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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

Murray F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great experience with an excellent and knowledgeable guide who really added a lot of information to the colosseum, forum and palantine. Access to the restricted areas also means you can avoid a lot of the crowds inside the colosseum.

Helen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

brilliant , our guide was very knowledgeable and took time to answer questions. would highly recommend booking the small group tours


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016


Jessica H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing! We went for the morning tour, which was good as we missed the midday sun. Take a jacket with you, as the underground is cold in the early morning. The guides were well versed on history and were very friendly. We're glad we went for the tour with the underground and upper tier, as we were granted access to areas you wouldn't normally see, and get fantastic views. We avoided massive queues - which is always a bonus. Would highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent and well worth it. A word to the wise, go on this tour early. We opted for the first time slot available 8:30am and it is the only way to see it. The later in the day the more crowded this location becomes.

Connie I Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent and informative. Was great to see all tiers of the Colosseum in small group! Highly recommend to do this.

carolyn w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

what can we say...the high point of our trip!!! ...well worth the extra money to view the underground chambers with our brilliant and very informed guide who told us tales of life in the underbelly of the Colosseum... The view from the top was spectacular and well worth the VERY steep and plentiful steps to get there!... A trip to Rome is not complete without this and the sheer size of it really blows you away when you see it....

Torben C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a must do tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Make sure you book the tour that includes the underground tour of the Colosseum! This is well worth it! Our guides were very knowledgeable, they tag teamed different parts of the tour. Both were excellent. We learned so much about the colosseum and the history of Palatine Hill. Be prepared for a lot of walking and stairs and our guides made sure to alert people ahead of time. It was appreciated that they let people know ahead of time how long until the next bathroom break and where the available bathrooms were located because sometimes they are few and far between! Excellent.

Janet United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour of the Colosseium and Palatine Hills. Don't miss this!

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