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Roma, Italy
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Check out the Colosseum’s underground chambers and gladiator passageways on a tour of the sites that are normally off-limits to the general public. With a guide, you also visit the arena floor to see where the gladiatorial action took place. The experience ends with a tour of the Roman Forum, viewing temples and arches as you follow the footsteps of ancient senators and emperors.
  • Explore the underground chambers were wild animals were caged
  • Wander along the passages used by gladiators before the games
  • Visit the arena floor as you learn about bygone battles that took place there
  • Learn about Imperial-era life on a tour of the Roman Forum

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See Colosseum's Underground chambers and escape the daily crowed inside
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Full Experience of Colosseum Undergrounds
Colosseum First and Second Floors Guided Tour
Roman Forum Guided Tour
All Tickets and Fees
• Tickets are nominative please provide all the names of the visitors attending the tour
Transportation to/from attractions
• Tickets are nominative please provide all the names of the visitors
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour start time
Piazza del Colosseo, 23 , Piazza del Colosseo, 23, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

In front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, LOWER Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from COLOSSEUM, Piazza del Colosseo 22, Roma 00184. PLEASE DON'T GO TO THE UPPER LEVEL

Colosseum , Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Choose from a morning or afternoon start time when you book, then make your way to the start point near the Colosseum on Via dei Fori Imperiali.

A symbol of ancient Rome, the impressive amphitheater is rich with history. Hear tales of the ancient gladiators who fought wild beasts to the delight of the bloodthirsty crowds, and learn about the cruelty and clemency of the emperors who presided over the games.

As you learn about the gladiatorial games, explore the areas that are normally off-limits to the general public. See the underground chambers where wild animals were kept in cages, and wander along the passageways that gladiators once paced along.

From the Colosseum, head into the heart of the Roman Forum to learn about daily life in ancient times. Amble around the temples and arches as you listen to tales of the politics and religion of Imperial Rome.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Enjoy a Colosseum Underground Tour
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Walk on Arena Floor
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Discover First and second Floors of The Colosseum
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Discover Colosseum Third, Fourth and Fifth Levels * ** this option is ONLY FOR VIP COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND TOUR
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tickets are nominative and you are kindly invited to provide all the names of the visitors attending the tour
  • Your Guide will be waiting for you holding a Sign with the name of our company TOURS OF ROME in the Meeting point.
  • Tour start time can be subject to changes depending on the availability of the Colosseum Underground Tickets, in cas of a Change of the start time; we will send you a private message with the new start time
  • We will not be able to accomodate you if you don't arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour start time
  • luggage and big backpack are not allowed inside the Colosseum
  • Flammable Sprays, Selfie sticks, knifes or any kind of guns or cutters even with license can not enter the Colosseum
  • Because of some restrictions by the Colosseum Authorities the part of Underground Chambers visit will be conducted by a local expert archaeologist of the Colosseum and will be in a group
  • Police control and metal detector controls can slow the fast track entrance
  • Confirmation with all the details of the tour will be received after Booking the Colosseum underground chambers tickets
  • Tour may start with ancient Rome and then move to Colosseum and will finish with the local archaeologist of the Colosseum
  • Tour may start with Colosseum and will finish in the Roman Forum with your guide
  • We highly recommend to have an on the road cell phone to be easy to contact us and to contact you if necessary
  • For a quick response you can use iMessage, Whatsapp and Viber for texting us
  • In case of Dangerous Rain it can be impossible to walk inside Colosseum Undergrounds and you will be given 45 minutes on the ARENA FLOOR where you can see all the underground sections without walking inside it
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Tour start time can be subject to changes depending on the availability of the Colosseum Underground Tickets, in cas of a Change of the start time; we will send you a private message with the new start time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours of Rome
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the meeting point?
A:The meeting point is in front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, Ground Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from COLOSSEUM, Piazza del Colosseo, Roma 00184.
Jul 2019
Q:
Where can we store our luggage during the tour?
A:Luggage and big backpacks are not allowed inside the Colosseum, please make alternative arrangements for these items.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Keep in mind that, although English-speaking guides know that tourists all over the world follow them (because there are not guidances in their native languages), they don't try to talk a little more slowly and easily." See review
  • "Seeing the underground part of the Colosseum is so worth it, and it's SO worth it to skip the lines/avoid the crowds, too." See review

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star-5
Top Rome tour
Alison_K
, Jun 2022
The underground of the Colosseum was amazing, very knowledgeable tour guide! The forum was so interesting, especially with the added historical knowledge of the tour guide
star-5
Excellent
Timothy_G
, Jun 2022
Lovely tour with even lovelier guides. Had a lot of fun and learnt a lot of history. Friendly bunch of people as well 😀
star-5
Rome Colosseum
Paula_M
, Jun 2022
Wonderful informative tour. We got in areas most could not go. Our guide was very easy to understand and took time to answer all questions
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Colosseum Tour
Jesus_S
, Jun 2022
Elizabetha was amazing! She was friendly, informative, and got us through our tour smoothly. My daughter wasnt feeling well and our guide was very comforting towards her. It was an extremely hot day so unfortunately we left after the colosseum tour, so didnt get to finish the extra stuff on our tour, but that was our own decision. Truly a great experience and wondeful guide!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Great tour!
James_B
, Jun 2022
The guides were amazing!! I learned so much and really enjoyed the group. It was super hot that day so bring water.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Worth every penny
Nicholas_J
, Jun 2022
This was the highlight of our trip. Our tour guide, Christina, was amazing. She stopped and offer to take pictures for everyone along the way. She was so knowledgeable and made the experience unforgettable.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Very educational about local foods and customs. Thank you for a wonderful food tour
Debra_L
, Jun 2022
Just the whole experience was very nice and Olivia was extraordinarily good…awesome experience, Gratzi Gratzi
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-2
Not Our Favorite Tour
Juliette_M
, Jun 2022
Unfortunately the heat made this tour uncomfortable for us. Our main guide was kind but seemingly unaware of basic needs for bathrooms and shade. Our underground guide was very good and learning about the pulley and trap door system was fascinating but by the time we finished touring the above ground portions of the colosseum and started to make our way towards the Forum, I was done, and had to sit that part of the tour out (I am a runner and consider myself to be in pretty good shape). This tour was very expensive and for us, definitely not worth the money. The colosseum is absolutely worth seeing but not like this. There was little communication prior to starting the tour about what to expect along the way. Quite difficult finding our guide as well at the start, as we were not given the tour company name and the meeting spot was mobbed.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked our guide and our tour . We are sorry about the heat. we will inform also our guides to make more bathrooms stops again
star-5
The full VIP experience
Cameron_C
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Andrea was incredible! He had such a wealth of knowledge and spoke very fluent English. They provided headphones so that you got every little piece of information regardless of where you were positioned. Loved it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Our tour guide was great!...
Drew_S
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was great! Very informative! Only issue was finding the meeting spot. The hotspot in the email put us on the other side of the Colosseum. Almost missed the group.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Would do again
Samantha_M
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Alessandro was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic! This was one of our highlights of our trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Wonderful opportunity
Jennifer_P
, Jun 2022
Fabulous opportunity seeing the inside and outside of the Colosseum. Wonderful stories and descriptions and pictures seen inside the Colosseum. the history and tour outside was a little boring for me, but others enjoyed.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Franz was excellent. I...
Katherine_K
, Jun 2022
Franz was excellent. I thought this was a smaller group and was at first not excited but franz led us through the melee beautifully and was a font of knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Wonderful tour!!
Karen_G
, Jun 2022
Very interesting!! Guide was extremely knowledgeable. Heat was stifling for the tour that began at 9:45, bring water!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Great experience
Daniel_S
, Jun 2022
Underground was amazing. Our tour guide was awesome and full of information. Even though it was hot, she took great care of us.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-4
Very difficult to communicate with masks
Ed_R
, Jun 2022
My purpose was to get further educated. It was very difficult to communicate with masks on and the size of the group..
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Colosseum
Steve_B
, Jun 2022
The tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the history. Made it a great tour. The site itself is fantastic.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Great tour guide
Linda_S
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide made it! She was interesting and personable. She could not control this, but it was not ultimately a small group as advertised. Our small group was combined with another small group in the Underground portion of tour. And all other groups kept bumping into each in the narrow spaces underground. We were trying so hard to avoid crowds the day before Covid testing for our cruise. This is why we signed up for a small group 🤦‍♀️ The colosseum really packs too many people in at one time!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-3
Good sites. Underground access was amazing.
RichardAdams
, Jun 2022
The sites were amazing. Our tour guide, Alejandro, was very knowledgeable and charismatic. However, he doesn't wait for the people at the back of the group to catch up (there's huge crowds and maneuvering through is difficult at times) before he starts talking about a point of interest. By the time people in the back catch up, Alejandro has already moved on to something else.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Comprehensive and informative tour!
Sandra_B
, Jun 2022
Great way to see the colosseum and forum. Elizabetta was helpful, informative and upbeat (despite the very hot temps!). We feel like we saw all of the area.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again

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