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Private Colosseum Underground Tour

with Arena Floor, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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Private Colosseum Underground Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews.
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Group size: Private Language: English Duration: 3.5 hrs Start Time: Multiple AM & PM

2020 travellers' choiceGet 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!

At a Glance Why You’ll Love It

private colosseum underground tour
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 into the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with an expert storyteller 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 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.

What you’ll See Along the Way

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
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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


  • Skip-the-line access to all sites
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Private customizable tour
  • 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.

Private Colosseum Underground Tour

What Our Customers Say…

Private Colosseum Underground Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews.
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The Colosseum 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!
- Jan H

Excellent 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!
- Anna B

So much history!

The underground Tour is well worth it. It’s incredible to be able to see and walk around in a place that is nearly 2000 years old! Carlotta (our tour guide) did a fantastic job, taking us back in time and walking us through what each part of the epic structure was used for. Felt like we were really there.
- Dora L

Brilliant - Colosseum Underground Tour

We took this tour June 9 with Carlotta as our guide. Her knowledge and deep understanding of Roman history was absolutely amazing. Carlotta's explanations were clear and easy to follow and her presentation made the history come alive. This is a long tour (3.5 hours) but the way she went about it made it seem like it was only a couple hours. We could not recommend this tour highly enough and make sure you ask for Carlotta.
- Henk S

Best Tour in Rome

Best tour guide in Rome. We got the Colosseum tour and couldn't have asked for anything more the tour guide was fantastic and I got to see things i would have never seen if it wasn't for What A Life Tours. Definitely recommend the underground Colosseum tour, 10/10 for both me and my partner.
- Hayden D

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