Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Our Bestselling Colosseum Tour

Explore the ruins of Ancient Rome’s gladiator games on our exclusive Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor Tour. Led by a local English-speaking tour guide, our bestselling tour also features a guided stroll through the Roman Forum.


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

3.5 h
max 24
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Arena Floor
1st & 2nd Level
Roman Forum
Palatine Hill
The Colosseum is one of Rome’s must-see attractions. Experience this 2,000-year-old amphitheater first-hand on our exclusive skip the line Colosseum Underground tour. Since Colosseum Underground tickets are very limited, very few visitors have the opportunity to visit this restricted access area. With our Colosseum Underground Tour, you’ll visit the Arena Floor, walk through the Roman Forum and climb Palatine Hill.
Please note: There are times when we will begin with a guided tour of the Roman Forum before visiting the Colosseum.

  • - A skip the line Colosseum Underground tour
  • - Access to the Arena Floor
  • - A professional English-speaking guide
  • - A guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • - A maximum group size of 24

The Colosseum Underground and Dungeons

The tour’s first stop is the Colosseum Underground or Dungeons. Used to store animals and slaves, the bi-level “Hypogeum” featured an entire network of tunnels. With your professional English-speaking guide, explore this hidden area of the Colosseum.
Next, walk underneath the archway known as the “Porta Libitinaria” or Gate of Death onto the reconstructed Arena Floor. This is the heart of the Colosseum, where the games took place. The Gate of Death earned its name through its use as the exit point for the corpses of deceased competitors. Visualize your entrance into the arena floor and the adrenaline rush brought on by the deafening screams of 60,000 spectators.

First and Second Levels of the Colosseum

You will then visit the first and second levels of the Colosseum, learning more about the Colosseum’s brutal games. Our tour guides are experts in the archaeology and history of the historic sites we visit, especially the Colosseum. Learn about the origin behind the Colosseum’s name, why men and women didn’t sit together and the “modern” device that protected everyone from the sun.

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Once you’ve had your fill of the Colosseum’s bloody history, explore the ruins of the Roman Forum. Included with your Colosseum tour tickets are skip the line tickets for the Roman Forum and a guided tour of Palatine Hill. Revisit Ancient Roman history as your guide walks you through the ruins of the Temple of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Titus, the Roman Senate House and more.
Your guide will tell you stories of Rome’s historical figures including Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and more. Finally, you will visit Palatine Hill, sandwiched between the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus. This awe-inspiring area’s majestic ruins and unparalleled views are where Romulus was said to have founded Rome in 753 B.C. This is also where Rome’s emperors lived in lavish splendor.