Emperors & Gladiators – Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour

An exquisite guided tour of ancient Rome’s most important sites like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum with a very small group!

Rome Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour

Visit Rome with our Colosseum Tour! Engage with Rome’s violent past,  by exploring the ancient Colosseum where fierce gladiators fought to the death.  As slaves of the Roman Empire gladiators fought with gruesome determination. Opened in 80 AD the Colosseum remains one of humanity’s greatest architectural achievements.  Built, long before modern machinery, the Colosseum only took ten years to complete.

Colosseum Tour

When you are at the Colosseum you will also learn more about where you’re from. Ancient Roman architecture has influenced architects for a millennia. When you walk through Rome you most likely will see familiar designs that have made their way across the world.  

Highlights of the Emperors & Gladiators Tour:

  • The Colosseum
  • Roman Ruins
  • Roman Forum

You can also visit Rome on our Walking Tour of Rome

Tour Details

The finer tour details:

All persons under 17 must present valid ID showing date of birth for entry into museums or full adult price will be charged.

Included in tour price:
A great Rome tour guide, Colosseum and Roman Forum entry, small group tour, audio headsets when required.

Excluded from tour price:
Optional gratuities

(2nd of January to 31st of March; 1st of November to the 31st of December) meeting time and dates: 8:45am Mondays, Wednesdays & Sundays (except 1st Sunday of the month); 1:15pm Fridays

(1st of April to the 31st of October) meeting time and dates: 8:15am daily except 1st Sunday of the month

Gladiators and Emperors meeting point:
On the corner of Via del Colosseo n. 31 and Largo G. Agnesi n. 1, in front of “Squisito Cook” (see map below)

Tour length:
3 hours

Minimum participants:
2 adults

Maximum participants:
12 persons

This tour runs rain or shine

Minimum Numbers Guarantee:
On rare occasions, our tour does not meet the minimum requirement of 4 persons. If this happens, you have the option of paying for 4 people (the minimum number required to confirm this tour) for what would essentially be a private tour.

The Colosseum offers a separate path for wheelchairs; as such, anyone with a wheelchair wishing to participate in the Vatican tour must have a private tour.

Meeting Point

In Rome, in front of “Squisito Cook”
Via del Colosseo, 31, Roma


We accept most major credit cards and payment forms. Please see the bottom of our website for the payment types accepted.

Most of our customers enjoy having the benefits of a private tour. You have your own guide. You can have rest stops when you like. We can tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences. We always choose the best guide for your needs, whether you are a family, an art school, or a company doing an incentive event.

All our tours except our Sex, Drugs and Renaissance tour are kid friendly. When doing a private tour with us, you have your own guide, so tell us in the notes of the booking the ages of your kids and we will tailor the tour and choose a guide that’s great for kids for you. We also have 4 special kids’ tours in Florence.

No large bags or backpacks in museums, in churches shoulders and knees must be covered so bring a scarf to cover your shoulders. IF it’s a walking, bicycle or a countryside tour make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

It’s important for everyone to bring their ID

student or children for the museum

All tours are conducted in English only unless otherwise noted or requested. Other languages available for all private tours on request.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes before departure time for all tours and services

We are offering mainly Private and some Semi-private tours at the moment. We do not offer many semi private small group tours anymore due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference between Private and Semi-private is that the private tours are fully private tours with your own guide and the Semi-private are small shared group tours where individuals can join others.

Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

Yes, visit our Get In Touch page for all our contact details.

Save time by browsing our website for ideas on romantic getaways, historic residences, palace and castle stays, beautiful views, good value vacations, classic Tuscan country holidays and top attractions. Stop by to chat with us about the best shopping and restaurants in Florence and Tuscany!

Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)


7 reviews for Emperors & Gladiators – Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour

  1. Malcolm Jones

    The guide Alberto was informative, interesting & had a sense of humour. We learned such a lot about the Colesseum & being in a small party was much easier to follow & understand. Booking was straightforward & we had no problem at all. We would definitely recommend ArtViva to friends & in fact have already done so.

  2. Jean-Francois Sibille

    Considering we were one adult and two teenagers, the tour (3 hour) might have proven challenging. Actually quite the reverse. Rachel was not only highly knowledgeable, but managed to keep everyone’s attention, mixing historical background with day to day anectodes. Highly recommended. The small group formula makes also a big difference

  3. Laurie Stanley

    Francesca is the BEST guide ever!!!! Her passion, knowledge, intellect, memory, personality, the complete package… was simply off the charts amazing!!! It was truly a blessing and an experience we will never ever forget being in the presence of this beautiful, impressive, passionate, young lady!

  4. Amy G

    we really enjoyed learning about Rome and the Colosseum on this tour. Our guide was energetic and shared so much wonderful history with us.

  5. joanne oconnor

    Fantastic Tour and Rachel the guide was great. We friendly and informative guide!!! Highly recommend to anyone and we loved the small numbers or group so it felt personal

  6. Tracy Rhine

    We had an awesome tour and loved all the history our guide informed us of. We would definitely recommend this tour. Only downside was the heat and our guide made sure to find shade at every possible opportunity.

  7. David Teeman

    This is just to say what a simply wonderful tour I just enjoyed with Art Viva’s superb guide Francesca to the Colesium and Forum. It made a very special first day in Rome. Thank you! I recommend this tour to everyone! Thank you and kind regards, David Teeman

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