The Roman Colosseum is part of what is now called Ancient Rome, an area whose history well exceeds 2 millennia. This is one of the most fruitful archaeological area in the world. For centuries now dig have continued and in latter decades careful reconstruction of foundations and buildings have created the most fascinating place for a visit. Year on year more is opened up to view and there is no sign of this stopping as architectural techniques, including 21st century gadgetry, are enabling viewing underground thus speeding up the slow processes.
The gladiatorial contests in The Colosseum were usually, but not exclusively, between two male combatants. Although it was a fight to death, this was not always the end result. A fight was to end with one fighter poised to kill. He would look to the audience, call for death and in most situations it would be delivered. However, in rare occasions, where the losing fighter had shown great heroics and given an extremely good display, they would spare him to fight another day.
Gladiators were usually slaves, criminals and prisoners of war, who were trained to fight and sometimes allowed to fight for their freedom. There were also some volunteers, including women, as being a successful gladiator was a way out of poverty. Quite a risky gamble though.
The games were an incredible spectacle in their time, predominantly to appease the poor, and at its peak The Colosseum was hosting games 10 to 12 times in a year. It seems that in the period of history nothing was more pleasing to the eye than blood and death. Animals were used in huge numbers. In such a display you would probably see one or two zebras led into the arena and let loose and shortly after a very hungry lion would be let loose to make a kill. Gladiators would also fight with lions and other carnivores and these were very popular displays for the public. These fights were called Venationes (wild beast hunts). Then we come to the most horrific cases where condemned criminals were tied to posts as food for the beasts or pushed into the arena to try to fight these animals without a weapon.
On this 3 hour private tour with your own personal expert guide, you will go deeper into the past of this amazing monument. As we enter onto the gladiators arena, you can look up into the huge seating area above and momentarily put yourself into the place of the gladiator: a unique experience. As this part of the Colosseum is closed to the public you will actually have an admiring audience above. From this position in the arena, we are also able to look down into the Hypogeum. This is the area where the gladiators and animals were held before and after fighting.
After this great experience, we will continue into the Roman Forum and onto the Palatine Hill. The Forum was the centre of Roman life, politically, commercially and culturally. As you walk here you will literally be walking in the footsteps of all the great and not so great Emperors of the Empire. The Palatine Hill was where the Emperors would build their palaces. The remains of 3 are visible today. The most famous was probably Nero’s huge creation that was built after the fire that burnt down his original one. Standing 40m above its surroundings, the Palatine Hill offers a wonderful view over Circus Maximus, the Forum and much of Central Rome.
On taking the “Colosseum Through The Gladiators Entrance Private Tour” you will have an exciting and enlightening experience with the opportunity of being where most people will never be: on the arena floor of The Roman Colosseum. Truly an awesome feeling and we look forward to giving you this once in a lifetime tour.
- Please bring ID documents for everyone in your party, such as a passport or driving licence. Due to security reasons, you may be required to present ID when entering the Colosseum and may be refused entry if do not have your documents to hand.
- The time may be changed according to tickets availability. If necessary we will contact you with confirmation.
- When accessing the monument the Colosseum visitors will be asked to pass security checks, even when entering with pre-booked tickets or vouchers. Please make sure you DO NOT have pointed large umbrellas and knives of any sizes with you. Liquids are allowed but only if in plastic bottles. Remember that you can refill your containers in the fountains inside the Colosseum. Back packs are allowed inside the Colosseum if very small in size; shoulder bags or handbags are permitted if regular size.
- This tour operates in all weather conditions.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.