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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

  •   Our host was very knowledgeable and this was almost brilliant. The Colosseum is amazing and our guide was able to take us back to when it was a vibrant arena. For me though we should have gone out onto the arena floor to soak up...More

    thumb PatDisneyOdey
    7/01/2019
  •   Simona is an archaologist so this tour was wonderful as she is very passionate and knowledgeable on the subject. Many fun facts that we will remember and was in fact the highlight on our Roman trip. Thank you Simona.

    thumb noraa305
    2/19/2020
  •   Experience was soooo surreal. Our tour guide made it all better, she was funny which i think really made it a lot more enjoyable. Will definitely go back again.

    thumb 1793ari
    11/25/2019
  •   The tour was very enjoyable. Martin our guide was very informative . He took us to the churches which we would have missed otherwise. The San Clement was amazing. Worth the money and time

    thumb Vaishali A
    10/29/2019
  •   So after a fabulous 3 hour docent led trip to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s, we followed that today by an almost 3 1/2 hour tour of the Colisseum, Palatine Hill and Forum. While yesterday’s guide was encyclopedic, intellectual, organized and fabulous,...More

    thumb dmnmd
    10/26/2019
  •   I've visited these sites before without a tour. From the easy entry to the information we learned over three hours, the tour is clearly the way to go. Our tour guide (English) was Massimo. He was great. Glad we did this.

    thumb Tom R
    9/23/2019

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