• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Check out the Colosseum’s underground chambers and gladiator passageways on a tour of the sites that are normally off-limits to the general public. With a guide, you’ll also visit the arena floor to see where the gladiatorial action took place. The 3-hour experience ends with a tour of the Roman Forum, viewing temples and arches as you follow the footsteps of ancient senators and emperors. Numbers are limited to 24 people per group.


  • 3-hour tour of the Colosseum’s restricted access sites and the Roman Forum
  • Explore the underground chambers were wild animals were caged
  • Wander along the passages used by gladiators before the games
  • Visit the arena floor as you learn about bygone battles that took place there
  • Learn about Imperial-era life on a tour of the Roman Forum

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour

Third Tier View

Choose from a morning or afternoon start time when you book, then make your way to the start point near the Colosseum on Via dei Fori Imperiali.

A symbol of Ancient Rome, the impressive amphitheater is rich with history. Hear tales of the ancient gladiators who fought wild beasts to the delight of the bloodthirsty crowds, and learn about the cruelty and clemency of the emperors who presided over the games.

As you learn about the gladiatorial games, you’ll explore the areas that are normally off-limits to the general public. See the underground chambers where wild animals were kept in cages, and wander along the passageways that gladiators once paced along.

From the Colosseum, you’ll head into the heart of the Roman Forum to learn about daily life in ancient times. Amble around the temples and arches as you listen to tales of the politics and religion of Imperial Rome. Your tour then returns to the start point, finishing at 11:15am (morning tour) or 4:15pm (afternoon tour).

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Always a good idea to get out early and beat the crowds. We had two great guides, inside and outside the Coleseo. Beautiful walk through history at the Forum. Well worth the money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This tour did not miss a level!! it was a thorough Colosseum tour from bottom to top. The tour guide was entertaining and we loved ending the tour at the top of the colosseum with only a small number of other guest. The 4th floor is not open the the public. We were also excited it included the ticket to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that we could complete on our own.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Five stars for Jaber, four stars for for tour operator. Jaber was an incredible guide (has been leading tours over 40 years). Knows everything. Sharp, funny, etc... I wish the tour company would have told us we would not be able to go underground at the Colosseum (due to overnight rain) in the morning when I texted them. We did not find out until we arrived and that is why we paid the extra money.

Michael P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Really nice flow and had a lot fun facts to point out. Guide moved at the guests past and made sure all question got answered/


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Great experience although I would have preferred if the tour remained as a small group. Once we entered the Colosseum we were grouped with a much larger group for the underground tour with the archaeologist.

Timothy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Having access to the full tour of the Colosseum was definitely an exceptional experience. Our guide, from Tours of Rome, was very knowledgeable of the site in all respects. We went from the underground areas below the arena floor all the way to the highest levels of public access. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it.

MJ Nelson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our tour guide was a very cute, intelligent, energetic, and interesting young Italian gentleman. He made the tour even more interesting by showing illustrations of the ruins that he was discussing related to the Colosseum and the neighboring ruins. It was very interesting. This young man was a trooper because it was not easy being out in the heat on August 6, 2018 but he kept us all engaged until the end of the tour. He also spoke excellent English and was funny on top of that! Really excellent tour.

Mercedes N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

We booked a VIP private tour for no more than 24 people, about 10 days in advance. There days before tour co emailed saying we could not have the complete tour only BUT that they will try to accommodate us at a different time; they did were able to give us the whole tour including the new sections just opened 2018 at 11:45am which was scorching hot, but worth it. The organization, punctuality, knowledge and patience of the guides were fun and first class.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a small group tour that took us to the arena floor and underground the Colosseo as well as up to the second level, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum. After meeting our guide, Franz took us straight through the Colosseum without having to wait and once inside gave us the history behind it also showing us recreated pictures of how it would have looked in its prime as we walked through. Seeing the Colosseum from every level was great, especially the underground chambers and arena floor. Franz was an amazing guide - very friendly and knowledgeable and guided us through both sites without any hassles and spoke fluent English. Be prepared to do a lot of walking, it is best to book the morning tour as it gets scorching hot in the afternoon in the summer.

Emmanuil K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Value for money! Far better than all the tours my friends have experienced during their stay in Rome and visit to Colosseum. Mido, our guide, till the official monument guide took his place, was more than friendly! He explained everything!! Thanks Mido!

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