Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Explore the Underground tunnels and Arena Floor with an experienced guide and small group

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 450 Reviews · 3.50h 24 max · Rome, Italy

Did you know that only a fraction of Colosseum visitors can get tickets to see the Underground tunnels? That's because it's an active archeological site with extremely limited access, but travelers in Rome who can't wait to see the Colosseum make it a priority to see this exclusive area. We are the leading provider of tours to the Colosseum underground, but even our tickets sell out fast, so don't hesitate to book when you find a tour time that works for your upcoming trip to Rome!

Tour Details
  • Restricted Access to the Ancient Stadium
  • Walk onto the Reconstructed Arena Floor
  • The Exclusive Colosseum Underground
  • Explore the Underground Tunnels
  • Deadly Trap Door & Elevator
  • Newly Opened Areas: Be One of the First to Visit
  • 1st and 2nd Levels of the Colosseum
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Roman Forum
  • Arch of Titus
  • Vestal Virgins
  • Temple of Julius Caesar
  • Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine
  • Palatine Hill

Our Underground tours have limited availability for the rest of the 2022 season. If it's sold out on the day of your trip to Rome, we recommend booking our popular Arena Floor tour that gives you access to another area that gladiators used!

The Roman Colosseum is a must-see attraction in Rome and one of our most popular Colosseum tours. Witness the incredible history of this 2,000-year-old structure up close on our exclusive skip-the-line Colosseum Underground tour. Few visitors get the chance to explore the underground area since Colosseum Underground tickets sell out fast and few companies have access to these coveted tickets. On this tour, you'll also gain behind-the-scenes access to the reconstructed Arena Floor, take a guided stroll through the Roman Forum, and climb the Palatine Hill.

Colosseum Underground Tour Description:

Your exclusive 3.5-hour tour include:

  • Colosseum Underground tickets

  • Access to the Arena Floor

  • Fun, and professional English-speaking guide

  • A guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

  • A maximum group size of 19

After booking this epic underground tour, you’ll hear from our friendly Travel Experts who’ll ask for your name and birthday. Each ticket is reserved specifically for you since you're a VIP. Don’t forget to bring your ID to the Colosseum to confirm your ticket!

The Colosseum Underground and Dungeons

Used for storing slaves and animals, the Hypogeum (or Underground) featured two levels and an entire network of Colosseum underground tunnels. This is where gladiators and wild animals awaited their gruesome fate. Led by a professional English-speaking guide, explore this behind-the-scenes area of the Colosseum close to where the active archeological dig is still going on.

Walk under a great archway known as the Porta Libitinaria or the Gate of Life and out onto the reconstructed Arena Floor. This is the heart of the Colosseum and where the savage games took place. Your entrance through this gladiator's gate will feel memorable as your guide brings this area to life. As you trace the footsteps of gladiators, imagine the deafening screams of 60,000 spectators.

First and Second Levels of the Colosseum

Visit the first and second levels of the Colosseum on this guided tour. The views from these parts of the Colosseum provide an excellent opportunity for more photos. As you snap away on your phone or camera, learn more about the brutal games the Colosseum spectators once witnessed. All our tour guides are experts in archeology and history behind the historic sites we visit, including the Colosseum. Learn why "Colosseum" is just a nickname, why women didn't sit with men, and the modern device that kept everyone protected from the sun.

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Your tour tickets also include skip-the-line tickets for a guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Get a front-row seat to ancient Roman history as you take a guided walk through the ruins of the Temple of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Titus, the Roman Senate House, and much more.

Your guide will bring it all back to life with tales of Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and more. And last but not least, sandwiched between the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus, is the Palatine Hill. This awe-inspiring area of towering pine trees, majestic ruins, and unparalleled views were where Romulus was said to have founded the city in 753 BC. This is also where Rome's emperors lived in opulent luxury.

Come join us on one of our most popular Colosseum tours that you truly won't forget!

What you get with this tour
English-Speaking Guide
Colosseum tickets included
Restricted Access
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Great tour, excellent guides

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William Blincoe

Kristina, the guide inside the Colosseum, was fantastic. She provided a great deal of information and history, but in a way that explained the attitude of the times, purpose of the Colosseum, and interests of the people. She was both informative, and great to listen to and learn from. Our Forum guide, Luca, was extremely contentious and attentive, and did everything in his power to make sure we had a safe, pleasant and informative experience. Little things like trying to keep us in shade on our walk, or making sure we had places to sit during the tour, were greatly appreciated.

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22 September 2022
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Arlene Grabowski

Marcos, Cristina, and Carolina are excellent guides and brought the venues to life. We now have a deeper understanding of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Marcos was especially considerate of the heat and pavement irregularities along the route and deserves special recognition. He also had his own stash of photos of what areas would have looked like at the time to make the historical significance more meaningful and relatable. Bravo, Marcos, and a super-sized thank you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Meet your guide at the green souvenir kiosk in front of the “Colosseo” metro stop, located just outside the lower level entry. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Please make sure to bring your passport or government ID! We also recommend comfortable shoes for walking on uneven terrain. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle for hot summer months.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

This tour includes walking on uneven terrain for most of the tour. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest booking a Colosseum private tour so your needs can be better accommodated.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Colosseum tours rain or shine. If rainfall is extremely heavy, the Colosseum management will sometimes close the restricted areas for safety reasons. If the restricted areas are closed, we will offer an €18 refund to compensate for missing these areas, but we'll still take you inside the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum.

Can my tour be canceled or moved to a different day?

Yes. Colosseum Underground tours are exclusive and require additional effort, but we’re experts in this field and have a large staff dedicated to customer success. If we are unable to acquire tickets on your behalf, we will let you know at least 14 days before your tour date in which case we'll add you to a comparable tour or offer a full refund.

Is it possible The Tour Guy will change this tour time?

Yes, it is very likely to happen. We recommend you keep your entire day open to accommodate your new tour time. Be sure to monitor your email as we will contact you at least 14 days before the tour with your new start time.

What to bring?

Please make sure to bring your passport or government ID! We also recommend comfortable shoes for walking on uneven terrain. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle for hot summer months.

Where to meet?

Meet your guide at the green souvenir kiosk in front of the “Colosseo” metro stop, located just outside the lower level entry. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

Why do you need my full name and birthday?

The Colosseum management recently changed their rules, which means tickets will be reserved specifically for the actual ticket holder. We'll use your name and birthday to reserve a ticket just for you, so don't forget to bring your passport or ID to the Colosseum to confirm your ticket!

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