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

Roma, Italy
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From USD 162.18

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 3 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 Travellers Choose This Tour

Walk on almost 2,000-year-old original floors, with special access to ancient tunnels and secret chambers.

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Palatine Hill

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • IMPORTANT: All names provided at time of booking MUST MATCH a valid piece of ID for each traveler. Failure to input correct names will result in a loss of the tour as per current Colosseum regulations.
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • Due to recent changes in Colosseum ticketing regulations affecting all guides and all tour operators, there is a chance that the Colosseum will not allow guides to accompany their groups for the short 20 minute portion of the underground. In this circumstance, your guide will share all the historical insights prior to your entering and a member of the Colosseum staff will join you for this portion of the tour. This change is affecting all guides in all tour operators. If you would like, you can install the Parco Colosseum official app on your phone and download the Colosseum Experience audio recordings prior to arriving.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Traveller Tips

    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.
    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.
    Small group the ideal way to visit the colosseum, trying to visit with 40 plus is not an option.


    3,277 reviews
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    High Recommend
    Katherine_M, June 2023
    I highly recommend this tour. Our guide was Deborah and she was incredibly knowledgeable. A different tour guide, Sev, walked us through the underground portion of the Colosseum and this was amazing. Both tour guides did a fantastic job guiding us, giving us the history and answering all of our questions. They both were so passionate about he Colosseum.
    Do not use Liv Tours
    Susan_E, June 2023
    The colosseum was interesting however the tour operator did not fulfill their part of the contract to guarantee a small group. There was supposed to be a six person maximum guarantee and it ended up being 12 because they could not find another tour guide. I would not recommend using Liv Tour group.
    Sandy_D, June 2023
    Valentina brought everything to life! Her knowledge and true love of Rome and what she does was evident. It was amazing to have the privilege of seeing the underground.
    Amazing walk through history
    Benjamin_M, June 2023
    Grazie Mille Marzy! The tour was fantastic and we really enjoyed all the details and information Marzy shared with us. She was very friendly, engaging and informative. The time to tour the Palatine Hill and the underground chambers of the Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum) was well worth it. Fun to walk where Romans walked 1900 years ago and hear about what it was like back then. Highly recommend!
    Janalee_K, May 2023
    We had a great tour with Chiara. She was so knowledgeable and friendly! We had been on a colosseum tour before but this one was so much more informative! Chiara was the best!
    Perfect in every way!!!!
    Lisa_F, May 2023
    Fabulous!!!!! Our Tour Guides were amazing!!!!! Knowledgeable, courteous, funny - all was perfect. Special shout out to Dennis who was our private tour guide for most of the tour. HE WAS THE BEST!! Gratze Dennis!!!
    Best tour
    Dane_C, May 2023
    Best tour we had in Rome which is saying something considering we also did a private Vatican tour. Very knowledgeable friendly guide with fun and interesting facts. Spoke English very well and guided us to good photo spots. Only 4 people in the group which made it much more personal.
    Captivating tour
    Tammy_F, May 2023
    Such a fab tour. Our guide was awesome and with a small group really made the effort to tailor commentary and flow to suit our group. For us the underground was brilliant so to be able to visit all three levels was superb. Skip the line appeared good value to us as not hot for locals but hot for us. Forum in breathtaking. Would happily recommend if you have a genuine interest in the history of collesum and forum.
    Perfect Colosseum tour.
    Abby_N, May 2023
    Our guide was amazing. The underground tour of the Colosseum was amazing too! Highly recommend both.
    Great Experience
    Allison_Y, May 2023
    It was well worth the extra money to go in a smaller tour group at the Colosseum. Our guide was able to talk directly to us without microphones/ear pieces and we were able to interact and ask questions throughout the tour. Dennis our guide was amazing and super knowledgeable. The underground area was really neat and is not to be missed!
    Rama_J, May 2023
    Excellent experience. Our tour guide Deborah was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. We were not having much history knowledge in the group. Her patience was admirable.
    Best way to see these wonders of the world
    Ryan_C, May 2023
    Definitely worth it to do a skip the line tour. We had Sev as our tour guide and he is world class - like strolling around the forum and Coliseum with a history professor.
    Amazing Tour! Recommend!
    Chelsia_M, May 2023
    Our tour guide was amazing! Her knowledge of Rome’s rich history was great! We had a great time. Would recommend!
    Don’t believe the 6 people max guarantee, it is a lie
    Joy_M, May 2023
    When you book, the reminders, and asking for a review, it states “Semi-private tour MAX 6 PEOPLE QUARANTINED”, but for the underground portion, we had 17 people in the tour. The headsets would lose signal because the guide was too far away. Definitely not worth the underground experience.
    Our guide Nicolo was...
    Gary_V, May 2023
    Our guide Nicolo was wonderful! Extremely knowledgeable, quick-witted, funny, and willing to take time to explain anything. He was just the best!
    Historians dream!
    Adrienne_H, May 2023
    Our tour guide Francesca was worth the trip to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and palatine hill valentine. Her vast knowledge of Roman history made for an exciting day of learning. We wish we could have stayed all day with her for her knowledge and friendliness. The experience was worth every dollar spent.
    Great in-depth tour
    Diana_C, May 2023
    We had such an amazing experience with this tour and learned so much. Our guide, Noemi, was very knowledgeable and provided great visual examples of what certain locations looked like fully constructed. See how the undeground was organized and planned was incredible. I couldn't imagine going to the Colosseum without a tour like this. Highly recommend!
    Wonderful Colosseum Tour! Expert Guide!
    Justin_B, May 2023
    Laura S. From LIV Tours Provided a wonderful experience for us. Her knowledge and passion for the immense history of the Colosseum was felt throughout the tour as she explained in detail the architecture and history behind this incredible place. I would love to come back for another tour with my children and Laura as our guide!
    Amazed and Humbled
    Andrew_N, May 2023
    The underground tour of the Colosseum was amazing. The thought that thousand died where you stand. The history that was made. amazing experience n very humbling.
    Rodolfo_F, May 2023
    This was a great tour! Our guide Arianna was so nice and knowledgeable, we had the best views of the colosseum and were able to take wonderful pictures. Also the view from Palatine hill was unbelievable!

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