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Roma, Italy
Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

On this small group tour of 20 people or fewer, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. Get the rare chance to walk through the tunnels, stand where gladiators stood and enjoy a panoramic view. Then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to complete your tour of Rome’s top ancient sites.
  • Enjoy access to all areas of the Colosseum, including places normally off-limits
  • Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers and see where wild animals were caged
  • Visit the Roman Forum, walk up Palatine Hill and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus
  • Walk in the Gladiators' footsteps on the Arena floor

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Secure access to the underground chambers and arena floor
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Professional guide
Small groups of 20 people or fewer for an intimate tour experience
Skip-the-Line Access to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Special Skip-the-Line Access to Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor
Dedicated audio headsets so you don't miss a thing
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Largo Gaetana Agnesi , Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". If arriving by metro: Upon exiting the turnstiles of the metro, take an immediate right down the tiled hall to the escalator/stairs within the metro station.

Roman Forum , Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: All participant names are required at the time of booking in order to enter the Colosseum. Every customer is required to carry a valid ID that matches the name on the ticket, or an entry will be refused. Name changes are not permitted once the booking is confirmed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Due to the fact that Colosseum Underground entry tickets must be purchased using the full name of each passenger and cannot be modified or cancelled, no refund will be given for any tour cancellation once the tickets are purchased on the passengers’ behalf.
  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena.
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What is the social distancing policy during Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena.

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  • "There is a lot of walking on uneven ground and climbing of stairs so wear comfy shoes for sure." See review
  • "Take water and ensure you go to toilet before you start as it's quite a way into the tour before a toilet break." See review
  • "Take a water bottle and aome snacks as you will not get a chance to stop and get these." See review

Reviews

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3,682 Reviews

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star-3
Disappointing
Kelley_B
, Jul 2022
I was really disappointed in this tour. I have visited the Colosseum before and experienced an excellent underground tour that included a tour of the Roman Forum. This was the first booking I made for our three week vacation in London and Italy. I booked early so to get the earliest morning tour to beat the heat. The night before we were informed that our tour was pushed from 9 to 11. Once we arrived at the tour site, we were placed a group that was larger than 20. The tour was not small and intimate as advertised. While we did skip lines, we waited in the Colosseum for over 20 minutes to be assigned to a tour guide with a larger group. And to top off the whole thing, the tour guide wore a mask and because the microphone was inside the mask, there was constant static causing us to miss much of what she said. Also, we were sent to the Forum and Palatine Hill alone without any guide or information given. Then randomly today I received what amounts to an 11 dollar refund per person. It said a refund I had requested, but I had not requested it. This did confirm that our tour was not what we had signed up for however.
star-1
Terrible
jacqueline_s
, Jul 2022
What can I say when we arrived waited 20 minutes in the heat to be told there was no tour then after another 10 minutes they said we could join a very large group just going on the upper tour no underground we were given no other choice and it was our last day .the guide was terrible not very informative and kept rushing ahead not giving any time to see things and not very knowledgeable .would not recommend city wounders
star-4
Rome
holly_m
, Jun 2022
It was incredible to see the underground workings and hear the history of the Coliseum! It was a hot day so that was a little challenging but so worth it! We did not have a host to take us to the Forum area and I felt like there was a lot to learn there too.
star-3
Great Tour Guide!
reneem_g
, Jun 2022
We originally booked a small group tour including the below level of the Colosseum but the tour guide did not show up. The tour company assigned us with another group whose tour guide was Fabio. Fabio was one of two really good tour guides we had on our trip to Italy. Fabio was accepting of the extra members to his group but more importantly he really knew a lot about the Colosseum and he showed us pictures of what it looked like in it's heyday and he pointed out areas below ground where the trap doors would be as well as many other facts about the Colosseum. Fabio made the tour worth it!
star-1
BS(bait&switch)
Terry_J
, Jun 2022
This tour operator is worse I have experienced . They cancelled our underground Colosseum small group tour. Made us wait for three+ hours and put us with group of 30+ and no underground access. Very disappointed. They gave us partial refund but we never came close to experience we paid for. Avoid City Winders!!
star-3
Great tour of the...
yadirahiraldo
, Jun 2022
Great tour of the coloseum underground with the archeologist. On the second part of the tour for the Palatine and Forum the guide was intimidated by the heat and just gave us an intro and left us on our own. I have done the tour before and the guide walked us through both areas and provided info. We paid for a guided tour and did not get it.
star-1
Tour changed and cancelled with informing us
Thomas_C
, Jun 2022
The tour time was changed 4 days in advance from 330 pm to 12 pm which caused us to have to leave a little earlier than we wanted. We then arrived for 1145 am for check in and found out the tour guide never showed up so we had to go with a different tour company. Would give 0 stars if I could
star-1
No tour!!
Heather_C
, Jun 2022
We were unable to go on tour. We arrived early, waited with no communicating with staff until time to go only to be told the guide was not available to take us. No other tour available of similar underground. Had to pay for another tour that did not have underground. Not refunded as of this review.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Vickie_M
, Jun 2022
This was one of our favorite tours. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and easy to find. Loved walking around the underground gladiator area. They take you from the bottom of the arena all the way to the top. The forum is huge! Lots of walking, but well worth It!
star-5
Amazing experience! Paola is the best!!
Brittany_C
, Jun 2022
Our guide Paola was INCREDIBLE! She shared so much interesting knowledge with us and made the whole tour fun, exciting, and memorable! Cannot sing her praises enough! The access to history on this tour is amazing, an absolute must do if you’re in Rome! Thank you so much Paola!
star-5
Nothing to say. I really...
Christopher_E
, Jun 2022
Nothing to say. I really do not want to have to write something but Viator is bugging me to do this and I cannot get past all this just to get it done.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great time
Glenn_K
, Jun 2022
Massive place alot bigger then pictures. The tour was great Paola was our tour guide and she was great very knowledgeable. She was great very friendly and loved answering questions about rome history.
star-1
Tickets not guaranteed
Gillian_H
, Jun 2022
I booked this tour more than 2 months before our trip. I received regular communication which was good but 3 days before the scheduled event I received a text and e-mail that our tour had to be cancelled because the venue had not provided them with all the tickets they needed. (the person I had to talk to had a very dismissive “not our fault” attitude about it). We managed to rebook a different tour (without the underground) on a different day and our guide was lovely, but I will never book with this company again given they don’t seem to be able to actually guarantee that they can honor the tickets for the purchased event.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
A Rocky Start
Lynne_F
, Jun 2022
I made my reservation for the Colosseum underground tour through Viator in February, 2022. 3 days before the tour date, which was June 8th, I received an email and a text message from City Wonders Tours that my experience was being cancelled. I was offered the option of a different tour or a refund. I had problems contacting them via phone, but fortunately my hotel had a concierge who was able to reschedule it for the following day. Even after I rescheduled, I continued to get messages confirming my original date, along with links for my tickets. Although I got a confirmation email for the new date/time, I never received new tickets. I tried emailing the day before and never got a response from them. We showed up at the appointed time, hoping everything had been arranged, and I was happy to find that my name was on the list. This seemed unnecessarily stressful and we never found out the reason why our tour had been cancelled in the first place. We did not get to do the underground experience. My refund for the shorter tour has not yet been completed. That being said, our tour guide, Vasco, was excellent! So knowledgeable about Roman history, full of fun stories, very personable and kind, and spoke excellent English, which we appreciated.
star-1
Unable to cancel do to COVID-19
Ellen_P
, Jun 2022
We called Viator and tried to canceled our reservation because one of our party got Covid. We were told to go to the tour anyway! Finally we spoke to the vendor because your Viator company would not cancel or refund us. We were told we were getting a full refund from the company hosting the tour in Rome. We still don’t have this. We have used Viator for many other tours, however this experience was a negative for you.
star-5
Excellent tour guide, gives the best recommendation
Lotte_K
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide "PG" was excellent and did really know his stuff. The Coloseum tour (down under) was very intersting and the history was told so the hole family can remember it after the trip. Palantine and Forum Romanom was also very good and the pictures brought make it very easy to imagine how it have looked back in time. My best recommendation to this tour guide.
star-1
Unclear designation
Shelly_W
, Jun 2022
Unfortunately the meeting place for the tour was not clearly on the ticket and we didn’t have a sufficient signal to find the tour beginning. We were too late to join the tour when we finally found them the tour operator, Windy City (Emiliano) was kind enough to give us 6 tickets for a later time but 2 of us had to miss the tour of the Colosseum all together. For English speakers it would be helpful to have the meeting location be more clear.
star-5
Amazing Colosseum Tour
Rylie_B
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Dave, was amazing and attentive! It was easy to tell that he is really knowledgeable and passionate about ancient Roman culture.
star-1
Where's My Tour?
Vincent_C
, Jun 2022
When I say that Viator screwed this up it is no exaggeration. I had been planning this trip for months and arrived prior at the designated location fifteen minutes prior to departure. There was several other tour agencies but no Viator or their local representatives. After a few minutes I asked one of the other tour operators and they said that my tour was cancelled. Neither Viator or their local representative contacted me about the cancellation or make any effort to book an alternative tour. I was left high and dry. After asking the many tour operators if they had space for several additional tourists I found one and paid a premium. Based on my experience I would avoid Viator. A more reputable organization would have promptly contacted me as to the cancellation and made an effort to book my tour with another of the many local tour operators. Individuals plan these European vacations months in advance and book this tours at the same time, and expect the tours to happen. There is no excuse for Viator to completely drop the ball on this
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Best way to visit the Colosseum
Donna_R
, May 2022
Our tour guide Jaber, was wonderful. We were a very small group of 5. The day was very hot approximately 97 degrees. He kept the pace manageable and tried to keep us in the shade which was much appreciated. He was incredibly knowledgeable and his information presented with context and humor. I highly recommend this tour. The skip the line was a lifesaver in this heat and I would be sure to pay the extra money.

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