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VIP Colosseum Underground Tour

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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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!).

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


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


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


  • 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 1419 Customer Reviews

We completely enjoyed the tour. Our guide was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable, very personable and friendly and kept us moving along on the tour so we were able to see and learn a great deal about the forum and the Colosseum. Would highly recommend it.
Our guide, Gaston, was wonderful. He was informative and entertaining. We would highly recommend this tour and this company to another visitor.
We loved the tour and found it very informative.
Our guide was very knowledgeable. Would have liked a quick look at the gift shop
Tour guide made the place come alive fantastic day

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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I was very satisfied with the tour. My only observation is that the Colosseum part of the tour ran too long for me. Seemed to be repeating too much information. Guide was great.
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We completely enjoyed the tour. Our guide was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable, very personable and friendly and kept us moving along on the tour so we were able to see and learn a great deal about the forum and the Colosseum. Would highly recommend it.
Our guide, Gaston, was wonderful. He was informative and entertaining. We would highly recommend this tour and this company to another visitor.
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We loved the tour and found it very informative.
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Our guide was very knowledgeable. Would have liked a quick look at the gift shop
Tour guide made the place come alive fantastic day
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My partner and I loved the tour, the guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt a lot. I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone. We especially loved going into the places which were closed off to the general public.
The guide was very enthusiastic and easy to understand. He was very knowledgable and we enjoyed the tour with Tangay.
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We had a wonderful time and enjoyed this tour very much, especially the colosseum tour.
The day was wonderful and so was our guide. We were unable to finish due to other plans so we didn't get to the end (Forum) however, we were all very impressed by our guides knowledge. He was wonderful!!!! Funny, Interesting, Engaging on all levels.
Elena was fun and thorough with her explanations! We really enjoyed our tour!
Excellent guide Guido and very good highlights of the area and hostory.
Our guide was great, very informative. We had a great time!
Wonderful tour and terrific guide. A must do.
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I absolutely loved every minute of the tour and the guides were a credit to your company and to their profession.
Loved the tour, and the guide did a fantastic job!!
Mariella was fantastic! My family (husband and 2 kids) all enjoyed her. She was passionate about the subject matter and seemed attentive to all her guests.
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Cecilia was very easy to understand and gave great instruction on everything that we visited.
The whole experience from start to finish was very positive. The information we received before we arrived in Rome was excellent and made finding the meeting point very simple. Vincenzo was a knowledgeable guide who delivered his information in a clear and friendly way and paced his tour very well - finishing off in the tour in the Colosseum was a great move. It wasn't the cheapest tour but we thoroughly enjoyed it and feel it was great value for money. Thank You
We had a wonderful time and our guide was very helpful and extremely informative
Claudia our guide was wonderful, she was so knowledgeable and made sure all our questions were answered!!
Great tour. Thanks!
We loved our walk and Angela was a great guide. I liked the use of the earpiece and the small size of the group. We learned a lot about both the Colosseum and the Roman Forum that we wouldn't have known without the tour, so thank you. I particularly loved the access to the areas of the Colosseum that the general public couldn't get to.
An excellent outing - I enjoyed the insights afforded by our exclusive opportunity to visit both the arena floor and underground. Giovanni was a very enthusiastic guide and was always asking us if we had any questions, as well as asking us if we were ok! The visit was probably the best outing of my holiday in Rome and would sure recommend your operation to friends, and others alike.
Vincenzo was superb! We loved the tour and his wealth of information. Thank you!
We absolutely loved this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone. Our tour guide (sorry I don't remember her name but she was native Spanish) was chock full of interesting tidbits and information that she shared with the guests. She was very knowledgeable, patient and allowed us to truly explore and experience the major sites. Don't change a thing....the tour was simply perfect. Thank you for offering such an enriching experience!!!
A superb tour. Excellent organisation. Franchesco was extremely knowledgeable and informative and brought ancient Rome to life.The visit to the underground area of the Colosseum was a fascinating extra. Thank you for making our visit to the area so memorable
The time spent in Palatine Hill was very very brief. I felt the time we spent in the Roman Forum could have been scaled back by 10-15 minutes and that time used to explain more about the Hill and it's value to the Romans.
My wife and I enjoyed a truly memorable tour. Bruno was an extremely knowledgeable guide and his enthusiasm was infectious. I wear hearing aids, but I found his presentation through the Wi-Fi earpiece easy to follow.
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Our tour of the Colloseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill was just incredible--thanks to Mauro. He was warm, friendly and passionate about sharing the rich history behind these storied places. His depth of knowledge and ability to make us feel "as if we were there" in Roman times was amazing.
Very good tour. Great guide. Will recommend to others.
Sylvia was very knowledgeable and always checked if we had any questions. She was very easy to listen to!
She was great!
Victorio was knowledgeable, professional, and genuinely cared about our experience. He was a walking history book even with questions from our group.
Amazing experience, very good guide, a lot of knowledge. Easy walk in pleasant company. Loved it
Victor our guide was SO good. Made it very special. He should be commended on the job he did.
Fantastic. This is by far the best tour to do when in Rome...and the best tour guide as well.
Elina was just fantastic and made the tour so enjoyable.
Although I twisted my knee on our way to the meeting point by a missed step, we sat out for the forum and Palatine hill portion of the tour and met up with them at the colosseum, the tour was outstanding. The guides were both knowledgeable and understandable. I will definitely recommend this tour to friends and family.