Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground - Rome

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The Underground Level of the Colosseum has not been used for 1700 years. Now it is open and you can visit the very place where gladiators prepared for their thrilling games, and where lions, wolves, ostriches and other wild animals were kept before they were lifted up from the bowels of the Colosseum and disgorged into the arena. We’ll explore the Colosseum, highlighting the Underground Level, the Arena Level and the Third Tier–areas. From the Third Tier, you’ll have a panoramic view of Ancient Rome before we walk down through the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the very center of the ancient city with its magnificent buildings. This is a 4-hour small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people for all its duration.


  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour

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Begin your tour at the Colosseum. Follow your guide into the ancient structure's Undergrounds, where gladiators could once hear the cheering of the crowd. See the newly constructed timber elevator for a glimpse at how the Romans hoisted animals up to the arena level. There were 28 of these elevators in the Colosseum, each powered by eight people. During this part of the tour your will walk on the fight arena where gladiators once fought.

Afterward, follow your guide to the Roman Forum, the center of life in Ancient Rome where people conducted business, sought justice, and discussed politics and philosophy. Off the Via Sacra — the street diving the Forum — visit the altar where Caesar was cremated. 

Continue to the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, where virgins tended the eternal flame, ensuring the fortune and glory of Rome, and to the Senate building. See two magnificent arches: the white marble Arch of Septimius Severus and the Arch of Constantine. Constantine’s arch marks the emperor’s victory over the pagans and the moment when Christianity became the religion of the Empire.

Then head to Palatine Hill, where the She-Wolf Lupa nursed the twin founders of Rome: Romulus and Remus. It is the oldest part of Rome and the area later favored by Rome’s richest and most powerful families.

After four hours of history and sightseeing, your tour will conclude back at the Colosseum.

This is a tour of maximum 12 people for the whole duration of the tour (the whole ancient city: Roman Forum and Palatine Hill), except inside the Colosseum. In compliance with the Colosseum Administration's rules, we will be in a group of 24 when exploring the famous amphitheater.

Inclusions for Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground

  • Professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions for Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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.

Backpacks and large bags are not allowed inside the Colosseum!! -- NB* There is no cloakroom service at the Colosseum

Please don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen lotion, and water bottles that you will be able to refill in the fountains along the path

This is a 4-hour small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people for the whole duration of the tour, except inside the Colosseum (max 24 people).

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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145 reviews by the users

  • This tour was wonderful! We had an opportunity to go on the arena floor, go beneath the Colosseum, and climbed to the very top level. The views were amazing and our guide was very knowledgeable. It was one of the best tours I have been on. Our group had a lot of fun together. I would highly recommend this tour!

  • This is an amazing tour. Fun to get to see all the levels of the colosseum and a thorough tour of Ancient Rome. Very educational and our tour guide was amazing!

  • This was an amazing tour. Our guide was superb. We felt very lucky to have gone to the top of the colosseum and also the underground. I would do it again in a heartbeat

  • Really great tour! Very in depth and our guide was perfect!

  • Loved the colosseum, and the tour was great. It is a very crowded place, but the small group tour of the underground and the 5th ring were perfect. Small group, lots of room to spread out and see the colloseum without the crushing crowds in the other areas! You will be glad you did it!

  • Tour was well arranged and the guide was so amazing. She really painted a picture for you and made our trip that much more memorable.

  • This tour was absolutely fantastic and well worth the expense! We were given access to areas that were restricted to the general public which meant they were much less crowded. We were able to visit the upper floors of the colosseum, which provided the best views! I can’t recommend this tour enough!

  • This tour was amazing!!! They gave great stories and history! We were able to see from the complete bottom where animals were kept all the way until the tip top. Great views Great tour! Highly recommend!

  • By far our favorite tour in Rome! The guide was amazing informative, personable, and funny. We learned so much about Palatine Hill and the Colosseum! It's remarkable to see how the Colosseum set the stage for all major stadiums. We were able to go underground and hit the 4th/5th levels which opened up the week we were there. The small group allowed us to ascend, as the general admission pack were not allowed there. Highly recommend this tour!

  • The tour included the Roman Forum and the surrounding palaces and gardens, but that was never mentioned in the promotion nor the materials. I wanted to see those places but I would rather have seen the Colosseum first and the other places afterward. When we met the guide and started, there was hardly anybody at the Colosseum yet and it would have been much more enjoyable. It was a couple hours later we went to the Collosseum and whole time we were in a huge crowd and couldn't see very well and were struggling to squeeze our way through the stairways and passages. Nevertheless it was amazing. Just don't count on an Early entry, skip the line sales pitch.

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