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Roma, Italy
 The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour

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Overview

Capped at only 12 people, this small-group tour of Rome’s Colosseum includes exclusive access to the arena floor and underground dungeons, off-limits to regular visitors. You also make guided stops at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for a full overview of day-to-day life in ancient Rome. Skip-the-line admission at all three sites is included.
  • A VIP small-group tour of the Colosseum and arena, plus Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Shave off hours of wait time from your vacation with on-the-spot entry at each attraction
  • Listen to in-depth background on the heyday of Roman imperial rule from your guide
  • See where the gladiators once entered the arena in the Colosseum’s exclusive underground area
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Exclusive access to the Colosseum Underground
Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - Entry Tickets
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Via del Colosseo, 24 , Via del Colosseo, 24, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide at the office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). Just around the corner from the Caffè Roma.

Roman Forum , Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

This tour will end up at the Roman Forum.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Meet your guide at the office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). Just around the corner from the Caffè Roma.
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Please provide an active phone number during the booking process in order to be contacted about last minute changing.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
  • Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public museums in Italy will require all visitors above the age of 12 years old to show a valid ID and certification proving that you have either: Been vaccinated with an approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNtech, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna) Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs; Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Italy Tours
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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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 The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
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 The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.

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  • "Highly recommended for anyone who wants a full experience of some one the most iconic ancient structures on Earth." See review
  • "Tour guide for Colosseum had a lot of knowledge to share on this fascinating tour, however did have a strong Italian accent, so needed to listen carefully." See review
  • "Tour office was hard to find and was not open at the designated time 30 minutes ahead of tour time." See review

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star-5
Great Guide!
Victoria_S
, Aug 2022
Our guide Paulo gave us an excellent tour! He was super knowledgeable and gave lots of detail. He made an effort to get us into the shade since it was 100 degrees, which was very much appreciated. Perfect tour. Highly recommend.
star-2
Wait time too long and...
Darlene_N
, Aug 2022
Wait time too long and group too large 25 people. Booking said small group. Missed half of Pallitine hill area as guide did not have time before we had to be at Colosseum by 12noon Supposed to be 3 hour tour only 1 hr at Colosseum and maybe 40 minutes at Pallentine hill area. Not a good experience based on our prior day VIP tour at the Vatican
star-5
Colloseum guided trip ...superb glance back in time
Louise_W
, Aug 2022
Amazing tour! Our guide Camelo was patient, informative and witty and made the whole experience captivating. It gave us a unique glance back in time...the Underground tour is a must!
star-2
Go with someone else.
Bryan_P
, Jul 2022
The company called and told us to be at the meeting point earlier than our booking had said. We rushed to change plans to get there and then once our group of 10 including a 7 month old got there the staff told us we were early and to come back later (original booking time). They were very very rude about it and the staff went as far as to argue with me and follow me out of the building (still raising his voice and arguing with me) even after we agreed to come back in an hour and a half. The tour overall was great and the guide was amazing but the company itself I could do without and would not recommend at all! Only reason that I left 2 stars was because of the guide (who is an outside contractor so not really associated with the company).
star-5
The guide was very...
DeepakDinesh_B
, Jul 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable and explained the history of Roman Empire as well as gladiators in very detail
star-5
We had an amazing guide...
John_M
, Jul 2022
We had an amazing guide who provided so much knowledge and background with humor as well Nicolo was an excellent tour host We would certainly recommend him
star-5
Tour was so engaging!
Beth_T
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Gigi was wonderful! He was so knowledgeable and presented information in an interesting and, at times, comical format. He was so engaging and we felt comfortable asking questions throughout the tour.
star-5
Excellent
Mel_M
, Jul 2022
I love the tour. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He was funny and has a nice personality.
star-4
The underground tour was...
Rachelle_L
, Jul 2022
The underground tour was amazing and our guide Pablo did a fabulous job. The group was twice the size of the max indicated though and we could have just done the normal tour for 1/2 the cost of the “small group” VIP tour.
star-4
Coliseum tour
Lisa_C
, Jul 2022
Starting at 2:45 in the afternoon in July, it was quite hot. I would recommend planning this tour in early morning or in the evening.
star-1
Do to taxi strike in...
diane_v
, Jul 2022
Do to taxi strike in Rome. We missed our tour. Want refund!!!!}! We could not get to tour since there was a taxi strike. Tried walking. To far to get to colliseum. Refund refund refund
star-1
Avoid at all cost
Rupinder_P
, Jul 2022
We arrived 15-20 earlier to the printed time of the tour starting to be told we’d missed it! They want you to arrive 30 minutes before the tour starts and put that in the small print. We paid over €300 and asked if we made our own way to the group could we join… told no. Said they’re already within the colosseum and it’s impossible for us to get to them. Told to return at 12.45 for a basic visit tour. Arrived at 12.15 (to be on the safe side) tour didn’t leave till 12.55, there was no issue getting into the colosseum and we would have been able to meet our earlier tour if we were given instructions. THIS IS A SCAM! They had obviously sold our tickets on to someone else and took our money also. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID. Feel heartbroken that we were scammed but hope the review helps someone else. We book a tour via our hotel to Vatican. That group started at 12.45 and waited for everyone that had paid for their tickets to be there before they left in fact we got late just so we didn’t leave behind anyone! That’s service and what I would expect. These guys make over €1000-2000 per tour group and are so greedy they can’t make sure everyone who’s paid gets what they’ve paid for… terrible experience and would NEVER RECOMMEND
star-4
TAKE NOTE OF SHOCKING TOUR REP BEHAVIOUR, VIATOR!!
Kelly_M
, Jul 2022
The actual tour itself is great and our guide GiGi is the BEST! He was funny, personable, informative and so inclusive of our group. The 4 stars is for him and him ALONE. Our problem was with the tour operator representing Viator at 24 Via del Colosseo in Rome, where we had to check in. We booked the 10:45 a.m. tour but you REALLY must be there 30 minutes before (which is printed in small letters somewhere on page 3 of your voucher - VERY EASY TO MISS) or they will not allow you to check in and you miss the tour. We arrived in time but it is a small place and it had a long line out the door and they have only one person checking you in. The man at the desk snapped at us to back out of the place as he argued with the people in front of us because they were 5 minutes late checking in, because the line was long and the place small! Even though it was only 10:20 a.m., they were told their 10:45 a.m. tour had already left (it hadn't, it was still outside). When we got up there finally, we were told the same thing, even though our tour had not left by that point either! He told us that he would put us on the tour leaving an hour later and handed us a sticker to put on our shirts. When I argued about the fact that we weren't really late, the group was still there, and that if they were that unable to handle customers checking in at 10:20 a.m. for a 10:45 a.m. tour, then it really shouldn't be called a 10:45 a.m. tour, he told us that it was our fault, not theirs, that we were lucky he was doing anything for us at all, that he really should charge us all over again, and physically came at me telling me that he should take my sticker off my chest and tell us to leave! I warned him that he better not try to physically touch me in any way, and my male companion diffused the situation. It was absolutely shocking and appalling, the behaviour was absolutely terrible and that man should not be representing the tour company in any way. If it hadn't been for the fact that our friends had never visited the Colosseum before, I would have walked away and taken it up with Viator. As it is, this review is mixed not because of the tour itself or our wonderful tour guide (who almost made up for the clerk's shameful behaviour) but because of our treatment at the hands of the tour representative. TAKE NOTE VIATOR!! It is private guides for me at this point going forward, I will never book a large tour again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent guide!
Jennifer_G
, Jul 2022
I’ve been to the colosseum before but never seen the underground. It was fascinating. We had an excellent guide, Paulo. He was experienced and knowledgeable and open for questions. We loved the whole experience!
star-5
Take Serena’s tour - she’s the best
deanne
, Jul 2022
Serena was by far - the best tour guide we had in all of the tours we took during our three week stay in Europe. She had genuine interest in what she was showing us and an excellent communicator. She had interesting facts to share, funny moments, a concern and care for all in her tour. We had different generations on the tour and we all enjoyed it so much.
star-5
Amazing tour!
Audrey_G
, Jul 2022
The Colosseum and Roman Forum is truly a must-see. Our tour guide, Simona, was amazing! She was very knowledgable and personable. Simona gave us time to see everything, take pictures, and also just take in the moment. The underground portion was so worth it - highly recommended. And the Roman Forum was incredible. This tour is a must-see for Rome!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Needs better time management
kkoser
, Jul 2022
Tour started 45 minutes late and ended past advertised finish time. My son was therefore unable to join another planned/paid for Viator tour of the Vatican due to time restraints.
star-5
VIP’s of the Colosseum!
Carolyn_M
, Jun 2022
Excellent way to see the the Colosseum and do a tour of the underground passages and dungeons. Our guide was so dynamic, engaging, and a wealth of information! Definitely recommend to anyone who wants a QUALITY and informational tour of the Colosseum!
star-4
Colosseum was a bucket list item!
Susan_G
, Jun 2022
Our guide was incredible and had the best attitude! I was so impressed with her knowledge, patience and cheerfulness! She said her name right at the beginning of the tour and it was either Rena or Rita! I was I knew for sure because she deserves a raise, a promotion and a pony! By no fault of hers the weather was so very hot, but she made sure everyone got water and really prioritized health and safety. Her incredible knowledge of everything we saw was incredible. Be prepared for a lot of walking. If you have concerns about too many steps you might still consider the VIP tour of the Colosseum that includes the underground, but select a tour that only does the Colosseum rather than continuing to the Forum and Palestine Hill, as this added portion proved to be a bit much for some of our tour mates, particularly in the heat. In the name of all that is good and holy please bring water with you and wear comfortable shoes with non-slip soles! I believe our small tour must have been combined with another one as our time changed and our ten person reservation placed us in a group of 22, but since the time changed to over an hour earlier we were grateful to escape the worst of the heat by getting in and out before it got too hot. If you can manage an early tour I would certainly recommend it! Also, I know your guides do not require tips, but I always give them what I can spare (20 euros in this case). How would you be at staying on your feet for three hours, talking continuously, staying cheerful without fail, solving problems and shepherding over 20 people? It’s not for the faint of heart!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Poorly written description
Karen_b
, Jun 2022
The instructions were poorly given and should have been more clearly stated. As this was my first day in Rome, I was a little lost, asking everyone for directions. Google maps was good but not perfect as I needed to go up and didn’t realize. I arrived 10 minutes late for the 30 minutes early check in. My tour started at 1:10pm and when I arrived 20 minutes prior the guy told me “you are late, your tour is already inside the colosseum” i paid $250for this tour including underground. I was so dissapointed and he was rude about it too. The instructions should have called for more than a 5min window for check in. Also it clearly should have states that although tour time is 1:10, they leave tour office to start tour at 1:45pm- huge disappointment and loss of money. He put us on a lesser tour as compensation but barely made up for what I missed out on.

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