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Colosseum tour with virtual reality and Gladiator's Barracks access

Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays
Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Skip the line to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Visit the Gladiator's Barracks, where men once trained to fight in the Colosseum
  • See Rome's most famous ruins through your VR goggles
What to expect

Your day begins in front of the Colosseum, where you’ll meet your expert guide. The area where you’re standing once held the gargantuan bronze statue of Nero that gave the ancient stadium its name. The statue has been lost since the 4th century, but you’ll get to see what it looked like thanks to your VR goggles.

After seeing how different your surroundings appeared some 2,000 years ago, you’ll head down into a nondescript ruin called the Ludus Magnus: this was the main gladiator school that trained fighters for the Colosseum. As your guide tells stories about the brutal lives of these ancient sports stars, your VR goggles will rebuild the gladiator’s cells and practice ground. You’ll also see the remains of a tunnel that used to take combatants directly into the Colosseum underground, from where they were hoisted onto the arena floor.

From there, you’ll skip the line to the Colosseum and enjoy a full tour of Rome’s most iconic monument. While traveling with an expert guide, you’ll see what the Colosseum looked like in the days when 50,000 people piled inside to witness the blood sports that made it famous.

You’ll then head over to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with your archaeologist tour guide. You’ll learn about beautiful and important buildings like the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, the Temple of Saturn, and the Basilica of Maxentius. Finding it hard to picture it all? No problem - you’ll see what these ancient structures looked like with a couple of VR viewpoints.

As you climb the Palatine Hill, passing the ruins of palaces of the ancient Roman elite, you'll finally reach the crest of the hill, where you'll have a great overlook of the Circus Maximus. Today it looks like a wide, grassy field, but when you peek through your glasses, you'll see ancient chariot races with crowds of 250,000 people.

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What's included
  • Walks expert guide
  • Small groups
  • Virtual reality experience, several view points
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
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  • Infants 0-3 years are free of charge
  • Child 4-12: reduced

Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting point:

Oppio caffè is located on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. If arriving by metro, please note that there are two entrances/exits for the metro. The caffè where we meet is located on the street above the metro station. You can take the stairs up either inside the metro station or from outside. Once you arrive at the street above the metro, face the Colosseum and then walk to your left 150 meters. You'll find the Oppio Caffè on the corner

What to remember
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Please note that the order of sites visited is subject to changes.
  • The Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although your tickets are pre-booked with Skip the Line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all (and longer general access lines!).
  • The Colosseum is subject to occasional closures. The Colosseum administration is usually aware of this and informs us the day before or of a given closure. Please provide us with detailed contact information in the event that we need to reach you to reschedule your tour.
  • All guests need to pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum. Please note that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Since there are no storage facilities, guests with larger bags will be denied entrance. Don't bring with you any sharp objects such as knives, or large bulky items such as big umbrellas.
  • The Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites that are neither wheelchair nor stroller friendly.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers.
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
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01 April 2018 - 27 October 2018

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays at 2:45pm

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