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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
  • Janet C
    March 2018

    Very knowledgeable commentary. Highly recommend.

  • Michele C
    March 2018

    This was by far the best tour I took while in Rome. The guide was an archeologist in Rome and was very knowledgable and able to keep our attention during the entire 4 hours. It was amazing being able to go into the lower section of the Colosseum to see how the animals were elevated up on a wooden caged elevator and see where the Gladiators took their last walk to fight. We then went over to Palentine Hill, toured the ruins of the palace and then toured through the Roman Forum. Our guide made it all come to life and had an i-pad with illustrations to assist us in envisioning what the ruins once looked like. I highly recommend this tour and in particular this tour agency- EXCELLENT and a MUST NOT MISS!

  • Margaret A
    March 2018

    We took this tour specifically to see the newly-opened underground areas--which turned out to be closed because of the unexpected snow. The tour advised us about getting a partial refund which was provided by the tour and Viator within a couple of days--great service. Even so, we are really glad we did the tour--our guide, Jade, was great, providing a good overview of the Colosseum, which we had seen before. The limit to 6 persons is perfect. The tour highlight for us was her commentary and tour of the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. She provided great information and context which came in very helpful for our other tours during our stay in Rome. This tour is so much better than doing the same items on your own.

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
  • UNDERGROUND AND ARENA: The access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum (Underground and Arena) may be shared among other participants in the LivItaly exclusive entry slot. At times, for safety reasons, logistics and traffic control, the group may be led by one guide. This choice is at the complete discretion of the Colosseum's administration and security policy of that day in accordance to adequate safety measures. Please be aware that this is only for 30/40 minutes of the total duration of the tour. Our max 6 people policy is guaranteed for the remainder of the duration of the tour.
  • GENERAL ENTRY: Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors. Please be on time!
Schedule and Pricing
Departure Point

Near the Colosseum, central Rome

Departure Time and Comments

12:15pm or 1:15pm according to the availability chosen Please arrive at the meeting point 10-15 minutes early /


3 hours 30 minutes

Return Details

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