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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.

Explore the Colosseum underground Explore the Colosseum underground Special access to the arena floor Special access to the arena floor The Roman Colosseum The Arch of Constantine (from Colosseum) Overlooking Ancient Rome at the Colosseum The Colosseum: Rome's most iconic site The Arch of Constantine Small groups mean easy interaction Domitian's Stadium, Palatine Hill The Colosseum from Palatine Hill Walk the roads of Ancient Rome Discovering the history of Ancient Rome The Sacred Way: triumphal walk of Roman soldiers Hear stories & legends at the Roman Forum Arch of Titus, Roman Forum Arch of Titus, Roman Forum The Roman Forum The Roman Forum


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 3989 Customer Reviews

We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was fun and very knowledgeable.
Excellent tour, Monica was great
Michela was wonderful in all aspects...personable and extremely knowledgeable about our 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.

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.

All guests visiting the Colosseum must pass through a security check before entering. You must also present an original photo ID. Please remember to BRING your ID (including children).

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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We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was fun and very knowledgeable.
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Excellent tour, Monica was great
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Michela was wonderful in all aspects...personable and extremely knowledgeable about our tour.
We loved every bit of it. Julietta is an amazing guide!! We wished we could've taken her with us everywhere in Rome. Much love, Mads and Daniël
Brilliant tour hosted by Monica. She was very knowledgable and provided an extensive history for us to understand. Loved being able to skip the lines and not have to fight through the crowds to see the sites. We had a fantastic time, thank you very much!
Loved our Guide she was excellent! We are completely thrilled with your services and will recommend Walks of Italy to everyone! Worth every penny, thank you!
Our guide Julieta was an excellent guide. She made the Colosseum come alive for us and was able to engage the children very well.
Informative and very nice guide! Great tour!
An absolutely wonderful way to begin our first trip to Italy! Our guide, Michela, was personable, engaging, and very knowledgeable!
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Excellent tour!
Gigi was the best tour guide we had all trip. He was so enthusiastic and passionate about the history. Also keep things fun with laughs and really brought the pictures to our minds. Would absolutely suggest him to others.
Mariella was amazing; so knowledgeable, humorous, and pleasant to learn from and spend time with. The weather was rather horrid that day, but she still helped make it a fantastic tour.
The tour was great! Well informed, we like that they guide used a mic with ear receivers which allowed us to move around, but yet stay close. The timing was fantastic, the knowledge of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine was well worth the price and would recommend to others 100%.
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4th walks tour in 1 week. Great program you have set up.
Our guide was fantastic! Her knowledge and enthusiasm made the day a pleasure!
Julietta was an excellent tour guide. She was able to make the Colosseum extremely interesting when it could have been very dry and boring. The best tour guide out of the 3 we had from Walks of Italy.
We truly enjoyed our tour, and we were glad to have Julietta as our guide she was not only well informed of the history of this beautiful place but her passion for the history of it was very contagious.
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We loved our guide Julietta! - all the wonderful things she shared with us, her extensive knowledge as well as her charisma and witty humor. We have completed 4 tours on our two trips to Italy, all through Walks of Italy, and all have been amazing with wonderfully detailed, fun, and personable guides. We can’t wait for our next trip back and more tours through Walks of Italy!
Julietta is an excellent guide. Humour and information.
Julietta was awesome. Very knowledgeable and engaging. She was great
Julietta was an incredible guide. Her love of Rome and her knowledge was incredible and inspiring. It was by far the best tour we took. We would book more tours if we knew she could be our guide. We fell in love with Rome because of how excellent of a job she did. We will be back to visit and for sure we will book more tours with her!
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Julietta was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and funny. I really enjoyed our tour.
This tour was terrific! Mariella was an excellent guide and made it a wonderful experience!
Mariela was Amazing. Super knowledgeable. And made the tour come to life! Really enjoyed the afternoon with Mariel.
An incredible tour of an awe-inspiring place. Julietta was fantastic as she led us through everything. Her grasp on the history was amazing, and we learned so much through her. A great teacher! Julietta is a great storyteller, and her personality just made the journey even better.
Great tour. Juliet was funny, extremely knowledgeable and personable.
Giulietta was the best guide I’ve ever had, and I’ve been on many tours . She was such a great teacher and had a great sense of humor as well. This tour was phenomenal!
Luigi was an amazing guide.
Julietta was very humorous and brought the history to life and she could engage with my two teenagers and they still remember what she had told us. Thanks for the wonderful walk.
This was an awesome tour. Be prepared for a lot of walking though; wear good shoes. We loved being able to walk out on the colosseum floor and to go beneath to see how they hoisted the animals up to the arena. Our guide, Guido, was great as well. He was very thorough and answered any questions we had. Would definitely recommend this tour to a friend.
Very knowledgeable tour guide. Loves her job and shared her knowledge well.
Uta was a wonderful guide. She provided great information and made the tour fun. Great experience and learned a lot. Thanks Tom and Marianna
What a wonderful tour, knowledgeable guide. Her expertise and education made this a memorable tour. She was able to recommend two additional museums for us to continue our dive into Roman history. Every tour we have ever taken with Walks has been superb but this was the absolute best.
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We took 4 Walks of Italy Tours in Rome, all were excellent, and even then this Tour with Julietta was a standout. She clearly understands how to teach and reach people. We appreciated that she carefully chose what to say and presented important facts in a way that you would remember them. And she took the best picture of us in the Flavian Amphitheater (See? We remember!).
Gaia Mariani, was most knowledgeable very people friendly and it was a pleasure to be in her group. Thank you for a wonderful morning.
Julietta was fantastic, & gave us so much information about what we saw during the tour, it made our time in Rome much more than a tourist we felt like a family friend visiting. Her depth of knowledge was outstanding & we were really impressed with the way she helped us understand the history & beauty of Rome. Will definitely recommend your company to our friends here in Australia. Mark & Michele Bury.
We are very pleased with our tour of the Colosseum with Julietta. She had a great sense of humor and was able to answer all questions asked by the group. I would highly recommend this tour (specifically Julietta as the guide) to our friends traveling to Rome in the future. She is a 5 star tour guide!
Got separated from my group due to issues with the radio. Had to call the emergency line for help. Everything was handled quickly, and Luigi actually ran to meet me and return me to the group. Excellent service.
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The tour guide was very well informed and was skilled at relaying the information to us
Huge thank you to Fabio, our tour was wonderful. It was exciting and full of wonderful information. We have recommended you to a number of friends planning to visit already. 5* all the way