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Colosseum Underground Tour

with Arena Floor, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Complete Colosseum Underground Tour ★★★★★ 5 based on 9 reviews.
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Group size: Max 5 Language: English Duration: 3 hours Start Time: Multiple times

2020 travellers' choiceBook 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 5 travellers! Your Skip-the-line Colosseum Underground 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 into the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with an expert storyteller to unveil the area’s archaeological treasures.
You’ll never be a number in a small group of only 5 people. This Colosseum Dungeons Tour allows for the 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 this gladiator’s Arena and 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. Our Colosseum tour with underground & arena floor access lets you stand exactly where the heat of the action took place.

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 into 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 exploring 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
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Tour Highlights

  • Colosseum
  • Colosseum Underground
  • Arena Floor
  • 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
  • A Semi-Private group of 5
  • All tickets and reservations

Please Note*

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

Colosseum Underground Tour

What Our Customers Say…

Complete Colosseum Underground Tour ★★★★★ 5 based on 9 reviews.
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Great Colosseum Tour

Manuela was an amazing tour guide. She truly knew the history inside and out - you could tell she was very passionate about it as well. We learned SO much about the history of the colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palestine Hill. She catered to our needs perfectly - highly recommend Manuela as your tour guide!
- Mark

Underground Colosseum Tour

Amazing small group to the Colosseum Underground with Carlotta! Highly recommended!
- Jill P


Great tour of Colosseum Underground, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Our guide Vasco was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Meeting place easy to find. We would recommend What a Life Tours!
- Sam P

Excellent Tour!

Our guide Carlotta was excellent! Going underneath the “back stage” of the Colosseum was one of our most interesting tours! The information Carlotta gave was incredible. She really brought the Colosseum to life!
- Charlotte M


Our tour had special access to under the Coliseum arena floor where the gladiators and animals took an 'elevator' to the arena floor. Vincent the-terrific-tour-guide made the tour. He has rich knowledge of the history, and was totally entertaining. What A Life Tours, you have a gem of an employee. Don't let him go!
- Kristen S

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