• 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

Jodi T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the Colosseum and Forum. Answered all questions. This was the highlights of our trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

One of the best tours of our trip. Our tour guides both were very knowledgeable and supportive. We all were very interested and really enjoyed our time there. It is your must see, so do not hesitate, just book this tour, you will enjoy it as we did. Viator, thank you!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This was a small group tour that took us onto the arena floor and underneath the Colosseum as well as up to the second tier, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum. After meeting our guide, Tido, he took us straight through into 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 amazing, especially the underground chambers and arena floor. Tido was an amazing guide - very friendly and knowledgeable and guided us through both sites without any hassles and spoke english fluently. i would highly recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Our tour was well organized and punctual. I can't recall the tour guide's name, but he was very knowledgeable about the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We did a morning tour before the mid-day heat. By 9:30 AM, the Colosseum was at full capacity and the lines to get in were incredibly long. It was an expensive tour, but worth it to be able to skip all the lines. The guide did a great job of keeping us away from the street vendors, who are a bit aggressive. The website is not totally accurate about some of the restricted items: you can bring a normal sized backpack, you can bring a selfie stick, and you can bring water and food.

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was very informative and very understandable. Would highly recommend, gets a little cold underground, a light sweater might be advisable to bring

Karen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Although there was a Marathon being run at the Colosseum this day and the metro and areas surrounding the Colosseum closed, our tour guide was very clear where to meet and we had no trouble finding him. Our tour guide Miro was fantastic. Our skip-the-line tour took us past the crowds and into the underground beneath the Colosseum. it was very quiet down there and at some points we were the only ones around and got great Colosseum pictures. After the Colosseum we went to the Forum ruins and learned a ton. I had been there 10 years ago and learned so much more this time around. Miro was great!

Joel A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our tour of the Colosseum was fantastic. Our guide was Mino, and I can't say enough to properly compliment him. He really did a fine job. As it was the Monday after Easter, the lines were crazy. However, we didn't wait for a thing. Right through a special turnstile, and into the Colosseum. Mino was well prepared, and spoke continually, educating us on what, exactly, we were looking at. You can miss a lot. We also had ample time to take photographs. We also had a short tour of the Forum, which was equally interesting.

At the end of the tour, Mino left us inside the Colosseum. This was great as we could stay as long as we liked. For my money, this is the only way to see the Colosseum. A great tour with a great guide. Well Done Viator.

Ade United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent Tour - really really good - we did the whole Colosseum Underground, Floor and all 4 floor above - amazing.

Skip the line was a problem on he day we went - we ended up queueing for 45 minutes to get in - once in all good.

Guide was brilliant


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our tour guide was great and on time. Gave us the time to take pictures and provided us useful info. The underground and additional floors not open to the public was a must do.

Wayne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We had the best tour guides. He did amazing guide throughout the ancient city and she did amazing underground and the 4th and 5th level above. . Would highly recommend the underground tour.

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