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Virtual Reality City Tour: Colosseum, Palatine & Gladiatorial Barracs

Virtual Reality City Tour: Colosseum, Palatine & Gladiatorial Barracs

See ancient Rome literally come to life. On this tour you explore the best sights of Rome with an archaeologist and VR glasses.

  • More individuality: 15 participants maximum

See ancient Rome literally come to life. On this tour you explore the best sights of Rome with an archaeologist and VR glasses.

The facts


  • Participants: 1 - 15
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • public (with other participants)
  • mobile voucher is accepted
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Your experience


  • Explore the most exciting sights of Rome with an archaeologist and VR glasses to bring the old times to life
  • Marvel at the gladiatorial barracks, where you can see the reconstructed cells and training grounds of the gladiators
  • Pass the long queues in front of the Colosseum, Forum Romanum and Palatine with your skip-the-line ticket


On this city tour you will not only explore the ruins of ancient Rome - you can also see what they really looked like before!

Your day begins in front of the Colosseum where you’ll meet your expert guide and a small group of 14 fellow travelers. The area where you’re standing once held the gargantuan bronze statue of Nero that gave the ancient stadium its name. The statue has been lost since the 4th century, but you’ll get to see what it looked like and exactly how big it was (along with the full-intact facade of the Colosseum) when you slip on your VR glasses for your first ancient vista of the day.

After seeing how different your surroundings appeared some 2,000 years ago, you’ll head down into a nondescript ruin called the Ludus Magnus. Most visitors walk right by this old barracks without a second thought, but they’re missing a hidden gem; this was the main gladiator school that trained fighters for the Colosseum. As your guide tells stories about the brutal lives of these ancient sports stars, your VR glasses will rebuild the gladiator’s cells and practice ground, even adding a few gladiators in training, only a few feet away. You’ll also see the remains of a tunnel that used to take combatants directly into the Colosseum underground, from where they were hoisted onto the arena floor.

From there you’ll use skip the line tickets to enter the Colosseum and enjoy a full tour of Rome’s most iconic monument. Traveling with an expert guide, you’ll get so much more from this experience, learning the truth behind what you see in movies. Did gladiators really fight to the death here? And did the emperor end their lives with a flip of his thumb? You’ll also use your headsets to see what the Colosseum looked like in the days when some 50,000 people piled inside to witness the blood sports that made it famous.

When you leave the Colosseum you’ll head over to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. This is where your VR and your tour guide really come into their own. Rome’s magnificent civic centers have not aged well, and without a guide, many visitors only see scattered stones and half-buried ruins. But with an archaeologist for a tour guide, you’ll learn about beautiful and important buildings like the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, the Temple of Saturn, and the Basilica of Maxentius. Finding it hard to picture it all? No problem - you’ll see what these ancient structures actually looked like with a couple of VR perspectives.

We’ve saved the best for last. As you climb the Palatine Hill, passing the ruins of palaces of the ancient Roman elite, your guide will tell you stories of the vicious political scheming that came to characterize the empire and the outsized personalities that ruled it. When you reach the crest of the hill you’ll come to an overlook of the Circus Maximus. Today it looks like a wide, grassy field, but when you peek through your glasses your breath will catch as you look down on the ancient world’s largest sports ground, where ancient chariot races once attracted crowds of 250,000 people.

Passionate, expert guides and vivid storytelling have long been hallmarks of Walks. Now we are proud to add an entirely new visual element to some of our most beloved tour locations. Virtual reality will bring the story of Ancient Rome to life in a way you literally have to see to believe.

Please note

Additional information

Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
Please note that the order of sites visited is subject to changes.
The Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with skip the line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all.
The Colosseum is subject to occasional closures. The Colosseum administration is usually aware of this and informs us the day before of a given closure. Please provide us with detailed contact information in the event that we need to reach you to reschedule your tour.
All guests need to pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum. Please note that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Since there are no storage facilities, guests with larger bags will be denied entrance. Do not bring with you any sharp objects such as knives, or large bulky items such as big umbrellas. The Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites that are neither wheelchair nor stroller friendly.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

Included in the price

  • Walks expert guide
  • Small groups
  • Virtual reality experience with several view points
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Meeting point

Outside of Oppio Caffè located on Via delle Terme di Tito, 72 (near the Colosseum). Meeting Point Directions: Oppio caffè is located on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi - exact address Via delle Terme di Tito 72. If arriving by metro, please note that there are two entrances/exits for the metro. The caffè where we meet is located on the street above the metro station. You can take the stairs up either inside the metro station or from outside. Once you arrive to the street above the metro, face the Colosseum and then walk to your left 150 meters and you will find the Oppio Caffè on the corner.

Cancellation Conditions

This deal can be cancelled for free up to 3 days before the date of the activity.

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