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The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour

Roma, Italy
 The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more


Get up close and personal with the Colosseum—and explore areas of the UNESCO-listed landmark that most visitors miss—on this small-group tour. Beat the crowds, and save a great deal of time, with skip-the-line access. Once inside, go on an in-depth exploration of the site. Visit its arena floors, where gladiators once battled, discover its underground chambers, go to Palatine Hill, and see the Roman Forum too. As you go, learn all about the Colosseum’s history from your guide.
  • A small-group tour makes for an intimate way of seeing the sights
  • Save hours of waiting time with skip-the-line admission
  • Discover special areas of the Colosseum that many visitors miss
  • Audio headsets are included to ensure you don’t miss a single word
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Professional guide
Exclusive access to the Colosseum Underground
Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - Entry Tickets
Headsets to hear your guide clearly
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 3, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi nr.3, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). Our staff will be waiting here, wearing a Green polo shirt for easy recognition.
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attractions administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. 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 monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is comfortable clothing
  • The Colosseum tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour will also last approximately 1.5 hours
  • Please provide an active phone number during the booking process in order to be contacted about last minute changing.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Italy Tours

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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour?
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
See all safety measures taken by The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour.
What is the maximum group size during The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour.

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Official colusseum dungeons tour
, Apr 2019
Excellent Tour, Santos ,our first guide set the tone with a friendly greeting, we went back in time as he explained the history of palantine hill and Rome to us... This was the best tour we took in Rome, mostly because we didn’t have to struggle to understand what he was saying.. we wish more of the English speaking tour guides were this understandable! Handed off to an official colusseum tour guide to go into the dungeons, she was good, but very hard to understand. But we got to go underground and see the mechanism which brought the gladiators and animals into the arena to fight.. I would take this tour again!
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank you for your review about Explore Italy Tours! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Colosseum Dungeons Tour with us!
Very good tour. The tour part was only...
, Sep 2018
Very good tour. The tour part was only 1 hour. A lot of standing around and waiting to go in.
Deeply dissatisfied with this tour. Due...
, Sep 2018
Deeply dissatisfied with this tour. Due to a heavy rain the underground was closed. Regrettable, but we understood. We were offered the only tour available, which was not equivalent to what we asked for. We were not given headsets as promis d and could not hear the guide at all. We left the tour early as we were disappointed. They offered the forum at no extra charge at a later time and at additional time to what we originally booked. Was not worth the 212 we paid.
Not good
, Jul 2018
The tour guide that we had for the Colosseum was almost impossible to understand she spoke very very broken English . We could only understand about a fourth if that much of what she said , very disappointing
Very Informative
, Jul 2018
We had a wonderful time with our guide. She as well was very knowledgeable and handled a difficult person with great care. We had purchased and extended tour, and had the other 5 bail on us, so we had to do the forum on our own. But worked out well because we had mapped it and knew what we wanted to see. It might have been good to have been able to go I the museum there, but that required a super ticket, we were not made aware of. overall a great day.
Viator Colosseum Tour
, Jul 2018
Our tour guide was 5 stars but the tour group Fun Tours was disorganized and behind schedule. Our 3:30 pm tour didnt start until 4:20 pm.
Being able to get into the...
Jonathan P
, Apr 2018
Being able to get into the underground and colosseum floor was awesome my only change would be more detail or depth. Otherwise, highly recommended.
Our tour guide was amazing - very...
Stephen M
, Feb 2018
Our tour guide was amazing - very knowledgeable, funny, detailed, and thorough. Note, with this tour, you get to stand on the arena floor and go underneath the arena floor, however, you spend limited time actually up where the stands were and the information manly has to do with the underground hence underground tour and the happenings down there. I had previously done a Colosseum tour, so I already knew why it was built, who built it, etc etc - but you'll have to ask these questions if you want to know - though our guide was fantastic at giving us a back story for most of the tour. Another thing that was a little irritating to both of us was the tour voucher stated the tour started at 11, but to arrive 45 minutes prior. We did not want to be late, so we got to the Colosseum about an hour and 15 minutes early. We checked in at 10:15 and was told to come back at exactly 11, we were too early. So, we came back at 11. We had a different guide lead us to the Colosseum the meeting point it about a 3-5 minute walk away - but this guide seemed extremely disinterested and his main focus was get us to the Colosseum as quickly as possible and then leave. We had some older people in our group and they had trouble keeping us, as well as both of us! He dropped us at 11 and told us the tour would start at 11:40, and left. That put us at nearly 2 hours of wasted time - our only complaint, but it wasted our whole morning to get there early and not even start for a full 2 hours. Just an FYI when you book, but our official tour guide was amazing and worth the wait!
They told us to meet at the agency...
, Jan 2018
They told us to meet at the agency. We got there a few minutes early, but still waited. Then the guy from the agency took us to the gate who transferred us to a younger guy that said to wait while they get our tickets. We did skip the line getting in. The guy only gave us tickets to get through security, and instructed us to go to the end and wait for our tour guide. There, we met different people who purchased the underground tour through other means. I talked to one of them, and she got it cheaper directly buying through the Colosseum website. The tour was fantastic, probably the bet tour I've had. Our tour guide was archaeologist, and displayed so much enthusiasm in telling us the history and what what was being found there. However, if I'd do it again, I'll book directly through the Colosseum website, and cut out the expensive middleman.
Tour was excellent! And highly...
, Nov 2017
Tour was excellent! And highly recommended. However, company is not precise when beginning their tours. We were asked to be at our meeting location at 10:30 a.m. and we were not taken to the entrance line until after an hour.

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