Guided tour

Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

4.7 / 5

45 reviews

Activity provider: The Ultimate Italy

Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

Activity provider: The Ultimate Italy
Likely to sell out

From US$ 111.86 per person

Likely to sell out

Beat the crowds, the heat and the long ticket lines on this 3-hour Colosseum underground tour. The starting time will be given according to availability.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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  • Enjoy this tour that will give you access to the Colosseum underground and arena
  • Visit the most famous monument in the world at your own pace
  • See the most restrictive Colosseum areas, open only for a small group at a time
Full description

This is the ultimate experience at the Colosseum with limited availability and the starting times can vary. After meeting your guide, you will be able to take some beautiful wide-angle and panoramic photos of the Colosseum and the surrounding areas before the tour begins.

Being one of the most visited monuments in the world, you will regularly find a long ticket line at the Colosseum. By joining this tour, you will be provided with skip-the-line entrance tickets, so the group can head straight inside and not waste time standing around in the ticket lines.   As you walk inside the Colosseum, you will begin to feel the magnitude of where you are. This tour will also give you access to the Colosseum arena with a beautiful view over the underground level.

Visit the underground chambers and hear stories of the gladiators and wild animals that were kept there. Exploring the ground floor level and up to the second tier, your guide will recreate the past with stories of epic battles, painting a vivid picture and bringing your surroundings to life. Learn about the types of games and ferocious battles that the Romans enjoyed most. See where the emperor would be perched, high above the arena floor, ready to decide the fate of another gladiator as he stood before a roaring Roman crowd.

Along with providing you with expert knowledge, your guide will also point out the best places to capture that perfect picture during your tour, as you tour the circumference of the Colosseum.

  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Colosseum underground, arena, ground floor, second tier and exhibition
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the local partner's office at Via Del Colosseo 24. Please arrive 30 minutes before the activity starts. The office is above the second floor of the metro station, just around the corner from caffè Roma.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Backpacks
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Entrance is strictly limited so you must arrive early. Anyone who arrives after their time slot cannot be accommodated or refunded
  • Important: Please note that large bags, backpacks, and/or suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum. Only small bags are allowed. Do not bring these items as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a small group tour with a maximum size of 12 people or less
  • The Colosseum portion of the tour will last approximately 1-hour
  • The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill part of the tour will also last approximately 1-hour
  • Please be advised that the Colosseum's capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure. This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 45 reviews

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Damiano was our last tour guide, as visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forum was the last stop on our itenerary. We joined a tour group of about 20, but Damiano’s storytelling and sense of humor made it a fun and educational experience for everyone there. He had many interesting stories about the historical site, and made it easy to imagine what it would be like to experience life in the Colosseum during the time of the Romans. Would recommend him to family and friends! Regrettably, the same cannot be said for the people working at the front desk. They were very rude throughout our entire interaction, with the attitude that they are doing you a favor by accommodating you in the tour. 5 stars for the tour guide, but none for the front desk.

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June 29, 2022

Paolo (sp?) was amazing. It was also great that we had a small group. We have toured Rome on our own three times but having a guided tour was unbelievable. To have the explanation of the history while you’re actually looking at a sculpture or a part of the ruins really helps you appreciate and understand everything so much better. Highly recommend this agency and doing a guided tour. Also book at least two months in advance.

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June 14, 2022

Great tour of the Colosseum, our guide was very informative and made the history come alive. He gave us time to appreciate what we were looking at and answered questions. At the end we were left to find our way down from Palatine Hill, slightly more clear instructions would have been helpful. Overall, a great tour and value.

May 25, 2022

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