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A.M. VIP Access

Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome


Experience the Colosseum as gladiators and beasts once did, exploring hidden passageways and exclusive terraces previously closed to the public. On our VIP Colosseum Underground Tour we go beyond general access areas to explore the Colosseum underground, arena floor and third tier as well as guided visits to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Access to VIP areas is limited and can only be experienced on a guided tour so book early to avoid disappointment!


IMPORTANT NOTE: If your travel date does not appear on the booking form of this tour, try our P.M. VIP Colosseum Underground Tour.

Sights included:


  • Colosseum underground tour
  • Walk on the arena floor!
  • Colosseum third tier (top level)
  • General Access areas of the Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Via Sacra
  • Arch of Constantine 


Why take this tour?


  • VIP access means we have a rare opportunity to visit the Colosseum underground, arena floor and the highest level of the amphitheater.
  • With express access at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and all prices included, you don’t have to worry about waiting line or hidden costs.
  • Feel the Colosseum and the ancient forum come to life through your guide’s hair-raising stories and funny anecdotes.
  • Small group sizes of 12 or fewer throughout your tour (although two groups may combine in VIP sections due to Colosseum policy) means you’ll have time to interact with your guide, taking a break from the chaos of general access areas and big tour groups.



Tour description:

Experience the drama of Ancient Rome on our VIP Colosseum Underground Tour, taking you to areas of the Colosseum usually closed to the public to explore the hidden passages of the amphitheater in peace and quiet. 

The highlight of our tour is the Colosseum, where express access takes you past long lines to gain immediate entry. With your expert local guide leading the way, descend to the Colosseum underground, where gladiators and lions once waited to be hoisted onto the arena floor. Then follow in their footsteps onto the arena floor itself, the most atmospheric spot in the amphitheater. Marvel at its colossal size the best vantage point as your guide tells you about the crowds that were gathered here and the shows that played out – from gladiators fighting for their lives to the persecution of early Christians.

Our VIP access also allows us to visit the top level of the Colosseum. From the third tier you’ll admire incredible views over the amphitheater and the Roman Forum beyond. During these sections of our tour, two groups may combine due to Colosseum regulations. Access to these areas is limited to only one tour company at a time with only rare exceptions made for archaeologists and guests of the Colosseum. So even on the busiest days you’ll escape the chaos of general access areas and enjoy some peace and quiet.

We’ll take some time to visit other areas of the Colosseum before continuing on our journey through Ancient Rome. During visits to the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, Via Sacra and the Arch of Constantine, you’ll trace the history of this mighty civilization from birth to triumph and eventually, downfall. Your guide will keep you entertained with amusing anecdotes and stories about larger than life characters such as Caesar, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony.

With small groups of only 12 people or fewer for most of your time, the pace of your tour will be relaxed and your guide easy to interact with – a good thing too since they’re some of the best in Rome.

Access to these exclusive areas of the Colosseum are limited and slots fill up fast, so be sure to book as early as possible and prepare to be immersed in the gore and glory of Ancient Rome!


IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you cannot find your travel date on our booking calendar, please check our P.M. VIP Colosseum Underground Tour.


Please note: We encourage you to book your VIP Access Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome tour as early as possible as spaces are very limited. 

 Please however keep in mind that the Colosseum is subject to unforeseen closures due to weather conditions and worker strikes, as well as last minute changes in reservation procedures, all of which are out of Walks of Italy (or any other tour operator's) control. 

If for any reason we cannot run the tour as described, we will contact you immediately, offering the best alternatives. Depending on the situation this might result in a modification of the itinerary or a change in the tour start time. 

Our aim is to offer you the highest level of service and in the rare occasion in which circumstances outside of our control mean that you cannot participate in a variation of this tour we will offer you a full refund. 


Unfortunately due to stairways and limited elevator access in the Colosseum, we cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on this tour. Please contact us at [email protected] and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.

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.






Tour Duration
3 hrs 30 mins
Tour Start Time
Spring/Summer(4/1 - 9/30) : View all times

Fall/Winter(10/1 - 3/31) : View all times
Meeting Point
Meets and ends at the Colosseum. Full details provided upon booking.
Tour Options
Group Or Private
Tour Schedule
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Tour Options : Private
Price Options Price # of people

Base Price €0.00 2

Each additional participant
Tour Options : Group
Price Options Price # of people

Adult €89.00 1
Senior (65+) / Student (15-25) €84.00 1
Child (6-14) €74.00 1
Infant (5 & under) €0.00 1
Group Tour Prices Adult: €89.00
Senior (65+) / Student (15-25): €84.00
Child (6-14): €74.00
Infant (5 & under): €0.00

IMPORTANT NOTE: Walks of Italy sells a maximum of 2 groups of 12 participants for this time slot per day. Due to regulations set by the Colosseum, on the occasion that we do have 2 group tours running, we are required to enter and remain together inside the VIP sections (Underground, Arena, & Top Tier). However, our clients will be the only people inside these areas as they are closed to the general public. For the remainder of the tour (Colosseum exterior, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill) our clients are guaranteed to be in a group of 12 or fewer participants.

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