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Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor Access & Roman Forum Guided Tour

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Get a unique gladiator’s-eye view of Rome’s iconic Colosseum, in a Skip-the-Line tour that delves backstage into areas that are normally off-limits to the public. Explore the Underground, where gladiators prepared themselves for battle, and walk in their footsteps on a partially reconstructed arena stage. All this, plus the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum: all the most significant surviving remnants of Ancient Rome, in one fascinating tour.
  • Gain full access to Rome’s Colosseum, including areas typically off-limits
  • Avoid waits of up to three hours with a skip-the-line ticket
  • Explore the underground gladiator and animal chambers
  • Stand on the arena floor and gain insight with a guide
  • Visit the Roman Forum and other sights to delve deeper into ancient Rome
What to Expect
After booking your desired departure time, meet your guide outside the Colosseum and bypass long ticket lines often in excess of two hours. Once inside, you'll explore the Colosseum’s subterranean chambers and pits. These are typically off-limits and only accessible to a select number of visitors daily, so this tour lets you view more than most people get to see. As you explore, hear about the gladiators and wild animals that waited here before fights, and then ascend to the arena floor. While most visitors are only allowed around the perimeter, you will stand on the remaining floor, where you can see the underground chambers. Afterward, walk to the nearby Roman Forum, once the city’s political hub. Enjoy views of the ruins before climbing Palatine Hill, the residential area of ancient Rome’s elites, and gaze down at the Circus Maximus chariot circuit. Your tour concludes on the Via Sacra, ancient Rome’s principal thoroughfare. Please note: The order of sites visited may be reversed during your tour.
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Departure Point
1: Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
2: Trajan's Column, Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
3h 30m
Return Details
1: Colosseum, 00184 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
2: Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
  • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid document with you on tour. Passengers who fail to provide a valid proof of identity will be denied entry.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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All reviews arena floor roman forum palatine hill upper floor underground area top level knowledgeable guides fantastic tour behind the scenes meeting point spoke very good english comfortable shoes tour starts worth every penny long tour skip the line would highly recommend this tour
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Reviewed yesterday

The guide for the underground of the Colosseum was ok but the main tour guide was great! Definitely worth doing!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank meredithchamberland
Reviewed yesterday

Fabulous tour, both guides for the main tour of the Forum and Palatine Hill and the Arena Floor /Underground Guide were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Very interesting tour was just about the right length( an extremely hot day!)

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MusgroveW
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Louise Kennedy was great, funny, entertaining, quick witted and thorough ❤️ Enjoyed very much!!!!!!!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Tarma P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our tour guide (I think her name was Juilet) was fantastic. This was an amazing experience to be down where the gladiators would enter. She was very informative, funny, and easy to understand. This is a must!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Rachel L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wife and I did this guided tour. Staff was very good and helpful. Take this tour if you can, you will not be disappointed.

Date of experience: May 2019
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September 18, 2019|
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Response from Navigator51530672397 |
We were told that guided tours are the only way visitors are permitted underground.
September 13, 2019|
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Response from Bill C | Reviewed this property |
Yes it does. Not sure what you mean by "capsize"
September 9, 2019|
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Response from Ceresco |
My tour was around 4 1/2 hours. It was very busy that day and very hot, so the guide took a water break for everyone. And the guide did not rush us through even though it was busy and the tour was running a little longer... More
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