• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 114.78 View price calendar

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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.


  • 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

Colosseum Underground
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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

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Guides were experts and gave endless historical information on this magnificent tour. They were courteous and clear in their communications. A must do.

Anne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and made the visit extremely worth while. Area's were pointed out that otherwise would not have been known. Totally recommend this tour

Yma R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This a a wow of s tour. Visiting during the evening afforded us less crowds and more time to muse. Love this tour!

Gillian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Loved the tour, make sure you take water with you and an umbrella/hat for shade if it is a hot day. We were lucky we got head up from a friend that had already previously done this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Was great. We were the first tour of the day so we were able to have access to the top floor, which has just about the best view in Rome.

Maria H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My guide was very informative and we saw most of the important places of colosseum... would of loved to of done our Pompeii tour but no one showed up for tour. I was told it was at 8:30 am. But when I called they said it was a 2:00 pm. Not according to my voucher... sad I missed it...

Cheryl L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The Rome guy was super knowledgeable and funny


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had a great time on this tour. Our guide, Jaber, kept us well informed and we never felt that the tour was rushed. He shared a great deal of information about the history of Palentine and the Forum, and gave us plenty of time for pictures. For the Colosseum portion of the tour, he turned us over to a different guide who was absolutely fantastic. Highly highly recommended.

Ovilio S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had two tour guides, and both were great. It's hot during July so bring lots of water. Vendors are pushie at times, but all in all, what a great experience! Plan on returning!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I am so happy we took this tour. The Colosseum is amazing, this tour gave us access to areas that are not open to the public and we had two separate tour guides. We had a special tour guide for inside the Colosseum, her English was impeccable and she really loved her work, she knew so much about the history and the 'inner' workings. Our tour group was great, good questions, and great answers. Our original tour guide, Rosario (?) then took us outside the Colosseum to the Palatine where she explained the history and pointed out very interesting tidbits. This tour was so full of information, I would recommend this tour and probably would do it again some day.

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