Just last year, the Colosseum opened up both its hypogeum and its top tier: the area beneath the arena and the highest level spectators would cheer on the games below. Those who have been rave that it’s the only way to really feel the ancient games come to life! You'll explore this wonderful terrace, as well as the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, too. Bonus: Other tour companies offering this tour just put you on the Colosseum’s own underground and upper level tour, meaning no quality control for guides and a big group. With us, you get to stay with your Walks of Italy guide the whole time!
This tour cannot be booked online past December 31, 2013, as the Colosseum management has not yet released the reservations for the VIP areas. If you would like to be updated when this tour becomes available to book online past this date, please send an email to [email protected] with your name and the month in which you will be touring, and we will add your email to our VIP Colosseum mailing list.
- NEW! Colosseum's Underground Dungeon Area -- REOPENED
- NEW! Walk on the arena floor!
- Colosseum's Third Tier (top level)
- Arch of Constantine
- Palatine Hill
- Via Sacra
- Roman Forum
Why take this tour?
- Unlike other tourists, gain exclusive access to the Colosseum's underground where gladiators & animals awaited their death, to the highest level with sweeping views, and step foot on the very stage where the gladiators once fought, for a limited time only!
- Don’t worry about bookings or lines—we take care of everything for you
- Feel the Colosseum and the ancient forum come to life through your guide’s hair-raising stories and funny anecdotes
With our exclusive top tier Colosseum tour, don’t be one of the crowd. Get to go where few tourists have gone before: to the underground and top level of the Colosseum, closed for decades and only recently opened with access restricted to a select few tours. You'll see spectacular views of both ancient and modern Rome as your guide tells the story of Rome's most iconic monument, in a much more intimate setting away from the crowds of the lower levels...
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BOOKING NOTE: If this tour is not bookable on your chosen date, please see the afternoon version of the tour here. In the very rare chance that your tour booking exceeds the acceptable tour capacity, we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange for an alternative day/time or to provide a full refund.
CLOSURE NOTE: The Colosseum is subject to closure due to assembly meetings, strikes or other factors. While rare, these events happen at least 4 times per year. The Underground is subject to closure due to flooding after extreme rains. The Colosseum administration is usually aware of these factors and informs us the day before (though sometimes only the morning of) a given closure. When the Underground is closed, however, the other two special access areas, the Arena and Top Tier, are generally open. In such a case, the tour will still run and you will be discounted 15% off the price of the tour. Alternatively, we can try to reschedule your tour, though this is difficult as we cannot be sure when the Underground will reopen and cannot guarantee availability on another day. Nevertheless, please provide us with detailed contact information on our booking form as to how we can try to reach you while you are in Rome.
IMPAIRED MOBILITY NOTE: Please be advised that, due to the nature of the site and technical problems with the elevator, those with walking difficulties cannot at this time access the Underground and Top Tier of the Colosseum. Additionally, the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum are neither wheelchair nor stroller friendly. Please contact us at [email protected] and we will work personally with you to find a suitable alternative.
NOTE: The last stop on this tour is the Colosseum (including the Underground, Arena and Top Tier). Please keep this in mind if you are on a cruise and/or if you are planning to leave the tour early.
Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a senior, student, or child reduction.
THIS TOUR RUNS RAIN OR SHINE.
Price includes: Privileged Entrance Tickets & Reservation Fees for the Colosseum and Roman Forum, including special access to the Colosseum's Underground, Top Tier and Arena Floor. If you have a Roma Pass, please hand it to your guide at the start of the tour. At the end of the tour, if your guide was able to use the Roma Pass to secure your entrance tickets, he or she will call our office and we will refund the ticket price difference to your credit card.