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Visit the underbelly of the Colosseum not available for standard ticket holders. See how the gladiators and animals lived and relive their horrors and triumphs.

Colosseum Underground Tour Highlights!

Colosseum
Visit the underbelly of the Colosseum not available for standard tickets.
Roman Forum
Walk in the footsteps of the emperors and see where important decisions were made.
Palatine Hill
See the most famous of the seven hills of Rome, and home to the aristocrats.

Tour Details:

Duration : 4 hours.
Tour Type : Private Guide.
Languages: English , and other languages are available on request.

Colosseum Underground Tour

This is the most sought-after tour in Rome, and not many tickets are sold for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The difference of this tour compared to a standard ticket is simple – You get to see much more in this tour. You will visit places which are not accessible to standard ticket holders. Your private guide will take you to the depths of the Colosseum, the underground where you will discover what it
was really like for the gladiators and animals, slaves and convicts. You will receive audio systems, and you are welcome to put them on listening to your guide describe live, what really happened two millennia ago.

Your tour begins with a VIP entry which is different from the skip-the line and the general admission entrance. Through the Gladiator’s gate, you will enter the magnificent Arena Floor. Close your eyes and imagine a gladiator making his entry to the deafening sounds of the crowds which could swell up to 80,000 as they chanted, cheered, jeered, and watched the gladiators fight for glory. Now, the tour takes a dark turn as you are drawn into the hypogeum. This dark labyrinth of tunnels and corridors housed gladiators, animals, slaves, and convicts. There were 80 elevated platforms which would rise up to bring the gladiators and animals to the top of the arena as well as bring the dead bodies down to be disposed of! You will be spellbound by the ingenuity of Roman engineering and building techniques. The expert guides will tell you spine-tingling tales which will spook you.

Other sites visited within the Colosseum include:

First Ring of the Colosseum
This gives you a whole perspective of the monument.

Second Ring of the Colosseum
From here, you will have spectacular views of inside the Colosseum and can look over the Roman Forum.

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum will transform you back into time. Ancient government buildings is what this site is most famous for. You will see the Via Sacra, and stroll along it as your guide explains this was the very street for marches and pageantry to mark triumphs where spectators would gather on the streets. Your private tour guide will also point out important temples and churches; what is left of them today. Visit the Temple of Vesta and the Temple of Julius Caesar.

Palatine Hill

Imperial palaces is what Palatine Hill is very famous for, not withstanding, Rome originated here. Excavations have revealed that there is evidence of civilisation as early as 10th Century BC. Palatine House was discovered by archaeologist in 2016 who believe was the birthplace of Augustus – The first Emperor of Rome.
The Colosseum Underground Tour Ticket Sells Out Very Quickly
Important Information About The Colosseum Underground Tour
  • - Wear comfortable shoes
  • - There may be limited access for wheelchair visitors
  • - Empty water bottles. Water can be filled in many of the water fountains on the route

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History has come back to life!
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Small Group TourColosseum, Palatine and Roman Tour

Duration: 3 hrs.
Group Size: Max 24
Visit the famous Colosseum arena floor and experience the past and discover secrets.

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Customised Guided TourColosseum Private Tour Official VIP Entry

Duration: 4 hrs.
Group Size: Max 24.
Be treated like a VIP as you cut the lines and be treated to a private, tailored visit.

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VIP Access Ticket and TourColosseum By Night Underground Tour

Duration: 3 hrs.
Group Size: Max 24.
Age: 7 +
Visit the Colosseum arena and the underground in the night. A one-of a kind experience.

TripAdvisor

  •   We took this guided tour on 13th October and Marcello was everything we expected and more! Very knowledgeable and funny, we would love to have him as our guide the next time we are in the city!

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    10/28/2019
  •   Our guide Davide was so impressing, he had a huge knowledge, spoke excellent English and all of us were just silent wanting him to tell us more and more and more. it was funny, entertaining and it was so worth the money. this tour was...More

    thumb Doris C
    5/21/2019
  •   Our guide for this tour, Lucia, was the best guide we had in Rome. She knew all there was to know about the Museum and Sistine Chapel and told us many stories of the statues, paintings and artefacts on display. It was fabulous to have...More

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    3/02/2020
  •   This was advertised as a "private tour" which is what I paid for. It wasn't. We were held up by a late flight and traffic and arrived a few minutes late, which should not have been a problem if this was a "private tour". But...More

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    11/02/2019
  •   Had to wait a while inside so not sure that we benefited from skipping the queue. Tour guide was informative but felt rushed as she had to go onto another tour. However we stayed on longer to absorb the atmosphere. Building repairs going on so...More

    thumb Louise H
    9/28/2019
  •   Both the Colosseum and Palatine Hill tours had knowledgable tour guides. Colosseum was busy but we seemed to get around smoothly enough.It was October so maybe quiter and cooler than peak season? Two sets of guides do the Colosseum and one continues to do the...More

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    10/24/2019

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