Guided tour

Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum Tour

Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum Tour

From US$ 89.02 per person

Enjoy exclusive access to areas of the Colosseum not available on a regular ticket such as the Underground, Arena and upper tiers. Learn more about everyday life at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 75 minutes - 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Learn about Ancient Rome from a professional guide
  • Get exclusive access to the Underground Colosseum and Arena
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Covid-19 Update

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

Explore the world's most famous amphitheater with an official guide and journey back to the days of the Roman Empire at the monumental Colosseum. Get access to areas not available to regular ticket holders, including the underground level where the wild animals were kept before they went into battle with the gladiators. Enter the arena through the Porta Libitinaria and go up to the first level. 

Complete your experience by going further up to the 3rd tier, known as Belvedere (only if you choose this option) for a spectacular view of the arena and surrounding area. Learn about the innovative techniques the engineers used to build the monument and hear how it has survived for hundreds of years. Be amazed as history is brought to life as you discuss the political and social reasons for the games and events. Enjoy a short break and then enter the Roman Forum to get a better appreciation about what everyday life was like in Ancient Rome. Get breathtaking views over the Colosseum and Circus Maximus from Palatine Hill and stay as long as you wish at the end of your official tour.

Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entrance ticket
  • Official guide
  • Headsets, when 8 people or more are present
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones
  • Professional cameras
  • Sprays or Aerosols
  • Glass objects

Know before you go

  • This tour is not wheelchair or stroller accessible as there is no elevator. Moderate amount of walking is involved.
  •  The order in which the sites are visited during the tour can vary; either the Colosseum or Forum and Palatine Hill will come first
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 2023 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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We had an excellent guide and we enjoyed seeing all the parts of the colosseum. Our guide shared some history about the gladiators that was very funny. We also had a full experience for Palatine hill and the roma forum which was only good for 48 hours. However, we informed them we weren't aware and they gave us replacement tickets for 3 days later. We really appreciated the customer service.

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December 5, 2021

Giovanni was our tour guide. He was incredibly knowledgable, a walking history book. We enjoyed his stories about the beginning of Rome and his archeological lasagna. We had some bad rain and we weren't able to go to the lower parts of the Colloseum. We received a partial refund even without asking. If you want the history to come alive? Book with Giovanni!!

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November 26, 2021

Claudia was incredibly knowledgeable and included our kids in the discussion while giving in depth details of the history of Rome and the colosseum as well as notes on the architecture and technological marvels of the place. We saw the entire arena to include the underground level and climbed Palantine Hill where we saw the palace ruins and overlooked the Forum and the old city.

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November 26, 2021

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