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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 Colosseum Underground 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 enjoy this full Colosseum Underground tour. Stepping beneath the arena floor, you'll walk in the footsteps of gladiators who waited here before battle. As you tour the tunnels, your guide will tell you about the real life of gladiators before taking you back up to the arena floor. Walk out onto a recreation of the stage where 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.

After your Colosseum and Colosseum Underground tour, you'll 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.

Stroll beneath the Arch of Constantine, see the Senate house, where toga-clad elites decided on behalf of all of those millions, and learn the story of the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, where a special cult of women kept Rome’s sacred flame alive. Your guide will bring Ancient Rome 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 she-wolf 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 3885 Customer Reviews

Guido was FANTASTICO!!!!! So full of knowledge and a really wonderful man dealing with us crazy tourists!! I learned a lot, loved the tour and will recommend it to everyone!! Thanks so much! Ciao to Guido from Marina Eugenios, the Greek-American!!
Gaido was fabulous. He had so much information. I would use Walks of Italy again.
Fabio very informative and amusing. Loved the Colosseum which was my favourite.

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.

All guests visiting the Colosseum must pass through a security check before entering. You must also present an original photo ID. Please remember to BRING your ID (including children).

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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Guido was FANTASTICO!!!!! So full of knowledge and a really wonderful man dealing with us crazy tourists!! I learned a lot, loved the tour and will recommend it to everyone!! Thanks so much! Ciao to Guido from Marina Eugenios, the Greek-American!!
Gaido was fabulous. He had so much information. I would use Walks of Italy again.
Fabio very informative and amusing. Loved the Colosseum which was my favourite.
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The history was so rich in this tour. Fabio did a great job making connections between the ruins and what they may have looked like. The special access was also enjoyed. Loved the tour!
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Fabio was great and very knowledgeable (and funny).
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Guido is an excellent guide: friendly, knowledgeable and fun. A great experience in all the sites and information.
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Our tour guide was very interesting and offered lots of colorful historical information.
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Good tour!
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I had a wonderful time. Michela was extremely knowledgeable and enjoyable to listen to. She also made suggestions for other things to see while I’m here. She is a great asset to your company. Thank you!
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Illaria was an amazing guide. AMAZING. Her tour was like a very intense lesson in Roman history, and her contemporaneous Latin references enriched the experience. I just really liked her. 🙂
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Tour guide was very knowledgeable and was excellent.
Amazing! Our guide was fantastic and funny and easy to understand. Speaking only English I was worried I would be lost but our guide spoke excellent English and was so enjoyable and knowledgeable!
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Mauritzio was an excellent tour guide we really enjoyed the day and his great sense of humour
This was a fantastic tour and GiGi was superb. So knowledgeable. A highlight of my visit to Rome.
The guide was most excellent.
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Both the guide and tour made our day
All of this tour was wonderful. The Forum was just amazing. Very special to be able to still view Rome as it was then. Valentina was terrific.
Great guide and tour. However we were unable to walk on the platform due to an event.
Maria was WONDERFUL! Was extremely personable, knowledgeable, and great all around.
We enjoyed our tour very much and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. Walks of Italy is very fortunate to have Camilla as a guide.
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Brilliant tour. Excellent guide. Fantastic location. What a great day.
We really had a great time on this knowledge packed tour. It was well designed and extremely informative. Definitely like the pace and size of this tour. Was just the right amount of time. Not too exhausting but you get your exercise in. Guide was very knowledgeable. Was a great experience.
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A fantastic tour with a great guide, thank you
Angela was very sweet and presented good information. At times, perhaps a bit too animated.
Maria was an excellent and fun guide. She made the tour very enjoyable with a sense of humor and her depth of knowledge of the Colosseum and surrounding areas. She was very accommodating with water and bathroom breaks as well as my need for an elevator. The headsets worked extremely well and the sound quality was great! I would definitely recommend this tour! It was wonderful! Thanks Maria!!
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I thought the tour was very good and the guide was very good. We did have a couple of minor issues having to wait at the Colosseum and to get into the Forum/Palatine Hill, but those were not the fault of the guide. However, I think she spent a bit too much time on the Colosseum and as a result, we were really rushed at the Forum and the tour ended before I thought it should have (and the Forum closed). So I would recommend shortening the time at the Colosseum some.
Wonderful guide, great pace, very knowledgeable and funny.
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It was a wonderful tour packed with information and our guide was friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. So glad we chose this tour.