1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Roman Forum

Colosseum Underground and Arena: Priority Access Guided Tour

Product ID: 44585
Get a unique gladiator’s-eye view of the Colosseum during this Skip-the-Line tour. Your expert guide will take you backstage into areas that are normally off-limits. Plus, visit the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.
About this activity
Duration: 2 - 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
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This activity is non-refundable.

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  • Get exclusive access to the underground corridors of the Colosseum
  • Walk along the Via Sacra of the Roman Forum
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Palatine Hill
  • Discover where the gladiators prepared for their fights and caged animals were kept
  • Take a comprehensive tour of all levels of the Colosseum
  • See some of the oldest ruins of the Roman Republic
  • Get a deeper insight into the culture, laws, and traditions of Ancient Rome
Full description
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, you’ll 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.

The next stop on the tour takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to find 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.

The 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.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum
  • Access to the arena floor and underground tunnels
  • Skip-the-line access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Entrance tickets for the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (including reservation fees)
  • Headsets
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please note that this tour involves a fair amount of walking. Comfortable shoes are recommended
• Regrettably, guests in wheelchairs, or with any impairment requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated. The tour is also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages
• Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
• Large bags or suitcases will not be permitted in the Colosseum or Roman Forum, and there are no cloakroom facilities for storage
• Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. Delays may be experienced.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 256 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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It was a great tour, the guides were through and explained everything very well. The guide in the coliseum, spoke very fast and was a little hard to understand sometimes. Our main guide from the tour operator was excellent. Her passion for archeology and sharing that knowledge truly shown through.

February 22, 2020

Excellent guide with very good English. He was very knowlegable and excited to be explaing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Also it was very easy to find them, they were very organized, İ was a little concerened if we would be able to find them but the organization is terrific! A great tour, highly recommended :))

February 18, 2020

Great experience

We did this tour in September 2019. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and the colosseum at night was very interesting. There were much fewer lights than we had anticipated, so you could not see too much of the amphitheater other than directly where you were standing, but it was great to not be surrounded by crowds of people. However, the tour was insanely expensive, and I’m not sure that it was worth the price.

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September 16, 2019

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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 44585