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Private Colosseum Underground Tour

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Private
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 3.5 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: Multiple AM & PM
  • Price:
    Price: From 459 €
  • Cancelation:
    Including: Skip the line tickets

Tour Overview

Get all the benefits of a Private Colosseum Underground Tour with the same attention to detail that has 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.

***We do also offer this tour as a small group tour here: Colosseum Underground Tour – Check availability!

Tour Highlights

  • Colosseum
  • Hypogeum
  • Arena Floor
  • 2nd Ring
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Roman Forum
  • Temple of Castor & Pollux
  • Temple of Vesta
  • Temple of Antoninus & Faustina
  • Arch of Titus
  • Private Guide

What's included

  • Skip-the-line access to all sites
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Private customizable tour
  • All tickets and reservations

What you’ll See Along the Way


The Colosseum was built under the Flavian Dynasty. Emperor Vespasian began its construction in 72 AD, and it was completed under his son Titus in 80 AD. The 'Flavian Amphitheater' was a gift to the Roman people, but was also a powerful tool for imperial propaganda.


The subterranean network of tunnels, called the hypogeum, seem straight out of a scene from 'The Gladiator'. Explore the labyrinth of cages which held exotic animals from all over the Roman Empire as well as the 80 vertical shafts that lifted both animals and gladiators to the arena floor.

Arena Floor

The Arena Floor was the stage for a wide range of Ancient Roman 'entertainment'. Barbaric wild animal hunts and brutal gladiatorial combat enthralled the throngs of bloodthirsty spectators. This was the second hottest show in town after the chariot races at the Circus Maximus.

2nd Ring

The Colosseum is also home to some spectacular views. After you're finished exploring the Underground and Arena Floor, follow your guide up to the 2nd Ring to see how the patrician and knightly classes watched the games. Photo-ops abound, and be sure not to miss the vista from the Valdier Terrace.

Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine was built in 315 AD to celebrate Emperor Constantine’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Constantine is depicted forcing Maxentius and his troops into the Tiber. It was a major turning point in Western Civilization, as Constantine fought under the aegis of Christianity.

Roman Forum

The ruins and architectural feats of the Roman Forum, Ancient Rome’s beating heart, dazzle and amaze even today. Among the remains of one of the world's most significant archaeological sites, you'll be mesmerized by its sheer enormity. From grand triumphal arches to basilicas and remnants of temples, a vivid portrait of ancient life starts emerges.

Temple of Castor & Pollux

“History is truly the witness of times past, the light of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity; whose voice, but the orator's, can entrust her to immortality?” So said Cicero (106-43 BC), one of the ancient city’s leading orators, philosophers and politicians, perhaps from the Temple of Castor and Pollux.

Temple of Vesta

This circular temple held one of the most precious treasures in Ancient Rome – 'the sacred flame'. It was tended by a mysterious cult of priestesses known as the Vestal Virgins, whose primary job was to make sure the flame never went out. The prestigious vestal position came with a vow to 30 years of service, all of which had to be served in chastity.

Temple of Antoninus & Faustina

The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is one of the few nearly fully-preserved edifices in the Roman Forum. It was dedicated to Emperor Antonius Pius and his wife, Faustina, both deified after their deaths at the order of Marcus Aurelius in 161 AD. During the Middle Ages the beautiful edifice was transformed into a church called San Lorenzo in Miranda.

Arch of Titus

Built in honor of Emperor Titus and his victory over Judea in 70 AD, where he put down an uprising against Roman occupation. After the fall of Masada, Titus captured Jerusalem, destroying the Temple and deporting locals to Rome as slaves. Some scolars say it even depicts the Ark of the Covenant, and famous golden menorah brought to Rome as spoils.

Private Guide

Enjoy the undivided attention of a personal Colosseum expert on the Private Colosseum Underground Tour. No stone will go unturned on Ancient Rome, and you'll even have the chance to customize your itinerary inside the Colossseum, at the Roman Forum, and on the Palatine Hill.

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 for 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 Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD, before taking a 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 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.

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What our Customers say...

Loved it!

Amazing tour with Mario, we enjoyed it! The Arena where the gladiator walked is breathtaking.”

Colosseum tour with underground - Fabulous!

Today’s tour was a 5 star! First off the meeting place was easy to locate and the company representative took care of us immediately. Carlotta took a few minutes to introduce herself and to greet each member of our 12- person group personally which immediately created a feeling of belonging. Carlotta had the difficult task of advising the group that part of the Colosseum would not be accessible due to a special event. She assured the guests that she would make up for the missed visit by prolonging other parts of our tour. All in all, a wonderful visit with a fabulous guide who was knowledgeable, professional and who knew how to cater to the needs of her clients.”

Tour of the Colosseum Underground, perfect!

We had a private colosseum underground tour on October 12th. The tour guide, Manuela was very knowledgeable and engaging! Strongly recommended!”

Tour at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum!

We had an amazing experience visiting Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum with our tour guide Carlotta. She was very informative, fun and showed us all the hidden details. We recommend this tour 100%! We experienced this ancient part of Rome at the best possible way!”

Best Colosseum Tour

A fabulous tour given by Marina! Thoroughly knowledgeable regarding the subject matter. Not a boring minute. I am a history buff and consider myself somewhat knowledgeable. Our tour guide added to my knowledge and could answer every question that our small group had. It was a delightful experience that I would recommend to anyone touring Rome. One suggestion: Go in the off season like I did to avoid the crowds and the heat! Temperature was in the mid to upper 30's.

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