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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

Experience the full glory of Rome's Colosseum on a walking tour with skip-the-line entry! Accompanied by an expert guide who is passionate about Roman history, you'll gain rare access to areas of the Colosseum that are newly opened or normally off-limits. Enjoy private viewings of the Colosseum's underground chambers, arena and upper level, and then head to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for unforgettable views of Ancient Rome


  • 3.5-hour Rome Colosseum tour with skip-the-line ticket
  • Enjoy access to all areas of the Colosseum, including places normally off-limits
  • Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers and see where wild animals were caged
  • Step into the arena where gladiators once fought, before visiting the Colosseum's upper level
  • Visit the Roman Forum, walk up Palatine Hill and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Fast-track access makes for a more relaxed and in-depth experience of Rome's biggest attraction. Plus, you get to see the Roman Forum and take in panoramic views from Palatine Hill.

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What You Can Expect

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

Ruins at Palatine Hill

Once known as the Flavian Ampitheatre, the Rome Colosseum was easily the largest building of the Roman Empire, built to host the gladiator battles that typified the culture of Ancient Rome. Still by far the most impressive building in Rome today, the Colosseum is a must-visit attraction and, as such, draws incredibly long queues! After meeting your expert guide nearby, start your Colosseum tour by skipping the long lines and heading directly inside with your priority-entrance ticket.

Your first stop is the Colosseum's fascinating underground level, open to a limited amount of people each day. Explore the network of underground passages, chambers and cells as your guide brings this subterranean maze to life with tales of gore and glory! It was here that Roman gladiators prepared for battle, and where the fearsome, wild animals they fought were caged.

Working upward, you'll see the arena next. Rather than walking round the edge as most do, you get to step right into the space where battles were once fought. Little of the original arena floor still exists, but the gaps allow you to enjoy clear views of the underground levels below.

Your tour then takes you to the Colosseum's upper tier. Recently opened for the first time since the 1970s, this third level was where the lower Roman classes sat when cheering the gladiators, enjoying bird's-eye views of the action below. Walk around and enjoy the views from this unique vantage point.

Your Colosseum tour now comes to an end, but there is more of Ancient Rome to see! Take a leisurely walk to the Roman Forum -- the sprawl of ruins that was the heart of ancient Rome. Head up Palatine Hill with your guide to see where rich Romans once lived, and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Your tour ends on the Via Sacra, the main street of ancient Rome that leads to Capitoline Hill.

Please note: the order of which sites are visited may be reversed on this itinerary, although all sites as mentioned above will be visited.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was fantastic. We were not expecting to see the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill as well as our Colosseum tour. Our tour guide Elizabeta was fantastic!! She gave us so much detail about all 3 of the sites as well have showing us photos of the old Rome and how it used to look. She was so informative and very lovely to get along with. In the tour we saw so much more than we expected including a stunning view of Rome from the top of the Colosseum. I would recommend this tour to anyone! It really made our trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was one of my favorite tours from our trip. We first met with Damiano and toured the forum, and he was great! We were handed off to a Colosseum guide for the second portion she was just ok, but it still pays to skip the line and go to areas of the Colosseum that are closed off to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolutely loved this tour. Seeing the underground chambers really brought the experience to life and being taken to the upper tier with no crowds was excellent - fantastic photo opportunities.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I was very very impressed with this tour. Unfortunately we were quite rushed through the Forum and Palatine Hill section of the tour. The actual Colosseum tour was definitely a highlight - particularly the upper tier.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful, great guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We saw the Colosseum last year and missed the underground chambers. We were delighted to see them on this trip. Our guide was very informative. It was an incredible feeling to walk along the pathway that would have been taken by gladiators in ancient times and to imagine what it would have been like to be underground in the dark with just oil lamps and to hear the roaring frightened and starving animals. This tour was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Money well spent!We definitely enjoyed the tour.Tour guides were very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a fabulous tour, due in large part to our knowledgeable tour guide, Dario. He is a credit to your organization. We learned more about the Forum, Palentine Hill and the Colosseum in 3-1/2 hours than we could imagine. Bravo Dario!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

You have to take this tour. We were privileged to see areas that most tourist don't get to see. History was great and guides were just as good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent guides. Had not realized the tour includes the Forum and Palatine Hill, which were added bonuses. We skipped the walk to the top tour of the Colosseum final part of tour--warning that there is a LOT of walking on this tour. But we really enjoyed the whole thing

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