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Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena

Roma, Italy
Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


On this Colosseum underground tour, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. Get the rare chance to walk through the tunnels, stand where gladiators stood and enjoy a panoramic view. Then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to complete your tour of Rome’s top ancient sites.
  • Enjoy access to all areas of the Colosseum, including places normally off-limits
  • Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers and see where wild animals were caged
  • Visit the Roman Forum, walk up Palatine Hill and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus
  • Walk in the Gladiators' footsteps on the Arena floor
  • An intimate experience with semi-private groups of up 10 people or fewer

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Secure access to the underground chambers and arena floor
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Professional guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Skip-the-Line Access to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Dedicated audio headsets so you don't miss a thing
Special Skip-the-Line Access to Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor
Semi-private groups of 10 people or fewer
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

For Tours Departing Before 4:30PM - At Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". If arriving by metro: Upon exiting the turnstiles of the metro, take an immediate right down the tiled hall to the escalator/stairs within the metro station.

Departure Point

Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

IMPORTANT: The meeting point is not at the Colosseum. The tour starts on the platform directly in front of Trajan’s Column, located on Via dei Fori Imperiali next to Piazza Venezia. When standing right in front and facing the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, it’s directly to the left across the street.

Return Details

Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Your tour starts outside the Colosseum, where you’ll meet your guide, a Roman history enthusiast, and skip the entrance line with your fast-track ticket.

Inside, begin below ground to explore the Colosseum’s tunnels, chambers and pits. This section of the amphitheater is only open to a select number of visitors each day, so enjoy this exclusive chance to see more than most people do. While you walk through the underground passageways, listen to stories about the wild animals who were held down here and the Roman gladiators who prepared for their battles here.  

Upon exiting the Colosseum, walk with your guide over to the Roman Forum, once the political heart of the city. Take in the sprawl of ancient ruins, and walk up Palatine Hill, once home to Ancient Rome’s wealthy residents, for a view of Circus Maximus, where chariot races took place. Your tour ends on Via Sacra, the main street of Ancient Rome that links the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.

Please note: The order of sites visited may be reversed during your tour.  
Stop At:  
Begin your tour of Rome’s most iconic monument with Skip-the-Line access directly through the Gladiator’s Gate. Once the main exit for defeated contenders, this special entrance leads you directly to the parts of the Colosseum most tourists don’t get to see. Your first stop is the Colosseum Underground – the backstage area where gladiators prepared for battle. Here, your expert, English-speaking guide will call on their historical and archaeological expertise to let you imagine the space as it once was. Scenery and caged wild animals stood ready to be hoisted into the arena by ingenious pulleys. You’ll practically feel the gladiators’ tense anticipation and hear the roar of the blood-thirsty crowd. Then, walk in the gladiators’ footsteps on a partially reconstructed arena stage – a unique and amazing photo opportunity. And unlike the gladiators, you’ll get to ascend from the Arena Floor to the Colosseum’s second tier, where fans cheered the violent spectacles below.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
The next stop on the tour takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC – a decision that ended in tragedy for his brother Remus. Here, steeped in history, you’ll enjoy a spectacular preview of your next destination: the Roman Forum.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
The Roman Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, were the heart of Ancient Rome. All of Roman life could be found in this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid document with you on tour. Passengers who fail to provide a valid proof of identity will be denied entry.
  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the social distancing policy during Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What is the maximum group size during Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "There is a lot of walking on uneven ground and climbing of stairs so wear comfy shoes for sure." See review
  • "Take water and ensure you go to toilet before you start as it's quite a way into the tour before a toilet break." See review
  • "Take a water bottle and aome snacks as you will not get a chance to stop and get these." See review


3,407 Reviews

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Forum and coliseum
, Sep 2021
Great information from guides. Way better than trying to do on your own. Mossimo was a wonderful and entertaining guide!!
Ancient Rome
, Sep 2021
All the sites and history host very knowledgeable would go again. Should have better clarification of meeting are.
Disappointing because of the G20 interference.
, Sep 2021
We started out in plenty of time to make our tour. However, the G20 was in Rome and all paths were blocked by police. We tried to get a taxi but that was impossible. Finally, we managed to find a side way of getting there and ran and got there 14 minutes late. The tour waited 10 minutes. We called them and they could not send anyone to get us and bring us to the group. We paid for another shorter tour departing an hour later. At least we got into the Colesseum.
, Sep 2021
Great. The first tour guide (Roscoe) was superb. Very knowledgeable and had great personality. Couldn't have been better. Our guide for the underground was so-so but the tour was very interesting
Great experience!
, Sep 2021
Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of colosseum and also made it fun. Great experience
Fabulous tour experience!
, Sep 2021
Excellent tour, beginning with exploring the newly opened underground areas. Our guide Ameal was lovely and shared her impressive knowledge of Roman history with energy and zeal.
Great experience!
, Sep 2021
Amil was a great tour guide! She was very knowledgeable on all of the history. She made the tour very entertaining and she was funny as well.
False advertising
, Sep 2021
We bought this tour because it said we would have access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, AND Roman Forum. We first visited the Palatine Hill and then the Colosseum but NOT the Roman Forum. We asked the guide why we weren’t going to visit the Roman Forum she said that it wasn’t part of the tour. Now we have to buy 2 more Super tickets to see the Roman Forum, so an extra $56 we have to spend. We are not happy. We specifically chose this tour and paid more because it said it included all three.
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Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena worth paying for.
, Sep 2021
Very knowledgeable guide. The underground Colosseum was great. The Roman forum with the guide was very good.
Above expectations
, Sep 2021
Our guide was Amil. She was awesome. Educated and a great personality. Tour was actually a little longer than advertised.

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