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VIP Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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3 hours 30 mins

Max 24

Why Take This Tour?

Step into all of the most exclusive parts of the Colosseum - the arena floor and underground - for a 360-degree tour that most visitors only dream of. Your experience of Ancient Rome will be completed with a full tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, to learn about the bustling empire that formed one of the founding pillars of western civilization.

Book Now! The Colosseum Underground is Rome's most popular tour.

This special access tour is one of the most exclusive and comprehensive Colosseum experiences on the market. In the company of a local expert guide you'll learn about the the bloody glory of the gladiators as you stand on the reconstructed arena floor; "are you not entertained?!" moment optional. Then the guards will open a locked gate to lead you down into the less glamorous (but even more exciting) side of the arena - the Colosseum underground - where men and beasts were kept amidst intricate staging machinery, as they awaited their chances at victory or death.

You can't help but marvel at how incredible the architecture remains after nearly 2,000 years, as your guide explains...

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This special access tour is one of the most exclusive and comprehensive Colosseum experiences on the market. In the company of a local expert guide you'll learn about the the bloody glory of the gladiators as you stand on the reconstructed arena floor; "are you not entertained?!" moment optional. Then the guards will open a locked gate to lead you down into the less glamorous (but even more exciting) side of the arena - the Colosseum underground - where men and beasts were kept amidst intricate staging machinery, as they awaited their chances at victory or death.

You can't help but marvel at how incredible the architecture remains after nearly 2,000 years, as your guide explains the seating plan at the average games - from the emperor's seat to the gentry, pesants and finally, the ladies.

N.B., Because of the very special access on this tour you are REQUIRED to bring an ID with you. Please don't forget, as this can hold up the tour and may result in you having to miss parts.

After your extended tour of the Colosseum (including general access areas too), you'll head over to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, once the center of politics and commerce in Rome. Here you'll learn about daily life in antiquity's greast empire as well as some of the most dramatic events in its momentous history. From the mansions of emperors to the temples of humble hearth goddesses; businesses, monuments, and governmental buildings will come to life as your guide tells vivid stories of the men and women who created this incredible civilization.

These ruins can be hard to interpret on your own but with a group of no more than 24 people you'll have intimate access to your guide and plenty of time to ask whatever interests you. There is no more exclusive or entertaining way to step back in time and learn about Ancient Rome.

Book early, the Colosseum underground is the most limited and in-demand tour in Rome, almost always selling out weeks (if not months) in advance.

  • Sites Visited
  • Colosseum underground
  • Colosseum arena floor
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Tour Includes
  • Special VIP access to the Colosseum
  • Privileged express entrance at the Colosseum
  • Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Headsets
Seeing what the arena floor would look like with the help of visual aids.
The view of the Colosseum from the arena floor is spectacular.
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Mariella was amazing; so knowledgeable, humorous, and pleasant to learn from and spend time with. The weather was rather horrid that day, but she still helped make it a fantastic tour.

The tour was great! Well informed, we like that they guide used a mic with ear receivers which allowed us to move around, but yet stay close. The timing was fantastic, the knowledge of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine was well worth the price and would recommend to others 100%.


FAQ

Are selfie sticks allowed in the Colosseum?
Yes, but please be careful when using them - during the summer months they can be more dangerous than gladiators' weapons.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
Does Skip the Line Access mean no waiting?
During busy periods (May - October) there is sometimes a short wait to get inside the Colosseum. This is because the Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with Skip the Line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. It's rare that we have to wait for more than a few minutes but if we do, it's unavoidable.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Is there anything I should bring/wear on my tour?
Because there is a lot of walking on this tour, we highly recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. There is very little shade at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill in particular, so we would recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen in summer and a rain-jacket or umbrella in winter. As there are water fountains with (delicious) drinking water dotted throughout the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, we would highly recommend bringing a bottle that you can refill.
Do I need to bring a photo identification with me?
Yes! This is especially important if you have purchased a student ticket because some sights will check when we arrive.
Do we always see the sights in the same order that you have listed in the description?
No. Sometimes the order of our visits change due to logistical issues or your guide make a snap decision to avoid crowds in order to increase the quality of your visit.
Does the Colosseum ever close without warning?
Unfortunately, Yes. The Colosseum is subject to unforeseen closures due to weather conditions and worker strikes, as well as last minute changes in reservations, all of which are out of Walks of Italy (or any other tour operator's) control. If for any reason we cannot run the tour as described, we will contact you immediately, offering the best alternatives. Depending on the situation this might result in a modification of the itinerary or a change in the tour start time. Our aim is to offer you the highest level of service and in the rare occasion in which circumstances outside of our control mean that you cannot participate in a variation of this tour we will offer you a full refund.
Is there wheelchair access in the Colosseum?
Wheelchair access in the Colosseum is limited at best and non-existent when its crowded. The specific route of this tour does not accomodate wheelchairs (as we have to go up and down stairs). If you use a wheelchair or have impaired mobility and would like to see the Colosseum, please contact our customer service department for private tour options at info@walksofitaly.com.
Does the order of the itinerary on this tour ever change?
Occasionally the sights on this tour are visited in a different order. This happens due to logistical changes and snap decisions made by our guides to avoid crowds and thus improve your visit.