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Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena, Roman Forum & Hill Tour

Product ID: 155115
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 in Ancient Rome at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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
  • Stay to explore the archaeological area on your own once your official tour ends
  • Enjoy the best views from the Upper Levels (optional)
Full description
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.
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entrance ticket
  • Official guide
  • Headsets, when 8 people or more are present
What’s Not Included
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point
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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Professional cameras
  • Glass objects
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 1523 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Our guide for the Palatine Hill and Forum (the second part of our tour) was excellent. She was able to bring both places alive and helped us see what they would have looked like and been used for in Roman times. She used modern analogies where helpful to help us understand the importance of different places. She was enthusiastic and made the group feel equally enthusiastic about what we were seeing. Unfortunately our guide for the Colosseum (the first part) was not as good. She rushed through explanations and was on her phone away from the group during one of the first photo-taking opportunities, making it difficult to ask her questions. She gave the impression of being a bit bored with her job, which was very disappointing. The organisation of the tour was very good, and the meeting point and focal person easy to find.

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2 March 2020

There is so much history to cover when looking at these sites that a tour is essential and it was wonderful not to have to wait in long lines and to have access to the under and upper levels of the Colosseum. We had two guides, one for the Colosseum and one for Palatine Hill and The Roman Forum and they were both great, informative and funny, and they were really able to paint a picture of what these sites would have looked and felt like back at the height of there existence. I would highly recommend this tour.

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28 February 2020

As a package I thought the tour was definitely worth the money, however I disappointed with the underground level - I hoped to see more of this! The upper 3rd level views were amazing. 2nd part of the tour was very educational, Ellen was a fantastic guide, she was very knowledgeable and could tell she enjoyed her job.

26 February 2020

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Product ID: 155115