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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED

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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
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Overview

See the secrets of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum on this small-group. With your knowledgeable guide, skip the long entrance lines at each attraction. Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day and discover Palatine Hill and the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
  • Guided tour of the Colosseum and the highlights of ancient Rome
  • Skip the lines with priority entry to the Colosseum
  • Stroll up Palatine Hill and see where Rome’s wealthiest inhabitants once lived
  • Small-group tour limited to six people provides a more personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Walk on almost 2,000-year-old original floors, with special access to ancient tunnels and secret chambers.
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Tour in a Safe and Small Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED!
Climb down inside the Underground and walk onto the Arena of the Colosseum
Enjoy a friendly and professional Local Expert Guide
Skip the long lines!
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Piazza del Colosseo, 21 , Piazza del Colosseo, 21, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

In front of the SOS sign outside of the Colosseum's Metro Station's MAIN ENTRANCE, ground floor, right across the street from the Colosseum itself. Please note that there are two levels to the Colosseum Metro Station, your meeting point is at ground level. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign.

This activity will end right where it started.
After meeting your guide at the Colosseum Metro Station, head out to explore some of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Cruise past the entrance queues with your skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to waste no time inside these Roman icons.

At the Colosseum, start your tour on the underground level, which is only open to a limited number of visitors each day. Walk through the maze of subterranean chambers to see where fierce animals were once caged, and listen to stories from your guide about the gruesome gladiator battles. Then walk up to the arena level, and follow your guide into the area where the battles were fought, instead of tracing the edge, as most visitors do. Tread lightly over pieces of the original floor as you look below through the gaps.

Next, head down into the Roman Forum, following your guide around the ruins that once made up the city’s political and commercial heart. Hear about structures like the Arch of Titus and the Senate, where you have the chance to stay longer if you wish.

Walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Wander through pine trees while learning from your guide about ancient Rome’s origins, and see where the wealthiest Romans used to live.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
In this awe-inspiring tour you will explore the incredible underbelly of the colosseum, navigating through and exploring its cells, elaborate elevator systems and underground water conduits! Then, walk onto the Arena and see the Colosseum from the same perspective as the gladiators themselves! Imagine hearing the roar of the giant crowds that the gladiators heard as they prepared for battle and learn all about the various types of festivities and games the roman enjoyed! Finally, climb up the first tier and gasp at picture perfect views of this incredible amphitheater. This tour grants exclusive access to the must see restricted areas of the underground and arena, so be sure not to miss out and book in advance!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Explore the incredible ruins of the vast valley of the Roman Forum, the social, commercial and political centre of Ancient Rome! See the beautiful remains of the Imperial Villas on the Palatine Hill, and enjoy the gorgeous views of the valley of the Roman Forum from the top. Then, climb down to walk on the very streets the Roman used, seeing highlights such as the temple to the Vestal Virgins, the Basilica di Massenzio, the Roman Senate, and the memorial to Julius Caesar, amongst many more.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Inclusive in your exploration of the Roman Forum, is a wonderful climb up the wonders of the Palatine Hill. Here you will marvel at some of the most grandiose imperial villas the romans ever built, and learn all about how to emperors lived in their gigantic palaces.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult
  • Proof-of-age for teenagers under 18 years is required
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only small bags are allowed. Glass bottles and containers are also not allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum
  • Due to extreme weather conditions, the Colosseum Administration may limit access to some or all of the restricted areas (Colosseum, Arena Level and Third Tier), to ensure security of its visitors. No refund will be granted on these rare occasions
  • UNDERGROUND AND ARENA: The access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum (Underground and Arena) may be shared among other participants in the our exclusive entry slot. At times, for safety reasons, logistics and traffic control, the group may be led by one guide. This choice is at the complete discretion of the Colosseum's administration and security policy of that day in accordance to adequate safety measures. Please be aware that this is only for 30/40 minutes of the total duration of the tour. Our max 6 people policy is guaranteed for the remainder of the duration of the tour.
  • GENERAL ENTRY:Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors. Please be on time!
  • English Language Only
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Be prepared for a lot of walking and hills as the Ancient Rome part of this tour is all uphill - not for those who have a difficult time with stairs." See review
  • "There is an elevator at the Colosseum should you have issues with stairs, However, Palantine Hill is a LOT of stairs, probably about 8 flights up a hill." See review
  • "Small group the ideal way to visit the colosseum, trying to visit with 40 plus is not an option." See review

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star-5
Fantastic tour! Worth every penny!
Tanya_N
, Jul 2022
Christina, our guide was absolutely fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and told interesting stories. When one of the people in our group felt unwell because of the heat, she called her a cab and stayed with them until they got back to their hotel safely. Just the best guided tour anywhere!!!
star-5
Great tour
Brian_L
, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful guide who took us through the ruins, Palatine Hill, and the Colisseum. He provided us with a lot of history and stories.
star-5
Elena is AMAZING
Andrea_G
, Jul 2022
Elena was the BEST GUIDE ever! So knowledgeable, funny, and efficient. We recommend asking for her by name.
star-5
Fantastic
Kimberly_S
, Jul 2022
Our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. The semi-private tour was great because we could interact with each other and our guide and we did not feel rushed. This was the favoite activity in Rome for my husband and daughter.
star-5
Thoroughly enjoyable tour Dorata the tour guide was highly knowledgeable and great company throughout
Richard_W
, Jul 2022
The guide (Dorata) was very knowledgeable and fantastic company and she made the tour very enjoyable from start to finish. Me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her company and the group we were with. The tour throughout was very informative and interesting kept everyone engrossed and all our questions and queries were answered and dealt with completely. Our group consisted of over 60s to children and we all were attentive from start to finish. We could not have wished for a better guide and would highly recommend her and would love to use her again thank you
star-5
Best tour/tour guide in Rome
Kelsey_G
, Jul 2022
Sabrina was our tour guide and she was AMAZING! She made the tour fun, had an extensive knowledge of Ancient Rome and welcomed/encouraged questions. She even tried her best to keep us out of the heat on a hot summer day. We did a few other tours and learned the tour guide can either make or break your tour, in this case she made it incredible. Thank you Sabina for such a memorable tour!
star-5
Great presentation of the...
Meliton_C
, Jul 2022
Great presentation of the history of the Forum and the Colosseum by Fabi very knowledgeable and attentive to detail!! Over all I give it a 10 out of 10
star-5
Absolutely a must-have experience
Deniz_v
, Jun 2022
When you read this and are contemplating purchasing this tour, think no longer. You will NOT be disappointed. I know, I know, not the cheapest option for the Colosseum, but quality and underground access and no lines have a price. And if you are lucky enough to have Julia from LivTours, you are in for a treat. I can genuinely say that this was the best tour I have ever had of any visit anywhere. Knowledgeable without pumping too much info in you. Waiting for questions and curiosity. Great with kids (3 hours at 38 degr C and the kids still wanted to know more). Excellent command of English. Do I need to continue?
star-4
Amazing Underground Tour
Linda_C
, Jun 2022
Touring the underground sections of the Colosseum and learning about how the events took place was excellent. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate about Roman history. The Roman Forum tour was long and it was very difficult in the extreme heat. The Colosseum tour should have been first.
star-5
❤️ Serena
Omlor_F
, Jun 2022
Our guide Serena was amazing! So knowledgeable about the history of the forum and how to relate it to what we knew thru movies and what we thought was the truth. We loved her insights and she was super helpful making us all included in the group. She was the highlight of our trip. ❤️
star-5
Excellent and exclusive
Gaelle_D
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour - very exclusive with the underground tour and the small group makes it very friendly
star-5
Well worth it.
Robert_A
, Jun 2022
Going to the underground section was well worth it. Our guide Patricia was fantastic. The colosseum is huge and now you have access to just about the whole thing. Don’t miss the underground section.
star-5
Great tour
Michael_G
, Jun 2022
Barbara was amazing. The tour was great and having such a knowledgeable guide made it a special experience.
star-5
Wonderful Tour!
Susie_E
, Jun 2022
Everything was fantastic! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Bypassing the crazy crowds was the best!
star-5
Azzurra is the best
Anita_P
, Jun 2022
Azzurra was so enthusiastic and informative. She brought the story of the Colosseum to life. Outstanding experience
star-5
The tour of the...
Michelle_S
, Jun 2022
The tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Forum was amazing! Our guide was so knowledgable and entertaining! I would highly recommend Viator when planning a vacation.
star-5
Excellent tour
Gail_W
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour, the guide really knew his stuff. He was so knowledgeable and he was able to answer all the questions given. I absolutely loved going under ground and seeing where the animals were caged. I would definitely recommend the VIP trip, it’s well worth the extra
star-5
Amazing experience !
Richard_H
, Jun 2022
Our guide was friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, and accommodating. I highly recommend this tour to couples, friends, and families!
star-5
Very special experience
emparrish7
, Jun 2022
Very cool! The underground is so amazing and plus a full Paletine hill experience. Our guide was great. Highly recommend!
star-5
Excellent tour!
Shelli_P
, Jun 2022
Had a lovely tour! Gia was amazing and very knowledgeable about all things on our tour. She took her time to answer all questions and educate everyone on what they were seeing. Thank you!

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