Gladiator’s Arena & Colosseum Underground Tour

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Visit a lesser-known part of Rome’s Colosseum on a walking tour of ancient Roman sites that includes access to the underground Colosseum. Learn about life in the ancient city as you walk through the below-ground area where gladiators waited for battle, then continue to the arena and third tier for views across the enormous structure. Keep exploring Roman history in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, where you see temples, arches, and landmarks from the Roman Republic and Empire.
  • Ancient Rome tour with skip-the-line access
  • Visit limited-access parts of the Colosseum
  • Tour the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Step into the ancient world on a history tour

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Secure access to restricted areas of the Colosseum, including the underground chambers, on this tour.

Full tour from an expert guide
Small-group tour of max 24
Headsets for groups of 6 or more
Hotel pick-up and return
Food and drink

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the designated meeting point in Rome for your tour, and then follow your guide into a limited-access area below the Colosseum. Retrace the footsteps of Roman gladiators as your guide shares stories and facts from the city’s history; from the Colosseum underground, continue to the arena and the third level, perfect for snapping interior photos of the Colosseum.

After time at Colosseum, continue to the adjacent Roman Forum, following the Via Sacra that was ancient Rome’s main street. This was the city’s main religious and political center, and see the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, the Arch of Septimius Severus, and the Arch of Constantine.

Walk as far as Palatine Hill, the most ancient part of Rome, where the guide shares the story of the city’s mythical founders, Romulus and Remus.

This half-day ancient Rome tour concludes back at the original starting location. 
Stop At:  
Experience all the drama of the Colosseum, the world's most iconic amphitheater. Head underground to discover how men and beasts prepared for the fierce gladiatorial battles. Enjoy a walking tour of the amphitheater to see how mighty it is for yourself.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Underground Rome
Descend to the Colosseum Underground to see how men and beasts prepared for the games.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Roman Forum
Discover the fascinating history of Ancient Rome in the evocative ruins of the Roman Forum. See where Julius Caesar was assassinated and all the amazing architecture — including Temples and Victory Arches — of the Roman Forum.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Arco di Costantino
As you walk around the exterior of the Colosseum, you'll pause for a moment at the Arch of Constantine; the Triumphal Arch of Rome's first Christian Emperor. Discover the fascinating history of the Arch and how its iconic style spawned many copy-cats.
Admission Ticket Free
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Palatine Hill
Enjoy an amazing view of Ancient and modern Rome from the top of the Palatine Hill; once the home of Rome's Emperors. See where the Emperors lived and discover the true stories of their luxurious lifestyles.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Septimius Severus Arch
See one of the best-preserved Roman Victory Arches in the world.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Via Sacra
Once Ancient Rome's main street, the Via Sacra runs from the Roman Forum to the Colosseum.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tempio di Vesta
In the Temple of Vesta, the Vestal Virgins watched the sacred fire of Rome and protected it with their life.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Basilica Aemilia
One of the greatest secular Basilicas of Ancient Rome.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NB: You must have a valid photo ID to enter the Colosseum (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work.) You will be asked to also give your name, last name and date of birth (at the beginning of the tour if not provided beforehand.) Security may prevent you from entering the site if the information provided is not accurate and/or don't match the one on your ID.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant price applies with the minimum of one adult
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites and not wheelchair friendly. We encourage those with mobility problems to book a private tour, in order to allow the guide to adapt the pace to their specific needs. This tour lasts 4 hours and a fair amount of walking is involved, including some stairs and uphill paths.
  • Strollers are allowed but not recommended, as stairs are steep and the ground is uneven; children must be carried by an adult or be able to walk for most of the tour
  • There is no scheduled break, but it will be possible to stop for restrooms along the path, as needed
  • Food is allowed in the archeological area
  • For security reasons, all visitors and their luggage shall be screened; all objects (including mobile phones) must be put in the bag/backpack or in the tray for X-ray screening. Large backpacks, camping bags, bulky bags, and luggage/trolleys are not allowed; medium and small backpacks can be shouldered and must be checked, as any other bag, with metal detectors, opened and visually inspected by security
  • Group size limited to 24 people
  • The Colosseum Administration, which depends on the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit and offer a partial refund.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; bring hat and sunscreen. Please note that sprays of any kind are not allowed inside the Colosseum.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation policy

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.Learn more about cancellations.

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