Book our top-rated Colosseum Underground Tour with exclusive priority access. We take you past the lines to enter Rome’s world-famous amphitheater as the gladiators did, on the Arena Floor, then 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! Your Skip-the-line Colosseum tickets are included.
At a Glance Why You’ll Love It
|Skip general admission lines to begin your visit at the Arena Floor gates, then explore the Colosseum Underground and take in the view from 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
The best-seller Colosseum Underground Tour and Arena Floor
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.
Admire the Roman Form 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.
Under 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
- Colosseum Underground
- Arena Floor
- 2nd Tier
- Arch of Constantine
- Roman Forum
- Temple of Vesta
- Temple of Antoninus & Faustina
- Temple of Caesar
- Arch of Titus
- Palatine Hill
- Skip-the-line access to all sites
- Expert English-speaking tour guide
- Small group of 14 or fewer
- All tickets and reservations
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly