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Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor Access Guided Tour & Roman Forum

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Roma, Italy
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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. Get 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.
  • 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
  • Enjoy the view from the 3rd tier (when option is selected)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See the 3rd tier and secure access to the underground chambers and arena floor.
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.  
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Begin your tour of Rome’s most iconic monument with Skip-the-Line access directly through the Gladiator’s Gate. Once the main exit for defeated contenders, this special entrance leads you directly to the parts of the Colosseum most tourists don’t get to see. Your first stop is the Colosseum Underground – the backstage area where gladiators prepared for battle. Here, your expert, English-speaking guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to let you imagine the space as it once was. Scenery and caged wild animals stood ready to be hoisted into the arena by ingenious pulleys. You’ll practically feel the gladiators’ tense anticipation and hear the roar of the blood-thirsty crowd. Then, walk in the gladiators’ footsteps on a partially reconstructed arena stage – a unique and amazing photo opportunity. And unlike the gladiators, you’ll get to ascend from the Arena Floor to the Colosseum’s second tier, where fans cheered the violent spectacles below.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
The next stop on the tour takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy a spectacular preview of your next destination: the Roman Forum.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
The Roman Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, were the heart of Ancient Rome. All of Roman life could be found in this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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What a Way to Run a Business !!
Bob_M
, May 2020
When my cruise was canceled these guys took my tour money and ran. When I did try to cancel it said all deals final which was not clearly stated up front.
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Global pandemic
Cynthia_R
, May 2020
Global pandemic but I still can’t get a refund? Ridiculous. Terrible company. I would expect more from Viator.
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need to pick someone besides city wonder tours
dissapointed
, Mar 2020
Wrong date was booked.... be careful and double check dates on the computer ... no refund given or credit for the date we did want to attend
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Walking, exploring and learning
Meike_M
, Mar 2020
Learned a lot. A bit of construction that inhibited our view but we can’t help that. Be ready to walk. Got a little tired at the end. But fascinating and good sites. Some stairs so if you have health issues, be aware. Our first tour and exciting. Great directions to the spot to met.
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Highly Recommended
Shelley_P
, Mar 2020
Excellent tour! Very informative and well conducted! The tour guides were very knowledgeable, and we enjoyed seeing both the Colosseum and the Forum!
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knowledgeable guide
santhi
, Feb 2020
Memorable experience Guide was knowledgeable, she could explain very well in English and could clear our doubts
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Ray
, Feb 2020
Tour guide was wonderful, Be advised it is a lot of area to cover in 3.5 hours so you will be moving quickly. But guide was great!
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Amazing Memories
DB_W
, Feb 2020
The special tour, underground with the arena floor with Sarah G was lots of fun. This was not our first trip to the Colosseum, but we learned many new things from his very knowledgeable guide. She worked very will with our kids, and even with difficult topics she made the conversation very interesting. I was so please with the tour, and several places she took an extra min to make it interactive from the 70 year old to the 9 year old in the group.
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Refund deserved for Coronavirus
Janelle_W
, Feb 2020
Unfortunately due to the CDC labeling travel to Italy a Level 3 threat and encouraging not to travel I had to cancel my whole trip. I would appreciate a refund from the obvious circumstances beyond my control.
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Amazing! Do this tour!!
Annick_v
, Feb 2020
Amazing tour! The guide knew everything about Rome and she was very enthousiastic. It was brilliant! Definitely take this tour, you will love it!!

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