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Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 3hrs 45mins
  • Start Time: Times vary. Please select a specific date to see availability.

Tour Highlights

  • Go where few tourists have gone before with this VIP tour, taking you to closed areas of the Colosseum so you can truly experience the magic of Ancient Rome.

  • Visit the Colosseum underground & walk on the arena floor.

  • Enjoy a full tour of the general access areas of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.

Explore the Colosseum underground Explore the Colosseum underground Special access to the arena floor Special access to the arena floor The Roman Colosseum The Arch of Constantine (from Colosseum) Overlooking Ancient Rome at the Colosseum The Colosseum: Rome's most iconic site The Arch of Constantine Small groups mean easy interaction Domitian's Stadium, Palatine Hill The Colosseum from Palatine Hill Walk the roads of Ancient Rome Discovering the history of Ancient Rome The Sacred Way: triumphal walk of Roman soldiers Hear stories & legends at the Roman Forum Arch of Titus, Roman Forum Arch of Titus, Roman Forum The Roman Forum The Roman Forum

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

Please note that due to demand, this tour sells out regularly during summer months. See our Colosseum tour comparison page to search all available Colosseum tours by date.

The Colosseum underground

ENJOY A VIP TOUR OF THE COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND & ARENA FLOOR

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 blown away by the most impressive view of the Colosseum (seen by so few!).

Triumphal arch in 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 to name a few), 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 you know today (your very own life even!) We owe the Ancient Romans more than you’d believe!

With small groups and expert guides

BENEFIT FROM PRIVILEGED ENTRANCE, SMALL GROUPS AND ONLY THE BEST GUIDES.

Traveling 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. 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!

A number of our Colosseum tours have special access too, including our VIP Caesar's Palace Tour, which has exclusive access to a 2,000 year-old palace on the Palatine Hill; our brand new Hard Hat Tour which visits the working archaeological site of Nero's enormous Golden Palace (Saturday & Sunday only); and our Gladiator's Gate Tour, which gets you onto the Colosseum arena floor (one of the special access areas visited on this tour) at a much lower cost.

Sites visited

  • Colosseum underground
  • Colosseum arena floor
  • General access areas of the Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Arch of Constantine

Included

  • Special VIP access to the Colosseum
  • Privileged express entrance at the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide throughout
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 3499 Customer Reviews

You have the best tour guides in Italy.
Very satisfied with all aspects of the tour. Weather could have been better but no one can control this. Guide was very informative. Great that our tour coincided with an Ides of March reenactment in the Forum and the guide was very helpful to explain what was happening.
LOVED this tour ! Guido was very knowledgable and a pleasure as out tour guide - this was a very exciting and fascinating tour !

Important information

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

NOTE: There is a new rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.


The Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with Skip the Line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all (and longer general access lines!).

Please 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.

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 info@walksofitaly.com 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.

THIS TOUR RUNS RAIN OR SHINE. This means that in the winter you should wrap up well on cold days and in the summer you should wear plenty of sun screen and bring a refillable water bottle with you. It's a long time under the hot Italian sun so please come prepared.

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When I clicked the link “Good, I’m satisfied” I was told that it was no longer available because the ticket was closed. That is a shame because I received the BEST customer service possible! There were all kinds of potential problems associated with the time change for the tour since I can’t receive email when I travel internationally. But because of the customer service team’s quick response to everything going on, we knew about the change and were able to make arrangements to be on time. Thank you very much!
Great guide, very knowledgable. We were disappointed we couldn't spend more time in the underground area, but understand that it floods and know we were actually very lucky to get down there at all on that rainy day. Would highly recommend. Liked that he took our picture for us on the colosseum floor. That was a nice touch. Also enjoyed the tour of the Forum.
You have the best tour guides in Italy.
We were so impressed with our Colosseum Tour through Walks of Italy! Mario's depth of knowledge on the Colosseum and Roman Forum was far more than we have come to expect on similar tours. In addition to that, he is a most accomplished storyteller. Finally, as I was having some problems with my leg due to a recent accident, he was incredibly considerate in adjusting his pace for my comfort. I simply cannot praise him enough. Walks of Italy will always be our first choice for guided group tours in the future.
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This was an amazing experience despite a little confusion for us at the start regarding the meeting place. We did not see the fine print indicating that, after March 1st, the meeting place for the tour was at a restaurant up the hill. Luckily, a guide from a different company was able to help us ( our cell phones do not have international SIM cards, so we had no way of contacting you ) and we were able to catch up with the group. Ettore was phenomenal!! He was easy to understand, easy to follow physically through the crowds. He was very attentive to our group. His knowledge and understanding of the history, the people and things that had happened on the grounds through history was phenomenal!! He has a great sense of humor! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and learned so, so much. He was such a wealth of information, that I wish I had him on tape !! He was also very gracious to my mother, who was moving a bit slow at times. Thank you ... thank you so, so much for this amazing experience !! We have recommended your company to friends traveling to Italy next spring and I would definitely book with you again!!
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Very satisfied with all aspects of the tour. Weather could have been better but no one can control this. Guide was very informative. Great that our tour coincided with an Ides of March reenactment in the Forum and the guide was very helpful to explain what was happening.
The colosseum tour with Davide was terrific. Davide was extremely knowledgeable, not only about the colosseum but all things history related. He provided facts and answers to pretty much all of our group's questions and provided jokes at the same time to keep it lively. He even provided insight on new exhibits opening in Rome in future. Going down below the colosseum floor was an experience I would recommend to everyone. I would highly recommend the colosseum tour with walks and for the best experience request Davide as the tour guide.
LOVED this tour ! Guido was very knowledgable and a pleasure as out tour guide - this was a very exciting and fascinating tour !
Doriana is wonderful! PhD in archeology and a six month old baby girl! You go girl!! So pleased with her excellent demeanor and knowledge. My fourth trip to the coliseum. My best trip yet. The WOI staff were all wonderful. Their prompt emails spoke volumes of their professionalism. The Underground was closed due to rain. Because of this, the company allowed a free tour in our next stay, Venice. Great company with top shelf guides!
Our guide, Davide, was fantastic! He was knowledgeable, excited, and informative. I have done this tour 3 times now and each time has been different. Getting to go to the top of the Colosseum was phenomenal and the views and perspective of Palantine Hill were brand new to me. Great job, once again!
Excellent tour. Guido was very knowledgable and answered all of our questions. Recommend he talk a little slower in the future and explain more of history during the time we walk from one section to the next.
Guido was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and has a passion for Rome and it’s history...highly recommended!!!!
This tour was amazing! I'm not even a "history person" but the insider's view of the Colosseum that we were given on this tour blew me away. It was raining throughout most of our tour, but the guide did a great job in doing her best to keep us out of the rain as much as possible while she talked and without making us feel as though she minded standing in the rain or that we missed out on anything because of it. I would recommend this tour to anyone and will definitely be using Walks of Italy in the future. This was our first time experience with the company, and we could not have been more pleased.
A fantastic tour!! Ettore was informative, entertaining and humorous. We would participate in any tour he leads in the future!! Highly recommend.
Guido gave us a lot of information and kept us moving. Enjoyed the different perspectives of the colosseum, especially the private underground and arena sections. The group size was reasonable. Enjoyed Guido the Guide’s sense of humor. He had lots of visual aids which were very helpful.
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Eleonora was terrific--so knowledgeable and able to explain the politics, details and historical figures of the time to allow us to imagine the Colosseum and the Forum as it might have been at the time of the Roman Empire. We very much enjoyed the time spent on this tour. Thank you Eleonora!
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We did this tour after visiting the colosseum last year and not being able to do the Underground. I was worried I may be slightly bored by the whole affair as this was booked for my Boyfriends birthday, but how wrong I was. The lady who took us round the underground and upper levels was brilliant and very informative. Then there was Gigi, what an absolute diamond of a human being! He really brought to life the Roman Forum and Palentine Hill. I was blown away by his depth of knowledge and must have given a heartfelt “Wow!” More than once! He has totally changed my view of guided tours. Me and my partner are already planning our trip to Rome next year to take in the Vatican and the catacombs tour with yourselves!
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Excellent guide. Enjoyed the tour immensely.
The guide was AWESOME. His tour was the first of several we took in Italy during the past week and convinced us that we could rely on your company to deliver. Quality people like him will ensure I recommend and reuse your company. Kudos!
Amazing tour. Wonderful, friendly, funny, and informative guide. Was really easy to skip lines and cool to see parts of the Colosseum in such a small group. I highly recommend!
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Thank you so much for retrieving my wife's phone she left at the cafe
Davide was awesome! Wish we could have had him for all our tours in Rome!
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The tour was fantastic and the guide Etori ( sorry if I got the name wrong ) was brilliant, entertaining and very knowledgable. Thank you
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The tour and the guide was great. What a great view into history! The only thing that I think would be better is a birds eye view of the forum, Palantine, Colosseum area, and maybe a little more background on general history during that time to bring everything into context. We talked about specific buildings, but there was so much else in the area that it would have been good to go over what we were seeing at a higher level.
Was very good and interesting tour, and no doubts had best guide ever
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The tour was great however it did feel a bit rushed going through roman forum and palatine hill since there wasn't too much time left.
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We found Giovanni very knowledgable & likeable we enjoyed his tour very much.
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Our guide was EXCEPTIONAL, and this tour exceeded our expectations. She was incredibly knowledgeable, and shared many fascinating stories. Will definitely recommend this tour to others.
The guide was the best
Our Fabulous guide Davide Falaska was amazing, friendly,extremely knowledgeable and had a wonderful sense of humor. We totally enjoyed our tour with him.
Mariella was an excellent guide. I especially appreciated her knowledge and patience in answering all of my many questions about Roman politics and the Colosseum in detail, and her friendliness and good humour theoughout. Please pass on my thanks once again.
Mariella was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable and really helped us get a feel for what the colosseum and roman forum were like in their prime. I truly only wish the tour was longer, I would have loved to learn even more.
AMAZING!!! I know a lot about history, but Elena was a great guide. I asked tons of questions and she was spot on!! Highly recommend her, she is a great asset to the organization!!