The scene of thousands of battles and the home of the gladiators during Ancient Rome, the Colosseum is full of intricacies and its walls hold stories that we are all dying to know when traveling to Rome.
The most authentic experience to visit the Colosseum is the one that takes you to see its arena, from where you will get a unique perspective and feel what the gladiators felt when they jumped into the ring. To do this, you will have to take a guided tour of the Colosseum.
Descend into the Colosseum Arena with a guided tour
The visit to the Arena of the Colosseum is rather more exclusive than a standard visit to the rest of the amphitheater. The forum is smaller, so there are far fewer tourists who get to set foot in this special part of the Colosseum.
If you buy your Colosseum tickets at Hellotickets, you will see that the Colosseum guided tour with access to the Arena is available (this also includes the guided tour of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill).
How much does it cost to visit the Colosseum Arena
The price of the guided tour with the Arena included is $ 60 in a normal group and $ 65 if you prefer a more intimate option in reduced group. The Arena of the Colosseum is an exclusive area where not all groups and visitors enter. You will be able to access this area with an expert guide.
If we compare it with the price of a standard visit that does not go through the Arena (priced at $ 53) the difference is very little and honestly, it is well worth paying a little more to descend into the bowels of the amphitheater.
Is it worth visiting the Colosseum Arena?
Yes, visiting the Arena of the Colosseum will be the most important part of your visit to the interior of the amphitheater: you will have access, not only to tread the Arena as the real gladiators did, but you will have a much more detailed perspective of all the underground tunnels that crossed the Colosseum underneath.
The explanations vary a little, the guide will go into more detail on what was going on behind the scenes of each fight, he will explain the workings of the arena and you will experience firsthand actual time travel. If you are visiting the Colosseum with children, this will blow their minds.
How long does the tour of the Colosseum Arena last?
The visit to the Arena is part of the rest of the guided tour of the Colosseum: at Hellotickets, for example, there are guided tours that take you into the Arena and last between two and three hours in total. The duration also includes the walk through the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
If you don't want to spend that much time visiting, there are express guided tours of the Colosseum that last only an hour and skip the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, but these don't access the Arena, so you'd be missing the best.
What will I see on the guided tour that includes access to the Colosseum Arena?
Its current state
Today, you will find that half of the floor of the Colosseum is covered by sand (this is a recreation, not the original arena of the site) and the other half is open to the air, exposing the tunnels where the wild beasts waited their turn to fight on stage.
The best views of the amphitheater from inside.
This layout not only gives you the best view of the Colosseum, but also allows you to stand in the center of the arena and imagine how Romans cheered their idols from the stands.
The detailed views of the galleries and the subway
You will also be able to peek into the authentic galleries (which are also very well preserved) and understand how the shows worked. For example, you will see how the system of trap doors that was developed to lift the beasts to the stage worked or how it was converted into a stage for naval battles. A true work of engineering in Ancient Rome.
The stories of the battles
The guide will share with you several anecdotes and legends: for example, he will tell you why the floor of the Colosseum was covered with sand: to absorb the blood of the fights and prevent slips and falls during the show. Quite spooky.
What will it be like in the future?
Keep in mind that there is a project currently underway to completely cover the floor of the Colosseum and return it to the state it was in antiquity, completely covered with sand.
Despite that reconstruction keeping the monument more faithful to what it once was and allowing better preservation of subway galleries and tunnels, the visit may lose that part of its interest in the future, so if you go to Rome soon, visit the Arena of the Colosseum now before they transform it.