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Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena

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Roma, Italy
Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

On this Colosseum underground tour, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. Get the rare chance to walk through the tunnels, stand where gladiators stood and enjoy a panoramic view. Then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to complete your tour of Rome’s top ancient sites.
  • Enjoy access to all areas of the Colosseum, including places normally off-limits
  • Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers and see where wild animals were caged
  • Visit the Roman Forum, walk up Palatine Hill and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus
  • Walk in the Gladiators' footsteps on the Arena floor
  • An intimate experience with semi-private groups of up 10 people or fewer

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Secure access to the underground chambers and arena floor
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Professional guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Skip-the-Line Access to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Dedicated audio headsets so you don't miss a thing
Special Skip-the-Line Access to Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor
Semi-private groups of 10 people or fewer
Food and drinks
Gratuities
  • Largo Gaetana Agnesi , Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    For Tours Departing Before 4:30PM - At Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". If arriving by metro: Upon exiting the turnstiles of the metro, take an immediate right down the tiled hall to the escalator/stairs within the metro station.

  • Trajan's Column , Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    IMPORTANT: The meeting point is not at the Colosseum. The tour starts on the platform directly in front of Trajan’s Column, located on Via dei Fori Imperiali next to Piazza Venezia. When standing right in front and facing the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, it’s directly to the left across the street.

  • Palatine Hill , Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
    Your tour starts outside the Colosseum, where you’ll meet your guide, a Roman history enthusiast, and skip the entrance line with your fast-track ticket.

    Inside, begin below ground to explore the Colosseum’s tunnels, chambers and pits. This section of the amphitheater is only open to a select number of visitors each day, so enjoy this exclusive chance to see more than most people do. While you walk through the underground passageways, listen to stories about the wild animals who were held down here and the Roman gladiators who prepared for their battles here.  

    Upon exiting the Colosseum, walk with your guide over to the Roman Forum, once the political heart of the city. Take in the sprawl of ancient ruins, and walk up Palatine Hill, once home to Ancient Rome’s wealthy residents, for a view of Circus Maximus, where chariot races took place. Your tour ends on Via Sacra, the main street of Ancient Rome that links the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.

    Please note: The order of sites visited may be reversed during your tour.  
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Colosseum
    Begin your tour of Rome’s most iconic monument with Skip-the-Line access directly through the Gladiator’s Gate. Once the main exit for defeated contenders, this special entrance leads you directly to the parts of the Colosseum most tourists don’t get to see. Your first stop is the Colosseum Underground – the backstage area where gladiators prepared for battle. Here, your expert, English-speaking guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to let you imagine the space as it once was. Scenery and caged wild animals stood ready to be hoisted into the arena by ingenious pulleys. You’ll practically feel the gladiators’ tense anticipation and hear the roar of the blood-thirsty crowd. Then, walk in the gladiators’ footsteps on a partially reconstructed arena stage – a unique and amazing photo opportunity. And unlike the gladiators, you’ll get to ascend from the Arena Floor to the Colosseum’s second tier, where fans cheered the violent spectacles below.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Palatine Hill
    The next stop on the tour takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy a spectacular preview of your next destination: the Roman Forum.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Roman Forum
    The Roman Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, were the heart of Ancient Rome. All of Roman life could be found in this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • WE ARE UANBLE TO ACCOMMODATE GUEST BELOW 6 YEARS OLD DUE TO VENUE SECURITY REASON FOR TOUR AFTER 5PM
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid document with you on tour. Passengers who fail to provide a valid proof of identity will be denied entry.
    • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    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 Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena?
    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
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "There is a lot of walking on uneven ground and climbing of stairs so wear comfy shoes for sure." See review
    • "Take water and ensure you go to toilet before you start as it's quite a way into the tour before a toilet break." See review
    • "Take a water bottle and aome snacks as you will not get a chance to stop and get these." See review

    Reviews

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    star-5
    Incredible slice of...
    Doug_C
    , Oct 2021
    Incredible slice of history! Amazing to see it so up cliae a d personal. Elizabetta was a fantastic guide. She really made the history come alive for us.
    star-5
    Great experience
    Gail_H
    , Oct 2021
    It was a rainy morning - yet, most memorable due to the great service of our guide. He was very informative and we enjoyed the experience. Definitely recommend!
    star-1
    Bad Business Decisions
    Eric_M
    , Oct 2021
    Our vacation was cancelled about 6 weeks ago, by the tour operator, due to not enough participants being vaccinated. This group refused a refund, even though we had no choice in the cancelation. They hid behind their policy. They even wanted us to let them know if we were definitely not able to attend so that they could re-sell our spots and double their money.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    A Must Do In Rome
    DJ_W
    , Oct 2021
    This is the second time I have done this tour and would recommend it to anyone coming to Rome. It’s with the extra money to visit the underground and the viewing platform and to have the guide. Christina did and excellent job and we gained so much knowledge and understanding of the history of the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. My only suggestion would be to walk through the forum before heading to the Colosseum.
    star-4
    Great Underground Colosseum + Tour
    Monique_M
    , Oct 2021
    Davida was awesome. He was fun, knowledgeable and personable! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
    star-5
    I would certainly take another tour with Vasco. He is an expert on Roman history.
    Marina_F
    , Oct 2021
    Vasco was a wonderful guide. He shared so much historical information surrounding the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. He was extremely knowledgeable. He often asked us to picture ourselves at that time in history with all the people and how they lived. His storytelling made the tour come alive.
    star-5
    Experience the Colosseum!
    Melinda_S
    , Oct 2021
    This tour was fantastic! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and a great story teller. He brought the history of Rome and the Colosseum to life! We loved it!
    star-5
    We went to visit Rome for...
    Peter_B
    , Oct 2021
    We went to visit Rome for a couple of days and I can recommend this tour, it was really good and informative. Visited Palatine Hill and also went into the colosseum and saw the underground part of it. Once the tour finished you can still stay inside the Colosseum and you can explore it at your own pace the upper levels.
    star-5
    Must see!
    Carla_B
    , Oct 2021
    I have seen the coloseum many times, but this is phenomenal. A must see to understand the history. I enjoyed this tremendously.
    star-5
    Such a great experience!...
    Samantha_C
    , Oct 2021
    Such a great experience! Kylie our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. As someone who had been to the Colosseum before, this was a whole new, better, experience because of the underground area, which was amazing. She also offered to take pictures, which as a couple traveling together was super nice for us as we had so few pictures of us together on the trip! Cannot recommend enough

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