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Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour

Roma, Italy

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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Check out the Colosseum’s underground chambers and gladiator passageways on a tour of the sites that are normally off-limits to the general public. With a guide, you also visit the arena floor to see where the gladiatorial action took place. The experience ends with a tour of the Roman Forum, viewing temples and arches as you follow the footsteps of ancient senators and emperors. Upgrade to a VIP tour to include access to the third tier.
  • Explore the underground chambers were wild animals were caged
  • Wander along the passages used by gladiators before the games
  • Visit the arena floor as you learn about bygone battles that took place there
  • Learn about Imperial-era life on a tour of the Roman Forum

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See the Colosseum’s underground chambers and 3rd tier with access to the Forum.
Choose from a morning or afternoon start time when you book, then make your way to the start point near the Colosseum on Via dei Fori Imperiali.

A symbol of ancient Rome, the impressive amphitheater is rich with history. Hear tales of the ancient gladiators who fought wild beasts to the delight of the bloodthirsty crowds, and learn about the cruelty and clemency of the emperors who presided over the games.

As you learn about the gladiatorial games, explore the areas that are normally off-limits to the general public. See the underground chambers where wild animals were kept in cages, and wander along the passageways that gladiators once paced along.

From the Colosseum, head into the heart of the Roman Forum to learn about daily life in ancient times. Amble around the temples and arches as you listen to tales of the politics and religion of Imperial Rome.
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Enjoy a Colosseum Underground Tour
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Enjoy a Colosseum Underground Tour
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Walk on Arena Floor
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Discover First and second Floors of The Colosseum
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Discover Colosseum Third, Fourth and Fifth Levels * ** this option is ONLY FOR VIP COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND TOUR
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Where is the meeting point?
The meeting point is in front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, Ground Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from COLOSSEUM, Piazza del Colosseo, Roma 00184.
Jul 2019
Where can we store our luggage during the tour?
Luggage and big backpacks are not allowed inside the Colosseum, please make alternative arrangements for these items.
Jul 2019

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Traveler Tips

  • "It was very hot on August, bring water and s hat."
  • "Pay attention to the additional emails that are sent, I just thought they were reminders and didn't realize they had changed the time." See review
  • "Keep in mind that, although English-speaking guides know that tourists all over the world follow them (because there are not guidances in their native languages), they don't try to talk a little more slowly and easily." See review


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Ancient Rome and Colosseum
, Feb 2020
both guides outside and Inside the colosseum were dedicated to their job and gave a lot of details. i was however disappointed by the extend of the underground tour which does not account for a lot, considering the renovation works. The additional entry to the forum was much appreciated
, Feb 2020
We paid $341 for 2 people VIP when the actual amount was €154 for 2 people(we saw this on the tickets given to us). Nothing VIP about it. We did get to walk the little space underground and the 3rd tier which would have cost just €154. Our guide was good BUT we were quite upset when we realized that we were ripped off!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Dear Vanissa, Thank you for taking time to review the Tour. as actually you know, you did not buy only a ticket, but also a guide to accomodate you in the Colosseum, and an archaeologist to explain to you for whole the tour duration, The VIP Service included a private accommodation to you, Special entrance to get inside the Colosseum away from the crowds and being in a very small group tour visiting all the restricted areas of the Colosseum. beside you had a free access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and. Actually there are also Fees for our agency and the ticket office and the organizers. If you have any other concerns about the tour, please contact us on: best wishes Tours of Rome
Avoid this one
, Feb 2020
This was a 3rd party meet and hand off. The guy could not get rid of us fast enough. Literally met us across from the colosseum walked us to the group check in gate and left. There was no explanation of the ruins which was my main goal. The company was “Tours of Rome”. I paid for VIP small group.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Dear Dan Thank you for reviewing the tour. The tour you booked covers arena, undergrounds, first, second and third tiers with panoramic terrace exclusive visit. Unfortunately this grade doesn’t cover also the Forum and Palatine Hill. The gentleman who met you is the tour assistant and the explanation should Be given by the archaeologist Best wishes
Very Comprehensive and Informative
, Dec 2019
This tour is full of information and historical facts. The 2 complaints are: (1) the meeting place was not specific enough. It's at the bottom entrance/exit to the Metro stop, not at the fountain. (2) it wasn't made clear that we had to go back to the original meeting place after the Colosseum tour, to hook up with the guide for the Forum tour. Aside from these issues, the tour was fantastic. The underground tour is fascinating! Valentina, the Colosseum tour guide, explained everything in detail and gave us plenty of time. Lorenzo, the Forum tour guide, was a wealth of information and history. While there were around 20 people for the Colosseum part, there were just 4 of us for the Forum tour. We could have spent another hour with Lorenzo.
Behind the Scenes
, Dec 2019
Great tour which allows you to go the the Colosseum floor and underground. Definitely feel like more time needs to be allowed to explore the other levels of the Colosseum before moving onto the Roman Forum. We felt a bit rushed.
No money back
, Nov 2019
The tour time was changed and emailed to us after we had left Australia with no email to contact. Very poor rating on organisational skills and we did not even get to go on the tour even though we had paid for this.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello Thank you for your feedback. Kindly contact us on: With the details of tour to be able to check what happened exactly Best wishes
, Nov 2019
Worth the money! Our guide was so knowledgeable. We were the only group allowed to go onto the higher tier of the Colosseum and the views were stunning! We got to skip all the lines (which were huge) and walk right in. Highly recommend!
Small Group Colosseum
, Nov 2019
This really wasn't a small group ... very confusing with different guides and then breaking into groups. Our guide outside was okay but the Colosseum tour guide was very good. We enjoyed the Colosseum itself.
, Nov 2019
I really liked our guide. He gave us a lot of information and also the archeologist. Some pretty amazing facts. my only issue was the rescheduling of our tour prior to the date, by Viator and then substituting part of the tour. Fortunately we purchased the other part (palatine hill & roman forum) from another company as we would not have been able to use the tickets given to us due to rain
Great Tour!
, Nov 2019
Our tour of the Colosseum was great and our guides were very knowledgeable. Accessing the underground and floors 3/4 was fantastic and the views from floor 4 were incredible! The only hiccup encountered was when the tickets for the Roman Forum were printed at the Colosseum, two copies of a 4 pack were printed and given to two couples. The other couple used theirs first so we couldn't get in. After going back and explaining this to the Colosseum security, they helped and got us into the Roman Forum without an issue. Walking around there was just as amazing! Despite the minor mistake, we would completely recommend this tour! Just make sure the second set of tickets get printed correctly.

Product code: 16631P14

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