THE COMPLETE COLOSSEUM EXPERIENCE, TOP TO BOTTOM
One of our most top-selling tours, this exclusive Colosseum underground and top levels tour includes all of the monument’s restricted areas. See the Colosseum’s Underground, arena floor, and the top levels.
You’ll have top-to-bottom access to the Colosseum Underground, Arena Floor, lower levels and the recently-reopened top levels. Access all of the Colosseum’s restricted areas and see 2,000 years of history up close. This Colosseum underground and top levels tour features a guided exploration of the Roman Forum. This four-hour tour includes:
– 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 for time to explore the monument afterward, we begin with a guided tour of the Roman Forum.
Downtown Ancient Rome
Have you ever wondered what the Roman Forum was? Now see it for yourself! The Forum’s sprawling ruins are what once was “downtown” Ancient Rome. Developed in the 7th century, this district served as the Roman Empire’s commercial and political hub. You won’t need to wait in line to get in with us, because you’ll skip the line and head right inside with your expert guide. See the Roman Forum’s many attractions like the Temple of Antoninus, the Temple of Julius Caesar, and the Arch of Titus and Faustina.
The Colosseum Underground and Dungeons
Beneath the Arena Floor’s violent pageantry was the Colosseum Underground. This dark staging area, known as the “Hypogeum” was where gladiators and wild beasts were held prior to fighting.
You’ll see the Colosseum Underground’s re-created lift, which demonstrates how gladiators and animals were transported to the Arena Floor. If seeing the Eternal City’s dark side appeals to you, be sure to visit the Colosseum Underground.
A Gladiator’s Entrance through the Gate of Death
Experience what Ancient Rome’s gladiators did when moving from the Colosseum Underground to the reconstructed Arena Floor through the Porto Libitinaria. Nicknamed the “Gate of Death”, this is where deceased competitors were removed from the amphitheater. Up to 60,000 ancient Romans witnessed the gladiatorial matches that took place on the Arena Floor. As you stand inside the arena, imagine the adrenaline rush that the screams of 60,000 spectators would bring.
Third, Fourth and Fifth Levels
After visiting the Roman Colosseum’s general access area, you’ll pass through a special locked gate and ascend to the restricted top tiers. You’ll see the marvelous views of the Forum and the Colosseum from what once were Ancient Rome’s “nosebleed seats.”
Everyone standing in the general access areas will wonder how you got to the top. Nowhere else in the Colosseum can you experience such a jaw-dropping view. Once there, you’ll take great pictures and learn about Ancient Rome’s social structure in relation to the Colosseum’s seating practices.
Bread and Circuses
Despite the seating arrangement according to wealth and status, the Colosseum was for everyone. The phrase “bread and circuses” refers to a practice used by emperors to prevented Roman citizens from revolting. This phrase was built on the philosophy that a well-fed populace with free access to entertainment is less likely to revolt against its rulers. You’ll learn more about this and other nuances of Ancient Roman society with our Colosseum Underground and top levels tour.