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On this Colosseum underground tour, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers, the arena floor and the upper tier. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. You’ll have the rare chance to walk through the tunnels, stand where gladiators stood and enjoy a panoramic view from the top tier. Then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to complete your tour of Rome’s top ancient sites.


  • 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

Your tour starts outside the Colosseum, where you’ll meet your guide, a Roman history enthusiast, and skip the entrance line with your fast-track ticket.

Inside, begin below ground to explore the Colosseum’s tunnels, chambers and pits. This section of the amphitheater is only open to a select number of visitors each day, so enjoy this exclusive chance to see more than most people do. While you walk through the underground passageways, listen to stories about the wild animals who were held down here and the Roman gladiators who prepared for their battles here.

Next, head upward, stopping on the arena floor level. Most visitors are restricted to walk only around the edge, but you have access to walk on the floor itself, standing on the same spot where the battles took place. Not much of the original floor remains, but you can peer down through the gaps to see the underground chambers. Then continue moving up to the Colosseum’s upper tier, now open again after it closed in the 1970s. This top level may have been where Rome’s lower classes of spectators were relegated to sit, but it afford panoramic views of the arena—another unique perspective that many visitors don’t get.

Upon exiting the Colosseum, walk with your guide over to the Roman Forum, once the political heart of the city. Take in the sprawl of ancient ruins, and walk up Palatine Hill, once home to Ancient Rome’s wealthy residents, for a view of Circus Maximus, where chariot races took place. Your tour ends on Via Sacra, the main street of Ancient Rome that links the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.

Please note: The order of sites visited may be reversed during your tour.  

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour guide and the archaeologist that gave an in depth explanation of the Colosseum answered any questions. Worth every penny.

Paris Family ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour on a very hot day! Our guide was knowledgeable with interesting insight. We were met by an archeologist at the Colosseum that provided a well rounded experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour! Definitely the highlight of our 7 days in Rome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour! Awesome guides.

Richard F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

From start to finish this was an excellent tour. Well organised and managed at all stages. We went on this particular tour as it enabled access to the lower and upper areas of the Colusseum. This was well worth the extra money. Very interesting and entertaining, thoroughly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent guide, Max and Lara who took us round the underground chambers. So much information to take in and these guys new how to explain it all. So very interesting

Raymond L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and spoke excellent English! Outstanding experience!

Dwinderjit V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour with very enjoyable and knowledgeable tour guide. Would strongly recommend this and to book in advance.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour with the local guide whose great descriptions of the activities of the Colosseum brought the ruins to life for me. The City Tour guide who led us through the Forum and Palantine Hill was less energetic and colorful in her commentary.

Peter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour. Our guide was very knowledgable and the trip underground was worth the extra cost.

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