Colosseum Underground plus Belvedere Top Levels Tour

The Complete Colosseum Experience, Top to Bottom

It's rare to find a tour that sees every single tier of the Colosseum in one visit. With this experience, you can do just that. See three areas of the Colosseum restricted from public access, plus a guided tour of the Roman Forum.


You will be on your feet for the majority of this tour. We navigate an archeological site so expect uneven terrain and steep stairs.

4 h
max 24
from 14 reviews
1 Roman Forum
2 Arch of Titus
3 Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
4 The Colosseum Exterior
5 Colosseum Underground Dungeon
6 Colosseum Arena Floor
7 Deadly Trap Door & Lift
8 Colosseum 3rd Tier
9 Colosseum 4th Tier
10 Colosseum 5th Tier
11 The Nosebleed Section


Arena Floor
1st & 2nd Level
3rd, 4th & 5th Level
Roman Forum
Palatine Hill
If you're headed on a Roman holiday and you want to see the Colosseum from top to bottom, this is the best Colosseum tour for you. This is the whole shebang, with access included to the Colosseum Underground, Arena Floor, lower levels and the recently-reopened top levels. On this ultimate Rome experience, access all restricted areas and witness 2,000 years of history up close and personal. And if that weren't enough, this Colosseum tour includes 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 you time to explore the monument after the end of your tour, we start with a guided tour of the Roman Forum.

Downtown Ancient Rome

Have you ever wondered "what is the Roman Forum"? See for yourself! Now an area full of sprawling ruins, the Forum is what remains of "downtown" ancient Rome. Developed in the 7th century, this district served as the commercial and political hub of the powerful Roman Empire. Of course, you don't need to wait in line to get see it with us. Just as we do at the Colosseum, skip the line and breeze right on in with your archeologist guide. Take a guided tour of the Palatine Hill, where legend has it Romulus founded the city of Rome in 753 B.C. Included in the Roman Forum are the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and the Temple of Julius Caesar.

The Colosseum Underground and Dungeons

Beneath the reconstructed Arena Floor, where all the violent pageantry took place, are the Colosseum Underground or Dungeons. In this dark staging area, or "Hypogeum", gladiators waited to fight and wild beasts stayed in cages. It doesn't take much imagination to grasp how intense the activity in this part of the Flavian Amphitheater once was. 
There's even a re-created lift in the Colosseum Underground, which demonstrates how gladiators and animals were brought up to the Arena Floor for events. And so, if you're the type of traveler who loves the macabre side of the Eternal City in addition to glittering St. Peter's Basilica, make a point to visit the Colosseum Underground on a tour with The Roman Guy.

A Gladiator's Entrance through the Gate of Death 

In proper gladiator style, move from the Colosseum Underground to the reconstructed Arena Floor through the Porto Libitinaria. Aptly named the "Gate of Death", this is where unlucky losers were carried out from the amphitheater after losing their lives. It's here in the heart of the Colosseum, that gladiatorial matches entertained up to 60,000 ancient Romans. As you stand here, look up and around you and visualize how it must've felt to have all eyes on you.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Levels

Next up, after visiting the general access of the Roman Colosseum, pass through a special locked gate and climb up to the restricted top tiers. Even though these were the "nosebleed seats" for working-class Romans,  they offer jaw-dropping views over the Forum and down into the Flavian Amphitheater's center. 
From here, notice how all those people in the general access areas are looking up at you. They're wondering "How did they get up there?!". In addition, the upper levels are also one of the best places in the Colosseum to take pictures. As you ascend to such great heights, learn who sat where in the Colosseum and all about the social structure of ancient Rome.

Bread and Circuses

However, even though there was designated seating according to wealth and status, the Colosseum was for everyone. The phrase "bread and circuses" refers to a practice used by emperors that prevented Roman citizens from rising up. In other words, despite hardships, a well-fed populace with free access to entertainment reduced the chances of revolt against Rome's rulers. It makes you wonder if modern cities offered such barbaric entertainment, would our society be more peaceful?