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Gladiator's Arena & Colosseum Underground Tour

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Roma, Italy

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit a lesser-known part of Rome’s Colosseum on a walking tour of ancient Roman sites that includes access to the underground Colosseum. Learn about life in the ancient city as you walk through the below-ground area where gladiators waited for battle, then continue to the arena and third tier for views across the enormous structure. Keep exploring Roman history in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, where you see temples, arches, and landmarks from the Roman Republic and Empire.
  • Ancient Rome tour with skip-the-line access
  • Visit limited-access parts of the Colosseum
  • Tour the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Step into the ancient world on a history tour

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Secure access to restricted areas of the Colosseum, including the underground chambers, on this tour.
Full tour from an expert guide
Small-group tour of max 24
Headsets for groups of 6 or more
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and return
Food and drink

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the designated meeting point in Rome for your tour, and then follow your guide into a limited-access area below the Colosseum. Retrace the footsteps of Roman gladiators as your guide shares stories and facts from the city’s history; from the Colosseum underground, continue to the arena and the third level, perfect for snapping interior photos of the Colosseum.

After time at Colosseum, continue to the adjacent Roman Forum, following the Via Sacra that was ancient Rome’s main street. This was the city’s main religious and political center, and see the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, the Arch of Septimius Severus, and the Arch of Constantine.

Walk as far as Palatine Hill, the most ancient part of Rome, where the guide shares the story of the city’s mythical founders, Romulus and Remus.

This half-day ancient Rome tour concludes back at the original starting location. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Experience all the drama of the Colosseum, the world's most iconic amphitheater. Head underground to discover how men and beasts prepared for the fierce gladiatorial battles. Enjoy a walking tour of the amphitheater to see how mighty it is for yourself.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Underground Rome
Descend to the Colosseum Underground to see how men and beasts prepared for the games.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Discover the fascinating history of Ancient Rome in the evocative ruins of the Roman Forum. See where Julius Caesar was assassinated and all the amazing architecture — including Temples and Victory Arches — of the Roman Forum.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Arco di Costantino
As you walk around the exterior of the Colosseum, you'll pause for a moment at the Arch of Constantine; the Triumphal Arch of Rome's first Christian Emperor. Discover the fascinating history of the Arch and how its iconic style spawned many copy-cats.
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Enjoy an amazing view of Ancient and modern Rome from the top of the Palatine Hill; once the home of Rome's Emperors. See where the Emperors lived and discover the true stories of their luxurious lifestyles.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Septimius Severus Arch
See one of the best-preserved Roman Victory Arches in the world.
Pass By:  
Via Sacra
Once Ancient Rome's main street, the Via Sacra runs from the Roman Forum to the Colosseum.
Pass By:  
Tempio di Vesta
In the Temple of Vesta, the Vestal Virgins watched the sacred fire of Rome and protected it with their life.
Pass By:  
Basilica Aemilia
One of the greatest secular Basilicas of Ancient Rome.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NB: You must have a valid photo ID to enter the Colosseum (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work.) You will be asked to also give your name, last name and date of birth (at the beginning of the tour if not provided beforehand.) Security may prevent you from entering the site if the information provided is not accurate and/or don't match the one on your ID.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant price applies with the minimum of one adult
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites and not wheelchair friendly. We encourage those with mobility problems to book a private tour, in order to allow the guide to adapt the pace to their specific needs. This tour lasts 4 hours and a fair amount of walking is involved, including some stairs and uphill paths.
  • Strollers are allowed but not recommended, as stairs are steep and the ground is uneven; children must be carried by an adult or be able to walk for most of the tour
  • There is no scheduled break, but it will be possible to stop for restrooms along the path, as needed
  • Food is allowed in the archeological area
  • For security reasons, all visitors and their luggage shall be screened; all objects (including mobile phones) must be put in the bag/backpack or in the tray for X-ray screening. Large backpacks, camping bags, bulky bags, and luggage/trolleys are not allowed; medium and small backpacks can be shouldered and must be checked, as any other bag, with metal detectors, opened and visually inspected by security
  • Group size limited to 24 people
  • The Colosseum Administration, which depends on the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit and offer a partial refund.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; bring hat and sunscreen. Please note that sprays of any kind are not allowed inside the Colosseum.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Gladiator's Arena & Colosseum Underground Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It's a lot of walking so make sure you wear comfortable shoes!" See review
  • "Not a tour for young children, but I highly recommend it for teens to adults of any age as long as they can tolerate walking on uneven pavement and steep steps." See review
  • "Be prepared for a lot of walking on uneven surfaces." See review

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Worthwhile Experience
SandrafromNYC
, Jan 2020
This is an excellent tour that covered all areas of the arena and gives a sneak peek into the culture of those times. Our tour guide Francesca was engaging, funny, and extremely informative. Although the tour ran over the allotted 3 1/2 hours, she did not rush and answered our questions thoroughly. My sisters and I really enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it. It was money well spent and a worthwhile experience!
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Over done
stephany8128
, Jan 2020
Too much information, well done and layed out nicely but too many facts to try and absorb. We saw everything but in the end less talking and more looking would have been nicer. Please do simpler explanations
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Amazing!
amietran1995
, Dec 2019
Amazing guided tour of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum. Our guide was so thoughtful and we learned so much! The Colosseum did feel a bit rushed due to it being the last tour of the day, but that was understandable.
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Great tour of the Colosseum
Robert T
, Dec 2019
Our guide Barbara was very informative. She really knew her stuff. We got to visit all levels of the Colosseum and didnt feel rushed at any time. Highly recommended.
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Colosseum
FrequentFlier730850
, Nov 2019
Amazing experience. Would love to do it all again. Highly recommended. Archaeologist is a must for a guided tour.
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One of best tours i have ever taken
Kathy H
, Oct 2019
This was my 3rd time to visit the Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine Hill and I got the chance to experience all of them in ways I never imagined. We had one tour guide for the entire time who was personable and knowledgeable. At the Colosseum the tour was lead by a docent/guide who took us to the Gladiator arena, the underground, and to the third tier. She made sure we knew the stories behind each of the areas and patiently answered all of our questions. I saw parts of the Palatine Hill that I had not seen before and heard lots of interesting facts about life on the Hill. The tour ended after a historical overview of the Roman Forum and ample free time to explore it. I said at the end of the tour this was the best $100 I had ever spent on touring.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Kathy H, They say third time is a charm, however I personally think the beauty of Rome will never fade regardless of the amount of times you visit. We are over the moon reading that you found the tour to be moneys worth and that our guide regardless of previous visits still managed to add on to your knowledge and introduced you to know areas of the Forums/Palatine. In case the name of your guide comes to mind please do tell as reading your kind review would surely make their day!
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Colosseum Underground & Roman Forum Tour
Phanirao
, Oct 2019
One of the best tours. The two guides were excellent in their indepth knowledge of history and were brief in explanation without boring anyone. They involved everyone in conversation and hence kept everyone immersed in the tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Phanirao, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and share your feedback! We are pleased to read our guides were able to capture your interest with their stories of Ancient Rome and its beautiful monuments. We hope we were able to contribute to your holiday by adding an unfortgetable experience, and would like to thank you for having choosen our company to discover Rome.
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Tour of ancient Rome
john65kissinger
, Oct 2019
Wow! This tour was amazing. We received a full tour of the entire Colosseum which included the underground where the gladiators and animals for the events were held. Our guide, Andrea, did a awesome job at giving us a full picture of Ancient Rome and how the areas looked during Ancient Rome. We then proceed to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum to receive even more in-depth information regarding this time frame. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. Book early as a limited number of people are allowed to go underground.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear john65kis, I couldn't agree more, booking on time is crucial for the underground as a max. of 24 people are allowed down there (regulations set by the Colosseum) and therefor limited tickets are released. Great to hear Andrea was able to provide a well rounded experience of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill! As you can imagine there are so many stories behind these ancient ruins so it can be a challenge making a comperhensible sumary of it all. Thank you very much for your kind words, we hope to see you return to our beautiful city. And if in need of suggestions on what to see or do, please feel free to get in touch!
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Great, informative tour
kkosik5
, Oct 2019
I’m so glad that we booked this tour! The starting location was easy to find based on the given information. We had two guides, one that stayed with us the whole time, and one that toured us specifically through the colosseum. Both of these ladies were great! Very kind, charismatic, informative, and easy to understand. The tour itself was also really great. Getting to access the arena floor and underground was really cool, but getting to access the top level of the stadium was equally as good because we were able to get a great view of the entire colosseum without the crowds. I equally enjoyed our time at Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Our guide toured us through Palatine and then gave us an overview of the Forum while we had a view from above. We were then set free to explore the Forum on our own. I really loved hearing about these sites from our guides. I think the colosseum would have been great regardless, but not sure we would have fully appreciated it all for what it really is without the interpretation. I’d highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear kkosik5, Thank you very much for your detailed feedback on our Gladiators Arena & Colosseum Underground Tour! Your feedback is of great importance to us as it allows us to learn which aspect we (and our tours) still need to improve on, and in addition to that learning what and who does a great job already! The order of our Colosseum Underground Tours does vary (sometimes we start with the Colosseum, other times we will start in the Roman Forum) and usually customers can stay longer in the monument last visited with our guide. Great to learn you've had no trouble locating our meetingpoint and were impressed by the charm and knowledge of both of the guides. We much appreciate you taking the time to share your opinion, and we hope you will keep Roma Experience in mind for future visits!
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Great tour
bforget
, Oct 2019
Our guide Alana, was exceptional. The visit to the coliseum was outstanding. Seeing the underground area where the gladiators and animals were kept was fascinating. We saw an historical representation of how the 80 elevators were used to transport the fighters and animals to the arena floor. After learning everything we wanted to know about the coliseum, we then climbed to Palatine hill. The emperors palace and grounds were amazingly well preserved for being built 2000 years ago. The view from the top was breathtaking. The Forum below with temples, arches and other structures was amazing. There were only eight of us on the tour and Alana was most helpful.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear bforget, The Ancient City has so many special places, like the temple of the vestal virgins, historic Via Sacre and Arch of Septimus Severus whom all have legends atttached. Our Colosseum Underground Tour (which is mostly known for its acces into the Arena and Underground) covers so much for that will take visitors breath away,and we are glad you experienced exactly that. Lovely to read through your positive comments, thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us!

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