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Guided Colosseum Tours

The Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the world, has stood as a beacon of Roman engineering and cultural power since its inception. Originally constructed to host thrilling gladiatorial combats and wild animal hunts, today invites visitors to explore its vast and storied corridors through various guided tours of the Colosseum, each tailored to unveil a different facet of this magnificent structure. If you’re searching for a group or private Colosseum tour that offers an intimate and exclusive experience, look no further than What a Life Tours!


Colosseum vs. Colosseum Underground Tour

While our standard Colosseum tours provide a comprehensive look at the upper tiers of this grand amphitheater, our specialized Colosseum Underground Tours go further, offering exclusive access to areas not seen by the general public. Known as the “Colosseum catacombs,” these underground networks were once the pulsing heart of the games, where gladiators and beasts awaited their fateful turn in the arena.

Our Private Colosseum Underground Tour is designed for those seeking a more personal exploration into the lesser-known areas of the Colosseum. This tour caters to smaller groups and provides an intimate look at the intricate underground systems that supported the ancient spectacles. If you want an intimate, well-rounded Rome Colosseum tour, this option is perfect for you.

Conversely, the Complete Colosseum Underground Tour not only ventures beneath the arena but also includes a comprehensive journey through the adjacent Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, offering a comprehensive view of Rome’s historical center. This option is ideal for history enthusiasts eager to immerse themselves fully in the context of Roman civilization.

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The Colosseum symbolizes Rome like no other monument, capturing the imagination of locals and visitors alike. So, you’ve seen pictures of it, read about it, and seen it in films, now it’s time for the real thing! Buying Colosseum tickets for skip-the-line tours with us means you will get to experience the actual spots where the gladiators of ancient times prepared for battle, fought, and ultimately gave their lives for sport. The historical significance and mystique of this site make it a must-visit attraction if you’re planning to see Italy on your next vacation. When visitors come to Rome, Colosseum tours are absolutely crucial parts of their itineraries. See every side of this unique and breathtaking location with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable guides.

All our guided Colosseum tours have skip-the-line access, meaning you won’t wait in the long general entry lines. On our Colosseum underground and night tour, we even take you inside at an entirely reserved entrance to see restricted areas that regular ticket-holders can only view from afar. Our skip-the-line Colosseum tours also let you spend less time waiting to get in and more time experiencing Rome the way you want to.

All our tours are intimate with groups of just 12 people or fewer, so you can satisfy your curiosity without feeling like you need a number. With multiple awards from Luxury Travel Guide and thousands of 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, you can be sure that this is the Colosseum experience you’ll want to have.


Skip-the-line access means you’ll wave bye-bye to the Colosseum’s long lines & Visit areas closed to the general public like the Underground, Top-tiers and Arena Floor.

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Our top-rated official guides are charming, knowledgeable and have received the absolute best reviews from real people just like you. They’re the perfect companions for your Italian adventure.


We cap our tour groups at a maximum of 12 people, with many tours running at max 8 or fewer, allowing for a relaxed, interactive & personal tour experience. We’re small group & true to our word.Small groups means your guide’s focus will be on you.


​​Since 2006, What a Life Tours has provided expert local guided tours, deepening visitors’ appreciation of Rome’s rich history. Experience the Colosseum arena with a knowledgeable tour guide from our team, who brings education and passion to each excursion, offering insights that transform the way you see this ancient wonder.

Considering a visit to the Colosseum? Book your tour today with What a Life Tours and explore this iconic monument through the eyes of experts who cherish Rome’s history as much as you will.

Colosseum Underground Tours: FAQs

Booking an underground Colosseum tour can raise many questions, and we are here to provide the answers you need as you prepare for an enriching experience:

What’s the history of the Rome Colosseum?

Many people going on Ancient Rome tours want to know how the Colosseum came about and what its significance is today.

Constructed under the Flavian emperors around 70-72 CE, the Colosseum was designed for massive spectacles, including gladiatorial combat and wild animal hunts, accommodating over 40,000 spectators. Following damage from weather and vandalism, it underwent significant restoration in the 19th century to preserve its historical significance, attracting millions of visitors annually.

Our Colosseum tours highlight the importance of preserving and understanding history so we don’t lose the most precious thing we have: information.

Is the Colosseum guided tour worth It?

Yes! Colosseum tours (underground tours especially) are fascinating. For hundreds of years, this section of the giant amphitheater was closed off to the public for reconstruction and preservation. It’s well worth your time to see what was once shrouded in mystery.

Our guided Colosseum Underground Tour also offers you the expertise of our local guides. Having a knowledgeable guide from our team is irreplaceable, as much of our information is rooted in personal passion and deep education about ancient Roman history.

Is a Colosseum tour good for kids?

The suitability depends on the child’s age. Older children often find the historical narratives fascinating, while younger ones may struggle with the physical demands and detailed content of the tour. Before booking a tour of the Colosseum, we recommend assessing whether the walking distances and duration of the tour align with your child’s capabilities.

What should I wear on the tour?

Comfortable walking shoes are essential, as the surfaces inside the Colosseum can be uneven. Dress appropriately for the weather, and consider modest attire to respect the cultural sites you’ll visit.

How physically demanding is the tour?

The tour involves significant walking, including steps and uneven surfaces. It’s moderately challenging, so it’s best suited for those comfortable with physical activity.

Are there restricted areas during the tours?

While our tours grant access to many exclusive areas, certain sections of the Colosseum remain off-limits for conservation reasons. Our guides will ensure you see all accessible and significant parts of the site.