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Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena

Roma, Italy
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From $106.25

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


On this small group tour of 20 people or fewer, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. Get 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.
  • 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
  • Visit the Roman Forum, walk up Palatine Hill and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus
  • Walk in the Gladiators' footsteps on the Arena floor

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Secure access to the underground chambers and arena floor

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer for an intimate tour experience
  • Skip-the-Line Access to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Special Skip-the-Line Access to Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor
  • Dedicated audio headsets so you don't miss a thing
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Largo Gaetana Agnesi, Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". If arriving by metro: Upon exiting the turnstiles of the metro, take an immediate right down the tiled hall to the escalator/stairs within the metro station.

Return Details

  • Roman Forum, Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: All participant names are required at the time of booking in order to enter the Colosseum. Every customer is required to carry a valid ID that matches the name on the ticket, or an entry will be refused. Name changes are not permitted once the booking is confirmed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid document with you on tour. Passengers who fail to provide a valid proof of identity will be denied entry.
  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Operated by City Wonders Ltd

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Traveler Tips

There is a lot of walking on uneven ground and climbing of stairs so wear comfy shoes for sure.
Take water and ensure you go to toilet before you start as it's quite a way into the tour before a toilet break.
Take a water bottle and aome snacks as you will not get a chance to stop and get these.
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No tour!!
Heather_C, Jun 2022
We were unable to go on tour. We arrived early, waited with no communicating with staff until time to go only to be told the guide was not available to take us. No other tour available of similar underground. Had to pay for another tour that did not have underground. Not refunded as of this review.
Wonderful experience
Vickie_M, Jun 2022
This was one of our favorite tours. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and easy to find. Loved walking around the underground gladiator area. They take you from the bottom of the arena all the way to the top. The forum is huge! Lots of walking, but well worth It!
Amazing experience! Paola is the best!!
Brittany_C, Jun 2022
Our guide Paola was INCREDIBLE! She shared so much interesting knowledge with us and made the whole tour fun, exciting, and memorable! Cannot sing her praises enough! The access to history on this tour is amazing, an absolute must do if you’re in Rome! Thank you so much Paola!
Nothing to say. I really...
Christopher_E, Jun 2022
Nothing to say. I really do not want to have to write something but Viator is bugging me to do this and I cannot get past all this just to get it done.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great time
Glenn_K, Jun 2022
Massive place alot bigger then pictures. The tour was great Paola was our tour guide and she was great very knowledgeable. She was great very friendly and loved answering questions about rome history.
Tickets not guaranteed
Gillian_H, Jun 2022
I booked this tour more than 2 months before our trip. I received regular communication which was good but 3 days before the scheduled event I received a text and e-mail that our tour had to be cancelled because the venue had not provided them with all the tickets they needed. (the person I had to talk to had a very dismissive “not our fault” attitude about it). We managed to rebook a different tour (without the underground) on a different day and our guide was lovely, but I will never book with this company again given they don’t seem to be able to actually guarantee that they can honor the tickets for the purchased event.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A Rocky Start
Lynne_F, Jun 2022
I made my reservation for the Colosseum underground tour through Viator in February, 2022. 3 days before the tour date, which was June 8th, I received an email and a text message from City Wonders Tours that my experience was being cancelled. I was offered the option of a different tour or a refund. I had problems contacting them via phone, but fortunately my hotel had a concierge who was able to reschedule it for the following day. Even after I rescheduled, I continued to get messages confirming my original date, along with links for my tickets. Although I got a confirmation email for the new date/time, I never received new tickets. I tried emailing the day before and never got a response from them. We showed up at the appointed time, hoping everything had been arranged, and I was happy to find that my name was on the list. This seemed unnecessarily stressful and we never found out the reason why our tour had been cancelled in the first place. We did not get to do the underground experience. My refund for the shorter tour has not yet been completed. That being said, our tour guide, Vasco, was excellent! So knowledgeable about Roman history, full of fun stories, very personable and kind, and spoke excellent English, which we appreciated.
Unable to cancel do to COVID-19
Ellen_P, Jun 2022
We called Viator and tried to canceled our reservation because one of our party got Covid. We were told to go to the tour anyway! Finally we spoke to the vendor because your Viator company would not cancel or refund us. We were told we were getting a full refund from the company hosting the tour in Rome. We still don’t have this. We have used Viator for many other tours, however this experience was a negative for you.
Excellent tour guide, gives the best recommendation
Lotte_K, Jun 2022
Our tour guide "PG" was excellent and did really know his stuff. The Coloseum tour (down under) was very intersting and the history was told so the hole family can remember it after the trip. Palantine and Forum Romanom was also very good and the pictures brought make it very easy to imagine how it have looked back in time. My best recommendation to this tour guide.
Unclear designation
Shelly_W, Jun 2022
Unfortunately the meeting place for the tour was not clearly on the ticket and we didn’t have a sufficient signal to find the tour beginning. We were too late to join the tour when we finally found them the tour operator, Windy City (Emiliano) was kind enough to give us 6 tickets for a later time but 2 of us had to miss the tour of the Colosseum all together. For English speakers it would be helpful to have the meeting location be more clear.
Amazing Colosseum Tour
Rylie_B, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Dave, was amazing and attentive! It was easy to tell that he is really knowledgeable and passionate about ancient Roman culture.
Where's My Tour?
Vincent_C, Jun 2022
When I say that Viator screwed this up it is no exaggeration. I had been planning this trip for months and arrived prior at the designated location fifteen minutes prior to departure. There was several other tour agencies but no Viator or their local representatives. After a few minutes I asked one of the other tour operators and they said that my tour was cancelled. Neither Viator or their local representative contacted me about the cancellation or make any effort to book an alternative tour. I was left high and dry. After asking the many tour operators if they had space for several additional tourists I found one and paid a premium. Based on my experience I would avoid Viator. A more reputable organization would have promptly contacted me as to the cancellation and made an effort to book my tour with another of the many local tour operators. Individuals plan these European vacations months in advance and book this tours at the same time, and expect the tours to happen. There is no excuse for Viator to completely drop the ball on this
2 travelers found this review helpful
Best way to visit the Colosseum
Donna_R, May 2022
Our tour guide Jaber, was wonderful. We were a very small group of 5. The day was very hot approximately 97 degrees. He kept the pace manageable and tried to keep us in the shade which was much appreciated. He was incredibly knowledgeable and his information presented with context and humor. I highly recommend this tour. The skip the line was a lifesaver in this heat and I would be sure to pay the extra money.
Amazing sites and great guide
Lisa_C, May 2022
Great guide and amazing views! Doing the underground option is a must. I can’t imagine seeing the Colosseum without the skip the line.
Carlos_H, May 2022
Excelente tour very good guides and wonderful time . We will use Viator again highly recommend to travelers around the world
Anonymous, May 2022
Showed up 15 minutes early for our tour only to find out our guide cancelled. They tried to get us to come back at a later time, but this was our last day in Rome and wasn't possible, so they finally managed to fit us in another group, so instead of 10 p people or fewer, there was 17 of us. The colosseum portion was very interesting and our guide was very knowledgeable, but at the end just dumped us off. We all had to ask many employees where exactly the exit was to get out of the colosseum and then there was no guide for the Forum & Palatine Hill, which was indicated as part of the tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very informative
Holly_Z, May 2022
Great guide wonderful tour lots of steps very hot I have nothing else to say don’t know why I have to have 100 characters.
Get your tickets elsewhere
Cecivon_G, May 2022
The location to meet was difficult to find as they had no signs like the other companies did. When we finally were directed to their area of the plaza (by a different tour guide company no less), we were late and told that our tour group had already left to get in line for the coliseum. We were told we couldn't catch up to them. Then, when we asked for our tickets so we could enter on our own, we were told we couldn't have them as they were bought in a bundle. Luckily, after some back and forth, someone named Emiliano said he had extra tickets and would get us in. The coliseum part of the tour involves them getting you into the coliseum and then handing you over to the official Coliseum guide, where there is no guarantee of group size or command of English since it's the Coliseum that runs this. It appears (based on this experience and another tour we booked with them) that City Wonders is basically an intermediary ticket agent. Would not use this company again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Steve, May 2022
We appeared for this tour at the designated time and place only to informed by a representative of the tour company that the tour had been cancelled. The only explanation given was that the company had no guide to conduct the tour. No prior notice. No alternative options were provided. Very disappointing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great informative tour
Graciela_G, May 2022
Valerio our tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional! The highlight was being able to go to the underground level to walk in the steps of gladiators and slaves wtc. It was amazing and memorable.


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