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Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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

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Secure access to the underground chambers and arena floor
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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
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Gratuities
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.

Roman Forum , Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
  • 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 the fact that Colosseum Underground entry tickets can only be purchased using the full name of each passenger and cannot be modified or cancelled, no refund will be given for any tour cancellation once the tickets are purchased on the passengers’ behalf.
  • 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
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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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
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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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  • "There is a lot of walking on uneven ground and climbing of stairs so wear comfy shoes for sure." See review
  • "Take water and ensure you go to toilet before you start as it's quite a way into the tour before a toilet break." See review
  • "Take a water bottle and aome snacks as you will not get a chance to stop and get these." See review

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star-2
Quite unorganized
Wallace_C
, Aug 2022
There are lots of rules with going underground of the Colosseum but also tour guide is quite unorganized. Waiting at the entrance for 20 or more minutes as one of the families has issue entering. She dropped us at the entrance of going underground however meeting us at the exit of the Colosseum which we obviously have no idea how to get there and took us lots of time going back and forth to figure it out. Finally, got to the exit but guide is not there until we kept walking to the Roman Forum and came across the guide again by accident and she helped us to get in and get home as we are just exhausted.
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star-1
Very disappointed.
Donna_R
, Aug 2022
My husband and I were very disappointed. We arrived at the Colosseum at the proper time only to find out that there had been a mistake made by the company. Although my paperwork was correct, I was told that my name was missing on the paperwork so only my husband would be able to do the tour. Of course, this was not going to happen. I was told that I would be reimbursed in a number of weeks. I feel that we should have been given some more compensation from Viator as this was the second time during this trip that we were unable to take on of their tours.
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star-3
Speed demon tour guide.
Dee_I
, Aug 2022
The information on the tour was wonderful, however our tour guide walked extremely fast. We asked her several times to slow down and wait until we were closer to her to speak. Our whispers were getting interference from other guides and had a great deal of static.
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star-5
Very worth it!
Eric_S
, Aug 2022
Emmuella was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable, Fun and entertaining! She went out of her way to keep us in the shade and teach us the history of the colosseum.
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star-5
Great experience and well worth the price
Michael_S
, Jul 2022
Maria was a fantastic and knowledgeable guide for every part of the tour. She had a friendly and welcoming personality throughout our tour.
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star-3
Viator Tour
Kevin_M
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was pleasant and courteous. We had consistent trouble with the microphones and receivers. The meeting place was great and on time. I would suggest booking your own ticket which gives you your own schedule to explore and take pictures. The tour simply ended at the top of Palatine Hill.
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star-1
Heartbroken and disappointed
Kristi_K
, Jul 2022
Our tour time was changed to two hours prior to our original start time, therefore missing our tour. They said we were contacted and confirmed the change, but that was not the case. I was not informed. Now today we also missed our Vatican tour because we could not find our tour group at the meeting time and in the meeting place. All of the tour information operators were not able to help us because nothing in our booking states what company the booking was through. As a first time traveler to Rome who has spent a lot of money on these bookings, we are absolutely heartbroken. I’m extremely disappointed with the lack of information and communication we have been given.
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star-1
Disappointed…
Hughes3
, Jul 2022
Although directions for initial meet-up were very confusing, Underground tour was great. However, tour guide failed to give us separate tickets for the Forum. After we we were refused entrance to Forum we returned to Colosseum to find tickets/tour guide, but no use. So we departed. And, it was a long walk on a hot day.
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star-5
Great views
Tracy_M
, Jul 2022
Wonderful views down in the underground. We had a seamless experience and had opportunities to take pictures and learn about the history.
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star-3
Decent tour with knowledgeable guide
Jill_P
, Jul 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and nice. She spend a great deal of time on the architectural significance/background of what we were seeing. We would have preferred more about the uses of the buildings and the gladiator games (although in fairness, I’m sure she would have told us more if we asked). Also, our guide was not great at trying to get out of the blazing sun/heat.
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star-5
Super experience
Neni_G
, Jul 2022
Francesca was a super knowledgeable guide and always kept the group engaged. Loved that she kicked off with “keep an open imagination” as the Colosseum requires to fill the gap. Loved it and fully recommend. We had a hot day, recommend to take your water bottle. Starting with the tunnels was totally worth it.
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star-5
Amazing and worth every euro!
Lindsey_T
, Jul 2022
We had such a wonderful time! Maria was an amazing fountain of knowledge, and she answered all our questions so well. We really loved how she brought pictures and engaged with us and our children with such passion. It was our favorite tour so far. Well worth the money. Just make sure to go early in the morning to avoid the heat!
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star-3
Disappointing
Kelley_B
, Jul 2022
I was really disappointed in this tour. I have visited the Colosseum before and experienced an excellent underground tour that included a tour of the Roman Forum. This was the first booking I made for our three week vacation in London and Italy. I booked early so to get the earliest morning tour to beat the heat. The night before we were informed that our tour was pushed from 9 to 11. Once we arrived at the tour site, we were placed a group that was larger than 20. The tour was not small and intimate as advertised. While we did skip lines, we waited in the Colosseum for over 20 minutes to be assigned to a tour guide with a larger group. And to top off the whole thing, the tour guide wore a mask and because the microphone was inside the mask, there was constant static causing us to miss much of what she said. Also, we were sent to the Forum and Palatine Hill alone without any guide or information given. Then randomly today I received what amounts to an 11 dollar refund per person. It said a refund I had requested, but I had not requested it. This did confirm that our tour was not what we had signed up for however.
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star-1
Terrible
jacqueline_s
, Jul 2022
What can I say when we arrived waited 20 minutes in the heat to be told there was no tour then after another 10 minutes they said we could join a very large group just going on the upper tour no underground we were given no other choice and it was our last day .the guide was terrible not very informative and kept rushing ahead not giving any time to see things and not very knowledgeable .would not recommend city wounders
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star-4
Rome
holly_m
, Jun 2022
It was incredible to see the underground workings and hear the history of the Coliseum! It was a hot day so that was a little challenging but so worth it! We did not have a host to take us to the Forum area and I felt like there was a lot to learn there too.
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star-3
Great Tour Guide!
reneem_g
, Jun 2022
We originally booked a small group tour including the below level of the Colosseum but the tour guide did not show up. The tour company assigned us with another group whose tour guide was Fabio. Fabio was one of two really good tour guides we had on our trip to Italy. Fabio was accepting of the extra members to his group but more importantly he really knew a lot about the Colosseum and he showed us pictures of what it looked like in it's heyday and he pointed out areas below ground where the trap doors would be as well as many other facts about the Colosseum. Fabio made the tour worth it!
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star-1
BS(bait&switch)
Terry_J
, Jun 2022
This tour operator is worse I have experienced . They cancelled our underground Colosseum small group tour. Made us wait for three+ hours and put us with group of 30+ and no underground access. Very disappointed. They gave us partial refund but we never came close to experience we paid for. Avoid City Winders!!
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star-3
Great tour of the...
yadirahiraldo
, Jun 2022
Great tour of the coloseum underground with the archeologist. On the second part of the tour for the Palatine and Forum the guide was intimidated by the heat and just gave us an intro and left us on our own. I have done the tour before and the guide walked us through both areas and provided info. We paid for a guided tour and did not get it.
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star-1
Tour changed and cancelled with informing us
Thomas_C
, Jun 2022
The tour time was changed 4 days in advance from 330 pm to 12 pm which caused us to have to leave a little earlier than we wanted. We then arrived for 1145 am for check in and found out the tour guide never showed up so we had to go with a different tour company. Would give 0 stars if I could
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star-1
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.
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