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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

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Discover dungeons, underground tunnels, and chambers of the colosseum. The tour will begin with special access to the arena floor where you will receive an introduction before descending underground.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group available


The experience
  • Explore the underground tunnels of the colosseum
  • Get special access to the arena floor
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum
  • Benefit from fast track entrance and skip the lines
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Covid-19 Update

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Discover what lies beneath the arena floor as you witness the dungeons, underground tunnels, and chambers of the colosseum. Begin the tour with special access to the arena floor where you will receive an introduction.

As you stand on the arena floor, walk in the footsteps of gladiators and imagine the roaring crowd. Then, descend beneath the colosseum and see the tunnels that connected the colosseum with the Ludus Magnus, where the gladiators would train.

Observe the chambers that would house wild animals and see the elevators that were used to release these predators onto the arena floor. Continue with a walk through the Roman Forum followed by a stroll through the ruins of the emperors’ palaces on the Palatine Hill.

  • Official guide
  • Admission and fees
  • Restricted areas (underground and arena floor)
  • Fast track entrance
  • Palatine Hill and Roman Forum guided tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Transfers
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sprays or Aerosols
  • Glass objects
  • Weapons or sharp objects

Know before you go

  • Please be advised that the exact reservation times may vary slightly due to decisions made by the Colosseum administration office. These last-minute changes are outside of the local partner's control but if the time will vary by 20 minutes either before or after your original tour time then you will be informed of this change by email.
  • Entrance to Palatine Hill and Roman Forum is with the tour guide escort only; you cannot leave the group and enter these areas alone as you will not have an individual ticket. For group reservations, the Colosseum does not provide individual tickets but one group ticket which the guide will use for all 3 areas.
  • As per the Colosseum Authority policy, you will join a larger group (max. 24 people) for the Colosseum Underground section of the tour.
  • When booking for children under 18 years, you must bring their government-issued ID/passport to show at the reservation desk.
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 91 reviews

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We took the tour because we really wanted to see the basement of the Colosseum. The tour was definitely worth it. You didn't have much time on the Palatine Hill and in the Roman Forum (together 1.5 hours including admission), but it was enough for an overview. In the Colosseum you also had 1.5 hours and after the tour through the basement and the first floor you had the opportunity to view the museum inside the Colosseum on your own and to go to the stands on the 1st floor.

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September 15, 2021

What a great learning experience! I recommend doing the full tour because you get a variety of areas of the Colosseum and knowledge about each component that really makes you feel like you just want to learn more about early Roman culture! Cannot recommend our tour guide Humi enough, she was knowledgeable, friendly and charismatic. Really glad I got this extended tour in Rome, a trip highlight!

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September 9, 2021

Our tour was rescheduled for later in the day but communication about it was excellent. I highly recommend the underground tour. It is fascinating how they utilized that area. Don't worry, you get to see the entire Colloseum within this tour. Our tour guide was Amanda and she really knew how to bring life and entertainment to the tour. We learned so much about roman history. Don't hesitate to take this tour.

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August 22, 2021

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