• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 141.22 View price calendar

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Go beneath Rome's Colosseum for a 4-hour, underground tour of the largest amphitheater ever built. Step into the darkened chambers where gladiators prepared to meet their match in the arena, and see a recreated timber elevator that shows how animals were lifted up toward the spotlight. Then set out to visit both the nearby Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, Rome's centermost hill and one of its most ancient parts.


  • 4-hour tour of the Colosseum's mysterious underground chambers
  • See where gladiators and wild animals prepared for action
  • Take a walk through Roman political intrigue on a tour of the Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground

Arena Floor

Customer Reviews

Delphinia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This guided tour for 4 hours which also included the Forum, was so well worth the cost! Don’t think twice... do it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

You can’t go wrong with this tour. Julia was a wonderful guide. Lots of interesting information and fascinating facts. In addition we saw the Roman Forum and Imperial Palace.

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

It was an excellent tour with excellent and very knowledgeable guides who spoke perfect English.We had two different guides, one for the top of the Colosseum and the other one for the inner/lower part. It broke up the tour a little because my kids (8 and 12 years old) started getting a little restless. While we were in the top part of the Colosseum there was also a third person who ensured nobody got left behind. All of us had our individual headset to hear our guide speak which was perfect!

James R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

AWESOME!!! Was able to view the Colosseum main level and the underground. Seeing the underground tunnels and the areas where the animals and gladiators were housed was amazing. Gives you a new perspective on how things were back then. The Coloseum is a masterpiece and I highly recommend that you do the underground tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was a little long for the teens in our group. We toured the Forum first and the teens were bored waiting for the underground. It was worth the wait. Great tour lots of history. Our guide was great. I would recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our family of 4, including 2 teenagers took this tour and it was amazing! Our tour guide, Francesca was so informative and very funny. She went out of her way to take care of us during the tour and even after by suggesting good restaurants to try near where the tour ended. Seeing the underground of the Colosseum was so incredible, it was worth the extra money to get that experience.

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We only booked one guided tour on our recent two-week trip to Italy, and it was this one. Our goal was to have access tot he Colosseum Underground, but we got so much more from the tour than just that.

Our guide, Francesca, was engaged the entire four hours with the group as we explored the Forum and Colosseum. She answered questions and kept everyone's interest going, without letting anybody monopolize the group's time or her focus. She brought an excellent perspective and her passion for the subject matter was on obvious display.

Booking a long tour like this is a costly investment in both time and money -- but we were very glad we did.

Wendy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Alessia was totally awesome! I couldn't believe our luck to get a tour guide with this type of background. She was so knowledgeable in the areas that were pertinent to this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This was fascinating, even though it overlapped with an earlier Colosseum tour I had taken. The tour guide was easy to understand, and explained things I hadn't heard previously. And seeing the underground added a tremendous dimension to the Colosseum! I enjoy back-stage tours in theaters and plays, and this didn't disappoint. I would only warn: there is overlap with other Colosseum tours.

Nick A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Of the nearly 10,000 visitors per day to the Colosseum, only about 500 get to go under the stage to where the gladiators actually entered the arena. It is almost impossible to book tickets yourself as they sell out in seconds. So - booking a tour like this one is your next best option. But as you can imagine - this tour sells out quickly, so book as far in advance as you can. You won't be disappointed. After our thorough tour of the Colosseum, our guide took us across the way to an equally interesting tour of the Palestine Hill and Roman Forum. Wow! I can't believe how much they covered in one tour. Well worth the price. My one warning is be sure you're up for a lot of walking. Wear good shoes, bring water, and be aware of the weather - it rained on us a bit. Luckily, there are street venders everywhere that can sell you water, hats, umbrellas, and just about anything you could need. According to my Fit Bit, we walked about 4.5 miles on this tour. And went up 19 flights of stairs.

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