You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
You will be on your feet for the majority of this tour. We navigate an archeological site so expect uneven terrain and steep stairs.
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.
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 seven founding hills of Rome, the Palantine Hill provides outstanding panoramic views of the city.
It's no secret that Romans loved to be entertained, and emperors were no exception, they just did it with more style. Visit Emperor Domitian's own private chariot racing track.
Walk the streets of the political, economical and religious center of ancient Rome on this Colosseum Underground tour.
The Arch of Titus is home to one of the earliest carved reliefs of the Menorah. Learn about the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans in A.D.70 and its consequences.
See the ruins of a temple where Rome's eternal flame once burned. Hear about the Vestal Virgins, whose privileges were matched with extreme sacrifice, and how and why they kept this flame burning.
Vestal Virgins were well-respected and lived privileged lives in comparison to other women. Visit their statues that stand in the garden of the temple.
The 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 funer
A building where many of the world's most important decisions at the time were made, 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's hard to miss.
Built in honor of Julius Caesar, legend has it this is where his body was burned.
Enter Areas that are Restricted from Most Visitors
Passionate Local English-Speaking Guide
Skip the Line VIP Admission Included
The Roman Colosseum is a must-see attraction in Rome. Witness the incredible history of this 2,000 year old structure up close on our exclusive skip the line Colosseum Underground tour. Very few visitors get the chance to visit the underground area because Colosseum Underground tickets sell out fast. Plus, 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 includes the following:
Please note: Sometimes we do not visit the Colosseum first, and instead start with a guided tour of the Roman Forum.
The first stop on our tour is the Colosseum Underground or Dungeons. Used for storing slaves and animals, the "Hypogeum" featured two levels and an entire networks of 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.
Next, 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.
Visit the first and second levels of the Colosseum. 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 once witnessed. All our tour guides are experts in the 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.
Once you’ve had your fill of gory Colosseum history, explore the heart of Ancient Rome: the Roman Forum. Your Colosseum tour tickets also include skip the line tickets and 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 was where Romulus was said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. This is also where Rome's emperors lived in opulent luxury.
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Q: Is it possible The Roman Guy will change this tour time?
A: 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.
Q: Can my tour be canceled or moved to a different day?
A: 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!
Q: What happens if it rains?
A: Rain happens, but the show must go on. We'll run our Colosseum Tours rain or shine. If rainfall is extremely heavy the Colosseum management will sometimes close the restricted areas for safety reasons. In the case all of the resticted areas are closed, we will offer an 18€ refund to compensate for not accessing the areas, but we'll still take you inside the Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum.
Q: I have issues walking. Is this tour for me?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Colosseum private tour.
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The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour 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.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Franco!! He sure knows his history, but he escorted us through the tour as if he was telling a story. The tour is We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Franco!! He sure knows his history, but he escorted us through the tour as if he was telling a story. The tour is about 4 hours long and it could be quite a lot to slog through with a guide that was simply pointing things out and reciting a script. Not so with Franco, he really made the experience come alive. We had a tour booked with another company but in the end they did not get the allocation of the underground tickets for the day we had available so we switched over to The Roman Guy who did get the allocation. They only permit 24 people in the underground portion every 20 minutes-it’s a small area which is open for viewing but it is fascinating and not seen by the thousands of people up above. Well worth the extra effort to do the underground tour. Highly recommend Franco and The Roman Guy. Communications regarding our reservations and confirmation were prompt and excellent...more
This was a great way to see the Colosseum. Raf provided interesting details of the games of the ancients and used visual aids to enhance her storytelThis was a great way to see the Colosseum. Raf provided interesting details of the games of the ancients and used visual aids to enhance her storytelling. The tour was well-balanced and nicely organized. Our group of 5 had a fantastic time. Thanks, Raf! ..more
My husband and I did this tour today with Serena and it was more than worthwhile! Her knowledge and passion for the history is thoroughly engaging andMy husband and I did this tour today with Serena and it was more than worthwhile! Her knowledge and passion for the history is thoroughly engaging and the time flew by. The experience was extraordinary. Walking though the area is a profound experience, but put yourself in the hands of a guide like Serena and you can “see” the past. A terrific value and a memory of a lifetime. Thank you Serena and Elena! ..more