We at Roma Experience are proud of having been the very first group tour to visit the higher levels of the Colosseum after the reopening. It was more than 40 years that no visitors had the chance to walk up to the fourth and fifth level, and now we are happy and amazed to be able to provide you with a new spectacular tour. During our Colosseum Belvedere tour, you will explore the third, fourth, and fifth rings of the Colosseum, the highest level of the Roman Amphitheater. Experience one of Rome most beautiful panoramic view and walk through privileged-access galleries and corridors. During the rest of this Colosseum group tour you will also explore the archaeological area of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the heart of the ancient city where all the most important buildings of ancient Rome stood and at times still stand.
The Highest Levels of the Colosseum
More than 40 years has passed since the last visitor was able to climb up to the fourth and fifth tier of the Colosseum. Now, this extraordinary experience has been made again possible. The first lucky ones have already climbed up to the highest possible level of the Colosseum. New and never-opened-before stairs and galleries are now available for the tour groups and their guide. Reach the highest rings of the Roman Amphitheater. The view of Rome you can gain from the top of the Colosseum is one of the best that you can imagine.
Your guide will take you through a new tunnel, never before opened to the public, that is still preserved in its pristine status. It was here that the crowd coming to the Colosseum for the gladiatorial games found the way to the assigned seats. It was also here that were located the restrooms, still partially visible today. Wall writings carved by the workers employed in the construction of the Colosseum are visible today, thanks to the refurbishment recently completed.
The Third Tier of the Colosseum
It is from here that you gain access to the upper levels of the Colosseum. The third tier, the fourth tier, and the fifth tier. The third tier of the Colosseum has been opened already for 5+ years and. Before it was possible to visit this level as a privileged related to the Colosseum underground tickets.
Now, a separate ticket is necessary to visit, on the one hand, the Colosseum and Arena levels, on the other,
hand the third, forth and fifth level: the so-called Colosseum Belvedere.
The view available to the visitors of the Colosseum Belvedere is already amazing from the third level, as you have a complete overview from the top of the Colosseum lower levels, the arena and even the underground area which is partially uncovered. The view of Arch of Constantine from here is particularly suggestive, as you can see the giant triumphal arch right under your eyes at a distance that is just perfect to catch the details ina big picture. Take photographs of the Arch of Constantine, the Palatine Hill and the Temple of Venus and Roma from here, and you will have amazing images to take home and show your friends and family.
Colosseum Top Tiers
The real show starts when you leave the third level to climb still up and reach the fourth one, raising on top of the third of more than 15 meters. This means 49 feet above the third ring. The fourth and fifth tiers were destined to the lower classes of Roman citizens. Particularly, the fifth one was destined to the plebs, what we would today call, the proletariat. The fourth level was for the small merchants and artisans. The third ring hosted the richest merchants and businessmen. The second and first rings (which we visit during our Classic Tour of the Colosseum) were booked for knights, patricians, nobles, and senators. The senators and the people of the imperial court were so close to the arena that the architects had to build a fence to protect them from unexpected jumps from the ferocious beats employed during the games.
But let’s go up to the highest rings. The view from here is just amazing. Breathtaking. You can see from here all of the ancient city of Rome, with the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill (which we still visit during this ancient Rome tour, before or after the amphitheater), you can see the inside of the Colosseum with a stunning bird-view perspective. You will be surprised at how much bigger the Colosseum actually is than it looks from below. The Roman amphitheate, after all, was built to replace an artificial and private lake built by Nero for its Domus Aurea, the famous Golden Palace whose underground level is today possible to explore with Roma Experience. But going back to the Colosseum. The bird-view is just stunning. You will feel a cold chill on your spine all along. You will hold your breath. Won’t believe your eyes. It’s all real.
The Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the world, was employed to provide hunts and gladiatorial games. Roman people would just go crazy for a good day of hunts and games. Politicians knew it and often sponsored games to gain consensus among the people. It would have been all useless if they forgot to keep them happy during the show. The sun was shining in Rome 2,000 ago as it is shining today. Shade is very welcome at certain hours of the day. This is way, like modern stadiums, the Colosseum also possessed a retractable cover maneuvered by a squad of expert sailors. It was actual sails that these men would operate, no much different from the ones they used on a ship. Same thing, but bigger. This retractable curtain was called velarium, which comes from vela, the Latin for sail. This bad batch would work on the fifth level. Bollards are still visible today, where the sailors would secure the ropes holding the giant tents. Their duty was that of keeping the keen audience out of the reach of the fierce sun so that people could enjoy the game, and grow their appreciation for whoever sponsored the bloodshed.