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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Getting to go to underground and skipping the lines was well worth the money. If you are going to come all this way a tour guide really helps you not miss anything important.

Bretto S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The Colosseum was amazing to see in real life. But the magic of this tour was our guide Vasco. He was a champion and had so much information, so many stories and interacted with all the members of our small group so well. It was great to see the arena stage, the lower areas and the higher tiers of the Colosseum and this tour connected well to the Roman Forum next door.
I'm still amazed thinking of all the stories Vasco told us and I'm sure he had hundreds more !
I'd thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to really learn about the Colosseum and Roman Forum rather then just looking at the ruins.

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Mariella is great...like having your own personal Historian and Archaeologist! Very informative and knowledgeable and truly enjoys sharing the experience.

Cheryl M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was absolutely fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable guides, they were pleasant and made the whole tour incredibly interesting. The audio equipment used was great it meant we weren and #39;t all crowded round struggling to hear. There was a fair bit of walking tho so perhaps not for the less mobile

morgan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Fabrizio was an AMAZING tour guide. He explained everything extremely thoroughly and had great stories. I highly recommend this tour, it's worth the little extra money to see the upper tier and the underground chambers. It was such an incredible experience. The upper tier you can see over the Roman Forum perfectly.

Sheree T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had an excellent tour of the Colosseum. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgable and informative. She guided us through the full Collesseum. I would highly recommend this tour.

hekai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

great tour, a lot of psycical work but is worthy.

Nicola G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

So pleased that I chose to purchase tickets for this tour. Our guide Mariella, a former archaelogist, was wonderful, very knowledgeable and experienced. Being able to enter straight away instead of queuing for hours was definitely a bonus. The tour around the forum and Palatine hill felt a little rushed, but once it finished we were allowed to wander around at our leisure, there was so much to see. The highlight was undoubtedly the spectacular Colosseum, seeing the underground chambers was incredible. And the very steep and high steps to the upper tier were exhausting but the view was certainly worth it. Probably the best vantage point to take in the arch, forum and Palatine hill was made even more perfect when my boyfriend dropped to one knee 3 3 Definitely a perfect day.

mfeyer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing tour and amazing hostess. With thousands of people there, felt very special with our guide and got to view locations in Colosseum that others were not able to go. Definitely worth the price to see underground and get that history. Wear comfortable shoes and be ready for lots of steps!

MaryKay S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a fantastic tour. Our guide was from Washington DC and has lived in Italy for 13 years. I wish I could remember his name because he was awesome. He was funny, extremely informative and made us want to be history buffs and do more research when we returned to our hotel. The Coliseum is spectacular and this also included a tour of the Roman Forum.

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