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

Roma, Italy
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From $162.59

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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 Travelers 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.


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!

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

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.

1 hour Admission 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 travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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

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    Traveler 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.
    2,874 reviews
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    Great Tour!
    Kelsey_H, Feb 2023
    The underground was really cool ~ there weren’t crowds of people and our tour guide made things super seamless. She was very knowledgeable and gave us a true VIP experience.
    Sebastian_B, Jan 2023
    We had a short stay in Rome, and this tour was top of the list to do. The guide was very knowledgable and friendly. The meeting point was easy to find (at the metro station). Highly recommend this tour and learn and immerse yourself in the history of this magnificent monument.
    KELLY_W, Jan 2023
    We had a wonderful time and our Guide was fantastic. Our guide was for informative, professional yet funny at the same time. Just perfect.
    Azzuro mancini best guide ever
    joseph_m, Jan 2023
    Azzuro …out guide was a delight great personality and super knowledgeable The underground was very interesting and azures got us to spots in the forum for beautiful foto ops
    A must see tour with an experience you'll treasure forever!
    The_P, Jan 2023
    A rainy day in Rome but this was the best day! We met with Dennis at the designated meeting spot with no issues and he was nice enough to share his umbrella with us whilst he gave us the most informative tour. Dennis had so much information on every aspect of the ruins and sites, it was all very awe inspiring. It was an easy to follow tour and the passion Dennis had for his work made it even better! Entering was so magnificent and inspirational, it actually makes you get emotional. We couldn't have asked for a better experience, rain storm and all!
    Our guide Francesca with...
    JohnFrancis_M, Jan 2023
    Our guide Francesca with her passion in archeology really brought the tour to life. Great access to hidden parts of the colosseum. Made our visit to Rome so meaningful, thanks !
    Good tour, knowledgable guide, but disorganized Colosseum experience
    Dusty_T, Jan 2023
    Good tour and sites well explained. Our guide was originally schooled in art history, so had a genuine interest in a lot of the historical points. - We did not get a guide for the underground as they "could not have more guides down there"... so we got pushed into another group with a guide speaking a different language. I wanted to rate the tour much lower due to this, but it was only one section of the tour and is what took this from a 5 to 4 star review.
    Rich_N, Jan 2023
    Made our vacation easy and took the worry out of planning; excellent! Would recommend to any first time visitors!!
    Darius was a wonderful guide
    rossvickery, Jan 2023
    Darius was a fantastic guide! A great person to share the afternoon with your family. He has a deep knowledge of Rome and it’s history.
    Coliseum and Roma forte
    jon_s, Jan 2023
    Our guide Deborah did a great job at showing a large part of old rome at a brisk pace so we got the most of the time. She answered all our questions and was definitely well schooled on the history and traditions. Great tour I would definitely recommend taking it.
    Maximum of 12 - not 6
    Deborah_M, Jan 2023
    It was an amazing experience. However, we were promised maximum of 6 people and when we went underground, there were 12 people. The guide had to speak in both English and German so tour took longer than expected. Also did not have ear buds for us so we could not use the quiet boxes. Otherwise very good tour guides for both underground and Colliseum.
    It was wonderful . Great...
    Ron_L, Jan 2023
    It was wonderful . Great guide! Small group! Easy to meet the guide. Very thorough and knowledgeable
    Great Tour Guide; Did NOT get access to Colosseum underground
    Daniel_R, Jan 2023
    The tour was fantastic, largely because of our guide, Barbara, who's kindness, friendly disposition, professionalism, and knowledge were all without compare. Unfortunately, LivTours did not secure the "underground" tickets for us (despite having booked a tour with that feature), and, while we could see the below ground area with everyone else from the area floor level, we were not allowed to access the portion of the colosseum located below the ground level. LivTours did not inform us of this until 4 days before our tour, at which time we had no ability to secure those tickets elsewhere or find another operator with availability for our dates.
    AvrilKeyehra_M, Jan 2023
    wonderful excursion! Helena was great and has so much knowledge about the monuments given her background in archeology. We would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about the rich history of rome!
    Fantastic tour of the Colosseum, Colosseum Underground, Forum and Palatine Hill.
    Jordan_H, Dec 2022
    This was a fascinating tour, with a lot of great information. Our tour guide with Liv Tours, Deborah, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject and we learned a lot. We appreciated her time and enthusiasm, and we also really liked the smaller nature of the tour. She patiently answered all our questions, let us pause to take photos, and showed us some great vantage points on the Palatine to take photos of the city and ruins from. We were also provided with a DVD of the tour along with instructions on how to use our phone and overlay the original buildings onto the ruins.
    Ancient Rome through the eyes of an Archeologist
    Charles_H, Dec 2022
    The Underground of the colosseum was breath taking and to have Tonya an actual archeologist who has worked there guide us through it was an unforgettable experience. This was well worth the extra money.
    Colosseum Tour with Selenia
    Paul_P, Dec 2022
    We booked the Colosseum with Underground, Roman Forum, and Palantine Hill, and are so glad we did! Our guide, Selenia, was wonderful: so knowledgeable on both Roman art and archeology! She made the tour engaging and informative, both giving us plenty of information, and encouraging questions. We strongly recommend this tour, and if you can, request Selenia when you make the booking! Thank you for an amazing experience!
    Leisha_S, Dec 2022
    Our guide came despite the rain and she was WONDERFUL! So informative and funny too. She absolutely made the tour great, rain and all! And she gave us a great tip for a restaurant!
    Read and enjoy.
    Wayne_S, Dec 2022
    When I booked the tickets I put them both in my husbands name. I did not realize that each ticket name needed to be for the person who would actually attend. No exceptions. Since my name was not on the ticket I was not allowed to view the underground portion. I was disappointed but understood fully I was able to get a ticket to see the grind up level with my husband and the rest of the group of six. The hour that they were below, I was able to explore and see more of this amazing structure. Please read the full requirements. The Viator people were extremely helpful and I would recommend that you use them.
    Amazing tour!
    ALEXANDRA_K, Dec 2022
    We had such an informative and interesting tour! Our tour guide, Serena, was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and explained everything with enthusiasm. It was fascinating seeing the underground part of the Colosseum. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip for sure!