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Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 3hrs 30mins
  • 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 and admire the views from the third tier. Plus general access areas of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.

  • For most of your tour you’ll travel in groups of 12 people or fewer, with access to VIP areas limited to two groups at once – so you’ll share this space with 24 people max.

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EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

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 blown away 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.

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.

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 24 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.

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!

History and archaeology lovers should also check out our NEW VIP Ancient Rome Tour with special access to Caesar's Palace: The first tour of its type offered by any tour operator!

Sites visited

  • Colosseum underground
  • Colosseum arena floor
  • Colosseum third tier
  • 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 1595 Customer Reviews

We loved out tour and our tour guide. We learned so much and she had so much passion about her content. It was overwhelming as our first trip to Italy. Thank you!!!
We loved the tour. The guide was so knowledgeable and did an outstanding job. Our only regret was the pouring rain!!!!
We so enjoyed our tour with Walls of Italy. We covered a lot of territory and our tour guide was great plus he looked a bit like David Bowie! Thank you , Connie Sechler
Great tour. Loved the VIP portions of the underground, floor and top tier in the Colosseum. The view from Palatine hill was incredible as well!
Teo was the BEST guide! So fun, informative and professional. I am giving him the highest rating possible. I even ran into him the next day while I was at the colleseum and said hello again. He truly was wonderful!!!
Camilla made this tour. Would re-book with her any time.
Excellent tour. Ivana was wonderful.
Despite it being a day of heavy rain, the morning flew by. Rosa keep everyone on pace with ease. Her stories were quite varied as she told the history of the Colosseum and the Forum. She made good use of visual materials. A Very good tour!
Our Guides were first class, looked after us well and we learn't so much, they brought history to life for us. Thank you so much and we wish your company all the very best. Kind regards Alan and Julia Ferri

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.

Please note that due to Colosseum regulations, two groups will combine for the special access areas of the Colosseum - the underground, arena floor and third tier level, but this group of maximum 24 people will be the only people in these areas at the time.

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. 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 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.

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We loved out tour and our tour guide. We learned so much and she had so much passion about her content. It was overwhelming as our first trip to Italy. Thank you!!!
We loved the tour. The guide was so knowledgeable and did an outstanding job. Our only regret was the pouring rain!!!!
We so enjoyed our tour with Walls of Italy. We covered a lot of territory and our tour guide was great plus he looked a bit like David Bowie! Thank you , Connie Sechler
Great tour. Loved the VIP portions of the underground, floor and top tier in the Colosseum. The view from Palatine hill was incredible as well!
Teo was the BEST guide! So fun, informative and professional. I am giving him the highest rating possible. I even ran into him the next day while I was at the colleseum and said hello again. He truly was wonderful!!!
This tour was definitely worth the money. We covered so much and got to see areas that are not open to the public. I had been to the Colosseum many years ago and didn't take a tour. This time I wanted to know what I was seeing and learn about the history. It was my husband's first time in Rome and I wanted to cover as much as we could in the time that we had. Antonietta was absolutely great!! She is a credit to your organization. She is very knowledgeable and really gave us a wonderful tour. At first I thought 3 1/2 hours, but the time went by and we covered so much and gained so much information. I would certainly recommend your tours to anyone! Please thank Antonietta for a great tour!!!
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Camilla made this tour. Would re-book with her any time.
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The access, knowledge etc of the tour was great. Only "complaint" was one of the people in our tours was allowed to use his vaping cigarette which should not be allowed in the Colliseum or the tours period out of courtesy of other guests. Also maybe mention in your details guests should bring water with them due to the length of the tour itself. Other than that I would definitely recommend and do this tour again.
Excellent tour. Ivana was wonderful.
Despite it being a day of heavy rain, the morning flew by. Rosa keep everyone on pace with ease. Her stories were quite varied as she told the history of the Colosseum and the Forum. She made good use of visual materials. A Very good tour!
Our Guides were first class, looked after us well and we learn't so much, they brought history to life for us. Thank you so much and we wish your company all the very best. Kind regards Alan and Julia Ferri
Well organized. Great guide.
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Excellent
We generally do not fill out these surveys, but we enjoyed our tour with Francesca so much that we felt we owed it to her. She was knowledgable, energetic, funny and open for questions. She really brought the Coliseum and Forum to life for us - first time visitors. We will highly recommend the tour and Francesca to our friends and family visiting Roma in the future!!
We generally do not fill out these surveys, but we enjoyed our tour with Francesca so much that we felt we owed it to her. She was knowledgable, energetic, funny and open for questions. She really brought the Coliseum and Forum to life for us - first time visitors. We will highly recommend the tour and Francesca to our friends and family visiting Roma in the future!!
This was an excellent tour Thanks
Great tour, knowledgeable tour guide, amazing ruins and insights into ancient Rome! The special access areas of the Colosseum were amazing. All in all, definitely worth the sore feet!
Out guide was amazing. I really enjoyed him.
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Our guide was amazing. Very informative and passionate about the history here. Had a great time :)
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We had an extremely informative tour led by a knowledge guide. I highly recommend this tour. The access to the lower level and the highest floor made the visit very special. It was time and money extremely well spent.
I have been on many guided tours with various companies and our tour guide was the best I have ever had on a tour. She shared so much knowledge and interesting stories about the sites that we visited. I would highly recommend our tour guide. Thanks for the wonderful memories!!
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A generally well-balanced approach that took account of the diversity of the group. If I had a vote I would say that there was considerably more interesting historical detail to be gathered from the Forum than from the Colosseum, and I would have given more time to the latter.
Great, informative tour!
Eleanor was one of the best guides I've ever taken. She was very informative and answered all questions the group had. We had the most amazing tour that will always be remembered. Thank you!
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Maurizio was fantastic! He was very personable, informative, and his English was very good. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would definitely recommend Walks of Italy. Thank you!
Very comprehensive tour, friendly and competent guide.
Really enjoyed Camilla's tour. Found her to be knowledgable and enjoyable. Thank you Camilla...
The tour was fantastic and our guide was most enjoyable and knowledgable. It was the perfect glimpse into the colosseum and life at that time. I am so happy we booked with your company, it was one of the best tours we took while in Italy.
Wonderful tour that included areas of the Colosseum that have restricted entry. Highly recommended!
Giovanni was a great guide - really knowledgeable, answered all our random questions. Personable and funny and mindful of everyone's needs in the group. The tour itself was amazing and worth every penny for such awesome access to the colosseum.
Mauro was fantastic!!!
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