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Rome: Colosseum Underground 3.5-Hour Guided Tour

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Activity provider: Roma Experience Tours

Rome: Colosseum Underground 3.5-Hour Guided Tour

Activity provider: Roma Experience Tours

From US$ 325.63 per person

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire and skip the lines to the main monuments of Ancient Rome on a 3.5-hour tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Learn about the lives of the emperors of the Roman Republic, and more.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Skip the long lines to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Learn about everyday life and the political intrigues of the Roman Republic
  • Access the underground hypogeum to see how the lions were hoisted to arena level
  • See the magnificent Arch of Constantine built after the emperor's armies defeated the pagans
  • Follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors along the Via Sacra
  • Enjoy commanding views of Rome from Palatine Hill
  • Hear the story of Romulus and Remus and the she-wolf that nursed them
Full description
Access the dark heart of the Colosseum in Ancient Rome, and hear stories about gladiators, the roar of the lions, and the crowds that cheered them on in the Roman Republic’s most famous arena. Meet your guide at the “Colosseo” Metro Station before going inside the Flavian Amphitheatre. Once inside, your guide will bring to life the bloodthirsty spectacles that saw gladiators battle with beasts brought from beneath the arena through spectacular feats of engineering. See a newly constructed timber elevator, recreated by experts, that demonstrates how the Romans hoisted animals up to the arena level. Originally, there were 28 of these elevators in the Colosseum, each powered by 8 slaves. See the altar where Caesar was cremated, and visit the Temple of the Vestal Virgins where the virgins tended the eternal flame to ensure the fortune and glory of Rome. Admire the Senate building, where key decisions that influenced the course of history took place. Visit the white marble Arch of Septimius Severus, and the Arch of Constantine, built to commemorate the emperor’s victory over the pagans, and the moment when Christianity became the religion of the Empire. Hear the story of the she-wolf that nursed the twin founders of Rome (Romulus and Remus) on Palatine Hill. Stand in the oldest part of Rome, and discover why it was later favored by Rome’s richest and most powerful families.
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking guide
  • Headsets (for groups of more than 8 people)
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Largo Gaetana Agnesi, by the large red "M" sign just outside the "Colosseum" metro station (upper level). Please note that there are 2 exits/entrances at the station, one at street level and the other at the upper level. Our guide will be waiting for you at the upper level exit/entrance and hold a sign with the logo of Roma Experience.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags
    • Backpacks
    • Sunscreen
    • Sprays or Aerosols

    Know before you go

    • Due to ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, the Arena will not be visited on this tour until further notice. The Gladiator’s Gate access will be replaced by the standard underground entrance.
    • Please note that backpacks and large bags are not permitted inside the Colosseum, and there is no cloakroom service at the site.
    • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint. Liquids/sprays are prohibited from entering, as well as knives and weapons of self-defence.
    • This walking tour is only available in English.
    • Please carry a valid form of photo ID with you: copy or photo of original document is allowed.
    •  This tour operates with a maximum of 12 people in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill area and a maximum of 24 people inside the Colosseum.
    • Please wear comfortable shoes. Bring a hat and water bottles you can refill in the fountains along the way.
    • This tour is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 30 reviews

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    Amazing Rome tour!

    One of my number one dreams was to visit Rome and see the Colosseum, and this tour made that dream a reality in the best way possible. Our tour guide Claudio was so nice, knowledgeable, spoke great English and made the experience a fun one. The content of the tour was honestly fantastic and an absolute must for anyone interesting in history or culture, especially from this era. The size of the group was also great (6 total), making the experience that much better.

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    August 19, 2019

    Elena was amazing.

    We loved the tour for all its majesty, however Elena was amazing. She was more than knowledgeable, seemed to genuinely care about all in the group, and was fun. This was by far the highlight of our trip to Roma. The instructions were easy and all telephone numbers worked and were answered immediately. I would recommend this tour company, this tour, and especially Signora Elena.

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    June 18, 2019

    Perfect! Got much more than we paid for!

    Our guide Erturk from Roma Experience, was amazing: he really loves his job and gave us much more background information than we expected. Furthermore, he had great visual illustrations, so that we could actually see the buidings that are in ruins today. Although we had only booked the normal tour, our group was really small (only 4 people) and Erturk was happy to extend the tour. In the end we did not only see the colosseum underground as booked, but also the upper levels, and spent close to 5 hours with him (had booked only 4). He managed to present everything very vividly - we wished he would have cobtinued all day! So all in all: great to book the tour with roma experience and Erturk! Thank you!

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    September 5, 2018

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