Guided tour

Colosseum Underground: Priority Access Guided Tour

Colosseum Underground: Priority Access Guided Tour

From US$ 89.63 per person

Get a gladiator’s-eye view of the Colosseum with a skip-the-line tour. Go backstage with your guide to off-limit areas, like the underground level where gladiators would wait to head out into battle. Visit the Palatine Hill & Roman Forum.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Get exclusive access to the underground corridors of the Colosseum
  • Walk along the Via Sacra of the Roman Forum
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Palatine Hill
  • Discover where the gladiators prepared for their fights and caged animals were kept
  • Take a comprehensive tour of all levels of the Colosseum
  • See some of the oldest ruins of the Roman Republic
  • Get a deeper insight into the culture, laws, and traditions of Ancient Rome
Full description

Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

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, you will venture out onto where the spectators would watch the bloody battles that once took place in the Colosseum. The next stop on the tour takes you back to the very beginning. The Palatine Hill is the spot Romulus chose to find 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. The 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.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum
  • Access to the arena floor and underground tunnels
  • Skip-the-line access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Entrance tickets for the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (including reservation fees)
  • Headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Babies under 1 year
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • As of August 6, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 to present either a COVID-19 green certificate and an ID, proving that they are fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine or negative PCR or antigen test that is no more than 48-hours old
  • Green Vaccine Passes must be in Italian or English and can be presented in digital or printed formats
  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, the Arena will not be visited on this tour until further notice. The Gladiator’s Gate access will be replaced by the standard underground entrance
  • Please note that this tour involves a fair amount of walking. Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • The tour is unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages
  • Large bags or suitcases will not be permitted in the Colosseum or Roman Forum, and there are no cloakroom facilities for storage
  • Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. Delays may be experienced.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 282 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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Palatine Hill was amazing with very good guide. (5 stars for the guide in Palatine Hill) Colosseum is very beautiful but would like to hear more about the history from the guide. (3 stars for the guide). You can feel the difference between the guides, who have studied history and who have learned the information to tell further.

January 6, 2022

Experienced and enthusiastic guide (Big Mama G) for the first part of the tour = Paladin and Roman Forum Advantage of very small group Only 3 couples. The weather gods were kind to us (thanks to a Finnish lady who did an authentic sun dance) because it's good to know: when it rains hard, the visit to the underground Colosseum will be cancelled! And that visit was very special and definitely worth the extra cost!

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December 6, 2021

The tour was very exhausting at 38 degrees but very interesting and recommendable. Our tour guide was very eloquent and answered questions at any time. He stopped at every drinking water fountain to refill our water bottles. His explanations could be followed very well. The meeting point was on the opposite side of the street from the Colosseum. From there we hung to the Palatine Hill. Great view! Back at the Colosseum, we were able to go straight to the underground area, which was relatively new to visitors. Then it went to the arena and also upstairs to the stands and the exhibition inside. This interesting and highly recommended tour ended after just under 3 hours. Thanks to our friendly guide. Unfortunately I forgot the name.

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August 2, 2021

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