• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 130.10 View price calendar

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See the secrets of the Colosseum on this small-group tour that takes you into the amphitheater’s underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll skip the Colosseum’s long entrance line with priority admission, heading straight inside to see where wild animals were once held and stand where gladiators once stood. Then explore Palatine Hill and the ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.


  • 3.5-hour tour of the Colosseum and the highlights of Ancient Rome
  • Skip the lines with priority entry to the Colosseum
  • Enjoy an all-access tour of the Colosseum, including places normally prohibited to visitors
  • Stroll up Palatine Hill and see where Rome’s wealthiest inhabitants once lived
  • Discover the many highlights of the Roman Forum, including the Arch of Titus
  • Small-group tour limited to six people provides a more personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide

What You Can Expect

Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

Explore the fascinating underground passageways in the Colosseum

After meeting your guide at the Colosseum Metro Station, head to the ancient amphitheater, Rome’s most legendary landmark. Cruise past the entrance queue with your skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to waste no time inside this Roman icon, where gladiator battles once entertained more than 50,000 spectators.

With your guide, start your tour on the underground level, which is only open to a limited number of visitors each day. Walk through the maze of subterranean chambers to see where fierce animals were once caged, and listen to stories from your guide about the gruesome gladiator battles. Then walk up to the arena level, and follow your guide into the area where the battles were fought, instead of tracing the edge, as most visitors do. Tread lightly over pieces of the original floor as you look below through the gaps.

Then exit the Colosseum, taking a short break before continuing your tour with a walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Wander through pine trees while learning from your guide about Ancient Rome’s origins, and see where the wealthiest Romans used to live.

Next, head down into the Roman Forum, following your guide around the ruins that once made up the city’s political and commercial heart. Hear about structures like the Arch of Titus and the Senate before your tour ends here, where you have the chance to stay longer, if you wish.

Customer Reviews

Ken W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Had a group of Six - David was our guide. Absolutely best tour We've taken from Viator because of David. Very knowledgable, funny, great source of information. Would highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

A must do when traveling to Rome! The tour was excellent. Our tour guide, Thomas, was extremely knowledgeable about the different sites we visited, fielding tons of questions from our group of 6. With his archaeological background, he was able to provide his own interesting perspectives on the different aspects of the histories of the sites. I would recommend spending the little extra to see the Underground and go on the actual floor of the Colosseum. I would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Great bus service with good drop of points and air con - which was very appreciated in hot July

Marie V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Luca was excellent, very knowledgeable, very friendly. We could feel his passion for Roman ancient history and he was a pleasure to interact with.Highly recommended

PT United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Excellent tour, excellent tour guide! The best tour we had in Rome, more expensive but worth the money. Would highly recommend!

Kurt L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Our guide Marcello, was well informed, energetic and devoted to our group getting a grasp of 3k years of history. In 4+ hours we covered Colessium , Palantino Hill and Forum. Marcello was mindful of keeping us in the shade where possible and kept hydrated and bathroom breaks along the way. He was accommodative of our questions and photo requests. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

8:20 am tour. Great tour with an informative, interesting tour guide. We were very glad we had the opportunity to see the lower levels of the colosseum. Amet, our tour guide, did an excellent job explaining what the games were like at that time including the types of people attending and how they fit into society, the participants in the games and what the areas of the underground were used for. Unlike some of the other reviews on this tour, we had plenty of time in the underground area and did not feel cramped by other tours being held at the same time. Our tour continued through the Forum and Amet's descriptions of the times and the individuals involved were very informative. I would definitely book with this tour group again and pick the small group option..


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Amazing. Exclusive. Easy! Beautiful view of the Coloseum from above and below. Easy skip the line acces. And the view of the forum was amaizing as well. Our small group was led by Jade who was wonderful. Full of information and very easy to talk to. The 6 person group made it easy to ask questions and take pictures. Jade decided to take us up palatine hill instead of going through the forums and this offered a great view of palatine hill, circus Maximus, and an overview of the forums. I would do this tour again in a heart beat! If you are looking for a tour look no further.

Joshua G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Cecilia was knowledgeable and lovely, and kept the tour detailed enough to satisfy the history-geek parents and still interesting enough to keep our 3 teenagers engaged. The underground part of the Colosseum is extraordinary.

Adam F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our guide, Sergio, was a true gem and showed us a lovely afternoon through the Colosseum and Roman Ruins. We had a small group, only 4 of us, so we really got to know everyone well and it made for a more personal experience. The views were absolutely out of this world - plus some of the historical nuggets we learned made this an a one of a kind tour! The underground portion of the Colosseum is too cool - a must see!

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