Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Explore the underground tunnels and arena floor with exclusive backdoor entrance

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 433 Reviews · 3.50h 24 max · Rome, Italy

Did you know that less than 10% of Colosseum visitors can get tickets to see the underground tunnels? That is because it is an active archeological site with limited access, but everyone going to Rome wants to explore it. We are the leading provider of tours to the Colosseum underground, but even our tickets sell out fast, so don't hesitate if you find a tour time you like!

Tour Details
  • Restricted Access to the Ancient Stadium
  • Walk onto the Reconstructed Arena Floor
  • The Exclusive Colosseum Underground
  • Explore the Underground Tunnels
  • Deadly Trap Door & Elevator
  • Newly Opened Areas: Be One of the First to Visit
  • 1st and 2nd Levels of the Colosseum
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Roman Forum
  • Arch of Titus
  • Vestal Virgins
  • Temple of Julius Caesar
  • Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine
  • Palatine Hill

The Roman Colosseum is a must-see attraction in Rome and one of our most popular Colosseum tours. Witness the incredible history of this 2,000-year-old structure up close on our exclusive skip-the-line Colosseum Underground tour. Few visitors get the chance to explore the underground area since Colosseum Underground tickets sell out fast and few companies have access to these coveted tickets. On this tour, you'll also gain behind-the-scenes access to the reconstructed Arena Floor, take a guided stroll through the Roman Forum, and climb the Palatine Hill. This exclusive 3.5-hour tour include:

  • Colosseum Underground tickets

  • Access to the Arena Floor

  • Fun, and professional English-speaking guide

  • A guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

  • A maximum group size of 19

The Colosseum Underground and Dungeons

Used for storing slaves and animals, the Hypogeum (or Underground) featured two levels and an entire network of Colosseum underground tunnels. This is where gladiators and wild animals awaited their gruesome fate. Led by a professional English-speaking guide, explore this behind-the-scenes area of the Colosseum close to where the active archeological dig is still going on.

Walk under a great archway known as the Porta Libitinaria or the Gate of Death and out onto the reconstructed Arena Floor. This is the heart of the Colosseum and where the savage games took place. The Gate of Death earned its name because all deceased gladiators and animals were removed from the Colosseum through this exit. As you trace the footsteps of gladiators, imagine the deafening screams of 60,000 spectators.

First and Second Levels of the Colosseum

Visit the first and second levels of the Colosseum on this guided tour. The views from these parts of the Colosseum provide an excellent opportunity for more photos. As you snap away on your phone or camera, learn more about the brutal games the Colosseum spectators once witnessed. All our tour guides are experts in archeology and history behind the historic sites we visit, including the Colosseum. Learn why the "Colosseum" is just a nickname, why women didn't sit with men, and the modern device that kept everyone protected from the sun.

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Your tour tickets also include skip-the-line tickets for a guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Get a front-row seat to ancient Roman history as you take a guided walk through the ruins of the Temple of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Titus, the Roman Senate House, and much more.

Your guide will bring it all back to life with tales of Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and more. And last but not least, sandwiched between the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus, is the Palatine Hill. This awe-inspiring area of towering pine trees, majestic ruins, and unparalleled views were where Romulus was said to have founded the city in 753 BC. This is also where Rome's emperors lived in opulent luxury.

Come join us on one of our most popular Colosseum tours that you truly won't forget!

What you get with this tour
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Colosseum tickets included
English-Speaking Guide
Restricted Access
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Faby was an amazing host
24 May 2022
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Dana L

Our host Faby was funny, articulate and an absolute wealth of knowledge about Rome and Italy. She kept us engaged and entertained the entire tour. I learned so much! Highly recommended.

AMAZING tour with a WONDERFUL guide
22 May 2022
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Melinda Rowley

We really enjoyed this tour--especially our knowledgeable guide. I really wished I remembered her name (it was hard for me to prounounce--Flaminia or Flamingia or something like that). She made our tour so enjoyable. Was fortunate that this tour accommodated us as we were originally booked with another tour company who cancelled our tour only two days prior to our tour after booking 2 1/2 months in advance. This tour booked us the day before and it was outstanding. Exactly what we wanted.

Fantastic Guide
22 May 2022
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Eric A Eimstad

Our tour of the Colosseum, Palantine Hill, and the Roman Forum was amazing, and that was due to our outstanding guide, Eleanor’s. She has an incredible knowledge of every place we visited and everything we saw, but what made the experience so enjoyable as well as educational was her humor and her passion for history and love for the City of Rome!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Green Souvenir Kiosk in front of “Colosseo” metro stop - located just outside the lower level entry. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Archaeological sites are normally paved with rocky terrain so wear comfortable sneakers. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle for hot summer months. If you plan on staying in the Roman Forum, bring a snack.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Colosseum private tour.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Colosseum tours rain or shine. If rainfall is extremely heavy, the Colosseum management will sometimes close the restricted areas for safety reasons. If the restricted areas are closed, we will offer an €18 refund to compensate for missing these areas, but we'll still take you inside the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum.

Can my tour be canceled or moved to a different day?

Yes. Obtaining reservations for this tour is a complicated process, but we are the best at doing it! However, sometimes we don't always secure reservations for every day. While this is rare, it does happen. We will let you know at least 7 days prior to your tour if this is the case for you. You'd be entitled to 100% refund and we would do our best to move you to another one of our incredible restricted access tours! We got you covered!

Is it possible The Tour Guy will change this tour time?

Yes, it is possible. This tour is highly coveted and the reservations are hard to get. This is an industry challenge for tour companies. Times often change by a few hours and we will almost always update you at least 7 days before your tour. We really want you to be happy as a traveler and will do our best to meet the needs of your schedule. That being said, we are limited by a very low supply from the Colosseum. If necessary, The Roman Guy will call the number you've provided or email you with the goal of informing you of this change. If you are nervous about keeping up with time-changes we recommend booking a different Colosseum Tour. If you want to make sure your Colosseum tour is going to run as scheduled please email or call +1 888 290 5595.

What to bring?

Archaeological sites are normally paved with rocky terrain so wear comfortable sneakers. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle for hot summer months. If you plan on staying in the Roman Forum, bring a snack.

Where to meet?

Green Souvenir Kiosk in front of “Colosseo” metro stop - located just outside the lower level entry. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

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