Small-Group Ancient Rome & Colosseum Underground Tour

Small-Group Ancient Rome & Colosseum Underground Tour

From $100.26 per person

Enjoy a walking tour of the Colosseum's underground chambers. Discover where the Romans caged wild animals, walk on the arena floor where the gladiators fought and visit the Roman Forum to see the center of ancient Roman life.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Private or small groups available


  • Experience the Colosseum's underground chambers
  • Feel like a Gladiator and walk on the arena floor
  • Discover the Colosseum's first and second tier
  • Visit the Roman Forum and see one of the most important archaeological sites
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Start your day of discovery by meeting your guide outside the Colosseum at your selected departure time. Discover the site that over the centuries has become the symbol of the city. Learn about the Colosseum's rich history and from your informative guide, hear tales of gladiators, slaves, and ferocious animals. For approximately 2-hours you will get the opportunity to explore all the areas of the Colosseum and gain exclusive access to the sites off-limits areas.  Walk through the underground chambers and see where wild animals were caged, the secret passages of the Gladiators, and marvel at how animals were transported to the Arena's main level. After your tour of the Colosseum, explore the heart of the ancient city for about one-hour with your knowledgeable guide. Walk among temples, meeting places, and triumphal arches. Discover the Forum, the area that witnessed the birth and development of Roman civilization, and the political, social, religious, and economic heart of the Roman Republic. Some of the most ancient places of worship can be found in the Forum, and visitors can still witness the remains of ancient temples.
  • Professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Colosseum skip-the-ticket-line tickets
  • Colosseum underground tickets
  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tickets (morning and afternoon tours only)
  • Local taxes
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

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    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Due to ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, the Arena will not be visited on this tour until further notice. The Gladiator’s Gate access will be replaced by the standard underground entrance
    • A valid ID card or a copy of it (or a scanned picture of your ID card or passport) is required to get inside the Colosseum
    • Having a mobile phone in case contact needs to be made is highly recommended
    • No flammable sprays or perfumes are allowed inside
    • The exact start time of the tour will be communicated via email and by SMS after booking the necessary tickets
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 / 5

    based on 133 reviews

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    I was lucky enough to be the only participant in this tour, so I had the honor of having Franz all to myself: a well of knowledge from which to draw explanation after explanation. The visit to the underground is worthwhile even just for the 15 'at our disposal during which you can imagine the mood of the gladiators and admire the Colosseum from a different perspective. Franz, with the help of images and photographs and his always clear and precise explanations, transported me inside the Roman Forum making me relive the life of old Rome!

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    October 17, 2020

    A tour that was supposed to be a group tour, however, turned out to be private luckily for us, as there were no other members present. Really interesting and complete in all its parts, really recommended for those who want to live a 360 degree experience on ancient Rome. 3 hours fly in the company of a truly passionate guide.

    September 28, 2020

    The man who met us at the meeting point was amazing. So knowledge and personable. Had so many facts about Rome in general as well as engaging and interesting facts about the colosseum. Once inside we met the Archeologists and Educator. He knew his stuff when it came to the history of the Colosseum however he appeared to be struggling with his English. Which meant his facts weren’t always clear and at times hard to follow.

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    January 21, 2020

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