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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 and the arena floor. 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. 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
  • Visit the Roman Forum, walk up Palatine Hill and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus

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What You Can Expect

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers and Arena

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. 

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

Shauna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

We had 2 guides: one for the colosseum and one for the ancient ruins of Rome. They were excellent, very knowledgeable. Our tour guide for the ancient ruins was extremely passionate and knowledgable about ancient Rome and we received a much longer tour. It got a little too long as it was very hot, but we saw and learned a LOT.

Monica W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Our guide met us at 1:00 but our time to go in was 1:40. Still, she gave a lot of history before entering. Once inside, a Colosseum expert led the group. Overall, we had about 3.5 hours inside the Colosseum, Pallantine Hill, and the Forum. A wonderful tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Everything went just as planned with this tour. Our tour leader was great and very knowledgeable. She even pointed our a lot of things to do that were not part of the tour. She was at the meeting point and checked to make sure she had the entire group before we left the meeting point. I think this was a great tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Our guide PG was amazing! He was very knowledgeable about the history of the colosseum and the roman forum area. He also had pictures to show of what everything would have looked like back then. PG was one of my favorite tour guides so far and he definitely kept things interesting by throwing out a little humor here and there. I would definitely recommend this tour! Great and memorable experience.

Sudip M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

V good guide. Both Davide and the cllosium guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Book this tour for my mom and her husband, mid 70's, they both loved this tour!

Kerry EW Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Wonderful tour with Yrsus who was very knowledgeable. We covered every aspect of the colosseum, Roman Forum and Palantine Hill. Lots of walking and this tour is really value for money. Yrsus was very patient with us all and nothing was too much trouble. He made regular stops to gather us together and point out special features that on our own we would have missed. He certainly was an extremely professional and friendly guide and my husband and I really enjoyed the commentary and the odd joke. We used our hop-on hop-off ticket to get us to the Colosseum then walked to the other side to the Metro Stop and upstairs to meet up with the group. Very easy to find. Thanks Yrsus and City Tours. Kerry and Harry Williams

Vivian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Very good tour! Our tour guide Ursus I think thats how you spell it was very knowledgeable and was always smiling, the skip the line was definitely worth it and going underground as well.

Charlotte D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

AMAZING!!!! We went underground as well as in a restricted area on the top of the Colosseum. The Roman Forum is massive and she explained it all so well. I highly recommend this to anyone who asks!

Rahul s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018


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