• 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 January 2018

We were able to book the tour for the morning of New Year's Eve with just three days notice and the tour was great. Naturally it was near chaos outside but our guide just got us right through the crowd without any hassle. Professional guide, friendly and knowledgeable, wonderful experience!!!

C. V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Really amazing! Fantastic gide! Just fenomenal!

Angela A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Mido, our tour guide, is amazing and considerate. We had our tour in the rain and he was valiantly soldiering on. He offered to put us in another tour so we can maximise the experience. Luckily we were accommodated at a later date and all went well. The Colloseum tour was phenomenal as we are able to see all levels of the structure from the underground to the top floors.

Hayley T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The full tour of the Colosseum was absolutely a highlight of our trip!! From the underground chambers to the newly accessible 5th level, followed by a tour of the Forum. Both guides were very knowledgeable, and highly organized. We breezed by every line up despite it being one of the busier days. We would HIGHLY recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our tour guides were knowledgeable and able to navigate us through the most interesting parts of the ruins. Worth paying to see the underground workings of the colosseum which you can't see without a tour. I definitely recommend this tour.

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Really liked the smaller group tour-knowledgeable local tour guide who was fluent in English, friendly and engaging in QA discussions.

Bruce M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing!

Christopher I C M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Excellent intelligent and friendly guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We spent three weeks in Italy, and this tour was really exceptional. It certainly lived up to my expectations and then some! We were met by the guide and about 15 other tourists were present for this tour. It was an exceptionally crowded day, however, our guide quickly moved us through the throngs and we were able to spend our time quite well. The underground tour was a highlight, and the guide shared her thorough knowledge clearly and articulately. We also traveled up to the third level of the Colosseum for spectacular views. Spend the extra for this in-depth tour!

Stephen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent walking tour with access to the underground areas of the Colosseum, and also we were lucky enough to be there after the 5th level was opened up, so we were able to get to the top section for viewing, as well. Be prepared for a lot of walking and climbing, but worth the extra effort.

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