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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED

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Roma, Italy
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
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Overview

See the secrets of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum on this small-group. With your knowledgeable guide, skip the long entrance lines at each attraction. Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day and discover Palatine Hill and the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
  • Guided tour of the Colosseum and the highlights of ancient Rome
  • Skip the lines with priority entry to the Colosseum
  • Stroll up Palatine Hill and see where Rome’s wealthiest inhabitants once lived
  • Small-group tour limited to six people provides a more personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Walk on almost 2,000-year-old original floors, with special access to ancient tunnels and secret chambers.
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Tour in a Safe and Small Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED!
Climb down inside the Underground and walk onto the Arena of the Colosseum
Enjoy a friendly and professional Local Expert Guide
Skip the long lines!
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Piazza del Colosseo, 21 , Piazza del Colosseo, 21, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

In front of the SOS sign outside of the Colosseum's Metro Station's MAIN ENTRANCE, ground floor, right across the street from the Colosseum itself. Please note that there are two levels to the Colosseum Metro Station, your meeting point is at ground level. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign.

This activity will end right where it started.
After meeting your guide at the Colosseum Metro Station, head out to explore some of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Cruise past the entrance queues with your skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to waste no time inside these Roman icons.

At the Colosseum, start your tour on the underground level, which is only open to a limited number of visitors each day. Walk through the maze of subterranean chambers to see where fierce animals were once caged, and listen to stories from your guide about the gruesome gladiator battles. Then walk up to the arena level, and follow your guide into the area where the battles were fought, instead of tracing the edge, as most visitors do. Tread lightly over pieces of the original floor as you look below through the gaps.

Next, head down into the Roman Forum, following your guide around the ruins that once made up the city’s political and commercial heart. Hear about structures like the Arch of Titus and the Senate, where you have the chance to stay longer if you wish.

Walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Wander through pine trees while learning from your guide about ancient Rome’s origins, and see where the wealthiest Romans used to live.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
In this awe-inspiring tour you will explore the incredible underbelly of the colosseum, navigating through and exploring its cells, elaborate elevator systems and underground water conduits! Then, walk onto the Arena and see the Colosseum from the same perspective as the gladiators themselves! Imagine hearing the roar of the giant crowds that the gladiators heard as they prepared for battle and learn all about the various types of festivities and games the roman enjoyed! Finally, climb up the first tier and gasp at picture perfect views of this incredible amphitheater. This tour grants exclusive access to the must see restricted areas of the underground and arena, so be sure not to miss out and book in advance!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Explore the incredible ruins of the vast valley of the Roman Forum, the social, commercial and political centre of Ancient Rome! See the beautiful remains of the Imperial Villas on the Palatine Hill, and enjoy the gorgeous views of the valley of the Roman Forum from the top. Then, climb down to walk on the very streets the Roman used, seeing highlights such as the temple to the Vestal Virgins, the Basilica di Massenzio, the Roman Senate, and the memorial to Julius Caesar, amongst many more.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Inclusive in your exploration of the Roman Forum, is a wonderful climb up the wonders of the Palatine Hill. Here you will marvel at some of the most grandiose imperial villas the romans ever built, and learn all about how to emperors lived in their gigantic palaces.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult
  • Proof-of-age for teenagers under 18 years is required
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only small bags are allowed. Glass bottles and containers are also not allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum
  • Due to extreme weather conditions, the Colosseum Administration may limit access to some or all of the restricted areas (Colosseum, Arena Level and Third Tier), to ensure security of its visitors. No refund will be granted on these rare occasions
  • UNDERGROUND AND ARENA: The access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum (Underground and Arena) may be shared among other participants in the our exclusive entry slot. At times, for safety reasons, logistics and traffic control, the group may be led by one guide. This choice is at the complete discretion of the Colosseum's administration and security policy of that day in accordance to adequate safety measures. Please be aware that this is only for 30/40 minutes of the total duration of the tour. Our max 6 people policy is guaranteed for the remainder of the duration of the tour.
  • GENERAL ENTRY:Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors. Please be on time!
  • English Language Only
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Be prepared for a lot of walking and hills as the Ancient Rome part of this tour is all uphill - not for those who have a difficult time with stairs." See review
  • "There is an elevator at the Colosseum should you have issues with stairs, However, Palantine Hill is a LOT of stairs, probably about 8 flights up a hill." See review
  • "Small group the ideal way to visit the colosseum, trying to visit with 40 plus is not an option." See review

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star-5
Great way to see colosseum
Christina_P
, Aug 2022
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour! Our guide Vasco was wonderful and very knowledgeable. We did this in the afternoon and also the Vatican tour with this company in the morning but I don’t suggest doing both in the same day (we did this as we only had one full day in Rome). My only recommendation for this tour would be to see the colosseum first followed by the Roman forum and palatine hill, we saw the colosseum last which was fine but we were exhausted from walking all day. Thank you!
star-5
Spectacular Tour!
Hugh_F
, Aug 2022
Amazing Amazing tour! Our guide Jade was absolutely brilliant, she gave us soooooo much pleasure information and knowledge on what is just an fantastic tour. Would highly recommend 🙂
star-5
Highly recommend
Lori_K
, Aug 2022
Because of what I presume were cancellations, our small tour ended up being a private tour. Our guide Barbara, was lovely and knowledgeable and showed us so much more than we would’ve seen on our own. She was patient while it was very hot and offered several breaks and we never felt rushed but we were able to see everything we wanted to see. Definitely recommend!
star-5
Excellent historical tour of the Colosseum and surrounding area.
Amy_S
, Aug 2022
Our guide, Elena, was an archaeologist and was extremely well informed. She was so pleasant to be around and her knowledge really brought the Palatine Hill and Colosseum to life. The pictures that she had on her IPad, of the recreation of the sights we visited, really gave us a great perspective. We learned so much Roman history in 3 hours!
star-5
Loved ❤️
Seantrese_W
, Aug 2022
Wonderful experience! Tour guide was very knowledgeable. I absolutely LOVED the film that we watched prior to the start of the tour. That was a great visual addition.
star-5
Fascinating and educational
Rhea_D
, Jul 2022
Great communication with the tour group. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Our family definitely enjoyed!
star-5
A step back in history
Robert_C
, Jul 2022
Fascinating history and experience of the colosseum and forum with friendly and knowledgeable guide!
star-5
Fantastic tour and guides!
Nicole_H
, Jul 2022
Elisa was a fantastic guide -informative, personable and just downright nice. We’ve been to the Colosseum before but still learned new parts of its history from her. The host company was also very generous with their communication regarding the policy change effecting the Underground portion of all tours, and the subsequent substitute with the Arena Floor tour, which was excellent. We would definitely use LivTours again!
star-5
Highlight of our visit to Rome
Robin_A
, Jul 2022
Our guide Giulia was a wealth of knowledge and stories. Heart stopping moment when we actually walked out into the arena and looked up at the stands around us. We were five in the group and felt so lucky to be able to hear and see everything and to ask lots of questions. Giulia always had the answers and so much more. Would definitely recommend!
star-5
Great tour and our guide...
veronica_t
, Jul 2022
Great tour and our guide Sera was amazing with her knowledge. It was an extremely hot day and she ensured we were as comfortable as could be in the heat.
star-4
A new perspective of the Colosseum .
Jeffrey_A
, Jul 2022
Very interesting tour , although we’d been to the Colosseum before we had not seen the lower areas before. Tour spoiled somewhat by the slow speed . Alex was an excellent, entertaining guide.
star-5
Colosseum floor tour
Kristin_P
, Jul 2022
We had a fabulous archeologist guide who communicated her knowledge with interesting insights. Though it was a very hot day, she made the tour comfortable, seeking out shady spots. I especially liked having a semi private tour because I looked forward to seeing the colosseum floor since it opened. Our tour did not disappoint!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic Colosseum tour on a very hot day!
David_S
, Jul 2022
Alessandra was such a wonderful guide and it was truly a special tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill! Even though it was so very hot she made sure to keep us entertained, informed and as comfortable as possible! Thank you for a wonderful time!!! :)
star-5
Totally worth the investment!
Katherine_F
, Jul 2022
A great experience with Vasko, who was very understanding about our family needing to add a pre-tour gelato and slow the pace down in the extreme heat with a variety of children’s ages! He even knew a “secret” water fountain in the Palatine that helped us hydrate without a huge line of people waiting. Got so much more out of the Colosseum seeing it with him than when we went on our own years ago. Wonderful bits of historic context in the Palatine and Roman Forum and of course we LOVED the underground—what an astonishing structure!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Definitely do a small group tour if you can.
Donna_A
, Jul 2022
Small groups moves the tour along quicker. You also create a better personal rapport with the guide. Sabrina made sure her info was thorough and that there were no questions unanswered. You actually get to know your guide and she knew all of us by name. She was very efficient and made sure to cover as much as possible during our tour time.
star-5
Molto Bene!
Christopher_L
, Jul 2022
Francesca was our guide on a tour of the Colosseum Underground. She was extremely personable, enjoyed a great sense of humor, and spoke excellent English. To say she has knowledge of the things we observed is an understatement. Being led by Francesco through the various locations is akin to having a college professor explain the history of the buildings and the artifacts we observed. When we asked her questions, she always had the answers and provided a great deal of context to our inquiries. She is a 10 out of 10 and we highly recommend her. Thank you Francesca!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
Galina_P
, Jul 2022
Gulia was a great guide! Very knowledgeable and patient. Seeing the Forum and the Colosseum was amazing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best tour and guide in our time in Rome.
BettyJean_B
, Jul 2022
We an excellent day. Sev our tour guide was amazing. The best tour of our vacation. He was soooo knowledgeable and easy going. It was 103F that day. We took lots of breaks and stopped in the shade to talk.
star-5
Thumbs Up!
Rand_P
, Jul 2022
Our guide Serena was knowledgeable and kind. She was easy to understand and informative. We were fascinated with the underground experience.
star-5
Ancient Rome Brought To Life
Cara_B
, Jul 2022
We loved everything about this tour, especially standing on the arena floor. Helene was an excellent tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and easy to understand. She was more than happy to answer questions. We had wandered around the area the day before, but really didn't have a clue what we were looking at. We were so happy to have Helene bring Ancient Rome to life for us.

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