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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

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 1206 Customer Reviews

Emma was an outstanding guide, I loved her positive attitude and her sense of humor. She was able to point out so many details the average tourist would miss. I will be recommending walks of Italy to my friends and family. I will be booking with your company in the future.
This tour was outstanding. Our guide, Camilla was very interesting with her knowledge of the Colosseum & Forum. Camilla offered insight into all of Rome. This was my forth visit and tour of the Colosseum & Forum and it was the best!
My daughter and I loved this tour. Fabrizio was full of information and I learned so much about Rome's history, and our Latin connections.
I loved the tour, and being able to see a few parts of the Colosseum we otherwise could not have, while avoiding the massive lines also! The guide was excellent, the earpieces were a nice touch as we heard every word
We had a fantastic time on our tour and Mauro was delightful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this walk and the access it gave us inside the colosseum was phenomenal!
THE TOURS WHERE GREAT LAURA AND DAVID DID AN EXCELLENT JOB AS DID THE YOUNG LADY FROM THE COLOSSUEM TOUR BUT I HAVE FORGOTTEN HER NAME.
This tour was so good it inspired us to take the Pristine Sistine tour later in our visit. There is really no better way to see important monuments than with a knowledgeable and witty tour guide. Both Jon and Jovita were invaluable additions to our experience. Mille Gratzie. -Lauren and Roberto
Both tours were awesome!!! The guides were excellent! We loved it....thank you for providing a wonderful experience.
Excellent! Enjoyed this tour very much; the portion of the tour devoted to the Forum and area outside the Colosseum are wonderfully informative. David is a great guide; very enthusiastic and keeps the tour moving along at a good pace. We would highly recommend this 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.

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 [email protected] 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.

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