You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
This tour will include some light hiking up the hill and walking on uneven terrain.
Restricted Area! Venture into the Colosseum Underground where slaves, gladiators and wild animals were held before fighting to the death on the Arena floor that loomed above them.
Restricted Area! Retrace the last steps of a gladiator as you walk out onto the Arena Floor. Imagine the intense atmosphere of 60,000 roaring spectators surrounding you.
Seen both underground and from the Arena Floor, your guide will show you the reconstructions of mechanisms used to pull deadly wild animals onto the Arena Floor during gladiator battles.
Restricted Area! Enjoy one of the best views of Ancient Rome from the Top Level of the colosseum. Looking down, you’ll realize why it was once nicknamed the “nose-bleeder” section.
This is the biggest triumphal arch in Rome! This 21 meter high arch celebrates Emperor Constantine's victory over Maxentius and the legalization of Christianity in Ancient Rome.
Once home to the Roman Emperors and situated on one of the 7 "founding hills of Rome”, you’ll visit Ancient Rome’s most exclusive neighborhood. The panoramic views of Rome are plentiful from up here!
It's no secret that Romans loved to be entertained, and Emperors were no exception, they just did it with more style. Your guide will take you to Emperor Domitian's own private chariot racing track!
Walk the streets of the political, economical and religious center of Ancient Rome on this Colosseum Tour. A place that was once the pounding heart of the Roman Empire!
The Arch of Titus is home to one of the earliest carved reliefs of the Menorah. During this Ancient Roman tour you'll learn about the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans in 70AD and its consequences.
Your guide will show you the temple where Rome's eternal flame once burned. Hear how the Vestal Virgins, whose privileges were matched with extreme sacrifices, kept this flame burning and why.
Vestal Virgins were well respected in the Roman society and lived privileged lives in comparison to other women. You'll be shown their statues that stand in the garden of the temple.
Buildings that still stand in the Ancient Forum remind us of some of the greatest men that ever lived, like the Temple of Antoninus & Faustina or the Senate House where Julius Caesar had his funeral.
A building where many of the world's most important decisions at the time were made, your guide will tell you about the Senate House. Imagine if these walls could speak!
Once the largest building in the forum, this cathedral is a marvel of Roman architecture. Towering above all other buildings in the area, it is hard to miss!
This Temple was built in honor of Julius Caesar, where legend has it his body was burned. There is a strange feeling at these ruins and your guide will tell you Caesar's story.
ENTER AREAS RESTRICTED FROM MOST VISITORS
PASSIONATE LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE
SKIP THE LINE VIP ADMISSION INCLUDED
This is not a regular Colosseum tour, this is the most EXCLUSIVE Colosseum tour in Rome! Let us treat you like a VIP as you Skip the Lines and get Behind the Scenes Access to explore the Colosseum Dungeons, Arena Floor and Third Level!
The Roman Guy sees it as his mission to reveal some of the last remaining secrets of the Colosseum during this VIP Colosseum tour. With our professional English-speaking guide, you'll get the opportunity to experience something that very few visitors get to see, going behind the scenes in the Colosseum and retracing the footsteps of gladiators! Guide, Tickets and Admissions included.
There will be 12 participants per tour guide for this tour. For the restricted areas, you may share the space with another one of our groups, accompanied by another guide. This will bring your group size to 24, solely for the restricted areas section of the tour. The Dungeons and Third Tier Restricted areas will be exclusively ours during the tour, however on some occassions our groups may share the Arena Floor with one other external tour group.
Colosseum Overall (approx 1hr 30mins)
Your tour begins inside the Colosseum when a padlocked gate is opened for your group. You'll descend underground into the "Hypogeum", commonly known as the Colosseum Underground or Dungeons. This is where Gladiators and wild animals awaited their fate! You are now standing in an area that was unknown to the tens of thousands of screaming spectators above. Your expert guide will explain how you would have felt at this moment if you were a gladiator - It was dark, you were alone, and you knew that you might be taking your last breaths in this world.
You will get to walk directly beneath the stage and get the best view of what went on behind the scenes, including a model "trap door" used to raise animals and gladiators up to the stage!
The Arena Floor
Next, your guide leads you into the heart of the Colosseum, as you walk under a great archway known as the "Porta Libitina" or "Gate of Death" and out onto the reconstructed Arena Floor, where gladiators once fought for their lives. From this gate only the dead passed through, because this was the direction to the Gladiator district. Once inside the Arena, look around you, and your expert guide will bring the roaring games back to life. But what kind of gladiator were you? Were you condemned to try and survive against savage and hungry animals like lions and tigers? Or were you a "Gladiator in shining armor" battling against other Gladiators? Either way, on the Arena floor you can almost hear the deafening sound of 60,000 spectators screaming your name as they lead you to victory over your opponent!
Cameras at the ready as this is the best place in the Colosseum for a photo opportunity. There will be plenty of time to take photos of you acting victorious on the arena floor, as members of the general public look at your group wondering "How did they get there?"
The Third Tier
After all the action, you'll visit the Third Level. This is another restricted area, where we will be the only visitors, and from here you'll see one of the best views both down into the Colosseum and out onto the Roman Forum.
All of our guides are experts in archeology and history and are extremely passionate about sites like the Colosseum. We don't want to give away all the secrets, but you will learn that the "Colosseum" is just a nickname, why women didn't sit with men and that there was a very "modern" device to make sure that everyone was protected from the sun!
Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (approx 2 hours)
This Colosseum Dungeons tour also covers the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. These two Roman archeological sites were "Downtown Ancient Rome" and are home to amazing sites such as the Temple of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Titus, the Roman Senate House and much more. Our expert guide will rebuild these structures in your imagination through history and legends from the ancient world and with the help of a visual display book that will show you what the ruins looked like in all their glory.
By the end of the tour your guide will have created an excellent picture of what life was like during the 1st - 4th century A.D. as well as create a timeline of events through Roman history. You can leave knowing you have really conquered ancient Rome and the Colosseum!
Other Tours You May Like:
- "Privileged Entrance" Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
- Rome 3 Tour Combo (Includes this tour at a discount!)
- Trastevere "Locals" Rome Food Tour
- Venice Discovery Walking & Boat Tour
- Florence Walking Tour with David
* If you have CHILDREN under the age of 18 in your party, immediately upon booking you must send us a copy of their passports for proof of age. Without a copy of the document we will not be able to reserve and purchase their entrance tickets in advance.** The Colosseum reserves the right to make changes to the start time of our reservations. In case the time of the tour changes, we will inform you immediately.*** The Colosseum management often close the restricted areas during heavy rain for reasons of safety. We will do our best to make other arrangements for you to see the restricted areas in this case, but cannot guarantee anything. The Roman Guy is learning how to control the weather, but has yet to perfect it. **** Due to EXTREMELY limited availability, The Roman Guy may combine 2 GROUPS (of max 12 people each) when entering restricted areas. For the rest of the tour in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the groups will separate into 2 groups of max 12 people, each having their own guide.
Green Souvenir Kiosk in front of the “Colosseo” metro stop - located just outside the lower level en
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What to Bring
Student (18-25 w/ I.D.)
Child (6 or under)
*Price Per Person
Don’t want to test yourself with public transportation in Rome? Choose an add-on transfer! A taxi is a less-expensive option, but for a convenient and luxury door-to-door experience, add our private climate controlled transportation from your hotel located in the city center to the meeting point of the tour.
Same as above. -$73.00
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Senior (65+) [$95.00]
Youth (7-17) [$84.00]
Student (18-25 w/ I.D.) [$89.00]
Child (6 or under) [$45.00]
The Roman Guy offers a 95% refund on cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
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If you plan on going to Rome you MUST go on this tour. Our tour guide Raffa was amazing! She took us on a tour of the entire Colosseum, from the arenaIf you plan on going to Rome you MUST go on this tour. Our tour guide Raffa was amazing! She took us on a tour of the entire Colosseum, from the arena floor to the dungeons! Her knowledge of the Colosseum is only rivaled by her passion for the history of Rome
The tour was both educational and fun, highly recommend this tour!
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FABY - was our fabulous guide. So knowledgeable and full of clear explanations. We had a VIP tour of all the open levels of the Colosseum. We learned FABY - was our fabulous guide. So knowledgeable and full of clear explanations. We had a VIP tour of all the open levels of the Colosseum. We learned about the history of the site, the emperors of the age, and the use of the arena. Very entertaining, too...more
Great tour!! It was very informative, with excellent English-speaking guide Luciana. For our two teenagers it was a special event, and we were blown aGreat tour!! It was very informative, with excellent English-speaking guide Luciana. For our two teenagers it was a special event, and we were blown away by the history and the detail, especially going into the dungeons and some of the restricted under-floor areas, where no one else was allowed... the staff even opened some padlocked gates for us to go into closed areas, right at the top tier, which was fantastic. ..more
This was the highlight of our trip! The guides really made this piece of history come alive. They were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and happy toThis was the highlight of our trip! The guides really made this piece of history come alive. They were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and happy to answer any questions we had. 100% recommend this tour! ..more