General

On this half-day Colosseum Underground Tour you’ll enjoy priority access and skip the lines at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. Plus, you will get exclusive access to the underground, third tier and arena floor of the Colosseum in the company of a local, licensed tour guide, and in groups of no more than 13 people.

NOTE:

This tour is available for booking only for one month at a time. For an explanation of this, click here.

In the meantime, you can join a waiting list for future tours – just select your date from our calendar below and follow the instructions. You will be sent an email when the tour is available and your places on the tour will be secure if you still want them – we wait 24 hours after we have sent you the email confirming the tour before releasing them for public sale.

We prioritise booking requests on the waiting list in the order in which they are made, so book early to be sure of being offered a place on the date of your choice, once the tour has been confirmed!

Exclusive access means just that, for the duration that you are in each of the three restricted areas, which is a total of more than one hour, only you and a maximum of 12 other people will be allowed access, while thousands of visitors to the regular areas of the Colosseum look at you enviously!

In ancient times, the public did not see the underground area of the Colosseum, as it was a staging area where animals were caged and gladiators sharpened their swords and prepared themselves for the games. The Gladiators’ Dungeons have been opened to the public only recently and you’ll have the opportunity to see them with an official guide, who will show you the working of the underground system from below the arena, and on the arena floor itself. Through the arches of the third tier you’ll have breathtaking views of Rome and a completely new perspective on the inside of the arena. This area was also closed to the public until very recently.

At the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, you’ll be surrounded by famous ancient structures such as the Rostra, upon which Marc Antony delivered Caesar’s funeral eulogy, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, and the temples of Julius Caesar and Romulus, to name just a few. Your guide will tell you about the history of the Forum, the purposes of the temples, arches, and monuments and describe the activities that took place in this sacred part of ancient Rome, which was the epicenter of Roman life. This is one of the most popular tours, and due to the access to special areas it is always full, so book early to avoid disappointment!

NOTE:

This tour is available for booking only for one month at a time. For an explanation of this, and to make advance requests for this tour on future dates, please visit our Colosseum Underground Advance Requests page.

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Rome

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Tour Fee

Tour Fee (Entrance tickets included)

  • €125

 

 

Summary

Operative Days

  • Monday - Sunday

Group Size

  • 4 min, 13 max

Departure Time

  • 1pm

Check-in Time

  • 12.45pm

Meeting Point

  • Arch of Constantine (full details sent with confirmation email)

Duration

  • 3.5 Hours

Languages

  • English only

Skip the Line Tickets

  • yes

Tour Description

On this half-day Colosseum Underground Tour you'll enjoy priority access and skip the lines at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. Plus, you will get exclusive access to the underground, third tier and arena floor of the Colosseum in the company of a local, licensed tour guide, and in groups of no more than 13 people. Exclusive access means just that, for the duration that you are in each of the three restricted areas, which is a total of more than one hour, only you and a maximum of 12 other people will be allowed access, while thousands of visitors to the regular areas of the Colosseum look at you enviously!

In ancient times, the public did not see the underground area of the Colosseum, as it was a staging area where animals were caged and gladiators sharpened their swords and prepared themselves for the games. The Gladiators' Dungeons have been opened to the public only recently and you'll have the opportunity to see them with an official guide, who will show you the working of the underground system from below the arena, and on the arena floor itself. Through the arches of the third tier you'll have breathtaking views of Rome and a completely new perspective on the inside of the arena. This area was also closed to the public until very recently.

At the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, you'll be surrounded by famous ancient structures such as the Rostra, upon which Marc Antony delivered Caesar's funeral eulogy, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, and the temples of Julius Caesar and Romulus, to name just a few. Your guide will tell you about the history of the Forum, the purposes of the temples, arches, and monuments and describe the activities that took place in this sacred part of ancient Rome, which was the epicenter of Roman life. This is one of the most popular tours, and due to the access to special areas it is always full, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Note

  • This tour is available for booking only for one month at a time. For an explanation of this, and to make advance requests for this tour on future dates, please visit our Colosseum Underground Advance Requests page.
  • If you book for less than 2 people, you may not receive an immediate confirmation. This is because we require a minimum of 2 people for this tour. We do not request a credit card payment however, until we can confirm the tour has the required minimum. You will be contacted as soon as we have the required minimum.
  • Unfortunately, due to unavoidable steep stairways in the Colosseum, to the third tier and to the underground section, we cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on this tour. Please send us an email and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.

     

    ARRIVE ON TIME

    You must be check in with our tour coordinator at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the time of the tour you are booking, which is the time at which the tour DEPARTS. You have one responsibility after you book your tour - to arrive on time to our meeting location, details for which are included on your confirmation email and also on the Meeting Points link on our website. If you arrive on time, we will take care of everything else! 

    As your booking confirmation will be automatically sent to the email address you provide us with at the booking stage, it is advised that you use a personal, rather than work, email address. Many companies' firewalls block our emails, and it may also be necessary to contact you when you are in Rome, which we will not be able to do if you do not have access to your work email.
     
    If you do not provide us with a phone number that is working when in Rome, we will not be able to contact you if you are running late for your tour. It is your responsibility to make contact with us in this situation.
     
     
    CANCELLATIONS:
    Cancellations must be made by clicking on the "View/Change Booking" link that is in your confirmation email.