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Semi-Private Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

On this semi-private Colosseum underground tour of 10 people or fewer, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. Get the rare chance to walk through the tunnels, stand where gladiators stood and enjoy a panoramic view. Then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to complete your tour of Rome’s top ancient sites.
  • Enjoy access to all areas of the Colosseum, including places normally off-limits
  • Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers and see where wild animals were caged
  • Visit the Roman Forum, walk up Palatine Hill and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus
  • Walk in the Gladiators' footsteps on the Arena floor
  • An intimate experience with semi-private groups of up 10 people or fewer

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Secure access to the underground chambers and arena floor
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Professional guide
Semi-private groups of 10 people or fewer for an intimate tour experience
Skip-the-Line Access to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Special Skip-the-Line Access to Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor
Dedicated audio headsets so you don't miss a thing
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

For Tours Departing Before 4:30PM - At Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". If arriving by metro: Upon exiting the turnstiles of the metro, take an immediate right down the tiled hall to the escalator/stairs within the metro station.

Departure Point

Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

IMPORTANT: The meeting point is not at the Colosseum. The tour starts on the platform directly in front of Trajan’s Column, located on Via dei Fori Imperiali next to Piazza Venezia. When standing right in front and facing the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, it’s directly to the left across the street.

Return Details

Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Your tour starts outside the Colosseum, where you’ll meet your guide, a Roman history enthusiast, and skip the entrance line with your fast-track ticket.

Inside, begin below ground to explore the Colosseum’s tunnels, chambers and pits. This section of the amphitheater is only open to a select number of visitors each day, so enjoy this exclusive chance to see more than most people do. While you walk through the underground passageways, listen to stories about the wild animals who were held down here and the Roman gladiators who prepared for their battles here.  

Upon exiting the Colosseum, walk with your guide over to the Roman Forum, once the political heart of the city. Take in the sprawl of ancient ruins, and walk up Palatine Hill, once home to Ancient Rome’s wealthy residents, for a view of Circus Maximus, where chariot races took place. Your tour ends on Via Sacra, the main street of Ancient Rome that links the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.

Please note: The order of sites visited may be reversed during your tour.  
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Begin your tour of Rome’s most iconic monument with Skip-the-Line access directly through the Gladiator’s Gate. Once the main exit for defeated contenders, this special entrance leads you directly to the parts of the Colosseum most tourists don’t get to see. Your first stop is the Colosseum Underground – the backstage area where gladiators prepared for battle. Here, your expert, English-speaking guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to let you imagine the space as it once was. Scenery and caged wild animals stood ready to be hoisted into the arena by ingenious pulleys. You’ll practically feel the gladiators’ tense anticipation and hear the roar of the blood-thirsty crowd. Then, walk in the gladiators’ footsteps on a partially reconstructed arena stage – a unique and amazing photo opportunity. And unlike the gladiators, you’ll get to ascend from the Arena Floor to the Colosseum’s second tier, where fans cheered the violent spectacles below.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
The next stop on the tour takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy a spectacular preview of your next destination: the Roman Forum.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
The Roman Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, were the heart of Ancient Rome. All of Roman life could be found in this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE GUEST BELOW 6 YEARS OLD DUE TO VENUE SECURITY REASON FOR TOUR AFTER 5PM
  • 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.
  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Semi-Private Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Semi-Private Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Semi-Private Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Semi-Private Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena.

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Traveler Tips


  • "There is a lot of walking on uneven ground and climbing of stairs so wear comfy shoes for sure." See review
  • "Take water and ensure you go to toilet before you start as it's quite a way into the tour before a toilet break." See review
  • "Take a water bottle and aome snacks as you will not get a chance to stop and get these." See review

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star-4
Wear good shoes!
Mareesa_P
, Jan 2022
The tour was excellent, our guide was very good. The meeting point was a little difficult to find but we left early and got there in time. Lots of hills and steps so wouldn’t recommend for the less able bodied. Lots of fantastic photo opportunities. We would use city tours again.
star-5
Best tour guide I have ever had! Fantastic!
DavidMcGovern
, Jan 2022
Elisabetta was the best tour guide I have ever had. She was so interested and passionate and really brought the history to life. I would recommend this tour to anyone and she even kept the passion up in the pouring rain! Thanks again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour!
Carlina_M
, Jan 2022
Our guide was great - she was from Ireland and could speak English very good. She told us her background and how she came to live in Italy. Truly informative and great!
star-5
Maria Luisa was awesome....
Jodi_L
, Dec 2021
Maria Luisa was awesome. Great experience! Super friendly, knowledgeable and very engaging with the group!
star-5
Wonderful experience
Douglas_W
, Dec 2021
Our first trip to Rome this tour was fantastic! Louisa was charming, knowledgeable and fun on our tour. Rome was our favorite part of our 3 week trip!
star-5
If you love history dont miss this guided tour
Christopher_T
, Dec 2021
Massimo was an amazing guide, extremely knowledgeable and a very energetic, fun storyteller. As well, this tour included the treat of an underground tour with a colosseum archaelogist (also wonderful...Christine?) and a chance to take go on the arena floor. Definitely a highlight of our trip and well worth the added expense.
star-5
Underground tour is a must!
Andrea_Z
, Dec 2021
This new tour of the underground of the Colosseum is a must for any travelers coming to Rome! Our guide was super fun and made sure we had a great experience.
star-1
Had to cancel and buy a different tour because the tickets the tour company bought were not valid for the site.
Margaret_S
, Dec 2021
Arrived for the tour on time. Upon arrival at the first site half of the group was denied entrance due to “the tickets not being valid” (tickets provided by the tour company). the entire group could not attend the Roman Forum tour and only half could attend the colosseum tour. Despite trying their best to help the could not find us a tour that day. We had to cancel that tour and rescheduled with a different company.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
👏🏻👏🏻
Natalie_D
, Dec 2021
The Roman Forum and Colosseum tour with Marco was incredible! The forum and Palatine hill were the highlights. Marco was passionate about the history and architecture and it really came through, we thoroughly enjoyed and learned so much.
star-5
Great tour!
Nicole_M
, Dec 2021
At first we had some trouble finding the meeting point at the very top with the instructions given, but look for the CityWondera flag! After that it was smooth sailing. Nick was our tour guide for the Roman forum and Palantine Hill and he was great! He was very friendly, very knowledgeable and engaging. We then met Natalia as our guide for the colosseum and are group size doubled probably to ~30 people but we were given headsets to make sure we could hear even if we fell behind. Natalia was great and descriptive in telling stories and making sure we could envision the history. We definitely recommend doing the underground tour, it really is amazing to experience the colosseum so closely compared to just being above. I definitely would recommend doing this tour especially since it isn’t so busy due to covid!

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