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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

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Meet your professional guide at the Colosseum Metro Station in central Rome, and then head to the colossal creation itself. Once known as the Flavian Ampitheatre, the Colosseum embodies the true eminence of Ancient Rome. Built to host the gladiator battles that are synonymous with this period in history, it seated over 50,000 spectators and is undoubtedly the Roman Empire’s greatest architectural feat.

With your priority entrance ticket, skip the long lines and head directly inside. Then, follow your guide into the belly of the Colosseum to explore the fascinating underground level, which is only open to a limited amount of people each day. Stroll through the labyrinthine network of subterranean passages and chambers, and listen as your guide shares gory tales of the gladiators who prepared for battle here, and the fearsome animals that were held under the arena in cells.

Then, head up a level to the arena. Instead of walking around the edge as most visitors do, walk with your guide right into the space where the battles were fought. Tread carefully across the patches of original flooring, and peer down the gaps at the level below.

After exploring the Colosseum, enjoy a short break, then enjoy a leisurely walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. As you stroll amid the aromatic pine trees, listen to your guide talk about the origins of Rome, and see where the rich Romans once lived.

Then, descend into the valley of the Roman Forum. With your guide leading the way, weave through the cluster of ruins that once formed the heart of ancient Rome, and learn about the area’s highlights, such as the Arch of Titus and the Senate.

Your tour then concludes in the Roman Forum where you will have the possibility to wander around more if you wish.

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small group ensures personal service
Customer Reviews
  • IDO
    December 2017

    Nadia, our tour guide, provided us with a logical and detailed history of the Colosseum and a few of the emperors integral to its success. The Palatine Hill and Forum were less of a focus on this tour but we were still able to touch upon the highlights. It's always best to see any structure with a small group so I highly recommend this tour.

  • judy.inouye
    December 2017

    Took two Colosseum tours - one topside and one underground. This second tour was well worth it. Did you know there is a river down there? Also a model of how they got wild animals to the arena floor, among other things. Fascinating!

  • Elaine M
    November 2017

    Frederica was an excellent guide. Highly knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Great trip!

Product Details
  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Colosseum
  • Visit to the Underground of the Colosseum
  • Entrance fee to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • 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 very small bags are 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
  • Between August 28th and September 10th the arena floor of the Colosseum will not be accessible due to a special event. The tour will include the other restricted areas and no refunds will be made due to the closure of the arena floor.
Schedule and Pricing
Departure Point

Near the Colosseum, central Rome

Departure Time and Comments

1:15pm Please arrive at the meeting point 10-15 minutes early *Please note departures from December 1st-31st will start at 12:15. All other dates will still commence at the regular starting time unless advised otherwise* /


3 hours 30 minutes

Return Details

Concludes in the Roman Forum at approx. 4:45pm

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