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Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour

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Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Check out the Colosseum’s underground chambers and gladiator passageways on a tour of the sites that are normally off-limits to the general public. With a guide, you also visit the arena floor to see where the gladiatorial action took place. The experience ends with a tour of the Roman Forum, viewing temples and arches as you follow the footsteps of ancient senators and emperors.
  • Explore the underground chambers were wild animals were caged
  • Wander along the passages used by gladiators before the games
  • Visit the arena floor as you learn about bygone battles that took place there
  • Learn about Imperial-era life on a tour of the Roman Forum

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See Colosseum's Underground chambers and escape the daily crowed inside
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Full Experience of Colosseum Undergrounds
Colosseum First and Second Floors Guided Tour
Roman Forum Guided Tour
All Tickets and Fees
Identity Card and Covid-19 Vaccine Passport are required
Transportation to/from attractions
Colosseum III, IV and V Tiers Closed

Departure Point

Fontana del Colosseo, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

In front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, Ground Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from COLOSSEUM, Piazza del Colosseo 22, Roma 00184.

Return Details

Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Choose from a morning or afternoon start time when you book, then make your way to the start point near the Colosseum on Via dei Fori Imperiali.

A symbol of ancient Rome, the impressive amphitheater is rich with history. Hear tales of the ancient gladiators who fought wild beasts to the delight of the bloodthirsty crowds, and learn about the cruelty and clemency of the emperors who presided over the games.

As you learn about the gladiatorial games, explore the areas that are normally off-limits to the general public. See the underground chambers where wild animals were kept in cages, and wander along the passageways that gladiators once paced along.

From the Colosseum, head into the heart of the Roman Forum to learn about daily life in ancient times. Amble around the temples and arches as you listen to tales of the politics and religion of Imperial Rome.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Enjoy a Colosseum Underground Tour
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Walk on Arena Floor
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Discover First and second Floors of The Colosseum
Pass By:  
Colosseum
Discover Colosseum Third, Fourth and Fifth Levels * ** this option is ONLY FOR VIP COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND TOUR
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Identity Card and Covid-19 Vaccine Passport are required
  • Please provide all the necessary information during the booking, Including names, birth dates, etc., so that the tour can elaborated soonest possible
  • Your Guide will be waiting for you holding a Sign with the name of our company TOURS OF ROME in the Meeting point.
  • Highly recommended to arrive to the meeting point 10 minutes before the official start time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • luggage and big backpack are not allowed inside the Colosseum
  • Flammable Sprays, Selfie sticks, knifes or any kind of guns or cutters even with license can not enter the Colosseum
  • Because of some restrictions by the Colosseum Authorities the part of Underground Chambers visit will be conducted by a local expert archaeologist of the Colosseum and will be in a group
  • Police control and metal detector controls can slow the fast track entrance
  • Confirmation with all the details of the tour will be received after Booking the Colosseum underground chambers tickets
  • Tour may start with ancient Rome and then move to Colosseum and will finish with the local archaeologist of the Colosseum
  • Tour may start with Colosseum and will finish in the Roman Forum with your guide
  • We highly recommend to have an on the road cell phone to be easy to contact us and to contact you if necessary
  • For a quick response you can use iMessage, Whatsapp and Viber for texting us
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • In case of Dangerous Rain it can be impossible to walk inside Colosseum Undergrounds and you will be given 45 minutes on the ARENA FLOOR where you can see all the underground sections without walking inside it
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours of Rome
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.
  • 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:
Where is the meeting point?
A:The meeting point is in front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, Ground Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from COLOSSEUM, Piazza del Colosseo, Roma 00184.
Jul 2019
Q:
Where can we store our luggage during the tour?
A:Luggage and big backpacks are not allowed inside the Colosseum, please make alternative arrangements for these items.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour?
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 Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Keep in mind that, although English-speaking guides know that tourists all over the world follow them (because there are not guidances in their native languages), they don't try to talk a little more slowly and easily." See review
  • "Seeing the underground part of the Colosseum is so worth it, and it's SO worth it to skip the lines/avoid the crowds, too." See review

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Amazing Tour
Brandon_B
, Oct 2021
Fantastic tour. Our guide, Alessandro, was extremely knowledgeable and explained everything to us clearly, with excitement. We got to see everything we wanted and more. So many amazing photo opportunities!!! 100% recommend.
star-5
Such an awesome underground Colosseum tour
Rhonda_S
, Oct 2021
Starting with the forum, then the underground tour and then seeing the rest of the Colosseum with our guide, Alessandro, was fantastic! He was a wealth of knowledge, and being an archeologist, had perspectives we might not have gotten with other guides. His “before and after” paintings/photos gave us a much better of idea of what it was like during that time period. Learning how the gladiators and animals were lifted onto the arena floor helped put you “there”. A very enjoyable tour with an awesome tour guide. Thank you Alessandro and Viator!
star-5
Would go again
Jacket
, Oct 2021
Alex was great and she was very knowledgeable. The material and stories were perfect to get perspective. Really enjoyed the morning small group tour. Would go again given the opportunity.
star-5
This is the tour you’re looking for.
David_C
, Oct 2021
The tour is exactly what you would want. You get to see all levels of the colosseum. Our tour guide Elizabeth was knowledgeable and very passionate when discussing the history. We also toured the outdoor area surrounding the colosseum which was an unexpected surprise. Great tour.
star-5
Viator Tours never disappoints!!
Helga_T
, Oct 2021
I have never been disappointed with any sightseeing tour I have ever taken with Viator. Totally recommend small group tours. And once again our tour guide was incredible! Very knowledgeable, very engaging with everyone. Thank you for this awesome Colosseum Underground Tour.
star-5
You won’t regret seeing all three levels!
Kalan_C
, Oct 2021
Our guide, Deborah, was interactive with our three young kids from the very beginning. The visuals she brought along helped them (and us) to really grasp what the ancient structures looked liked and were used for. Deborah was so knowledgeable, funny, and definitely has a passion for Roman history. We learned so many interesting things on this tour! Ask her anything! It was fast paced, but we still felt like we had plenty of time to absorb everything—which was perfect for our family. Deborah was willing to customize how much time we spent in each location, so just let her know where you want to spend most of your time. (She even built in a couple bathroom breaks, which is definitely necessary for the kids). This is the perfect highlight tour to get to see every part of the coliseum, including the Roman forum. We are so glad we didn’t settle on doing just one or two levels on our own; the underground really adds a whole new perspective. We would have regretted not doing all 3 levels and having someone to teach us so many interesting things. The small group aspect was perfect for not feeling crowded inside and being able to have a more personalized experience. There are quite a few sets of stairs, with tall and sometimes steep steps. Our kids did make it through the entire tour without a breakdown, but we did a lot of carrying the youngest.
star-5
Worth the visit!
Michelle_H
, Oct 2021
Andrea was SUPERB! Loved his tour of the underground area— highly recommend!! We have done this tour twice, but this is the first time we booked this tour and it was even better!
star-5
We love Alessandro and this tour! Amazing
Kristin_F
, Oct 2021
This tour was amazing ALESSANDRO was the best tour guide we have had in all of Italy. He took us to places we did not even think we would get to go to. He is so knowledgeable, kind, and helpful. We loved the way he navigated this tour. He knows everyone too! I can’t say enough good things about Alessandro and this tour. If you are going to Rome you can not skip this. Definitely one of the coolest experiences and I believe Alessandro made it 10x better. We are so lucky to have gotten paired up with him! If you have an opportunity to request your guides I would try to pick him! Thank you so much for everything!
star-5
BEST TOUR GUIDE EVER!!!
allyssa_p
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide was AMAZING!! He was so incredibly knowledgeable and so interested in the rich history of the Colosseum. We learned a lot and we could not have asked for a better guide through the ruins! It is a day we will never forget and will hold dear for the rest of our lives!!! Grazie a te!! <3
star-5
Great, Knowledgable Guide
Christopher_G
, Oct 2021
The guide knew so much about everything and seeing the Coliseum from underground was amazing. A must

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