Colosseum Underground plus Belvedere Top Levels Tour

The Complete Colosseum Experience, Top to Bottom

This is our most exclusive tour of the Colosseum! This top-selling tour features all of the monument’s restricted areas, including tours of the Underground, Arena Floor and top levels.

Rugged

You will be on your feet for the majority of this tour. We navigate an archeological site so expect uneven terrain and steep stairs.

4 h
max 24
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Colosseum
Arena Floor
1st & 2nd Level
Underground
3rd, 4th & 5th Level
Roman Forum
Palatine Hill
If you're visiting Rome and want to see the Colosseum from top to bottom, this is the best Colosseum tour for you. This is our most complete Colosseum Tour, with access to the Colosseum Underground, Arena Floor, lower levels and the recently-reopened top levels included. On this ultimate Rome experience, access all restricted areas and see 2,000 years of history up close and personal. If that wasn't enough, this Colosseum tour includes a guided exploration of the Roman Forum. This four-hour tour features:
  • - Skip the line Colosseum Underground tour
  • - Access to the Arena Floor
  • - Third, Fourth and Fifth "Belvedere" Levels
  • - Professional, English-speaking guide
  • - Guided tour of the Roman Forum

Please note: In order to end the tour inside the Colosseum, and allow you time to explore the monument after the end of your tour, we start with a guided tour of the Roman Forum.

Downtown Ancient Rome

Have you ever wondered what the Roman Forum is? See for yourself! Now an area full of sprawling ruins, the Forum is the original “downtown” area of ancient Rome. Developed in the 7th-century, this district served as The Roman Empire’s commercial and political hub. Of course, you don't need to wait in line to see it with us. You’ll skip the line and breeze right inside with your archeologist guide. Take a guided tour of Palatine Hill, where according to legend, Romulus founded the city of Rome in 753 B.C. Included in the Roman Forum are the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the Temple of Julius Caesar and the Arch of Titus.
 

The Colosseum Underground and Dungeons

Beneath the reconstructed Arena Floor, where all the violent pageantry took place, are the Colosseum Underground or Dungeons. In this dark staging area, or "Hypogeum", gladiators waited to fight and wild beasts stayed in cages. It doesn't take much imagination to grasp how intense the activity in this part of the Flavian Amphitheater once was. There's even a re-created lift in the Colosseum Underground, which demonstrates how gladiators and animals were brought up to the Arena Floor for events. 

A Gladiator's Entrance through the Gate of Death 

In proper gladiator style, move from the Colosseum Underground to the reconstructed Arena Floor through the Porto Libitinaria. Appropriately named the Gate of Death, this is where less fortunate competitors were carried out from the amphitheater after losing their lives. It's here in the heart of the Colosseum, that gladiatorial matches entertained up to 60,000 ancient Romans. As you stand here, look up and around you and visualize how it must've felt to have all eyes on you.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Levels

Next up, after visiting the main sections of the Roman Colosseum, you will pass through a special, limited access gate and climb up to the restricted top tiers. Despite being the "nosebleed seats" for working-class Romans at the time, the upper levels offer spectacular views over the Forum overlooking the center of the Flavian Amphitheater.  
 
You will notice the visitors in the general access areas looking up and wondering "How do I get up there?!". Additionally, the upper levels are one of the best places in the Colosseum for taking pictures. As you ascend to the top of the Colosseum, learn about the social structure of ancient Rome and where certain groups sat during events.

Bread and Circuses

Even though seating was designated according to wealth and status, people from all walks of life enjoyed the Colosseum. The phrase "bread and circuses" was a philosophy used by Roman emperors to prevent the citizens of Rome from rising up. This theory states that a well-fed populace with free access to entertainment is less likely to revolt against Rome's rulers.  

 

 

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