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Colosseum: Tour with Underground & Arena Floor and Ticket to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

1. Colosseum: Tour with Underground & Arena Floor and Ticket to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

See 3 famous Roman attractions with an in-depth guided tour of the Colosseum, plus ticket access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Venture into the Colosseum's Underground, then explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill at your own pace. Maximize your time at the Colosseum with your guide leading you around the attraction. Enter the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, and head downstairs to the usually off-limits’ Underground, where gladiators prepared themselves for combat. Then skip the ticket line for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to discover both sites in your own time. Visit the home of Rome’s political, social, and religious life at the Roman Forum, with ruins such as the Temple of Caesar to see. Gain panoramic views over the city from Palatine Hill, the center of Rome’s 7 hills, and make the most of an unmissable photo opportunity.

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Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

2. Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

This is the ultimate experience at the Colosseum with limited availability and the starting times can vary. After meeting your guide, you will be able to take some beautiful wide angle and panoramic photos of the Colosseum and the surrounding areas before the tour begins. Being one of the most visited monuments in the world, you will regularly find a long ticket line at the Colosseum. By joining this Colosseum Underground tour, you will be provided with skip-the-line entrance tickets, so the group can head straight inside and not waste time standing around in the ticket lines.   As you walk inside the Colosseum, you will begin to feel the magnitude of where you are. This tour will also give you access to the Colosseum arena with a beautiful view over the underground level. You will also visit the underground chambers and hear stories of gladiators and wild animals that were kept there. Exploring the ground floor level and up to the second tier, your guide will recreate the past with stories of epic battles, painting pictures in your mind, bringing to life the walls that surround you. Learn about the types of games and ferocious battles that the Romans enjoyed the most. See where the emperor would be perched, high above the arena floor, ready to decide the fate of another gladiator as he stood before a roaring Roman crowd. Along with providing you with expert knowledge, your guide will also point out the best places to capture that perfect picture during your tour, as you tour the circumference of the Colosseum.

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Colosseum: Tour with Underground at Night

3. Colosseum: Tour with Underground at Night

Discover the Roman Empire’s most famous amphitheater on a guided visit at the quietest time of day, at night. Enter the amphitheater and listen as your guide brings to life the arena’s past. Imagine the crowds in the stands cheering on their favorite gladiator.  Continue to the Underground chambers and passageways that normally have restricted access to the public. See where the wild animals and gladiators were stowed before their battles and the numerous elevators that hoisted beasts into the arena. Let your guide bring the Colosseum’s history to life, with stories of gladiators that fought here and what life in the arena was like. Find out about the triumphs of engineering that made the Colosseum so remarkable, too. Enjoy the advantage of visiting at night, when the crowds have gone and the monument is illuminated in lights, and gain a different perspective on this iconic amphitheater. 

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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Private Tour

4. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Private Tour

Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on this private tour. Listen to stories of Ancient Rome at each location from your guide. Explore the Colosseum on a guided tour. Hear about the history of the Colosseum and the life and battles of the gladiators. Visit the Roman Forum and see how the Ancient Romans lived. Learn about public life in Ancient Rome and see the ruins of markets, temples, and churches. Discover the ancient center of Rome, Palantine Hill. Explore the ruins of the Imperial palaces and monuments.

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Rome: Full-Day Private City Tour with Colosseum and Lunch

5. Rome: Full-Day Private City Tour with Colosseum and Lunch

Experience all the charms of Rome on this full-day private tour. Immerse yourself in history with guided visits to the Colosseum and Pantheon, and explore hidden treasures throughout the city like the Jewish Quarter and the Dei Fiori Market. Skip the queues and explore the Colosseum, the biggest arena in ancient Rome. Hear the incredible stories of the gladiators and wild beasts that entertained the Roman people from your professional guide. Continue to Imperial Forum Avenue and enjoy incredible views of the different Imperial Forums while your guide tells you about the emperors who built them. Continue to Piazza Venezia and admire one of the most stunning architectural monuments in Rome. Step into the Pantheon and feel the might of the Roman gods for whom the emperors created this masterpiece. Stand beneath the world's largest dome, almost two thousand years after its construction. Stroll through Piazza Navona, the most iconic square in Rome. Then, explore Trastevere, a neighborhood that combines bohemian and modern shops and bars but retains the charm of its ancient roots. Stop for lunch in a traditional Trattoria. Enjoy authentic Roman pasta paired with a refreshing glass of wine. Then, soak in the breathtaking views of the Tiber on the bridge to Tiber Island. Cross the river and lose yourself in the narrow passages of the Jewish Quarter - Rome's hidden gem. Walk along the external route of the Avenue of the Imperial Forums and enjoy views of the Roman Forum. Finish your day with an Italian coffee and a pastry at the colorful Campo Dei Fiori Market, where vendors invite you to sample delicious Italian food.

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Rome: Colosseum Arena Private Tour with Ancient City

6. Rome: Colosseum Arena Private Tour with Ancient City

The Colosseum is easily the most well-known of all Rome’s ancient architectural marvels. Its massive, towering walls still stand largely intact after 19 centuries, and its symmetrically arranged archways are a constant reminder of the orderly nature of Roman society. Benefit from fast track entry and learn fascinating stories from your expert local guide. Enter the Colosseum through its secret back door, called the “Gate of Death” because it was used to take out of the arena the ones who failed in battle. From there, go straight onto a wooden reconstruction of the original arena floor. From the center of the Colosseum, enjoy fantastic views over the tiered seating of the monument. There will be plenty of space to move around and take some insta-worthy pictures. Discover the best of the Eternal City and continue your adventure to the Roman Forum, a place that was once the political heart of ancient Rome. Visit the ruins of the Temple of Caesar, the Senate and many other important buildings to fully understand the daily life of the Roman citizen. You will end up this fascinating tour with spectacular views from the top of the Palatine Hill.

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Rome: Palatine Hill, Colosseum, Roman Forum Skip-the-Line

7. Rome: Palatine Hill, Colosseum, Roman Forum Skip-the-Line

Visit three essential sights of ancient Rome in the company of a professional, expert guide. Skip the lines to Colosseum, encounter ancient history at the Roman Forum, and admire the ruins of Palatine Hill. Meet your tour guide outside the Colosseum and head back in time to Ancient Rome on a guided tour. Skip the long lines to this magnificent amphitheater and hear fascinating stories about the events that took place inside its walls. Learn about the technological advancements Roman engineers used to build their impressive structures. Find out how the Colosseum delighted emperors and roaring crowds. Visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Enjoy free time after your tour to explore the site at your leisure.

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Rome: Early Morning Colosseum Official Guided Tour

8. Rome: Early Morning Colosseum Official Guided Tour

Once inside, learn about the spectacular and incredible entertainments organized in the Colosseum. Discover the techniques of construction invented by the Romans, the incredible ability of the gladiators, the violent fighting between exotic animals and the high level of technology achieved by Roman engineers to build the Colosseum.  Walk around the first tiers and reach the arena to learn about the trapdoors and all the mechanisms used to animate the games. Your tour guide will keep you entertained while telling and showing you about the sea battles, the cages where lions were kept before the games started, the rooms in which the gladiators were waiting before they reached the arena, the executions and the excitement of the spectators attending to the most spectacular, fantastic and expensive games of all human history.  After exploring the first level, reach the second tiers to enjoy the best inside and outside view of the Colosseum. The tour will end in front of the official book shop of the Colosseum, where you can find a wide assortment of books about the sight. Your tour guide will be at your disposal to answer all of your questions and curiosities. 

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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour

9. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour

Skip the long ticket line and explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with a guided tour. Discover the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire and learn about everyday Roman life and the founding site of the city. Your guide will transport you back in time through the first and second levels of the Colosseum using your skip-the-line ticket. It will be an event rich in imperial history, gladiator combat, horrific animal contests, and executions in front of 50,000 spectators. Next, climb Palatine Hill, the fabled birthplace of Rome and the most central of the seven hills. Take in 360-degree views of the city, including spectacular views of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Continue to the Roman Forum, ancient Rome's most significant forum. It is positioned between the Palatine and Capitoline hills on low terrain. See the epicenter of Ancient Rome, with the most monuments and historical relics. Conclude your tour in the heart of ancient Rome's ruins, conveniently positioned in the heart of modern Rome, giving you easy access to local restaurants, cafes, shopping, and public transportation options.

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Colosseum: Underground & Roman Forum Small Group Tour

10. Colosseum: Underground & Roman Forum Small Group Tour

Meet your guide at the local partner’s office then head to the iconic Colosseum. Enjoy exclusive access down to the restricted underground area. Explore the Colosseum’s fascinating dungeons as well as the Gladiator’s Arena, and learn about the uses of this impressive building. Tour around the rest of the monument and then head towards Palatine Hill. From there, admire one of the best views of the city center and snap photos for your vacation album. Afterwards, head down the hill to reach the Roman Forum. Arrive at the Roman Forum, the center of life in Ancient Rome, and discover the array of important buildings located here. See the sites where public speeches, elections, criminal trials, and single combat gladiatorial matches took place.

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What people are saying about Colosseum Underground

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4.6 / 5

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Our tour was wonderful! Stefano was our guide and he was witty ans knowledgeable. We learned so much from him. We spent a lot of time at all of the attractions and got to ask so many questions. I totally recommend this tour over the generic Colosseum tour where you just only walk the upper levels. we got to walk where the Gladiators walked and learn about the lower underground sections, who was there, how they were built and what is being done to preserve the history. Amazing Tour!

The tour is worth every euro. Highly recommended and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Tip: try to book a tour with the GIGI guide - world-class personality with enormous knowledge and a personable, entertaining manner!

Lucia was our guide and she was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and tried to keep it funny, it was long tour. Worth the price since it was such a unique experience to see the underground of the colesseum.

This tour was our most favorite! Our guide was excellent and made you feel like you were actually there during gladiator times!

Our tour guide was very accommodating even after the tour he guided us and gave us useful tips to go around rome