Gladiator's Gate




Gladiator's Gate






3.5 hrs


Multiple AM & PM



Get all the benefits of a Private Colosseum Underground Tour with the same attention to detail that have made our Colosseum tours Luxury Travel Guide award-winners. Walk right past the lines, entering Rome’s amphitheater like true gladiators. You’ll explore the Underground, Arena Floor and the 2nd Ring followed by the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, all with a private guide.

At a Glance Why You'll Love It

  • Skip the general admission lines to begin your visit at the gates to the Arena Floor, 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.

  • Immerse yourself in the fantastic history of the Colosseum with a private guide to satisfy your every curiosity and provide you with personalized attention.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

Colosseum Underground, Arena Floor & 2nd Ring

Make your Colosseum Underground an exclusive one on this deluxe private tour of Rome’s famous Flavian Amphitheater. Skip the crowds of people lining up for general admission, and head to the “backdoor” of the world’s most iconic arena. Here you’ll find yourself face-to-face with the “gladiator’s gate”, or better the actual exit point fo these ancient athletes if they didn’t survive the combat.

Follow in the footsteps of history as your private guide leads you to areas of the Colosseum that are totally off-limits to those with only standard tickets. This means that compared to the over 6 million visitors that visit the monument each year, you’ll only have to share them with a few other people, a sensation made even more intimate by your guide’s focus on you alone for the entirety of the tour.

Rome's History from 3 Unique Perspectives

Stand exactly where the heat of the action took place on the Arena Floor, and in the Colosseum’s ancient underground backstage, where gladiators armored-up, and wild animals paced in cages. These totally unique perspectives will leave you breathless, heightened by the captivating narrative supplied by your private guide.

You’ll 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 itself. You'll also get to take in its magnificent interior view from the 2nd Tier to see how the games looked from above.

Explore Ancient Rome with a Personal Guide

After having taken in the Colosseum from three unrivaled vantage points, you'll be off along the Via Sacra to see the Arch of Constantine, erected by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD, before taking an p close look at what once was the pulsing center of this ancient superpower. Walking into the Roman Forum is as close to time travel as it gets, as your private guide unveils the glory still hidden in these ruins, and makes the marble columns hum to the beat of orators, emperors and triumphing legions. 

You’ll see the ancient temples, 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. Your guide will then take you up to the Palatine Hill, and since this is a private tour, you can decide exactly where to go. The views over the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus are stunning from up here.

What You'll See Along the Way

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Private Colosseum Underground Reviews

What Our Customers Say...

Overall rating
An amazing experience thanks to Michele!

Extremely good tour! The experience of having such a passionate and caring guide made an enormous difference. Michele spent a lot of time explaining the relationship between everything we saw. Drawing parallels between what we saw early and late in the tour, in addition to beautiful illustrations of how the areas we visited used to look. He made the tour personal and interesting. Our experience with What a Life was absolutely fantastic! We will absolutely book tours with them again!

Fascinating Coliseum Underground Tour!

We toured the Coliseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum with Carlotta. We had the best time. Carlotta is a wealth of ancient history knowledge! We were fascinated the entire time. My two teenage boys were more engaged during this tour than any other part of the trip. Carlotta’s English was very easy to understand and she has a fun, humorous and interesting way to bring history to life. I’d highly recommend this to anyone wanting to get a personal experience in these remarkable historical landmarks.

Underground Colosseum Tour

My family and I did the Underground Colosseum tour with Giuliano. It was incredible. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour so interesting. Even my 10 & 12 year old enjoyed it. Highly recommend.


The Colloseum was breathtaking and our guide was great! You will miss so much by taking a standard tour so give that a miss guys and do this one! Thank you all at What a life tours so much!

Excellent Coliseum Tour!

Giuliano was a wonderful tour guide! This was our second time in Rome. While we visited the Coliseum 18 years ago, the underground was not open at that time. Now, you can access the underground with a private tour guide. So we booked What A Life Tours, after reading the positive reviews on TripAdvisor. It was excellent! The tour included the Forum and Palatine Hill too. Our guide was so incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant. He added a dimension we would not otherwise have obtained. Well worth the money spent. Grazie e Arrivederci!

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 Colosseum's 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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