- 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 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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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 & 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.
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.
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!
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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