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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 1942 Customer Reviews

Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to field questions asked.
Wonderful access and knowledgable guides. I would highly recommend this tour and our guide!!
Maria was informative, enthusiastic, very knowledgeable about her subject and highly engaging. She was very popular with the group and we felt privileged to have had her lead our group.
Luciana was great - I was impressed how she got to know the guests and remember everyone's names! She did a great job.
Very well done and the guide was fantastic.
Elisa was knowledgeable and passionate about the city's history and archeology!
Extremely knowledgable and informative. Great tour!
Vanessa was great. She is an awesome guide and made the tour so enjoyable. I definitely recommend all the walks of Italy tours!
Victor was very knowledgable and entertaining and the tour was seamless . We were glad we had opted for underground VIP tour which though more expensive gave us a real feeling of how the colleseum was at its height.

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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Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to field questions asked.
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The tour and the guide were terrific. My only comment was that the tour is a bit too long. We had two 13 yr old kids with us and the last 45 min to 1 hr they were turned off . A two hr tour would be enough. Thanks
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Our guide Ferninando was very thorough in giving us information of the sights, although we had to wait for half an hour for a personnel to open the gate at the beginning, the guide tried to fill in the time with history about the places we visited. The waiting time should be reduced if possible. Otherwise the tour was very good and interesting. The size of groupies about right.
Wonderful access and knowledgable guides. I would highly recommend this tour and our guide!!
Maria was informative, enthusiastic, very knowledgeable about her subject and highly engaging. She was very popular with the group and we felt privileged to have had her lead our group.
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We had a great time. Our guide Valentina was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had access to areas of the Colosseum not seen by the general public and our guide was great and painting the picture of what it would have been like during the gladiator games. She also had pictures to help us imagine the forum in it's entirely. Tour was fun and interesting!
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Luciana was great - I was impressed how she got to know the guests and remember everyone's names! She did a great job.
This was the very first of six Walks of Italy tours we took over two weeks in Italy. Our guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining, and upbeat. It was a great start to our Italy trip. I had been to the Colosseum before but my husband had not. This was a fantastic first experience for him, and a wonderful return for me. Thanks to our guide for bringing everything to life. The VIP tour is a must - getting to go underground, on the arena floor, and to the top level is so much better. It's worth every penny of the extra cost to do the VIP tour.
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Very well done and the guide was fantastic.
Mauritzio (sp?) was an outstanding tour guide. He was able to answer every question, gave us detail on the layers of history we were seeing, and some components of each. I liked the pictures of what the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill used to look like. Thank you for providing this tour. It was one of the highlights of our stay in Italy.
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Elisa was knowledgeable and passionate about the city's history and archeology!
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Excellent tour. Valentina spoke clearly and made sure everyone could see and experience each topic she spoke about. She was able to answer everyone's questions regarding the sites as well as give recommendations for dinner options in the area and help figure out transportation back to the hotel. She made each person feel heard/valued and took the time to make sure we filled our water bottles when available since it was a fairly hot day. Mostly though I appreciated her passion and the way she tried to paint a picture of what the sites must have been like when they were in their prime. Again, excellent tour.
Extremely knowledgable and informative. Great tour!
Vanessa was great. She is an awesome guide and made the tour so enjoyable. I definitely recommend all the walks of Italy tours!
Victor was very knowledgable and entertaining and the tour was seamless . We were glad we had opted for underground VIP tour which though more expensive gave us a real feeling of how the colleseum was at its height.
Our tour guide Vanessa was very friendly and knowledgable. She took the time to answer all of our questions and made sure that our tour enjoyable and a memorable one.
This tour delivered on every promise made. How wonderful to have a restorer and an archaeologist guide us through. I couldn't be happier!
We had the best tour guide ever! Francesca was so delightful, informative and funny. We had a small tour group which was perfect and not overwhelming. The tour covered all the details and layers of the colosseum and then some. She included what we thought was a lot more information and stories, that perhaps was over and above the "official tour script" she made us laugh and think at the same time! The tour time was just right. Part way through she saw we were all looking pretty hot, so she found a shady spot for us to sit, which we welcomed! She deserves a gold star for being such a great tour guide in such intense heat and a very populated tour site.
Great tour, and a knowledgeable guide who was able to answer any questions.
Very impressive guide! Great voice, nice pace, deeply knowledgeable. He was like a great university professor!
This was an absolutely amazing tour and our guide was superb. It will be something we will remember for a lifetime.
Francesco was very knowledgeable! He did an excellent job and I would recommend this tour without hesitation. It was a little chaotic in the beginning with a lot of waiting around. I would recommend starting the tour more promptly. I am deaf in my right ear so was given an ear bud to wear instead of your regular hearing devices and the background noise was very loud making it difficult to hear Francesco when we were in big crowds.
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She spoke great English and seemed genuinely excited as if doing the tour for the first time. I learnt a lot of things I didn't know. 10/10
The tour was very well organized. Maurizio was an excellent guide -- very knowledgeable, informative, and responsive to questions.
Vanessa (my main guide) and Elaina (parts within the colloseum) were both superb. I found them both friendly and approachable. Vanessa had a great deal of knowledge and was able to provide the appropriate, interesting commentary on the tour but was also able to answer the questions that were asked in an informative manner. I will definitely recommend this tour to any friends visiting Rome!
Claudia was an incredible guide. She made our tour so special - even our three teenagers commented on how great she was.
The best guide ever - she knew all about Rome, and it's history😀
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Anna was enlightening, enthusiastic, and so well-educated. She delighted us all, in spite of the hot weather. Her effervescence compliments the extravaganza that is Roma. Thanks again, Anna from Charles and Maria in California
We took the tour of the colosseum our first day in Rome. I loved that our tour guide was an archeologist and not just someone who memorized a bunch of facts. She gave us so much information about the colosseum and the construction of Roman buildings. The information in the tour was even helpful to us as we walked around Rome on our own and recognized examples of what she had taught us. I really enjoyed going under the colosseum and learning how the stadium was operated. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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We loved the Forum, and the information provided by Eleonora. It was very hot and sunny, and she was very concientious about giving us water & bathroom breaks, and also finding shade to rest from time to time.
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Emma was absolutely amazing - very passionate in her delivery which made us understand it way better - excellent tour overall and one I would recommend highly'
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