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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

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Roma, Italy
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

See the secrets of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum on this small-group. With your knowledgeable guide, skip the long entrance lines at each attraction. Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day and discover Palatine Hill and the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
  • Guided tour of the Colosseum and the highlights of ancient Rome
  • Skip the lines with priority entry to the Colosseum
  • Stroll up Palatine Hill and see where Rome’s wealthiest inhabitants once lived
  • Small-group tour limited to six people provides a more personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Walk on almost 2,000-year-old original floors, with special access to ancient tunnels and secret chambers.
After meeting your guide at the Colosseum Metro Station, head out to explore some of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Cruise past the entrance queues with your skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to waste no time inside these Roman icons.

At the Colosseum, 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.

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, where you have the chance to stay longer if you wish.

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Explore the incredible underbelly of the colosseum, walk onto the arena, and see the views from the first tier
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Explore the incredible ruins of the vast valley of the Roman Forum, the social, commercial and political centre of Ancient Rome!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Inclusive in your exploration of the Roman Forum, is a wonderful climb up the wonders of the Palatine hills, where you will marvel at some of the most grandiose imperial villas
Duration: 30 minutes
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Great tour!
Richard
, Apr 2020
This was a wonderful tour. The small group atmosphere worked well. The guide was very well versed and informative the history of the Colosseum and Roman ruins.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Dear Richard We're so pleased that you enjoyed your Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour and we thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. Having a great guide really makes all that history come alive! We're so happy that you had a great experience. Thanks once again for your nice review Angelo and Kristin
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A Remarkable Experience!
Jennifer_G
, Mar 2020
My sister and I really enjoyed our tour of the Colosseum with our guide Giulia on 3/6. She was interesting and very nice as well. She really knows her history. We learned so very much and had fun too. Loved the small group of 6 total. It was a remarkable experience. Thank you for taking such good care of us! Sending you our very best wishes from the US. We will be back.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour with Giulia and we thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We'll make sure to let Giulia know how much you appreciated her tour! We're looking forward to meeting with you again on your next trip and thank you once again. Angelo and Kristin
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Amazing
Kevin_B
, Mar 2020
It was absolutely amazing. Italy had closed the Colosseum due to the coronavirus so viator worked with us to still give us a breathtaking tour of rome. I 100% plan to return to Rome and get another tour with them and Julia is the best. She knew everything about Rome and answered all our questions.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Kevin Thank you so much for understanding the problem with the straordinary closure of the Colosseum and being able to just "go with the flow" with an alternative tour. We're so glad that you thought it was an enjoyable experience and we're particularly pleased to read that you plan to return to Rome when the 'dust has settled'. We'll look forward to seeing you again soon and thank you once again for taking the time to write. Angelo and Kristin
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Ancient Rome and Colloseum
Alexandra_D
, Mar 2020
Well worth the money. Our tour guide Giulia was friendly and accommodating from the get go and is just a fountain of knowledge. The sights itself were beautiful but what made it special was learning about the history behind them. Absolutely amazing experience!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We thank you for your great review and high rating of the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour you took with Giulia. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed being able to have Giulia explain the history of what you were seeing so that it would all make more sense to you. We'll be sure to let her know how much you appreciated her efforts. Thanks again Angelo and Kristin
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Colosseum
Charlotte_S
, Mar 2020
What a beautiful and great experience! Luca, our tour guide was more knowledgeable then any other tour guide we have encountered, this was our 3rd visit. I asked many questions and he answered every single one of them. He was lovely and friendly and it was an experience we will never forget. Definitely worth doing the smaller group tours, as i have done both. 10/10
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much, Charlotte, for your beautiful review and 10-out-of-10 rating of the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour with Luca. Comments that this was the best experience, coming from someone like yourself who has visited multiple times before, means the world to us. Being in a small group makes it so much more personal and easier for interaction with the guide and with what you are seeing. We're so pleased that you enjoyed. Thank you again Angelo and Kristin
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Awesome Experience
Jose_V
, Mar 2020
This small group tour was well worth the money and time. Our tour guide spoke English and was very informative. We learned so much during this tour. It was a very small group which was perfect.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Jose Many thanks for your nice review and high rating of the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the tour and that you especially liked the small group. Thank you again for your review Angelo and Kristin
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Deborah is a great, informative tour guide
Kristin
, Feb 2020
Our tour only had 6 people total so it was very intimate. Deborah, our guide, was AMAZING! She was so knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. I HIGHLY recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Kristin It's wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed Deborah as your guide for the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour. She is indeed a fantastic guide and it's an indication to her how much the group is engaged when there are lots of questions. So she undoubtably was very pleased. Thank you for your lovely review Angelo and Kristin
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Marco was awesome
Chamonix
, Feb 2020
Marco was awesome. Wealth of knowledge and kept our teenage kids engaged the whole time. Recommended
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
That your teenage kids were engaged and entertained for the whole tour is a fantastic compliment to our guide, Marco, and to how much fun he made your tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome area. We're thrilled and we thank you for writing such a nice review. Angelo and Kristin
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great tour
Jose_V
, Feb 2020
Great experience. Our guide was friendly, engaging, and extremely knowledgeable. She was engaging and showed us many depictions of illustrative reconstructions that allowed us to better imagine the original design of the various structures we visited. Would highly recommend. Skipping the long lines was a great plus as well.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Jose Many thanks for your positive review of the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour. It's great to know that our guide was able to share her knowledge and passion for ancient Rome in such a way as to make it come alive for you. Thank you once again and all best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Richard
, Feb 2020
Excellent small group tour with Giovana who explained Ancient Roman history very well and brought history to life
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Richard We love to hear the words "brought history to life" with regards to our Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour. We'll be sure to let Giovanna know how much you enjoyed and appreciated her tour. Thanks for taking the time to write Angelo and Kristin

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