Colosseum Underground And Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

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Relive the glory of Ancient Rome on this 3-hour, small-group tour, led by an expert guide. Skip the long lines and enjoy an access-all-areas tour of Rome’s mighty Colosseum, including parts usually restricted to visitors. Explore the subterranean underground chambers, where the wild animals were held, stand in the area where the bloody gladiator battles once took place, and enjoy unparalleled views from the top tier. Then, wander around Palatine Hill before discovering the historic gems in the Roman Forum. Numbers limited to six people, ensuring a small-group experience.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small group ensures personal service

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Meet your professional guide at the Colosseum Metro Station in central Rome, and then head to the colossal creation itself. Once known as the Flavian Ampitheatre, the Colosseum embodies the true eminence of Ancient Rome. Built to host the gladiator battles that are synonymous with this period in history, it seated over 50,000 spectators and is undoubtedly the Roman Empire’s greatest architectural feat.

With your priority entrance ticket, skip the long lines and head directly inside. Then, follow your guide into the belly of the Colosseum to explore the fascinating underground level, which is only open to a limited amount of people each day. Stroll through the labyrinthine network of subterranean passages and chambers, and listen as your guide shares gory tales of the gladiators who prepared for battle here, and the fearsome animals that were held under the arena in cells.

Then, head up a level to the arena. Instead of walking around the edge as most visitors do, walk with your guide right into the space where the battles were fought. Tread carefully across the patches of original flooring, and peer down the gaps at the level below.

After exploring the Colosseum, enjoy a short break, then enjoy a leisurely walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. As you stroll amid the aromatic pine trees, listen to your guide talk about the origins of Rome, and see where the rich Romans once lived.

Then, descend into the valley of the Roman Forum. With your guide leading the way, weave through the cluster of ruins that once formed the heart of ancient Rome, and learn about the area’s highlights, such as the Arch of Titus and the Senate.

Your tour then concludes in the Roman Forum where you will have the possibility to wander around more if you wish.

Inclusions for Colosseum Underground And Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Colosseum
  • Visit to the Underground of the Colosseum
  • Entrance fee to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Exclusions for Colosseum Underground And Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

A maximum of 6 people per booking

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Not wheelchair accessible

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult

Proof-of-age for teenagers under 18 years is required

Please note: large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum

Due to extreme weather conditions, the Colosseum Administration may limit access to some or all of the restricted areas (Colosseum, Arena Level and Third Tier), to ensure security of its visitors. No refund will be granted on these rare occasions

Between August 28th and September 10th the arena floor of the Colosseum will not be accessible due to a special event. The tour will include the other restricted areas and no refunds will be made due to the closure of the arena floor.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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276 reviews by the users

  • Nadia, our tour guide, provided us with a logical and detailed history of the Colosseum and a few of the emperors integral to its success. The Palatine Hill and Forum were less of a focus on this tour but we were still able to touch upon the highlights. It's always best to see any structure with a small group so I highly recommend this tour.

  • Took two Colosseum tours - one topside and one underground. This second tour was well worth it. Did you know there is a river down there? Also a model of how they got wild animals to the arena floor, among other things. Fascinating!

  • Frederica was an excellent guide. Highly knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Great trip!

  • This tour was the highlight of my trip! Our tour guide was fun, extremely knowledgeable, and made the experience very interesting. I learned a lot on this trip, the time spent was perfect, and the sites were incredible. I got a huge kick out of being able to access the upper-tier and underground chamber as it was a very exclusive part of the tour. Because it was a small group, we got a lot of personalized attention from our guide and she was very accommodating to our group.

  • We were pleased with our guide, but very unhappy with the misinformation we were fed in our Viator instruction sheet: ABSOLUTELY NO BACKPACKS AND NO CLOAKROOM AND NO WATER BOTTLES OF ANY KIND into the Colosseum. This cost us another 20 for water, rain ponchos, and chintzy umbrella since we'd been told we couldn't bring our own in a backpack. Once inside, we noticed every other tourist was wearing a backpack and carrying a water bottle! Heck. Our own guide was carrying a water bottle. While it's true there's no cloakroom a regular daypack sized backpack is allowed with no questions just the predictable post 9/11 metal detector biz. The tour contractor tells me this restriction was lifted 18 months ago, they've asked Viator to correct their information, but nothing has been done. So, if their information sheet to you sounds like ours, just know it probably isn't accurate.

    Like our other Viator tour in Rome through a different contractor, we had to walk past a good deal of artifacts, story boards, etc., because our guide was on a time-line which didn't include any of these bits. We could not re-enter to see these items at our own pace. They tell us this is a Colosseum-imposed restriction. Be aware, if you buy a Viator ticket primarily to bypass the long queues and to see part of the underground as we did, you will forfeit your ability to see any and all of what's to be seen. If I had it to do over again, I think I'd pick the queue. But then, we went at the first of November in the summer a private tour that gets you past the queue in Rome's beastly heat and humidity is probably worth its weight in gold.

    We saw a very small percentage of The Forum while on the tour. Even though our guide left us in The Forum and we could wander around, it was just 30 minutes till closing so we saw practically nothing of those ruins. And, of course, were not allowed to re-enter the next day or within 24 hours, as many historical sites allow.

    Someone's making a very good profit letting tourists see very little of the sites.

  • Excellent tour with limited number of people on tour. Great access to the hidden parts of the Colosseum. Would take this tour again.

  • First rate!

  • Great tour and Thomas was informative and truly knew the details of this ancient site. Would highly recommend.

  • The Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour was truly Amazing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
    A great day and a must to see in Rome.

  • Excellent tour! Our guide Giulia was on time and really knew her stuff about the Colosseum, The Forum and basically all things related to Rome. This was definitely the highlight of my trip. Highly recommend.

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