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 The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Capped at only 12 people, this small-group tour of Rome’s Colosseum includes exclusive access to the arena floor and underground dungeons, off-limits to regular visitors. You also make guided stops at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for a full overview of day-to-day life in ancient Rome. Skip-the-line admission at all three sites is included.
  • A VIP small-group tour of the Colosseum and arena, plus Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Shave off hours of wait time from your vacation with on-the-spot entry at each attraction
  • Listen to in-depth background on the heyday of Roman imperial rule from your guide
  • See where the gladiators once entered the arena in the Colosseum’s exclusive underground area
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Professional guide
Exclusive access to the Colosseum Underground
Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - Entry Tickets
Headsets to hear your guide clearly
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Via del Colosseo, 24 , Via del Colosseo, 24, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide at the office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). Just around the corner from the Caffè Roma.

Roman Forum , Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

This tour will end up at the Roman Forum.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Meet your guide at the office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). Just around the corner from the Caffè Roma.
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Please provide an active phone number during the booking process in order to be contacted about last minute changing.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
  • Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public museums in Italy will require all visitors above the age of 12 years old to show a valid ID and certification proving that you have either: Been vaccinated with an approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNtech, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna) Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs; Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Italy Tours
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
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 The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Highly recommended for anyone who wants a full experience of some one the most iconic ancient structures on Earth." See review
  • "Tour guide for Colosseum had a lot of knowledge to share on this fascinating tour, however did have a strong Italian accent, so needed to listen carefully." See review
  • "Tour office was hard to find and was not open at the designated time 30 minutes ahead of tour time." See review

Reviews

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129 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Perfect Day Among the Antiquities
Jessica_M
, May 2022
Our guide, Pietro-Paulo, was very accommodating of my sister, who has mobility issues. Going where the gladiators went in the Colosseum was a unique experience. It didn't hurt that there were wildflowers everywhere and the weather was perfection!
star-5
Fascinating tour of this ancient site’s unique history - well worth it!
Stuart_D
, May 2022
Incredibly descriptive journey through the unique history of the Colosseum from our tour guide. Very knowledgeable and informative - wonderful trip!
star-4
Nice but too much detail in some things
Pam_W
, May 2022
I loved seeing the coliseum. It was nice having a guide but he had a thick accent and was difficult for us to understand at times. I almost hate even to say this but he talked non-stop and some of information was just too much.
star-4
Although the tour was...
Joseph_L
, May 2022
Although the tour was great , the company had changed our tour and deleted part of tour and kept changing the time from 10:45 to almost 8: pm. Very confusing and I am still waiting for promised refund for part of tour cancelled
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth every penny!
Teri_H
, May 2022
Being able to walk thru the underground made this tour perfect for our family! It was amazing to learn how they transported the animals from the underground to the arena floor.
star-5
Colosseum trip
patty_S
, May 2022
Our guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable. We absolutely recommend him. He was able to cater to every person in the group.
star-5
An amazing experience
debbie_c
, May 2022
Fantastic tour… tour guide very friendly and very experienced, he knows his stuff. Would highly recommend
star-5
Highly recommended!!!
Eddie_H
, May 2022
Most memorable was Jorge's narrative and history as we visited both levels of the Colosseum, the Forum and Palintene Hill! Again, Jorge was great, as was the rest of the staff!
star-5
Amazing tour
Adam_Y
, May 2022
Fantastic tour, guide niko was very knowledgeable! We had a great time exploring all of the colleseum
star-2
Not worth the higher price
John_K
, May 2022
Paid a total of $235 for two adults to tour Underground Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. Was sent out on a tour that did NOT go to the underground level as described in tour description. Others in tour group had similar issue. (Tour operator promised a refund for the difference in tour cost, but have yet to see if this credit was actually issued.) Tour promises VIP access to sites but tourist volumes render this promise almost moot. Had to wait in lines to sites, albeit shorter, but throngs of people touring these sites make it virtually impossible to achieve any sense of VIP treatment. Audio units to hear guide frequently fritzed out or were difficult to hear. CAUTION: 3 hour tour offers little shade and no access to water. Come prepared! Other tour companies offer same tour at much less cost. In this case, higher prices do not equal a higher quality experience. We did this tour in early May in 75 degree sunny weather. Cannot imagine trying it in peak of summer!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-1
Tour cancelled at last minute. Don’t choose this company
ERIC_M
, May 2022
Tour was cancelled last minute with no explanation. Don’t choose this company if you want a guaranteed tour. Could ruin your Colosseum experience
star-5
Viva Vita!
Simon_L
, May 2022
Vita was incredibly knowledgeable and fun. We learnt a lot and had a great time. The recommendation of Pecorino wine was inspired! Thank you Vita.
star-1
Poor service
Shannon_B
, Apr 2022
Unprofessional and not vip at all. Last minute changes, we got excluded from underground but the rest of the group got to go . We got tickets entrances and that’s about it.
star-3
Got put on wrong tour
David_G
, Apr 2022
Having seen some recommendations for Viator on forums, I didn’t realise that they are basically just a broker who farm out the tours to independent operators. We booked to go on a tour that included underground areas and also a tour of the forum. But due to a mixup by the operator what we got was just the arena tour with tickets to enter the forum by ourselves. We have applied for a 50% refund as advised by the operator. Tour itself was ok.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-3
Don't miss the Under Colosseum Part!
kimberly_w
, Apr 2022
Under the Colosseum really special to see. Guide was a bit hurried;no time for laughs & such. Because of a peace rally, our taxi driver gave up and told us to walk the mile left, making us 3 minutes late, though we ran. Office sign in rudely replied to our apology, "others made it on time."
star-5
Great Tour of the underground and Colloseo
Keven_B
, Apr 2022
Nicola was our guide today and provided an excellent experience. He had a breadth of knowledge that he shared and added some levity with a few jokes. The tour was very fun and interesting and seeing the underground is great. Highly recommend! Just wish we had more time in the forum.
star-5
Wonderful tour
Mark_O
, Apr 2022
We had an amazing tour. Checking in was easy, the guide was super friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. The underground area of Colosseum is so worth seeing. Highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Excellent but 1 downside.
Peter_H
, Apr 2022
The colloseum was the best thing I've ever done in my life and I've done a lot of things, but with us going on good Friday the Roman forum, palatine hill and the colloseum underground were shut. But was not told about this until we got to the entrance of the colloseum, not even the agency knew we weren't gonna be allowed to enter. So I think more communication between the agencies and the attraction could have communicated better and not sold us the tickets we bought. But other than that it was amazing! The tour guide Francesco was great he gave us so much information in such a great way interacted with everyone in our small group of 8 making everything feel that little bit more special.
star-5
Amazing
Michelle_A
, Apr 2022
This was a fantastic tour. Having wanted to do this since before Covid it made it extra special. The cost was well worth it. The guide Paulo was fantastic- very knowledgable and enthusiastic and we felt we learned so much more by being on a tour. The underground section was just very special and the sense of history was immense.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future in Rome. Best regards! Luca
star-5
Fantastic experience!...
Jeanne_S
, Apr 2022
Fantastic experience! Amazing to see all the levels of the Colosseum, as well as Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Our guide was terrific and his passion for history and Rome came through! Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future in Rome. Best regards! Luca

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