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VIP Colosseum Underground

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


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


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


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


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


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


5-stars from over 3707 Customer Reviews

Extremely informative, loved the entire tour, I highly recommend this tour!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained all aspects of the tour in detail. We are very satisfied and most of all we learned a lot from your tour. We will definitely use walks of Italy again!
Tiberius was a very passionate guide. We enjoyed the 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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Extremely informative, loved the entire tour, I highly recommend this tour!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained all aspects of the tour in detail. We are very satisfied and most of all we learned a lot from your tour. We will definitely use walks of Italy again!
Tiberius was a very passionate guide. We enjoyed the tour.
Excellent tour....exemplary guide!
We took multiple tours in Rome. Loved everyone. You have excellent guides with english very easy to understand. We saw more and learned more then we ever would have on our own.
She made the tour very interesting and her background as an archeologist gave us a great insight. It was fun to see the Underground and have some stories to go with it. She made the tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill come alive for my kids. She was engaging and held our attention with her manner of relating the information. It would have been nice to know which sight we were seeing first so we could know whether to bring water on the tour. I would highly recommend this tour and guide.
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Very informative and interesting. We learned a lot and would highly recommend it. To improve give more time to exp
We enjoyed our tour immensely. Our guide Tiberius was excellent. I want to take a class on ancient roman history when I get home, that's how interesting Tiberius made the tour. I would recommend Walks of Italy.
Well organized. Tiberius was very thorough and patience. I would highly recommend it to my friends.
Fantastic tour and so glad we were able to get this opportunity. The background of our guide was amazing and her love of the ruins showed in how she explained and recreated the scenes. So lucky to be assigned to this group.
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She was a great guide with great knowledge!!! Highly recommend
Our guide was Marybellle who happened to have a PhD in archeology. She was amazing and very engaging-our whole group seemed to enjoy her knowledge and delivery.
Maribelle (sp?) was fantastic. My wife and I have taken many guided tours and our guide ranked among the best. Her knowledge was broad based on the answers to so many questions. Her English was great as we could clearly understand her which hasn’t been the case on many othe English guides in Rome. We loved her delivery with many stories and what sounded like off-the-cuff humor. Lastly, the quality of the sound system was a giant step better than any other tour. Thanks for a great time,,
Our guide was the best. Very passionate which I love for guides to be. Paul
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Our guide was fantastic. We loved everything about the afternoon, except the heat.
Brilliant tour, Francesca brought Ancient Rome to life for us. We had a fantastic afternoon. Being able to see parts of the Colloseum that are closed to the general public was a great experience for us on our Honeymoon.
Guide was incredibly knowledgeable. Made sense to do Colosseum second so we could spend more time there at the end on our own. Might be good to provide some information before on where to buy water and bathrooms available.
Best tour of our trip! Our guide, Camilla, was great, knowledgeable, funny,and provided us with an abundance of information.
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I would go so far as to say that this tour represents the highest standard for educational walking tours of Rome. Andrea was an exceptional guide, and deserves special credit for the professional, yet personal and approachable tone of his explanations. His tips of visiting the rest of the city were also spot-on. Top marks-- Thanks!
Guido was a fantastic guide, very knowledgable, informative and happy to answer all questions. Despite the hot day he kept the group together and focused.
The guide was excellent. The organisation not so good. You should not start the tour at 9:00 if your Colosseum access does not start until 10:00.
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Jowita was very knowledgeable and informative. We really enjoyed both the tour itself and Jowita's knowledge. Her tone was very conversational as opposed to lecturing so very easy to listen to and enjoy. She had a number of pictures on her tablet that she used to help give us a better idea of some of the things she was telling us.
Everything went perfectly. Our guide was fantastic and I would definitely recommend your company.
Absolutely the very best tour we could have imagined. Our guide camilla was fantastic.
Mariella is very kind and friendly and takes care of his guests!
This is the second visit to Roma for our family of 5 and second visit to the Colosseum but first time with an organized tour. We could not have been happier with the tour and Mariella in particular. Her wealth of knowledge was incredible and her passion for her work was evident. She gave us such interesting facts and history of all the locations and answered all questions given to her. It was so enjoyable. I also have only things to so about my many questions for customer service. You were very helpful and I appreciate the discount given as we had also booked the Pristine Sistine tour. All in all nothing bad to say., my only request would have been to just have a tour of Colosseum from top to bottom. The forum is intersteing but we've seen it twice but I still have not covered all parts of the Colosseum . Thank you again and all. Great reviews for Mariella !!
Tanguy was very enthusiastic and informative. He did a re-enactment of gladiators fighting, which was fun to watch. I would highly recommend this tour
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour!
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Fantastic investment to learn so much about the Colosseum. We had a brilliant guide whom was very knowledgable and entertaining. I would highly recommend walks of Italy and use this program in the future.
Sev was a fantastic guide and we really enjoyed our tour.
Our guide, we called Mr T, was outstanding and top notch. However, there was an ongoing issue with your radio equipment. Way too much static and this caused all of us to miss some of his historical explanations and dialogue. You should look into this if it is a recurring problem. Thanks for the opportunity to let you know about this issue for me and several of the folks in my party and group.
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This was an excellent tour with a terrific and informative guide. We really enjoyed it!
Sev our guide was fantastic. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic & so very passionate. A highlight of our stay in Rome despite the windy day!
Appreciated the guide’s knowledge and understanding of the history of Rome.
Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. Every question that our groups asked her she had an answer to, it was mind-blowing. What a great experience we had.
Elena was a superb guide and we enjoyed the tour very much
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