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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.

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
  • 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

Roger S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We never saw the underground chambers because a huge storm ripped through Rome that day and flooded them. We were offered the opportunity to reschedule or get our money back but we decided our itinerary would not permit us to mis it so we went on the tour anyway. Our guide Halina came to the rescue. We toured the upper part of the Colloseum and then she improvised and took us out to Palatine Hill and the ruins of the palaces and Roman forum. Her knowledge was deep and I know because I studied Roman history. I even asked her a few questions I knew the answers to and she knew them to. In the end it was a great tour, rain and all. I was in awe as I walked into the palace of the Emporor Augustus and probably stood where he stood 2,000 years before.

cbtiley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was an excellent tour. Our guide, Selenia, holds advanced degrees and is very knowledgable regarding history and artifacts. She could answer any question and made the experience fun as well.

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A wonderful tour - the best way to fully experience the Colosseum from 3 levels. Our guide Vasco was everything you could hope for friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable.

Ann M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was probably the best tour we took in Rome. The underground chamber area and arena was fantastic.Our tour guides were awesome and very knowledgeable.

Tonya W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a fantastic tour. Monica was our guide. She is a historian and she had a lot of wonderful and interesting stories to tell. I have to admit that I didn't really think we'd get to skip the lines because I saw a lot of other skip the line tours online. I figured we'd still have a line with those other tours. But nope...a lot of the people at the entrances knew Monica, or she knew how to work the system, and we did not have to wait in line even once.

Be prepared to walk, and certainly don't wear heels. The ancient cobbled roads have grooves between the cobbles and heels would be a disaster.

Also be sure to go to the bathroom before the tour starts - there aren't any opportunities to go in the first 1.5-2 hours of the tour.

The underground tour is definitely worth the additional money. And the view from the high platform overlooking the forum was a fantastic opportunity for photos.

Overall, great tour and I'm super happy I booked it!

anthonymbrown1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Selinia was wonderful! This tour is a must as you literally walk by hundreds of people waiting in line. The access to the stage and underground made my 8 year old son's trip. We all loved it!

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Well worth the cost
Good to see the lower areas and gain a fuller understanding of Roman life and games

Marcus M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is THE tour to do if you want to see the Colosseum 'properly' - we went from the spaces below to the highest point and then everything in between. Amazing and very qualified guides. The Roma Forum and Palantine Hill is also fantastic - but remember to wear good walking shoes and take water and a snack. Its a long tour and the finishing point is not very close to cafes etc.

Alexandra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Awesome tour and very informative tour guide. Fabrizio was very knowledgeable and funny. The Colosseum was high on our must-see list and this was the best way to see it and learn about it. We were told by others who had been to Rome to do a tour and after having been there, I can understand why. Plus it's great to skip all of the long lines, which exist virtually all year long!

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour from top to bottom - both guides very good

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