The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour

Roma, Italy
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From $120.85

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Get up close and personal with the Colosseum—and explore areas of the UNESCO-listed landmark that most visitors miss—on this small-group tour. Beat the crowds, and save a great deal of time, with skip-the-line access. Once inside, go on an in-depth exploration of the site. Visit its arena floors, where gladiators once battled, discover its underground chambers, go to Palatine Hill, and see the Roman Forum too. As you go, learn all about the Colosseum’s history from your guide.
  • A small-group tour makes for an intimate way of seeing the sights
  • Save hours of waiting time with skip-the-line admission
  • Discover special areas of the Colosseum that many visitors miss
  • Audio headsets are included to ensure you don’t miss a single word

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Exclusive access to the Colosseum Underground
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - Entry Tickets
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

End point

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

    The tour will finish inside of the Roman Forum.

What To Expect

Via del Colosseo

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 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 be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attractions administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is comfortable clothing
  • The Colosseum tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour will also last approximately 1.5 hours
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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

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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    The girl giving this tour...
    Tom_S, Dec 2022
    The girl giving this tour an expert about the topic, being involved in digs around the surrounding area, learned a lot about the colosseum and other tib bits about Rome. Much higher quality than previous tours.
    5 stars for Carmelo
    Daniel_P, Dec 2022
    Great tour and Carmelo was a fantastic tour guide. Would definitely recommend and definitely a 5 star tour and guide
    Wonderful tour!
    Lindsey_C, Apr 2022
    We had a fabulous time on our tour! We ended up switching to a private tour for our group because my mother was having a little bit of a hard time walking after a long week of traveling. Our tour guide was super accommodating for her, took his time and made sure we saw everything! He also was a fabulous photographer, getting great family photos for us! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
    If you come to Rome you have to do it
    Raymond_S, Mar 2022
    Great tour!! Our guide had a lot of knowledge of Rome and all the building. New how a Roman lived and acted in those days. I recommend this tour
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future in Rome. Best regards! Luca
    Official colusseum dungeons tour
    Sandra_B, Apr 2019
    Excellent Tour, Santos ,our first guide set the tone with a friendly greeting, we went back in time as he explained the history of palantine hill and Rome to us... This was the best tour we took in Rome, mostly because we didn’t have to struggle to understand what he was saying.. we wish more of the English speaking tour guides were this understandable! Handed off to an official colusseum tour guide to go into the dungeons, she was good, but very hard to understand. But we got to go underground and see the mechanism which brought the gladiators and animals into the arena to fight.. I would take this tour again!
    Response from Host, May 2019
    Thank you for your review about Explore Italy Tours! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Colosseum Dungeons Tour with us!
    Very good tour. The tour part was only...
    CM, Sep 2018
    Very good tour. The tour part was only 1 hour. A lot of standing around and waiting to go in.
    Deeply dissatisfied with this tour. Due...
    Andrea, Sep 2018
    Deeply dissatisfied with this tour. Due to a heavy rain the underground was closed. Regrettable, but we understood. We were offered the only tour available, which was not equivalent to what we asked for. We were not given headsets as promis d and could not hear the guide at all. We left the tour early as we were disappointed. They offered the forum at no extra charge at a later time and at additional time to what we originally booked. Was not worth the 212 we paid.
    Not good
    Donna_D, Jul 2018
    The tour guide that we had for the Colosseum was almost impossible to understand she spoke very very broken English . We could only understand about a fourth if that much of what she said , very disappointing
    Very Informative
    Duane_M, Jul 2018
    We had a wonderful time with our guide. She as well was very knowledgeable and handled a difficult person with great care. We had purchased and extended tour, and had the other 5 bail on us, so we had to do the forum on our own. But worked out well because we had mapped it and knew what we wanted to see. It might have been good to have been able to go I the museum there, but that required a super ticket, we were not made aware of. overall a great day.
    Viator Colosseum Tour
    Sheila_S, Jul 2018
    Our tour guide was 5 stars but the tour group Fun Tours was disorganized and behind schedule. Our 3:30 pm tour didnt start until 4:20 pm.
    Being able to get into the...
    Jonathan P, Apr 2018
    Being able to get into the underground and colosseum floor was awesome my only change would be more detail or depth. Otherwise, highly recommended.
    Our tour guide was amazing - very...
    Stephen M, Feb 2018
    Our tour guide was amazing - very knowledgeable, funny, detailed, and thorough. Note, with this tour, you get to stand on the arena floor and go underneath the arena floor, however, you spend limited time actually up where the stands were and the information manly has to do with the underground hence underground tour and the happenings down there. I had previously done a Colosseum tour, so I already knew why it was built, who built it, etc etc - but you'll have to ask these questions if you want to know - though our guide was fantastic at giving us a back story for most of the tour. Another thing that was a little irritating to both of us was the tour voucher stated the tour started at 11, but to arrive 45 minutes prior. We did not want to be late, so we got to the Colosseum about an hour and 15 minutes early. We checked in at 10:15 and was told to come back at exactly 11, we were too early. So, we came back at 11. We had a different guide lead us to the Colosseum the meeting point it about a 3-5 minute walk away - but this guide seemed extremely disinterested and his main focus was get us to the Colosseum as quickly as possible and then leave. We had some older people in our group and they had trouble keeping us, as well as both of us! He dropped us at 11 and told us the tour would start at 11:40, and left. That put us at nearly 2 hours of wasted time - our only complaint, but it wasted our whole morning to get there early and not even start for a full 2 hours. Just an FYI when you book, but our official tour guide was amazing and worth the wait!
    They told us to meet at the agency...
    Diane_D, Jan 2018
    They told us to meet at the agency. We got there a few minutes early, but still waited. Then the guy from the agency took us to the gate who transferred us to a younger guy that said to wait while they get our tickets. We did skip the line getting in. The guy only gave us tickets to get through security, and instructed us to go to the end and wait for our tour guide. There, we met different people who purchased the underground tour through other means. I talked to one of them, and she got it cheaper directly buying through the Colosseum website. The tour was fantastic, probably the bet tour I've had. Our tour guide was archaeologist, and displayed so much enthusiasm in telling us the history and what what was being found there. However, if I'd do it again, I'll book directly through the Colosseum website, and cut out the expensive middleman.
    Tour was excellent! And highly...
    espericueta82, Nov 2017
    Tour was excellent! And highly recommended. However, company is not precise when beginning their tours. We were asked to be at our meeting location at 10:30 a.m. and we were not taken to the entrance line until after an hour.
    This company was amazing and we had...
    Kelly B, Nov 2017
    This company was amazing and we had a great time. We will use them again when we go back to Europe and spend more time in Italy.
    It was little bit disorganized when...
    Donatella C, Oct 2017
    It was little bit disorganized when we checked in at the meet up. We were asked to be there by 945am but the tour didn't start until 11am. Our tour guide was good and we learned a lot about the colloseum.
    Sumergirse en la época de la roma clásica
    Felixjavier_P, Dec 2021
    El gran conocimiento de nuestro guía Giorgio. Bajar a las mazmorras del Coliseo impresiona sientes sumergirte en la época de Roma . Las descripciones , las ilustraciones , y el conocimiento empleado te hace sumergirte en esa época .
    Response from Host, Dec 2021
    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future in Rome. Best regards!