Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum Tour

Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum Tour

From US$ 103.33 per person

Enjoy exclusive access to areas of the Colosseum not available on a regular ticket such as the Underground, Arena and upper tiers. Learn more about everyday life at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 75 minutes - 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French
Private or small groups available

Experience

The experience
  • Skip the long lines to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Learn about Ancient Rome from a professional guide
  • Get exclusive access to the Underground Colosseum and Arena
Full description

Covid-19 Update

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

Explore the world's most famous amphitheater with an official guide and journey back to the days of the Roman Empire at the monumental Colosseum. Get access to areas not available to regular ticket holders, including the underground level where the wild animals were kept before they went into battle with the gladiators. Enter the arena through the Porta Libitinaria and go up to the first level. 

Complete your experience by going further up to the 3rd tier, known as Belvedere (only if you choose this option) for a spectacular view of the arena and surrounding area. Learn about the innovative techniques the engineers used to build the monument and hear how it has survived for hundreds of years. Be amazed as history is brought to life as you discuss the political and social reasons for the games and events. Enjoy a short break and then enter the Roman Forum to get a better appreciation about what everyday life was like in Ancient Rome. Get breathtaking views over the Colosseum and Circus Maximus from Palatine Hill and stay as long as you wish at the end of your official tour.

Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entrance ticket
  • Official guide
  • Headsets, when 8 people or more are present
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Professional cameras
  • Glass objects
  • Sprays or Aerosols

Know before you go

  • This tour is not wheelchair or stroller accessible as there is no elevator. Moderate amount of walking is involved.
  •  The order in which the sites are visited during the tour can vary; either the Colosseum or Forum and Palatine Hill will come first
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 1909 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Serena was our guide, and she did an amazing job explaining the details of how the underground systems worked as well of putting it all into context of the ancient Romans’ lives. She really brought the Roman Forum to life with vivid descriptions and insights. She had a fun personality that made the visit memorable.

October 23, 2021

The tour was great. There was so much to discover and marvel at. The 3 hours went by in a flash. Our guide Berk was absolutely fantastic. He was noticed that he enjoyed his job. He gave us a lot of information and always made sure that everyone could see and hear him well. Absolute recommendation.

October 21, 2021

Our guide was very informative and knew a lot of history. Getting to walk through the Palentine Hill, Roman Forum, and Colosseum is something everyone who has a little interest in history should do. Getting to see the underground of the Colosseum was something special considering it has just opened to the public.

October 16, 2021

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