VIP Access

Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome

Adult
89
duration

3 hrs 30 mins

running days

Every day

start time

1.30pm (Jul - Oct)
12.30pm (Nov - Mar)

What?

Those who have been rave that a Colosseum underground tour is the only way to really feel the ancient games come to life. With access to areas usually closed to the public, this tour offers you the chance to go where few tourists have gone before – to truly experience this ancient amphitheater.

Where?

You’ll visit the Colosseum underground, arena floor and third tier level. These areas are only accessible on a VIP tour, and with limited slots every day, your visit will be a rare experience. You’ll also explore the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, uncovering the secrets of the Roman Empire.

How?

We travel with an official Colosseum guard, who opens gates, allowing us into areas usually closed to the public. With privileged entrance at all sites, you won’t wait in line, while small groups of 12 or fewer (although 2 groups may combine in special access ares) make for a more intimate experience.

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What's included?

Special VIP access to the Colosseum underground, arena floor and third tier level; privileged entrance tickets for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill; expert Walks of Italy tour guide; headsets.

Why Choose this Colosseum Underground Tour?

With our VIP Colosseum underground tours, don’t be one of the crowd – go where few tourists have gone before, for what’s guaranteed to be one of the most memorable experiences of your Italy vacation.

Visit the Colosseum Underground

Enjoy a VIP tour of the Colosseum underground, arena floor & third tier.

Feel the fear and hear the roars of the crowd above you as you descend to the Colosseum underground, walking in the footsteps of gladiators who waited here to be hoisted onto the floor. As you tour the tunnels, your guide will tell you about the true life of a gladiator, far different to that which you see in films. You’ll be settled into their skin before our next stop then – the arena floor. Walk out onto the stage upon which the fighting took place and be impressed by the most impressive view of the Colosseum (seen by so few!).

Our special access doesn’t end there though. You’ll follow your expert guide away from the crowds and chaos of general access areas and up to the third tier level. From here you’ll encounter stunning views over the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You’ll also find some peace and quiet no matter how busy the day, so your guide can fill you in on some of the most fascinating tales of the Colosseum.

Explore Ancient Roman history at the Roman Forum

Hear tales that shock and entertain at the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.

Once you’ve had your fill of blood and gore (and learned how it took the Romans 325 years to get their fill!), experience the very heart of ancient Rome: the Roman Forum. Here was where Rome ruled its empire of untold political and cultural influence—and of more than 2.5 million square miles and 65 million people. Among the evocative ruins, discover the Arch of Constantine, built by Rome’s first Christian emperor; the Senate house, where toga-clad elites decided on behalf of all of those millions; and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, where a special cult of women kept Rome’s sacred flame alive. Your guide will bring it all to life with tales of love, betrayal, and larger-than-life characters (Caesar, Cleopatra, Mark Antony...), with great visual aids and reconstructions to show you how it all would have looked 2,000 years ago.

At the Palatine Hill you’ll discover the origins of Ancient Rome. Legend has it that this is the spot where Remus and Romulus were found by the shewolf and where they battled to decide which would have the privilege of building their own town. Hear how this legendary battle impacted the world as you know it today (your very own life even!) We owe the Ancient Romans more than you’d believe!

Our expert guides bring ruins to life on our Colosseum underground tour

Benefit from privileged entrance, small groups and only the best guides.

Due to Colosseum policy, two groups will merge for the VIP sections of your tour (Colosseum underground, arena floor and third tier), but with the rest of the public locked out, you’ll share these sacred spaces with a maximum of 23 other people. For the rest of your tour (general access areas of the Colosseum and all of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill), your group will be limited to only 12 people or fewer.

Travelling in such small groups means you’ll find it easier to get around busy sites, and to hear and engage with your guide. A good thing too, since they’re some of the best in the business. Many tour companies offering a Colosseum underground tour simply put you on the Colosseum’s own official tour. With us, you’ll have a Walks of Italy guide throughout. We’ve spent years building the best team, full of the most passionate, entertaining and knowledgeable guides – so we know they’re worthy of your precious vacation time.

To help you get the most from the time you spend with us, we also have privileged access at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. So you won’t have to wait in line. Because Colosseum underground tours are so limited, this tour often sells out months in advance. Book now to be sure that you secure your place!

Please note: The Colosseum arena floor is currently closed for unscheduled restoration work. Visitors will still be able to visit the Colosseum underground and third tier level on our VIP tours and our itinerary has been adjusted to spend more time in other areas. The Colosseum has not yet announced a date for reopening this area.

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

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Prices for the Whole Family

Our tours aren't one-size-fits all and neither are our prices, which is why infants under 3 travel free and we have special pricing for children, students and seniors - just remember to bring ID on the day of your tour.

Adult: €89
Senior: €84
Child: €74
Student: €84

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5-star tours, as voted by TripAdvisor users

"I took the PM VIP Access - Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum tour today and had Roberto as my tour guide, but to call him just that is a huge understatement. Roberto is also an architect and a fantastic historian that took the time to provide deep insights into what we were experiencing. He also made sure that he wasn't giving too much of a history lesson at any time for the audience but we all wanted him to just teach us more! When this tour says VIP it really, really is. You get private access to two areas of the Colosseum that absolutely are not public including the arena floor which is AWESOME to stand in and look up at what would've been the crowds, senators and Emperor of Rome for the gladiators of the day."

Matthew E
Walks of Italy won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2011, 2012 & 2013 - and we're on track to win in 2014!

Customer Reviews

"Jowita was the most amazing guide. She was so knowledgeable about everything we saw, and her personality made it fun to be with her! I would go on a tour with her again!!"
Chris C.
"The tour was outstanding. Claudia, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and provided considerable detail every step of the way. We are very pleased that we did this tour. Thank you."
HDS

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

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