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Time3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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

Why Travelers Choose 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.
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.  


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, Oct 2018

the tour was as informative as you could expect. The meeting point was easy to find and the check in process was simple. The second guide inside the Colosseum seemed to run out of information to fill up our allotted time. Going "underground" did not provide any new insights to this tour that were not explainable from the arena floor. The Forum and Palatine Hill are expansive, the tour cannot possibly show you everything. Make time to explore a little on your own after. Our guide Barbara, an archeologist, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about every inch the site.

, Oct 2018

Very expensive tour but worth it our guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the history lesson. Good tour

, Oct 2018

This is the tour I would suggest for the colosseum as you get a great archeologist to give the tour underground and they do a FANTASTIC job of bringing history to life. The guide also did a great job at both Palentine and the forum - worth every penny. Definitely not to be missed.

, Oct 2018

This was a good tour, very interesting and much information especially the underground part. Gave me an understanding of what it would have been like for the gladiators and animals etc.
It was exceptionally hot on the day we went and very very crowded but I expected the crowds. My only hesitation in not giving 5 stars was I felt the whole tour was a little too lengthy and almost the whole group were flagging towards the end and ready to go.

, Oct 2018

Wonderful tour full of history. Emiliano was an excellent tour guide as was the guide that showed us the Colosseum. Fantastic! Would have liked to go at 9am instead of them changing it to 11am and would have liked to walk on the actual Colosseum floor which was closed that day but overal a fantastic tour. Highly recommended!

, Sep 2018

Great tour with a tremendous amount of information. Worth the time and money to go underground and to the very top of the colosseum. Note to those not in great shape; there is a lot of stairs, standing, and waiting. Bring a protein or snack bar and some water- it’s a 4 hour tour. Worth every minute and we actually had 2 amazing historians take us back in time. Book early and in advance. The meeting place is very easy to find. This is a wonderful tour.

, Sep 2018

This tour is amazing and worth every penny! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and so much fun to learn from. An extraordinarily experience that I highly recommmend!

, Sep 2018

This is difficult to review.... We had 2 guides. 1 for the Colosseum and 1 for the Forum. I would rate the Colosseum tour as a 1 star. I felt like she spoke just enough English to memorize a script, but beyond that she used pictures from a book. The headsets would cut out and occasionally pick up other guides' signals. I wish I would've been able to casually slip into another tour group as they seemed excited about the information. Our guide was just going through the motions.

Our 2nd guide did the Forum and she was more interactive. She had a lot of ground to cover but did her best to make it informative along the way.

To do it over again, I would've booked separate tours. 3 hours initially sounds great, but unless your guide is amazing, it is a long time to be walking around.

, Sep 2018

This tour was worth the extra money! Our guide was Emmanuela and she was amazing! She added to the tour with stories, history, humor, and was a great tour guide. The climb to the top had breathtaking views. Highly recommend this tour!

, Sep 2018

A most informative and well guided tour. Very interesting to the Roman Ancient buildings and ruins. The Coliseum tour...the lower to the upper levels were the best and the guides were excellant in explaining the importance ruins and its purpose.

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