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Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Check out the Colosseum’s underground chambers and gladiator passageways on a tour of the sites that are normally off-limits to the general public. With a guide, you also visit the arena floor to see where the gladiatorial action took place. The experience ends with a tour of the Roman Forum, viewing temples and arches as you follow the footsteps of ancient senators and emperors.
  • Explore the underground chambers were wild animals were caged
  • Wander along the passages used by gladiators before the games
  • Visit the arena floor as you learn about bygone battles that took place there
  • Learn about Imperial-era life on a tour of the Roman Forum

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See Colosseum's Underground chambers and escape the daily crowed inside
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Full Experience of Colosseum Undergrounds
Colosseum First and Second Floors Guided Tour
Roman Forum Guided Tour
All Tickets and Fees
Tickets are nominative please provide all the names of the visitors attending the tour
Tour runs on time. We will not be able to delay departure time
It's Mandatory to have a valid ID with you (Passport or driving license)
Tickets are nominative please provide all the names of the visitors
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour start time
Casa dell'Acqua ACEA , Piazza del Colosseo, 58, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

In front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, LOWER Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from COLOSSEUM, Piazza del Colosseo 22, Roma 00184. PLEASE DON'T GO TO THE UPPER LEVEL

Colosseum , Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Choose from a morning or afternoon start time when you book, then make your way to the start point near the Colosseum on Via dei Fori Imperiali.

A symbol of ancient Rome, the impressive amphitheater is rich with history. Hear tales of the ancient gladiators who fought wild beasts to the delight of the bloodthirsty crowds, and learn about the cruelty and clemency of the emperors who presided over the games.

As you learn about the gladiatorial games, explore the areas that are normally off-limits to the general public. See the underground chambers where wild animals were kept in cages, and wander along the passageways that gladiators once paced along.

From the Colosseum, head into the heart of the Roman Forum to learn about daily life in ancient times. Amble around the temples and arches as you listen to tales of the politics and religion of Imperial Rome.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Enjoy a Colosseum Underground Tour
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Walk on Arena Floor
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Discover First and second Floors of The Colosseum
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Discover Colosseum Third, Fourth and Fifth Levels * ** this option is ONLY FOR VIP COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND TOUR
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tickets are nominative and you are kindly invited to provide all the names of the visitors attending the tour
  • Your Guide will be waiting for you holding a Sign with the name of our company TOURS OF ROME in the Meeting point.
  • Tour start time can be subject to changes depending on the availability of the Colosseum Underground Tickets, in cas of a Change of the start time; we will send you a private message with the new start time
  • We will not be able to accomodate you if you don't arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour start time
  • luggage and big backpack are not allowed inside the Colosseum
  • Flammable Sprays, Selfie sticks, knifes or any kind of guns or cutters even with license can not enter the Colosseum
  • Because of some restrictions by the Colosseum Authorities the part of Underground Chambers visit will be conducted by a local expert archaeologist of the Colosseum and will be in a group
  • Police control and metal detector controls can slow the fast track entrance
  • Confirmation with all the details of the tour will be received after Booking the Colosseum underground chambers tickets
  • Tour may start with ancient Rome and then move to Colosseum and will finish with the local archaeologist of the Colosseum
  • Tour may start with Colosseum and will finish in the Roman Forum with your guide
  • We highly recommend to have an on the road cell phone to be easy to contact us and to contact you if necessary
  • For a quick response you can use iMessage, Whatsapp and Viber for texting us
  • In case of Dangerous Rain it can be impossible to walk inside Colosseum Undergrounds and you will be given 45 minutes on the ARENA FLOOR where you can see all the underground sections without walking inside it
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Tour start time can be subject to changes depending on the availability of the Colosseum Underground Tickets, in cas of a Change of the start time; we will send you a private message with the new start time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • It's Mandatory to have a valid ID with you (Passport or driving license)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours of Rome
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the meeting point?
A:The meeting point is in front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, Ground Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from COLOSSEUM, Piazza del Colosseo, Roma 00184.
Jul 2019
Q:
Where can we store our luggage during the tour?
A:Luggage and big backpacks are not allowed inside the Colosseum, please make alternative arrangements for these items.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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  • "Keep in mind that, although English-speaking guides know that tourists all over the world follow them (because there are not guidances in their native languages), they don't try to talk a little more slowly and easily." See review
  • "Seeing the underground part of the Colosseum is so worth it, and it's SO worth it to skip the lines/avoid the crowds, too." See review

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star-5
Our Amazing tour guide!
Sandra_V
, Aug 2022
Our guide Elizabeth was amazing!!!! Shared so much of her knowledge and answered all questions! Elizabeth also made sure our group stayed together because it was a busy day.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
July 2022. The tour was...
Michael_F
, Aug 2022
July 2022. The tour was amazing. It is so much more worth it than I thought. Unlike other tours you get to see all of the elements of the Colosseum. The guide gave us great information about the building. For some people pace may be an issue. It is fast moving, and there isn't enough time to take any pictures or actual enjoy the scenery. My recommendation, skip the Roman Forum and do it later. Just stay at Colosseum to take pictures and take in the sights. That way you get the great stories, access to the whole Colosseum and can spend an hour or two enjoying the views when its over.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-2
Disappointed with lack of flexibility
Maxon_M
, Aug 2022
We had to cancel our entire trip due to a family member death. The cost nor any portion was refunded or credited to us …very disappointing.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Dear Maxon, Thank You for reviewing your experience with us. We are very sorry to know about the death of one of your family members. All our tours are free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour. Please contact us privately on our email: tours@toursofrome.info to inform us about the details of the case Our Condolences
star-4
Great tour!
Lori_K
, Aug 2022
Very good tour. Coliseum was great and loved underground tour. Would have liked a little more background and story-telling in the forum (though it was very very hot!)
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Great tour.
Debbie
, Aug 2022
The tour was excellent. Our tour guide was very informative and looked after our group well. The Coliseum and Forum were amazing. Be prepared for a good deal of walking.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Awesome Colosseum Tour! Highly Recommend!
Lorelei_L
, Aug 2022
The entire tour was very memorable! Specifically, the tour of the recently re-opened underground was very cool! Really glad we included this part of the Colosseum in our tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
A great tour with fantastic guides!
Victoria_N
, Aug 2022
An excellent tour. We explored the underground area of the Colosseum—where animals, prisoners, and gladiators waited to meet their fate in the arena. We then moved to the other levels of the structure, including the arena. (The underground is accessible only through a tour like this. Don't miss it.) After the Colosseum, the tour continued in the Forum—so much to see; so much history. We had two excellent guides. Federica took us through the underground, providing great information on the architecture, history, and inner workings of a day of games. She was wonderful. Elizabetta then continued the tour on the other levels of the Colosseum and then the Forum. She was incredibly knowledgable, enthusiastic, warm, and friendly. As she was with us at the end, we had a chance to talk to her a bit more. She is an archeologist by education, and clearly loves working as a guide and sharing her knowledge of history, architecture, restoration. All in all, an excellent, informative, professional, fascinating tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-2
The importance of the guide for an otherwise great visit
Annabel_B
, Aug 2022
The underground guide was amazing along with the organization (site, confirmation) were great. Now the underground visit was no longer a small group visit. We were joined by another group. And the main guide was a nice women but her English was very basic making it hard to communicate information. We learn very little during the visit. Quite disappointing considering the price.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Passionate, engaging and informed your guide
Julie_L
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing experience. Our tour guide Alessandro, who is also an Archeologist made it a wonderful experience. He made many references with pictures on how it looked at its prime and references to the influences we still use today. He was passionate, considerate and kind. My kids who are teens and haven’t. Even liking yours, also loved it. My son said…make sure to give Alessandro a good review. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-4
Not really a "small group" tour when you get to the Colosseum.
Cari_B
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide for the Ancient Rome part was great. The only problem is that when you get to the Colossuem you are handed off to another tour guide (which is not a bad thing) but then random people are then put in your group, and we became a much bigger group.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it all our tours are small group of 4- 24 visitors max and looking forward to seeing you again
star-3
Tour switched on us without our knowledge
Archana_B
, Jul 2022
Tour guides were very knowledgeable. But tour company switched us from a small group to a huge group without telling us. So we couldn't hear anything in the headset (farther you get due to the group size from the guide, headset starts crackling or sound just completely disappears). The tour guides were very testy and short when we tried to tell them. We also signed up for a 1 hr 45 min tour as it was 95 degrees and we have kids. Instead we ended up on a 3 1/2 hr tour and had to leave early as it was horribly hot. I only gave it 3 Stars because the tour guides did know their material.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Perfetto
Livingston_P
, Jul 2022
Our guide Christina was excellent. She provided a very detailed and interesting tour with great history, humor and ties to recent cultural items. She was very knowledgeable and was able to provide great context and bring the colosseum “back to life” for our whole group of young and old. Can’t imagine visiting the colosseum without learning about the under and above arena areas. Christina also managed the tour in a great manner to provide respite from the day’s heat. Meeting point directions and check in for the tour went smoothly.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Knowledgeable!
Makynsey_B
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was wonderful. Our group had 6 people in it which allowed our guide to answer all of our questions as we went along. He took the time to ensure we all had an awesome experience! He was so knowledgeable and truly seemed to care for the history that came with Ancient Rome! Fantastic!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
We loved the colesseum
Lucille_S
, Jul 2022
Our tour of the Colosseum was amazing. Our guide did a wonderful job in clearing our group through security when there was a hitch and the Colosseum Guide for the underground portion was very good, informative and quite the sense of humor. The only downside to the tour was that due to the heat we had to cut the tour of the Forum short and return to our hotel. On the whole we were very satisfied with our tour and I hope our next two are as great. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Informative underground tour
Rosanne_R
, Jul 2022
My family and I were so happy to join this underground tour. Our tour guides were excellent in explaining everything and they were articulate and entertaining. There were some problems with security regarding identification documents. Christina tried to mitigate the best she can. Although we’re going overtime she took her time in making the experience enjoyable by choosing shaded areas and keeping us hydrated at the Forum on a very hot day.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Excellent Tour of Colosseum!
Carlos_B
, Jul 2022
We had a most excellent time with our guide Emily! She was very attentive and knowledgable of the Colosseum history including showing pics on her iPad.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-4
Colosseum Underground is super cool!
Aubrie_S
, Jul 2022
The underground area of the Colosseum is a must-do if you're touring the Colosseum. It really helps you wrap your mind around the games that occurred there and the ingenuity of the Romans. Having a tour guide to share some of the stories of Ancient Rome was interesting and helpful. I gave 4 stars, rather than 5 for a few reasons. The tour started late. We were informed ahead of time, but then received multiple automated messages with the original start-time, which was confusing. There was no reminder that we needed passports with us (even for kids), but fortunately, a photo of then worked. The radios they use intermingle with other channels at times. Our tour guide was very nice and informative, but her accent was strong, which made it harder for our kids to understand especially when the radios were crossing. It might have been easier with a smaller "small group", but it was still worth it. If you're going in summer, TAKE WATER! It's HOT!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
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star-5
It was great to...
STEVE_S
, Jul 2022
It was great to experience a par if the coliseum that not everyone gets to see. Highly recommend to all.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
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star-5
Best Tour
Scott_R
, Jul 2022
I highly recommend this tour. Our guide was amazing and she made the tour so fun for our entire family. Definitely splurge for the underground pass. Well worth the extra money.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
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star-5
Superb Trip, not to be missed.
Mark_B
, Jul 2022
This is a trip not to be missed. The guide Elisabet was superb and kept the group together and made sure all questions were answered and given the time they deserved. The guide for the underground tour was exactly the same with time for all members of the group and a wealth of information. It is a fascinating trip and 'set the bar' for the rest of the holiday. The trip finished at the Forum, but we missed continuing on our own up to Palentine Hill, which we wish we had done. This trip is worth the investment in time and holiday euros.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
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