Begin at the Arch of Constantine, one of Rome’s best preserved triumphal arches. Walk to the Colosseum and climb to the third tier, now open after renovation, offering a spectacular view over the whole structure and indeed all of Rome. Descend to see the Porta Libitinaria, the door through which gladiators entered the arena, and if slain, through which their bodies were removed. View the hypogeum, subterranean tunnels where slaves and wild beasts were held prior to the violent spectacles, and where gladiators prepared for combat. Tour the Roman and Imperial Forums, ancient centers of religious and political life, and the Palatine Hill, residence of emperors, with its incredible views.
*Occasionally the Colosseum’s hypogeum and third tier are not open for visitors. In such cases, your guide will take you to where you can see the hypogeum from a very short distance, see a reconstructed trap door used to release ferocious animals into the arena, and bring you to spots within the arena that afford excellent panoramic views.