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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 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 2096 Customer Reviews

Victor was great. We were so glad we selected this tour as we felt it was excellent value and a highlight of our Europe holiday.
Great your. Great day.
Dori was absolutely phenomenal! We can not imagined anyone more knowledgeable or more interesting to listen to!
Lovely tour, was the best I took on vacation
The tour was great, and the guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject matter. She also recommended a great pizza spot, which was delicious. She went above and beyond to make the tour enjoyable and educational.
The tour was very interesting and conducted at just the right pace; our guide was very knowledgeable and made it fun. So good we booked another tour for the next day!
Camille gave us a wonderful tour. She was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We learned so much from her. We were very satisfied with the value of the VIP Colosseum tour.
We loved this tour. Our guide was exceptional since she had an archaeological background. It lasted about 4 hours and we saw every aspect of the Colisseum and Forum. I would highly recommend this tour.
Great tour! Loved our tour guide!

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.

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Giovani did a wonderful job on the forum and palatine hill. I wish he could have taken us through the colosseum. The guide we had at the colosseum was extremely disappointing. Her high pitched voice and very dry dissertation left much to be desired. I would not recommend this tour because of her. Giovanni was very personable and knowledgeable. We enjoyed every minute we spent with him.
Victor was great. We were so glad we selected this tour as we felt it was excellent value and a highlight of our Europe holiday.
Great your. Great day.
Dori was absolutely phenomenal! We can not imagined anyone more knowledgeable or more interesting to listen to!
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DAVIDE was one of the best tour guides I've ever had! He was so knowledgable about everything we passed, new and old, he told us exactly what we would be seeing and was very upfront about the schedule and what to expect for the day. Not only did he give us an incredible picture of the history, he was very funny which made the overall experience great. I would recommend him to anyone visiting in the area and tell them to seek out a tour from DAVIDE
Lovely tour, was the best I took on vacation
The tour was great, and the guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject matter. She also recommended a great pizza spot, which was delicious. She went above and beyond to make the tour enjoyable and educational.
Loved our guide. I don't know how she can remember everything. I know it was out of your control but did not like the guide we had to use in the Colosseum. Couldn't hear him at all. Radio didn't work. Spoke quietly. We would have loved to have heard everything he said but couldn't. YOUR guide - she was terrific!! Liked the small groups, the places we visited, having fewer crowds down below and above.
The tour was very interesting and conducted at just the right pace; our guide was very knowledgeable and made it fun. So good we booked another tour for the next day!
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Camille gave us a wonderful tour. She was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We learned so much from her. We were very satisfied with the value of the VIP Colosseum tour.
We loved this tour. Our guide was exceptional since she had an archaeological background. It lasted about 4 hours and we saw every aspect of the Colisseum and Forum. I would highly recommend this tour.
Great tour! Loved our tour guide!
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Beata was very knowledgeable and this tour was amazing; it exceeded my expectations. Great value for the money
Maria was awesome! If we were financially able, we would have taken her with us on the remainder of our Italy trip! So much knowledge, passion, and energy!
Emma was great. Very knowledgable and easy to understand. She took the right amount of time to explain things and the sights we were seeing. It was a fabulous tour
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This was a wonderful tour. Although it seemed to surprise our guide that we were needing to have the Colosseum's tour guide to do inside the basement and upper deck, she was very good and knowledgeable.
Great experience with a guide who is both knowledgeable and still passionate about communicating that knowledge.
This was a great tour. Alessia was very knowledgeable and she was very entertaining as a guide.
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Awesome tour! The guides are very knowledgeable.. their enthusiasm about roman history is infectious. ! Very highly recommended.
Camilla was an excellent guide so knowledgeable.Glad I did this tour .How rome came about awe expiring
Very nice tour. The skip the line and restricted access features make this tour awesome.
Excellent !! Well organised and great story telling . Enjoyed the tour very many much , Grazie Millie
Maurizio was excellent too.
One person monopolized Laura which wasn't entirely Laura's fault. She does need to make certain that her group can keep up with her pace.
We had Francesca, she was fabulous. A great story teller.
The tour was well managed in that we seemed to have an aloted time within the colosseum for admittance and access to the various areas. Everything ran like clockwork, no waiting. Laura our guide was both knowledgable and passionate about the subject. Her tour combined both site seeing and a history lecture which turned out to be important in order to appreciate what you were seeing. I would strongly recommend this tour.
The guide was first class
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Mariella was awesome!
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My son attended the tour and he was very very satisfied and so intrigued by the history presented so interesting and vividly by the tour-guide. Very interesting with visit of all those places around and inside Colosseum, which usually are not seen in a fast trip. Thank you very much for the interesting way of presenting alive all those facts and history. We definitely recommend it. Nina and Bojidar
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Being able to access the basement and the upper levels was really cool!
Our tour guide was excellent. He had an interesting name, which started with Teng, I believe, but don't quite remember the rest of his name. He was so full of knowledge about the Romans & how they lived! He was truly impressive. He was very patient with issues that came up with the huge thunderstorm, that precluded our entry into the underground area of the Colosseum. We were disappointed since we had paid for the VIP tour, but we understand your company had nothing to do with the rain, or the staff at the colosseum who wouldn't let us have access to the underground. We actually thought the thunderstorm was amazing, and we will treasure the memory of our tour!
The only suggest we have is to shorten the tour a little: perhaps less of the forum. By the time you crawl up the steps to the top of th Colleseum, you start to not pay attention to the guide. Our guide was excellent.
Excellent tour-guide was fabulous & answered many questions. The system used for us to hear the guide was excellent for this tour.
Our guide was very knowledgable and the tour was complete.
This was a fascinating tour and was led very well.
Knowledgeable , personable guide with actual experience as an archaeologist...couldn't have asked for anything more!