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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 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.

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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 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


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


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 3789 Customer Reviews

Our tour guide, Gigi was excellent. We learned a lot from him.
Angela was wonderful, enthusiastic, and very professional and knowledgeable! I only wish I could remember even 1/2 of the info she gave us!! BRAVO!!!!
Micheala was fantastic! So fun, charismatic, and smart. We loved her!

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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Great ! She was funny, sweet and extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the history. Would definitely recommend.
Our tour guide, Gigi was excellent. We learned a lot from him.
Angela was wonderful, enthusiastic, and very professional and knowledgeable! I only wish I could remember even 1/2 of the info she gave us!! BRAVO!!!!
Micheala was fantastic! So fun, charismatic, and smart. We loved her!
Guide was excellent! Thank you! She explained everything well and also really cared for us. Great job!
The man who met us for this tour was not at all friendly. Our guide was great.
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This tour is amazing, and our guide Francesco was fantastic. We had been to the Colosseum before, but it was awesome to be able to now tour the underground where the gladiators and the exotic animals would have passed thousands of years ago! I would absolutely recommend this tour, and hopefully you will be as lucky as we were to have Francesco as your guide.
The tour was incredible and the guide was helpful and interesting - I loved her Woodstock stick. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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Gigi was awesome! A wealth of knowledge and very entertaining to listen too as well. All our tours were great through walks of Italy, this one was far and away the best.
Gigi was a fabulous guide. It was wonderful to have an archeologist conduct our tour. It was informative and interesting.
I was please we could still do the walk on the colosseum floor as last year it was changed due to a concert ..We really enjoyed the tour with Susanna , she was friendly & informative and could keep everyone’s attention even in a larger group size , She is a credit to Walks.
Francesco gave us a wealth of information on the ancient Roman forum, the Colosseum & surrounding area. He was engaging, and readily answered our questions. What a great way to start our visit to Rome. I would recommend Walks of Italy tours to anyone!
Good tour with an excellent guide
Great tour.
Francesco is an excellent guide, full of knowledge and passion for what he does. Perfect tour. Of course you need a lot more time to visit these sites, but after his explanations, you can stay longer if you wish and explore by yourself if you are no already exhausted. Very hot and humid in July, and pretty crowded.
Gianluigi was excellent! We would recommend his tour to anyone interested in seeing the Colosseum and Palantine Hill.
Gianluigi was unbelievable!! the energetic, knowledgeable and fun!!
Maria Teresa was an excellent tour guide. The tour delivered as marketed. Was great to get in early and see the Colosseum from the platform and underground. Loved the Forum. Excellent!
What can I say, Gigi is just the best. His social skills are enormous, he connects with everybody in the group so naturally, looks you in the eye personally, and is extremely entertaining. But not too much that it became a comedy show that detracted from actual background information, not at all, he gave a lot of information and was constantly talking without taking a breath! Every question was answered directly, which means that he really knew what he was talking about. I can highly recommend Gigi to everybody who wants to experience anything in Rome!
Francesco was a great tour guide. He answered all our questions and gave great explanations. He was also very considerate about how hot it was the day of our tour and really tried to help us stay in the shade when explaining the history of the places we visited.
Gigi’s tour was informative and fun. He was extremely knowledgeable (PhD in archaeology) and hilarious. He was great at taking questions (delicately pointing out that a girl from another tour was lying in an old Roman toilet) and he answered them thoughtfully and thoroughly. Sensitive to the walking limitations of tour members and the interests of both children and adults. I can not recommend Gigi and Walking Tours of Italy high enough.
Maddalena was an expert and wonderful for our grandkids aged 11 and 13 as well as for all the adults.She was very helpful at the end of the tour to get us to our next arranged show with great suggestions for where to get something to eat, taxi next event, etc. highly recommend this tour guide, thanks so much Maddalena.
Francisco was engaging and passionate about the subject. The underground part of the coleseum was extremely cool. The small number in the group makes for a better experience.
Maria was fabulous - thorough, energetic and truly interested in the subject matter. She was very engaging and we totally enjoyed the experience. It was a wonderful tour!
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Our guide was Francisca. She was knowledgeable and tried to show as much as possible of the heritage areas of Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine hill. She was cordial as well. It was great!
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Maria was very informative. She is an excellent representative for your company. Thank you
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Gigi was AWESOME! We loved his passion and excitement and would definitely book a tour with him again if we are in the Rome area.
Maria was wonderful. Her knowledge was outstanding. Her archeology knowledge was so beneficial. Bravo Walks of Italy!!!!
We had a wonderful and very informative tour of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. Our guide Francesco was great! We learned so much and truly enjoyed this tour. We would highly recommend it!!
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Our Guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative. She also took time to make sure everyone was keeping up and enjoying the sites. I would most definitely recommend our Guide as well as the walking tour! AMAZING! Thanks so much!
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Camilla was excellent
Camilla was excellent, very knowledgeable, great personality, easy to understand, and very helpful. Wish we could have her for every tour!!
Camilla was wonderful. It was such a hot day and she did her best to keep us in the shade. She answered our youngest daughter’s questions seriously and was full of great knowledge. Really thankful for such a great tour!!
Our tour guide was Gigi and he was great! So informative and friendly. He took the time to ask us all of our names and was very happy to answer our questions.
Sev was extremely knowledgeable and a great tour guide. Unfortunately we had a huge thunderstorm that lasted a long time and when we got to the Colosseum the underground level was closed. That was a disappointment but Walks of Italy was extremely receptive in adjusting our ticket fee to reflect that portion of the tour. I would highly recommend Walks of Italy and sign up with other tours with them in the future.
Was excellent! Our guide was so engaging and made it fun for kids and adults.