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Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena

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Roma, Italy
Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

On this Colosseum underground tour, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. Get the rare chance to walk through the tunnels, stand where gladiators stood and enjoy a panoramic view. Then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to complete your tour of Rome’s top ancient sites.
  • Enjoy access to all areas of the Colosseum, including places normally off-limits
  • Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers and see where wild animals were caged
  • Visit the Roman Forum, walk up Palatine Hill and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus
  • Walk in the Gladiators' footsteps on the Arena floor
  • An intimate experience with semi-private groups of up 10 people or fewer

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Secure access to the underground chambers and arena floor
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Professional guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Skip-the-Line Access to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Dedicated audio headsets so you don't miss a thing
Special Skip-the-Line Access to Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor
Semi-private groups of 10 people or fewer
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

For Tours Departing Before 4:30PM - At Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". If arriving by metro: Upon exiting the turnstiles of the metro, take an immediate right down the tiled hall to the escalator/stairs within the metro station.

Departure Point

Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

IMPORTANT: The meeting point is not at the Colosseum. The tour starts on the platform directly in front of Trajan’s Column, located on Via dei Fori Imperiali next to Piazza Venezia. When standing right in front and facing the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, it’s directly to the left across the street.

Return Details

Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Your tour starts outside the Colosseum, where you’ll meet your guide, a Roman history enthusiast, and skip the entrance line with your fast-track ticket.

Inside, begin below ground to explore the Colosseum’s tunnels, chambers and pits. This section of the amphitheater is only open to a select number of visitors each day, so enjoy this exclusive chance to see more than most people do. While you walk through the underground passageways, listen to stories about the wild animals who were held down here and the Roman gladiators who prepared for their battles here.  

Upon exiting the Colosseum, walk with your guide over to the Roman Forum, once the political heart of the city. Take in the sprawl of ancient ruins, and walk up Palatine Hill, once home to Ancient Rome’s wealthy residents, for a view of Circus Maximus, where chariot races took place. Your tour ends on Via Sacra, the main street of Ancient Rome that links the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.

Please note: The order of sites visited may be reversed during your tour.  
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Begin your tour of Rome’s most iconic monument with Skip-the-Line access directly through the Gladiator’s Gate. Once the main exit for defeated contenders, this special entrance leads you directly to the parts of the Colosseum most tourists don’t get to see. Your first stop is the Colosseum Underground – the backstage area where gladiators prepared for battle. Here, your expert, English-speaking guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to let you imagine the space as it once was. Scenery and caged wild animals stood ready to be hoisted into the arena by ingenious pulleys. You’ll practically feel the gladiators’ tense anticipation and hear the roar of the blood-thirsty crowd. Then, walk in the gladiators’ footsteps on a partially reconstructed arena stage – a unique and amazing photo opportunity. And unlike the gladiators, you’ll get to ascend from the Arena Floor to the Colosseum’s second tier, where fans cheered the violent spectacles below.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
The next stop on the tour takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy a spectacular preview of your next destination: the Roman Forum.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
The Roman Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, were the heart of Ancient Rome. All of Roman life could be found in this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • WE ARE UANBLE TO ACCOMMODATE GUEST BELOW 6 YEARS OLD DUE TO VENUE SECURITY REASON FOR TOUR AFTER 5PM
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid document with you on tour. Passengers who fail to provide a valid proof of identity will be denied entry.
  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena.

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Traveler Tips


  • "There is a lot of walking on uneven ground and climbing of stairs so wear comfy shoes for sure." See review
  • "Take water and ensure you go to toilet before you start as it's quite a way into the tour before a toilet break." See review
  • "Take a water bottle and aome snacks as you will not get a chance to stop and get these." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-4
Definitely worth doing.
Steven_G
, Sep 2021
We had a guide for the Forum and Palatine Hill, Amil was an excellent guide, very informative and patient. We had a different guide for the colosseum but her English wasn't very clear and the group was a bit on the bug side. Saying that the entire tour was amazing .
star-5
Fabulous tour
lkwerling
, Sep 2021
Our guide did an absolutely fabulous job! She was passionate about the history of Rome and that showed in her presentation. I learned so much about the colosseum and how and why it was built.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Randall_S
, Sep 2021
There were only 10 people in the tour group. The guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer questions. She was just excellent.
star-5
Fantastic Tour!
Sheila_S
, Sep 2021
My tour guide ( Vasco- I hope I spelled it right) was a total delight! Very knowledgeable and caring. Made me feel very taken care of which was important to me because I was solo and the area was very crowded. Would totally recommend to anyone.
star-5
Definitely recommend
avonrummelhoff
, Sep 2021
Great experience and informative guide! Tour guide was to the point knowledgeable and funny. Enjoyed seeing the underground area where gladiators came out of and animals kept.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Our tour guid was sooo...
Adam_B
, Sep 2021
Our tour guid was sooo amazing!!! She did a wonderful job. Thank you. She was very informative and felt like she really loved what she did.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Top notch tour guide!
Sheila_S
, Sep 2021
My tour guide was so engaging and welcoming-as well as knowledgeable. He made the experience feel really special. I was a solo traveler and I felt safe and taken care of in a very busy and sometimes chaotic location. Highly recommend!
star-4
Tour guide Massimo was...
Suzanne_F
, Sep 2021
Tour guide Massimo was amazing however we did not get to see Palantine Hill. The rest of the tour was amazing - Forum and Underground Collusseum.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Reasonable
Tine_E
, Sep 2021
Tour was ok, guide was not from Viator but city tours, speaks with very heavy Italian accent, provides historic but limited information. ‘Handed off’ to other tour guide in Colosseum, similar situation, limited information and very very heavy Italian accent (poor English).
star-5
Great archeology tour. Great guide.
Darla_S
, Sep 2021
We couldn't have had a better guide. She brought the past to life. We were ushered in quickly and into areas others weren't allowed. My husband has breathing/walking problems and she made sure she paced the group to make him feel like he wasn't impeding anyone's tour. She pointed out the only elevator that was at the Coliseum so he could make it upstairs with the rest of the group. It was a great experience all around.

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