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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED

Roma, Italy
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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.

What's Included

  • Tour in a Safe and Small Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED!
  • Climb down inside the Underground and walk onto the Arena of the Colosseum
  • Enjoy a friendly and professional Local Expert Guide
  • Skip the long lines!
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Piazza del Colosseo, 21, Piazza del Colosseo, 21, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    In front of the SOS sign outside of the Colosseum's Metro Station's MAIN ENTRANCE, ground floor, right across the street from the Colosseum itself. Please note that there are two levels to the Colosseum Metro Station, your meeting point is at ground level. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

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.


In this awe-inspiring tour you will explore the incredible underbelly of the colosseum, navigating through and exploring its cells, elaborate elevator systems and underground water conduits! Then, walk onto the Arena and see the Colosseum from the same perspective as the gladiators themselves! Imagine hearing the roar of the giant crowds that the gladiators heard as they prepared for battle and learn all about the various types of festivities and games the roman enjoyed! Finally, climb up the first tier and gasp at picture perfect views of this incredible amphitheater. This tour grants exclusive access to the must see restricted areas of the underground and arena, so be sure not to miss out and book in advance!

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


Roman Forum

Explore the incredible ruins of the vast valley of the Roman Forum, the social, commercial and political centre of Ancient Rome! See the beautiful remains of the Imperial Villas on the Palatine Hill, and enjoy the gorgeous views of the valley of the Roman Forum from the top. Then, climb down to walk on the very streets the Roman used, seeing highlights such as the temple to the Vestal Virgins, the Basilica di Massenzio, the Roman Senate, and the memorial to Julius Caesar, amongst many more.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult
  • Proof-of-age for teenagers under 18 years is required
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only small bags are allowed. Glass bottles and containers are also not allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum
  • Due to extreme weather conditions, the Colosseum Administration may limit access to some or all of the restricted areas (Colosseum, Arena Level and Third Tier), to ensure security of its visitors. No refund will be granted on these rare occasions
  • UNDERGROUND AND ARENA: The access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum (Underground and Arena) may be shared among other participants in the our exclusive entry slot. At times, for safety reasons, logistics and traffic control, the group may be led by one guide. This choice is at the complete discretion of the Colosseum's administration and security policy of that day in accordance to adequate safety measures. Please be aware that this is only for 30/40 minutes of the total duration of the tour. Our max 6 people policy is guaranteed for the remainder of the duration of the tour.
  • GENERAL ENTRY:Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors. Please be on time!
  • English Language Only
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by LivTours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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 and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED?

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

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips

Be prepared for a lot of walking and hills as the Ancient Rome part of this tour is all uphill - not for those who have a difficult time with stairs.
There is an elevator at the Colosseum should you have issues with stairs, However, Palantine Hill is a LOT of stairs, probably about 8 flights up a hill.
Small group the ideal way to visit the colosseum, trying to visit with 40 plus is not an option.
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Laughing and learning about Ancient Rome
Alexander_W, May 2022
Marco was an amazing tour guide. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable on Ancient Rome but also very funny and provided lots of recommendations for eating and drinking in Rome.
Best guided tour ever
LinnMaria_L, May 2022
It was absolutly an informative guidede tour, with a small group of 6 People, and a great guide called Dennis. Would recommend this to everyone!
Coliseum and forum tour
Patricia_w, May 2022
Best informative tour we have had. Our guide sabrina was brilliant. Having only 6 in the group ment we could hear our guide and ask questions. You really get the full experience . Then went onto the forum. Excellent tour.
Ask for Dennis, he's the best!!
Glenn_F, May 2022
Dennis was amazing!! all knowledge in his head with no referring to notes etc. Answered all questions and delivered further details that enhanced the experience even further. He is so knowledgeable about Rome in general that was able to relate different aspects that were linked to the Colosseum and more than capable of being the tour guide at other monuments. He was very polite with a good sense of humour and an absolute pleasure to spend our tour with.
Good tour
Meryl_L, May 2022
Overall very good tour, our guide truly knowledgeable. It was a very hot day so The Forum & Palatine Hill we found our guide walked a little too fast and we missed certain things she covered. Still not to be missed.
Guilin was great!
Brooke_S, May 2022
Guila was a great guide and answered so many questions for us. She was very thorough and informative. We even toured the underground of the colosseum. What a great experience.
Awesome Experience
Laurel_W, May 2022
Serena was amazing! She arranged for Vikram to have the opportunity to propose to Lindsey on the area floor and made our whole time at the Coloseum perfect! Memory of a lifetime! It couldn't have gone better!
Exceptional Guide
Steven_P, May 2022
Davide from livtours did a great job as our guide, very informative & knowledgable. Best way to see the Colosseum by far
Worth every penny
Elizabeth_J, May 2022
Luca was a Roman local and shared so much interesting information with us. Top notch guide. Tour size was perfect. Easy to get around and easy to hear the guide. Underground was recently opened and is a must see. Worth every penny. This tour was the highlight of the trip.
A thorough and informative tour
MaryAnn_S, May 2022
Our tour guide, Denis (from Liv Tours) was so knowledgeable (answering all our questions), as well as thoughtful of our physical abilities in managing all the walking and stairs. His pride of Rome and it's history (and the Latin phrases) made the tour very interesting and exciting.
Definitely a must see
betsy_j, May 2022
Definitely recommend this tour, the! Our tour guide was awesome, probably the best out of all our tours we did on our trip. The underground part was mind blowing and definitely a must see. Only bummer was our tour didnt include a stop to the gift shop inside. We had to purchase day tickets again from the Colleseum to visit the shop, but it was worth seeing again. Would definitely recommend this tour.
Best tour od Colosseum
Deb_P, May 2022
The underground experience was so enlightening. Julia was such a good guide. She was very knowledgeable.
Great experience!
Marisa_L, May 2022
Wonderful time, great tour guide! Enjoyed the knowledge and all the information from the guide! Very informative.
Take this tour if you value convenience and a great experience.
Jasmin_H, May 2022
We toured with Serena, and she was amazing! So knowledgeable and welcoming. It was great having a small group where everyone could keep up. And the fact that we got to easily travel through the underground of the Colosseum through the Forum was amazing. Definitely recommend this tour!! Worth it for the experience and the convenience since you also get to pass through a lot of gates that are blocked off for the general public.
Roman History Comes to Life
Richard_P, May 2022
Our guide was terrific...knowledgeable, entertaining and fun she made Roman history come to life. I've done tours of this area before and this was by far the best experience. Thank you.
Informative and fun
therohrers6, May 2022
Maria Elena was a wonderful tour guide. She’s an archeologist so had a lot of information to share. It was quite warm the day we went and she was very conscientious about stopping in shady areas and making sure our water bottles were filled. Loved doing the underground- so interesting and they had a lot more of it open than when I was there in 2016.
Amazing experience
Diana_L, May 2022
It was just perfect . Our tour girl was knowledge , fun and really really nice. Highly recommended, it made the experience extra especial
On time very good tour...
Vanessa_H, May 2022
On time very good tour very friendly not rushed .would recommend to anyone thinking of doing it with this company
Wow a private tour makes a difference when dealing with crowds at the Colosseum
Jackie_R, May 2022
Ferdinand is a gem of a tour guide passionate about ancient history and incredibly well informed. You brought history to life....we appreciated the depth of his knowledge. It was a great great tour thank you
Amazing experience
Caitlin_A, May 2022
We had an amazing time during the tour. Our guide was highly professional and very knowledgeable. We will definitely be booking another tour when we come back.


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