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GROUP SIZE

Max 14

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

3.5 hrs

START TIMES

Multiple AM & PM

Experience the Colosseum with the Luxury Travel Guide Award winner. Our Colosseum Underground Tour takes you past the lines to enter Rome’s world-famous amphitheater as the gladiators did, to the Arena Floor, below to its subterranean dungeons, and up to the 2nd Ring, followed by the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, all in groups of 14 people or fewer!

At a Glance Why You'll Love It

  • Skip the general admission lines to begin your visit at the Arena Floor gates, then head down to the Colosseum Underground and up to the 2nd Tier.

  • Gain incredible insight on the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with an expert story-teller to unveil the area’s archaeological treasures.

  • You’ll never be a number in a small group of only 14 people or fewer. This Colosseum Underground Tour allows for personal attention you won't find with larger groups.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

Colosseum Underground, Arena Floor & 2nd Tier

If you've been dreaming about visiting Rome's iconic Flavian Amphitheater then our Colosseum Underground Tour is for you. After skipping the general admission lines, and heading to this amazing edifice's backdoor, a.k.a. 'the gladiator's entrance', you'll be treated to sections that are completely closed off to standard ticket-holders. This means you'll have areas almost or completely to yourself at a monument that gets over 6 million visitors per year. You'll also stand exactly where the heat of the action took place on the Arena Floor, and in ancient underground corridors.  

Seeing the Colosseum from these totally unique perspectives is an emotional rush, heightened by the captivating historic narrative supplied by your passionate guide, who'll separate fact from myth on one of the most intriguing sites in the world. Find out what each area of the Colosseum was used for, the engineering feats behind every brick, and how this bloodthirsty ring reflected the political and social values of Ancient Rome herself. You'll also get to take in its magnificent interior from the 2nd Tier to see how the games looked from above. 

Explore the Forum with an Expert Guide

After exploring the Colosseum from three unrivaled vantage points, you'll be off along the Via Sacra to see the monolithic Arch of Constantine, built by Rome's first Christian Emperor in the 4th century AD, before descending into what once was the pulsing center of this vast ancient civilization. Walking into the Roman Forum is as close to time travel as it gets, as your guide unlocks the aura of glory still hidden among these ruins. Visual aids and vivid descriptions abound as open-air antiquity returns to life, and the marble columns hum to the beat of orators, emperors and triumphing centurions. 

See how ancient temples were repurposed to churches, the senate-house Julius Caesar was building when he was assassinated, the exact spot his funeral pyre burned and much more, all the while listening to the perks and punishments reserved for Vestal Virgins and the exploits behind every single triumphal arch. Our guides provide you with history's missing pages, that extraordinary insight into the personalities and events that shaped western culture right from this spot.

Uncover the Palatine Hill An Opulent Past

Overshadowed by the Colosseum and Roman Forum, in reality it's the Palatine Hill that casts its shadow over both. Legend says it was here that Romulus founded Rome, setting the history we all know in motion, and the archaeological record confirms settlements began on this hilltop as early as the 8th century BC.

This hill was so lavish in its heyday that the word "palace" actually derives from it. Follow your guide for some of the best views of the Caput Mundi, looking over the Forum on one side, the Circus Maximus on the other, and explore the extravagant remains of many an imperial palace.

What You'll See Along the Way

Please Note*

For security reasons all visitors must present valid photo identification in order to be granted access to the Colosseum. Photocopies are acceptable.

Tour dates and times are subject to change depending on availability. The exact times and dates are released by the Colosseum on the first Monday of the month preceding the tour. All tour operators at the venue work within these parameters.

Due to extreme weather conditions, authorities may close off restricted areas for safety reasons as the underground could flood. If this occurs, we will try to reschedule your tour, subject to availability, or run the tour as a standard Colosseum tour without the special access areas. Refunds will be issued for the difference in cost.

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Colosseum Underground Reviews

What Our Customers Say...

Overall rating
5.0
Excellent Underground Coliseum tour

We had Carlotta on our small group tour of 10. She is exceptional and so knowledgeable! She kept our group moving and made our tour a real learning experience. There were two young kids in our group and she was great with them. All in all I would definitely recommend this tour. They were good with communication, personable and fun.

Coliseum Tour

Great tour! Carlotta was our guide and very knowledgable and entertaining.

Excellent!!

Amazing tour guide, Martina. We were concerned that the tour would be rushed however we were pleasantly surprised at how in-depth the tour was. Audio headset to hear Martina better provided. Excellent history provided with plenty of photo opportunities. Would highly recommend to others.

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