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Colosseum Restricted Areas Tour: Access to Underground

Product ID: 138191
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Enjoy exclusive access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum on this small-group tour for up to 24 people.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Audio guide/headphones
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a privileged access to the underground hypogeum
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the restricted areas of the Colosseum
  • Relive and learn about the glorious days of the gladiators with an English-speaking guide
  • Admire the impressive Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus
  • Access both the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
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What you can expect

Meet your licensed, English-speaking guide at the Arch of Constantine, before enjoying your express, skip-the-line access to the Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum. This incredible monument can boast several records: it is the biggest, best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world and its tiers could host up to 75 thousand people. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the entire historic centre of Rome and is officially in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Start your tour to one of the restricted areas of the Colosseum, the Underground Hypogeum.

UNDERGROUND
Discover a world of narrow corridors, tunnels and complex mechanisms. Walking through the Undergrounds you will be able to witness the ingenuity of the Romans. The Undergrounds represented the beating heart of the amphitheater and the popular shows that took place in it. Slaves moved and created incredible stage effects without anybody noticing, beasts from all over the Empire were prepared for the games and hoisted on the arena, where gladiators awaited their moment of glory before the battle.
While visiting this area, your guide will reveal details about the long lost days of the Colosseum.

After your visit to the undergrounds, climb up to the Arena.

ARENA
On this sand floor, beasts and gladiators fought bloody battles to entertain the cheering crowds during incredible shows offered by the Emperors to their people. Travel back in time and become a Roman Spectator when your guide will explain in detail how these shows were prepared and why they were so important. He will reveal the true stories and secrets about some of the most famous characters of Roman history. Your guide will then accompany you along the tier that surrounds the undergrounds and show you the cross that dominates the arena, an unexpected symbol of Christian pilgrimage that the Pope himself “visits” on Good Friday.

Next thing on the list is Palatine Hill.

PALATINE HILL AND ROMAN FORUM
Outside the Colosseum, admire the 4th-century Arch of Constantine, which symbolizes the moment in which the namesake emperor made Christianity the official religion of the Empire. Head to the social and political center of Ancient Rome, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the oldest part of the eternal city. Learn about politics, religion and the everyday life of a Roman citizen, and the story of the she-wolf that nursed Romulus and Remus, founders of the city.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Headsets
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Tour of the restricted areas of the Colosseum
  • Tour of the arena
  • 20 minutes on the sand floor
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Arch of Constantine, Piazza Del’Arco di Costantino. The tour guide will be standing next to a small column near the Arch holding a sign with the name of the tour and local tour operator logo.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• All participants must have a valid photo ID card or passport for security checks
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New Age/Wander Italy

Product ID: 138191