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Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour

Badge of ExcellenceRoma, Italy
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From $82.92

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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 Colosseum's Underground chambers and escape the daily crowed inside
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What's Included

  • Colosseum Undergrounds Tour
  • Colosseum First and Second Floors Tour
  • Ancient Rome Guided Tour
  • Skip the line tickets
  • Tickets are nominative please provide all the names of the visitors attending the tour
  • Tour runs on time. We will not be able to delay departure time
  • It's Mandatory to have a valid ID with you (Passport or driving license)
  • Food and Drinks
  • Private transportation

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Casa dell'Acqua ACEA
    Piazza del Colosseo, 58, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    In front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, Lower Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from the Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo 22, Roma 00184. Please don't go to the Metro Upper Level. Our guide will be waiting for you holding a sign that says '' Tours of Rome ''

End point

  • Colosseum
    Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect

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.

Colosseum

- Walk in the Colosseum Underground Chambers - Enjoy a Colosseum Lower Level Tour - Discover the secrets of the construction of the Colosseum - Know about the gladiatorial games

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Colosseum

- Walk on Arena Floor where Gladiators fought - Enjoy the best view of the Colosseum Undergrounds - Take the best picture from the Center of the Colosseum

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tickets are nominative and you are kindly invited to provide all the names of the visitors attending the tour
  • Your Guide will be waiting for you holding a Sign saying TOURS OF ROME in the Meeting point.
  • Tour start time can be subject to changes depending on the availability of the Colosseum Underground Tickets, in case of a Change of the start time; we will send you a private message with the new start time
  • All Tours run on time, Please be sure to arrive to the Meeting point Early
  • luggage and big backpack are not allowed inside the Colosseum
  • Flammable Sprays, Selfie sticks, knifes or any kind of guns or cutters even with license can not enter the Colosseum
  • Because of some restrictions by the Colosseum Authorities the part of Underground Chambers visit will be conducted by a local expert archaeologist of the Colosseum and will be in a group
  • Police control and metal detector controls can slow the fast track entrance
  • Confirmation with all the details of the tour will be received after Booking the Colosseum underground chambers tickets
  • Tour may start with Roman Forum then move to Colosseum or vice versa ...
  • We highly recommend to have an on the road cell phone
  • For a quick response you can use iMessage, Whatsapp and Viber for texting us
  • In case of dangerous rain it can be impossible to walk inside Colosseum Undergrounds and you will be given 45 minutes on the ARENA FLOOR where you can see all the underground sections without walking inside it
  • Tour itinerary is subject to changes in case of restrictions by local authorities
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • It's Mandatory to have a valid ID with you (Passport or driving license)
  • Pets and service dogs are not allowed
  • Entry Tickets will be provided by our guide the day of the tour
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the meeting point?

A: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

Q:Where can we store our luggage during the tour?

A: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


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.
Seeing the underground part of the Colosseum is so worth it, and it's SO worth it to skip the lines/avoid the crowds, too.
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Underground
Coleen_T, Feb 2023
Awesome way to see all of the colosseum and learn all the unique stories The history and. Stories shared were great
Well worth it
David_S, Feb 2023
Quite enjoyed seeing all the sights that I have read about all these years, especially seeing where Julius Caesar was honored by Marc Anthony. Also, we’ll worth the underground tour of the Colosseum for the engineering. Both guides did a wonderful job explaining all the cultural and historical references.
By far the best tour we took in Italy because of our guide Lorenzo!
Lisa_M, Jan 2023
This tour was a highlight of our trip to Italy especially because of our guide, Lorenzo. He was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and thorough. Our tour included Palatine Hill, The Forum and the Colosseum which we covered at the perfect pace to keep everyone in my family engaged but not rushed. My 22 year old son said he could have spent several more hours listening to Lorenzo talk about the history and significance of Rome and frankly I agree. I cannot recommend this tour enough!
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Worth it only for the underground access hard to understand
Laura_S, Jan 2023
I’ll be honest this tour was the worst we did (also did Pompeii and Catacombs in Italy). The location and scenery are amazing but we really couldn’t understand our guide at all it was not a volume thing she was just hard to understand sadly. She was SO smart and passionate but if we couldn’t understand what was the point? It felt rushed at some points then focused on rqndom things in great detail for other points. The only redeeming factor was the clarity of the meeting point and the underground tour part. The underground guide was amazing and easy to understand but Paletine Hill and The Coliseum were strange and didn’t allow for photos or for any reflection of our own. I’m still glad we did it for underground access and because the coliseum is incredible but it was sad to not understand literally anything on the tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello, thank you for your review, we are happy that you liked the underground tour and we are sorry to know that some part of the tour you could not understand. Please help us with more details about the tour guide name so we can investigate better. Our email to contact us: tours@toursofrome.info Best wishes
Definitely a VIP Experience
Marla_M, Jan 2023
Outstanding, even on a cold day! I’ve visited the Colosseum previously but this tour brought it to life. Seeing the underground portion was fascinating and first and second floors as well. Certainly lived up to VIP status, small group added to 5* experience. Elisabetta was excellent. Her depth of knowledge is impressive and she is a pleasure to have had as a guide.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
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Best tour yet!
Jennifer_W, Jan 2023
The guide was so knowledgeable and nice! We learned so much. We would recommend this tour to everyone visiting Rome!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
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Great tour
Paul_D, Jan 2023
Tour guide Marco was excellent. Really informative. Great tour definitely recommend. The only hiccup was when in the Colosseum we were left behind by their tour guide not Marcos fault we were waiting at the correct place we then joined the tour and she didn’t have enough audio guides so some people got none including my daughter so it was very difficult to hear.
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Colosseum Underground Tour
Anonymous, Dec 2022
Our guide Lorenzo?? Was fantastic. Very knowledgeable while keeping us moving to see and hear a lot. Nice small group of 7 people made it flow well. Highly recommend.
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A great experience.
Ady_H, Dec 2022
The tour of the forum was terrific, our guide Serena was knowledgeable and charming. The tour of the colosseum, with another guide, was also fascinating and thorough. All in all a great experience.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
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Bucket List Tour
Michael_C, Dec 2022
Definitely a bucket list tour. Our guide had pictures of what it might have looked like to help imagine it all. Palatine Hill was an unexpected gem of discovery as well that would not have been as interesting had we not had a guide.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
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Great tour and tour guide
lesliecorbus, Dec 2022
This was one of the best tours we did in Rome. This was my 2nd time to the Colosseum and I walked away with so many more details than previous tours. The underground was worth the visit. We even got a glimpse into the gladiator’s tunnel that is usually blocked from view. Our tour guide was amazing. Book this tour!
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Great perspective
Tamra_R, Nov 2022
This was a fascinating tour and well worth it. It was so interesting to look at the below ground inner workings of the colosseum.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
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Rome brought to life
George_B, Nov 2022
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. She brought the past to life. She was able to show us the ruins and pictures of what the ruins would have looked like in the past.
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Guide was very well...
Christine_M, Nov 2022
Guide was very well informed and brought the wealth of information to life with her interesting manner.
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We had a great time.
KELLY_C, Nov 2022
This was a great tour. The tour operator was very clear and knowledgeable. They were exactly where they were supposed to be at the pick up point. We really enjoyed it and thought the tour guide was really amazing.
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Awesome tour !
Nikole_C, Nov 2022
Our tour guide Heather was great. She was funny, entertaining, and knowledgeable. We learned a lot ! I would highly recommend this tour.
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Christina was friendly,...
Baree_C, Nov 2022
Christina was friendly, vibrant and so knowledgable. A wonderful tour and a great experience. Tours of Rome is an excellent tour company and i will continue to book tours good with them
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Ancient Times Brought to Life
Patricia_A, Nov 2022
Enjoyable and informative tour. Serena ( not sure on spelling) took good care of us and encouraged questions. We booked the below deck gladiator tour and she made a good effort to bring history to life.
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Mindblowing, amazing tour
Steve_R, Nov 2022
We are SO glad we took this tour. All of it was just incredible, especially seeing the underground. Many tour choices, but we highly recommend this one. And a shout out to our guide, I believe her name was Chiari, who was wonderful. Only 8 of us in our group, which also was nice, but we went in October (not high season) which probably had a lot to do with it. VERY strong recommendation for this tour.
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A must do!
Alex_R, Nov 2022
Great tour of the underground level of the Coliseum! and then the upper level. Small group is the way to go. Our guide Chiara was great!
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