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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 September 2016

Great tour and guide extremely knowledgeable.

Laura N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

great tour

Jeanne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent. I have been to the Colosseum before but never did the underground before. Amazing and fascinating. I would highly recommend this tour.

Dennis M. G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was an excellent experience and the tour guide was also excellent. The only disappointment was having to leave the tour site early in order to get to the pick-up destination for our evening tour, which was a total disaster. see my comments about that tour Rome by Night Tour Including Dinner


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved, loved, loved it!!!!

Tim United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Good job by guides.

Maureen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The guide was outstanding ! She had her masters degree in archeology and she knew an amazing amount about the Colosseum and nearby ruins e.g., the Forum.
She lived in the US for 9 years, so her English was excellent.
The tour could not have been better.

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and made it sooo interesting! It was great seeing the underground and also having access to the top of the arena to enjoy the view with the crowds. A must for any visit to rome

Rachelle M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was very exciting, informative, and personal. We had an AMAZING time with our guide and truly learned a lot from our experience. I would recommend this tour and this guide to anyone who plans to travel to this area of Europe. The tour was well-worth the money, and I will definitely book this tour or a similar tour the next time I travel!

Carolyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely fantastic tour, you get to go behind, up, down the scene where the average person cannot do. Our guide Chiara was just amazing, her knowledge of the Colosseum and the history as well as her personality made this tour for our group. If yr coming to the Colosseum do this tour, for 3 hours..

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