Above the Sky Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

3hours 30minutes
Small Group, Tour Guide, Entrance Fees
Max Group Size
13 people
/ Adult
Through E
Response rate: 
Response time:
several hours
  • Exclusive visit to the Colosseum's Third Tier
  • Incredible views from the Colosseum Belvedere (Fourth and Fifth Tiers)
  • The Roman Forum, including the Senate and the Temple of Saturn
  • The Arch of Septimius Severus and the Arch of Titus
  • The Palatine Hill including the Flavian Palace
  • The Via Sacra
Preview Description
Tour of the Third, Fourth and Fifth Ring of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Access the exclusive upper levels of the Colosseum including the Third Tier and Belvedere, and enjoy incredible views
If you have a head for heights and love spectacular views, then our Colosseum Above the Sky tour is for you. Skip the lines and security checks and get special access to the restricted upper levels of the Colosseum where you’ll enjoy incredible vistas of the iconic amphitheatre and the valley of the Roman Forum spread out far below.

The unforgettable upper levels of the Colosseum are the most exclusive areas of the Colosseum that we can visit today, but in the amphitheatre’s ancient heyday things were very different. The emperor and his retinue savoured the gore from the ringside Imperial box, whilst the Vestal Virgins and senators were so close to the action that they were often spattered with blood during the games. The third tier was instead the haunt of male commoners, whilst the fourth and fifth levels were thronged with the lowest status citizens of Roman society (including common women) clamouring to get a glimpse of the spectacle from their seats up in the gods– join our Colosseum third tier tour for your chance to see what the plebs saw.

As you ascend skywards you’ll experience this fascinating history first-hand - learn how the Colosseum was built and how the bloody gladiator contests on the arena below unfolded. Discover too the massive sail-like awning operated by expert sailors from their posts atop the edifice that protected the crowds from the blinding Roman sun. It’s quite a climb to reach the very top, but when you finally step on to the dizzying fifth tier with only birds gliding in the breeze for company we promise it’ll be worth it! Admiring sweeping panoramas of the city over the treetops and a fabulous perspective of the arena and underground level of the amphitheatre far below, you’ll see why this is known as the Colosseum’s belvedere (Italian for ‘beautiful view’). Make sure to bring your camera, because these might just be the most memorable holiday photos you ever take.

After exploring the exclusive third, fourth and fifth tiers your tour will continue into the Colosseum below. From there you will have the chance to uncover the secrets of the Roman Forum with your guide, deciphering its ruins and discovering the beating heart of the ancient city’s civic, economic and religious centre. Discover the eccentric pantheon of Roman gods in the spectacular temples dedicated to their worship and pop in to the beautiful House of the Vestal Virgins, whose sacred task it was to keep Rome’s eternal flame alive; relive dramatic political intrigues in the Senate where Caesar, Cicero and Augustus made their mark and walk along streets unchanged for millennia, still scarred by the wheels of ancient carriages. Finally explore the monumental remains of the Imperial palaces on the Palatine Hill, where despotic and capricious Emperors ruled Rome with absolute power, lording it over the city’s populace from the most privileged vantage point in the metropolis.

Reach for the clouds on our exclusive Colosseum tour, which takes you behind the scenes at the iconic Flavian amphitheatre with our English-speaking expert guide. Skip the lines and security checks and get special access to the Colosseum’s usually off-limits third, fourth and fifth tiers where you’ll enjoy amazing vertiginous views into the arena, as well as the ancient and modern city spreading out towards the distant horizon.

Our Colosseum third tier tour is a unique opportunity to discover what took place during the brutal gladiator battles on the arena far below as you climb to the very top.

Don’t forget your camera, because the views from the Colosseum’s aptly named belvedere (Italian for 'beautiful view') are amongst the most spectacular in the whole city.

Afterwards our tour continues into the heart of ancient Rome as you explore the temples and courthouses of the Roman Forum, as well as the opulent palaces on the Palatine Hill that the all-powerful ancient emperors called home. 

Book your place on our Colosseum in the Sky tour today and get the inside track on the ancient world’s greatest city. In Rome history is alive – experience it for yourself!
Activity Level
his is a walking tour, taking you inside the Colosseum and through the archaeological sites of Ancient Rome. There are a lot of steps and uneven surfaces. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Being a group tour everybody will move in a certain pace together, if you have limited mobility, please contact us before booking.
Places Visited
The Via Sacra (Latin: Via Sacra) (Sacred Road) was the main street of ancient Rome, leading from the top of the Capitoline Hill, through some of the most important religious sites ... moreof the Forum (where it is the widest street), to the Colosseum.

The road was part of the traditional route of the Roman Triumph that began on the outskirts of the city and proceeded through the Roman Forum. In the 5th century BC, the road was supported by a super-structure to protect it from the rain.[citation needed] Later it was paved and during the reign of Nero it was lined with colonnades.

The road provided the setting for many deeds and misdeeds of Rome's history, the solemn religious festivals, the magnificent triumphs of victorious generals, and the daily throng assembling in the Basilicas to chat, throw dice, engage in business, or secure justice. Many prostitutes lined the street as well, looking for potential customers.
Attraction, Cultural, Historic
Imperial palace of the emperor Domitian (51-96 AD). It is still uncertain the precise function of this large building, also known as Domitian's stadium (Stadio di Domiziano) or "Circus ... moreAgonalis". The stadium was part of the imperial palace and was surrounded by a two-story portico. Maybe it was not just an hippodrome, but more in general, it was the “viridarium” (the garden), private place where the emperor he could walk on sunny days and watch the races.
This is the best conserved construction of all three pieces of the Palace of Domitian. It was also built according to a project of architect of Domitian, Ribarius. It served for the sport competitions, horse races and, probably, as a garden for the imperial family. The stadium is 146m long. The arena was surrounded by a two-storeyed portico with engaged columns covering a wide ambulatory or cloister. In the middle of the east wall is a wide exedra of two storeys, which served as an Imperial box.
Attraction, Historic
The Flavian Palace, normally known as the Domus Flavia, is part of the vast residential complex of the Palace of Domitian on the Palatine Hill in Rome. It was completed in 92 AD by ... moreEmperor Titus Flavius Domitianus, and attributed to his master architect, Rabirius.

The term Domus Flavia is a modern designation used to describe the northwestern section of the Palace where the bulk of the large public rooms for entertaining and ceremony are concentrated. It is interconnected with the domestic wing to the southeast, the Domus Augustana, which descends from the summit of the Palatine down to wings specially constructed within the hill to the south and southwest.

The imposing ruins which flank the southeastern side of the Palace above the Circus Maximus are a later addition built by Septimius Severus; they are the supporting piers for a large extension which completely covered the eastern slope.

The Domus Flavia contains several exceptionally large rooms; the main public reception rooms are the Basilica, the Aula Regia, the Lararium, and the Triclinium.

The Basilica is the first part visible from the Clivus Palatinus, the road that connects the Roman Forum to the Palatine Hill. A long portico runs alongside the domus on the west and north sides at the end of which is the main entrance which seems to serve both the public and the private part of the palace. Once inside the visitor enters the Lararium housing a detachment of the Praetorian guard. It is the smallest and most poorly preserved room in the palace. Behind it was once a staircase providing access to the Domus Augustana. Below this room parts of the earlier House of the Griffins have been excavated and from which exquisite decorations have been removed to the Antiquarium.
Attraction, Cultural, Historic
The Arch of Titus (Italian: Arco di Tito; Latin: Arcus Titi) is a 1st-century AD honorific arch, located on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum. It was constructed ... morein c. AD 82 by the Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Titus's victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem (AD 70). The arch has provided the general model for many triumphal arches erected since the 16th century, perhaps most famously it is the inspiration for the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

Walk along the cobbled street of the Via Sacra and you’ll see this imposing triumphal arch, built in the first century AD to commemorate Titus’s military victories. Built on the orders of Domitian after the death of Titus, the arch depicts winged victories and a triumphant Titus being crowned with a laurel wreath. The arch is one of the earliest examples of humans and divinities being portrayed together, rather than in separate scenes. Even the laurel wreath is fictional, as in reality, Titus apparently refused to be crowned, saying that it was not really his victory – he had only been an instrument of God’s wrath.

The south panel of the arch shows spoils from the Siege of Jerusalem, including a menorah and trumpet. A contemporary historian, Josephus, claimed that a million Jews had been killed in Jerusalem. While this estimate is now considered to be greatly exaggerated, there’s no doubt that the Roman armies devastated the city. It was a major victory for Rome, and the Arch of Titus not only celebrated the emperor, but also served as a demonstration of the power of Rome. Illiterate Romans would have looked up at this magnificent monument – once brightly coloured – and read the story of the Roman victory through the sculptures, rather like reading a comic book.
Attraction, Cultural, Historic
Roman Forum Here we have a great valley, the political heart of ancient Rome, where the daily life of the ancient Romans unfolded. The Republic revolved around the Senate, where giant, ... morerichly decorated spaces still resound with the voices of the great senators that unleashed war and brokered peace in the Mediterranean. While the House of the Vestals introduces us to the only female religious order in Rome, the via Sacra, still marked by the wheels of carts that traversed it for centuries, helps us understand the Romans’ amazing engineering capabilities. In front of the Temple of Julius Caesar we will be catapulted into the story of one of the greatest political murders of all time. Nearby, the temple of Antoninus and Faustina tells us of the extent of the Roman empire, with its rare marbles and its inscriptions. The images carved into the Arch of Titus tell of the conquest of Jerusalem and the transfer of its ancient treasures to Rome, fascinating histories that your expert guide will explain.

The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum (Italian: Foro Romano), is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum.

For centuries the Forum was the center of day-to-day life in Rome: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million or more sightseers yearly.
Attraction, Cultural, Historic
The Palatine Hill is the centremost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. It stands 40 metres above the Roman Forum, looking down upon it on ... moreone side, and upon the Circus Maximus on the other. From the time of Augustus Imperial palaces were built here.

Rome has its origins on the Palatine. Excavations show that people have lived in the area since the 10th century BC. Excavations performed on the hill in 1907 and again in 1948 unearthed a collection of huts believed to have been used for funerary purposes between the 9th and 7th century BC approximating the time period when the city of Rome was founded.

The hill has a strong link to Roman mythology. It is believed that on Palatine Hill, the twins Romulus and Remus were found in the Lupercal Cave by their four-legged shepherd mother, who raised them. Ultimately, this is where Romulus decided to build the city. Palatine Hill, Rome
The Palatine Hill today. Therefore, it was on this hill that the Roman Empire began.

From the start of the Empire (27 BC) Augustus built his palace there and the hill gradually became the exclusive domain of emperors; the ruins of the palaces of at least Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD), Tiberius (14 – 37 AD) and Domitian (81 – 96 AD) can still be seen.
Attraction, Cultural, Historic
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