There are a plethora of tours available for the Colosseum, we choose “The Colosseum Third Ring tour”.
Google it and you will find every man and his dog runs a tour all happy to tell you that they offer this, offer that.
I took a good amount of time before deciding which tour to book for our family, after all, this is the Colosseum. One of the true wonders of the ancient world, a place where gladiators fought to the death, exotic animals sprang up from the floor, and emperors walked as Semi-Gods.
I went with the coopculture official Colosseum third ring tour.
The coopculture third ring tour was the only tour that gave you access to the underground floor, the viewing platform in the middle of the colosseum and the third ring at the very top. My theory was you may only go to the colosseum once you may as well see all you can.
You must book an entry ticket to the Colosseum as well as the tour tickets. Generally, you get the combined ticket for the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The third ring tour tickets are released at different intervals during the year. You must keep your eye on this because they sell out very fast.
The Colosseum is amazing!
Our tour guide was amazing and answered all questions with ease. Willow took a shine to her and followed her very closely soaking up all the information she had to share. One thing I found interesting was that she stated there is no actual proof that Christians were slaughtered in the Colosseum. Maybe it is just another one of those urban legends but it is definitely a fact closely tied to the Colosseum.
Our tour started at a meeting point inside the Colosseum. Our group were given headphones so we could hear what our tour guide was saying at all times. We headed down to the bottom of the Colosseum the underground section. We were shown where the gladiators were kept, informed on the building principles of the Colosseum, talked through how they thought the trap doors worked that released animals into the area and told that the concrete that the Colosseum sits on is still curing 2000 years later.
The Colosseum third ring is only available on this tour!
Up the stairs, we headed and I must say they are steep and shallow. I can imagine people falling down them when thousands of people were in a hurry to exit the colosseum. Out onto the wooden viewing platform that covers 1/4 of the colosseum and is their just to show you what it would look like with a floor in place. The walls of the colosseum rise up around you as you walk out, you feel small entering this arena walking a place littered with 2000 years of history putting your own footprints on a monument few others in our world today can match. This was amazing your standing in the middle area of the colosseum really gives you and idea of what it might have been like in the day when people raced chariots and went to war with animals and gladiators. The stands would have been filled higher than we can see today, the cheers would have echoed around the arena, it would have been amazing.
From the middle of the Colosseum, we head out and up again to the second ring of the arena till we reach a locked metal gate.
To stand on the Third Ring of the Colosseum is quite an experience
Our tour guide unlocks the gate and ushers us through while rejecting others who tried to get in. This gate leads to the amazing section of the third ring that is left of the Colosseum. This is where this tour stands out from the others, The third ring is closed off to all general admission tickets and other tours. You get to stand aloft at the highest parts of the colosseum with only a small group of people. Looking down you see the other people looking up at you wondering how we got up here. The Colosseum third ring tour really is special.
The view is amazing looking over this mighty arena. One can also see the outside of the colosseum looking straight at Constantine’s arch and over into the Roman Forum which we toured upon our exit.
I can’t stress enough how good this tour was, how excellent the guides were and how amazing the access to all parts of the Colosseum was on this tour. If you only do one tour in Rome do The Colosseum Third Ring tour it is amazing. Touring the Colosseum was one of the real highlights of my travelling experience’s its just one of those spots that you stand in wonder of. It is a special experience and one I will always treasure.
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