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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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 July 2015

Great tour great guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Gigi was a FANTASTIC guide - his humour and knowledge were outstanding!!! I couldn't imagine looking at everything without someone to explain it all with such detail as he did. It is also well worth paying the price to skip the line, as they were long and it was hot out - why someone would wait in those long winding lines is beyond me. I would do this tour again and have recommended it to others. Well done!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a great tour, and a very informative guide, but a negative was we were told we could use our ticket to go up pallentine hill and explore the forum ourselves after the tour, but when we tried we were told this was not true,1 entry only, which was used up with the guide, so we were left very disappointed as we only briefly looked at the forum and did not go up pallentine hill at all

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Meeting point is perfect above the metro station.the Guide was an American who worked as a lecturer in the University,very knowledgeable without getting to technical.Best bit was being the only ones allowed to stand on the floor of the arena looking up at everyone else thousands in the upper tiers looking down on you wondering why they are not allowed on the arena area.I couldnt resist turning round and shouting to them are you not amused.going below the arena to where the animals and gladiators were held was also unique to this tour.Worth every penny.Unlike the Vatican tour which i was disappointed with but has to be done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent, knowledgeable guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great going underground, felt very special as not many could do this. It was a good length, not too long and guide was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A fabulous and interesting tour! A must do when in Rome and would highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Guide Sev was amazing ....His knowledge was incredible and the way he lead the tour was brilliant. A tour not to miss

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Francesca did an outstanding job.....so pleasant and intelligent. We really enjoyed the tour and all the things we learned from her. So smart of you to have highly educated experts guiding us. Highly recommend....especially skip the line. Thank you!

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