Guided tour

Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

4.7 / 5

33 reviews

Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

Activity provider: The Ultimate Italy
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 117.02 per person

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
Live tour guide


  • 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 Colosseum Underground 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. You will also visit the underground chambers and hear stories of 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 pictures in your mind, bringing to life the walls that surround you. Learn about the types of games and ferocious battles that the Romans enjoyed the 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 33 reviews

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This was a fine experience. We got a tour of the roman forum and palestine, and the exclusive, underground area of the colosseum. Both were good sizes of people and the guides were very knowledgeable. The organization/ communication around the tour is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. Before departing for the roman forum tour at 11AM, half of our group was told they would have the colleseum tour at 1PM and the others at 2PM. There was no communication about this prior to the tour, and it was confusing. Each section of the tour was about a 1 hour, 15 minutes. I recommend, sunscreen, a hat, and possibly your own ear phones. The ear buds they gave out were massive and quite painful for several group members.

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May 4, 2022

We were very lucky to have Gigi as our guide! Italian archaeologist, experienced guide ,fluent in english sharing with us all the little history secrets of the roman Forum and Colosseum starting with the colosseum underground! We had 3 amazing hours not feeling tired or bored at all although the tour was towards the end of a quite busy day. Fantastic vivid descriptions and endless humour combined with deep history knowledge. Very highly recommended!! Thanks Gigi!! (Stella+Mihalis)

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April 22, 2022

Buenos Dias, Our guide I believe was Stephanie. She was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. She really kept the group engaged and was patient with answering everyone's questions. I would recommend this tour and guide. I also would like to add that the staff in the office went over and above to make sure our Vatican & Sistine Chapel reservation was secured as I was unable to get into my email while in Europe. They researched and provided printed copy of our confirmation which was not part of the Colosseum tour. Their taking extra initiative with our problem allowed us to see this other amazing Rome historical site.

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September 10, 2018

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