- City: Rome
- Duration: 3hrs 45mins
- Start Time: Times vary. Please select a specific date to see availability.
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.
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.
ENJOY A VIP TOUR OF THE COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND & ARENA FLOOR
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!).
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!
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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