once was “downtown” Ancient Rome. Developed in the 7th century, this district served as the Roman Empire’s commercial and political hub. You won’t need to wait in line to get in with us, because you’ll skip the line and head right inside with your expert guide. See the Roman Forum’s many attractions like the Temple of Antoninus, the Temple of Julius Caesar, and the Arch of Titus and Faustina.
 
At the conclusion of the tour, feel free to explore Palatine Hill on your own and enjoy spectacular views over Circus Maximus or relax in the Farnese Gardens. By the time your Colosseum tour concludes, you'll leave with plenty of incredible pictures and a newfound appreciation for life in Rome during the 1st-4th centuries.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Behind the green souvenir kiosk in front of the “Colosseo” metro stop - located just outside the lower level entrance/exit. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Archaeological sites are normally paved with rocky terrain so wear comfortable sneakers. Bring Sunscreen and a water bottle for hot summer months. If you plan on staying in the Roman Forum, bring a snack.

Q: Can my tour's start time change?

A: Yes, but not always.  The system of making reservations is very complicated.  Think of it like back-stage passes.  The good news is that we will definitely try to reach you by telephone or email if this happens and it will almost always be at least 7 days prior to your tour date. 

Q: Can my tour be canceled? 

A: We run all of our tours regardless of how many people are on them, but this tour can be canceled if the Colosseum's management decides to close the areas down. It's a 2000-year-old structure so these types of things happen. We will offer you a full refund if this happens as well as some alternative options.  We want to make you happy. 

Q: What if it rains?

A: Rain happens, but our tour guides are waterproof!  We'll run the tour rain or shine.  The Colosseum Management will shut down access to the underground and other restricted areas in some cases if they feel it is unsafe.  In this case, we should still be able to enter the building, but not access the restricted areas.  In compensation of missing the restricted areas, we will provide an 18€ refund. 

Q: I have trouble walking.  Is this tour right for me? 

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Colosseum private tour.

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5/15/2019
Chris
5 / 5
Excellent tour!

I usually don't like guided tours, I prefer walking around at my own pace with a downloaded audio tour, but this was the exception! I learned so much about the Colosseum and was able to get into underground areas as well as the restricted top floors. Plus we walked around the Forum. I never felt like the tour was dragging or that I was "stuck" in a group - the tour guide was friendly and informative. It was well worth signing up for this tour - highly recommend it!

4/30/2019
David I
5 / 5
Extremely Informative

Really enjoyable. Well organised. I was knackered after 3 hours but you exit the forum right across the road from some nice restaurants. Really easy to book on their website and their YouTube page has lots of great content about places all over Italy.

4/15/2019
Crystal H.
5 / 5
Great Time!

Being able to tour the restricted areas of the Colosseum made me feel like a VIP. This tour was great and our tour guide was so knowledgable!

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