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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

Steve E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Is was a great tour!! Our tour guide was great and informative!!! It was so great that I will be taking this tour again with another son. It is a lot of walking. But worth it. When the tour is done you are able to tour the roman forum on your own. Highly recommend!!

Joel Ivan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We went at night the day before our tour as it was highly recommended. It was beautiful at night.
The next a.m. we went back and it was great to have a tour guide explain the history.
By the end of the tour, we were exhausted. But the tour itself was incredible. Definitely suggest this tour!
Be sure to eat some breakfast before your tour if you are signing up for a AM tour.
Also, you can take a water bottle - you'll have to dump it before entering but there are water fountains that which you can use to refill your bottle.

Rebecca S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

AMAZING! Super awesome to go to other areas with less people and amazing views, incredibly informative. 100 must do!

Dong B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A friend and I went on this and had Gigi as a guide. He was awesome, very dramatic very I enjoyed. If this is your first time at the Colosseum you NEED a tour guide and I would highly recommend Viator. The guides were knowledgeable and gave you enough time at each spot. You also need to go to the underground and top floor. This tour was worth every penny!!! Gigi I'm sure I spelled his name wrong was also awesome!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a great tour. We got to go into locked areas of the Colosseum. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a history lesson on Rome. Loved it!

Aisha F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Absolutely amazing! Seeing it on TV or in books doesn't even come close to the up close and personal in live person!
Our tour guide was great and very informative.

Marc R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing tour with the most knowledgeable guides. This tour cost a bit more but it was well worth it. We were able to see the underground tunnels and the top floor of the Colosseum. Amazing views from the top. The guides are excited to share what they know and work hard. This teacher gives it an A

Anthony J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

What a superb tour! Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Francesca our guide was excellent and full of knowledge. She obviously had an accent which we soon got use to her and her passion for giving us a great day were obvious to see. But probably our favourite part of the trip was going to the Underground Chambers and this is where an archeologist joins the party - you really could picture what is was like all those years ago. The tour is expensive but worth every penny if you ask me. I was trying to imagine what visiting the Colosseum would be like without the tour guides and I reckon it would take you half an hour.... we must have been in the venue for nearly three and it flew by!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing trip. Our tour guide, Francesca as i remember was excellent, knowledgeable and very honest


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Both tour guides inside and outside the Colosseum were excellent. They were able to provide the perfect amount of information so as not to overload the tourist brain. Be aware that there's quite a few stairs to negotiate, but the guides take it slowly so most people should be okay.

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