Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour

Roma, Italy
Small Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour with Third Tier

From US$82.23

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Offered in: English


Check out the Colosseum’s underground chambers and gladiator passageways on a tour of the sites that are normally off-limits to the general public. With a guide, you also visit the arena floor to see where the gladiatorial action took place. The experience ends with a tour of the Roman Forum, viewing temples and arches as you follow the footsteps of ancient senators and emperors.
  • Explore the underground chambers were wild animals were caged
  • Wander along the passages used by gladiators before the games
  • Visit the arena floor as you learn about bygone battles that took place there
  • Learn about Imperial-era life on a tour of the Roman Forum

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See Colosseum's Underground chambers and escape the daily crowed inside

What's Included

  • Colosseum Undergrounds Tour
  • Colosseum First and Second Floors Tour
  • Ancient Rome Guided Tour
  • Skip the line tickets
  • Tickets are nominative please provide all the names of the visitors attending the tour
  • Tour runs on time. We will not be able to delay departure time
  • It's Mandatory to have a valid ID with you (Passport or driving license)
  • Food and Drinks
  • Private transportation

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Casa dell'Acqua ACEA
    Piazza del Colosseo, 58, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    In front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, Lower Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from the Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo 22, Roma 00184. Please don't go to the Metro Upper Level. Our guide will be waiting for you holding a sign that says '' Tours of Rome ''

End point

  • Colosseum
    Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect

Choose from a morning or afternoon start time when you book, then make your way to the start point near the Colosseum on Via dei Fori Imperiali.

A symbol of ancient Rome, the impressive amphitheater is rich with history. Hear tales of the ancient gladiators who fought wild beasts to the delight of the bloodthirsty crowds, and learn about the cruelty and clemency of the emperors who presided over the games.

As you learn about the gladiatorial games, explore the areas that are normally off-limits to the general public. See the underground chambers where wild animals were kept in cages, and wander along the passageways that gladiators once paced along.

From the Colosseum, head into the heart of the Roman Forum to learn about daily life in ancient times. Amble around the temples and arches as you listen to tales of the politics and religion of Imperial Rome.


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tickets are nominative and you are kindly invited to provide all the names of the visitors attending the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Your Guide will be waiting for you holding a Sign saying TOURS OF ROME in the Meeting point.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Tour start time can be subject to changes depending on the availability of the Colosseum Underground Tickets, in case of a Change of the start time; we will send you a private message with the new start time
  • Near public transportation
  • All Tours run on time, Please be sure to arrive to the Meeting point Early
  • luggage and big backpack are not allowed inside the Colosseum
  • Flammable Sprays, Selfie sticks, knifes or any kind of guns or cutters even with license can not enter the Colosseum
  • Because of some restrictions by the Colosseum Authorities the part of Underground Chambers visit will be conducted by a local expert archaeologist of the Colosseum and will be in a group
  • Police control and metal detector controls can slow the fast track entrance
  • Confirmation with all the details of the tour will be received after Booking the Colosseum underground chambers tickets
  • Tour may start with Roman Forum then move to Colosseum or vice versa ...
  • We highly recommend to have an on the road cell phone
  • For a quick response you can use iMessage, Whatsapp and Viber for texting us
  • In case of dangerous rain it can be impossible to walk inside Colosseum Undergrounds and you will be given 45 minutes on the ARENA FLOOR where you can see all the underground sections without walking inside it
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Tour itinerary is subject to changes in case of restrictions by local authorities
  • It's Mandatory to have a valid ID with you (Passport or driving license)
  • Pets and service dogs are not allowed
  • Entry Tickets will be provided by our guide the day of the tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the meeting point?

A:The meeting point is in front of COLOSSEO METRO Station, Ground Level Exit, nearby the Newsstand and across the road from COLOSSEUM, Piazza del Colosseo, Roma 00184.

Jul 2019

Q:Where can we store our luggage during the tour?

A:Luggage and big backpacks are not allowed inside the Colosseum, please make alternative arrangements for these items.

Jul 2019

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Traveler Tips

Keep in mind that, although English-speaking guides know that tourists all over the world follow them (because there are not guidances in their native languages), they don't try to talk a little more slowly and easily.
Seeing the underground part of the Colosseum is so worth it, and it's SO worth it to skip the lines/avoid the crowds, too.


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Wonderful tour, incredible guide.
Killian_H, Sept 2023
Very informative tour, really enjoyed. Excellent picture opportunities for the whole tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Worth it!
Julie_B, Sept 2023
I can’t give 5 stars because we didn’t get what was booked. I REALLY wanted to see the underground, gladiator area and that was NOT provided. The time of our tour got changed 2 times, and they did offer us a discount if we took the changed time. (Otherwise cancel the tour) Over all the tour was excellent. Our guide spoke great English and he was very informative about everything. I highly recommend the tour but make sure you are flexible for the day! A few people in our group had to leave early because they had another tour that conflicted with the change of times.
good, could be better
Stephen_R, Sept 2023
Great history, too much to retain. Our guide spoke English, but sometimes her accent made for difficulty. The listening aid was super loud and could not be adjusted.
Great place to visit but guide we could not understand.
Edward_R, Sept 2023
Upgraded to english and our guide was very hard to understand so we guessed our way through. The tour otherwise would have been better. I had to google things on my phone to get the full understanding. The place is amazing of course.
Rome was a never ending Wow tour
Noeleen_R, Sept 2023
Our guide was very informative, obviously who wouldn’t be gob smacked by just looking at the artefacts but she made it interesting. Love Rome
Underground is the only way to go!
Danielle_C, Sept 2023
Underground tour is the only way to go! Amazing experience. Tour guides were informative and recreated a picture that transported you into the past. Given that it was so hot outside it was nice to spend half the time underground where it’s nice and cool. Our group fully enjoyed this tour! I would recommend!
Fantastic guide, but tour itself a little disappointing.
Linda_A, Sept 2023
The day before our tour received an email that stated the underground portion was canceled. They offered us the Colosseum tour with Palatine Hill/Palace tour and a refund of 20%. Although our guide was fantastic, majority of our tour was at Palatine. A little disappointed since when we were in the Coloseum we saw others touring the underground.
Tour Cancelled Replaced with another
Herb_M, Sept 2023
Our trip was cancelled supposedly due to technical issues. We were offered another tour and partial refund that was nice, however while on our other tour we saw people on and underground tour so not sure why ours was cancelled. Our replacement tour was excellent but we dod not get to see the underground as hoped.
Not what we booked
Lora_T, Sept 2023
Our guide had a very strong accent and we sometimes had difficulty understanding her. But the real problem was that we booked the underground tour and never went underground. I was looking forward to that part.
Your teenage kids will love this!
Annamaria_M, Sept 2023
Our tour guide Midos was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about ancient Roman history and technologies. He supplemented his narration with images and diagrams to support the descriptions provided. My teen age kids loved the tour and paid attention the whole time. I would thoroughly recommend the tour. Thanks for the memories Midos.
Not as good as last time but a must see
Steve_B, Sept 2023
Tour guide was good. Seemed a little rushed probably because it was super hot. Sadly the company changed the tour a few days before we arrived so we didn’t get to show our son the underground portion. As it was the best part, it was a big disappointment. Also didn’t see any of the “museum” portion like we did previously.
Wow great history.
Kym_G, Sept 2023
Great information given by our tour guide. Good size group. Enjoyed the whole tour. Disappointed our underground part of the tour was cancelled though.
Colosseum small-group 1st and 2nd floors of arena.
Mary_L, Aug 2023
It was a great tour! But about a week before the tour, it was cancelled and a new day was given for the tour, however it was not the underground Tour. It was the 1st and second level of the arena. They did adjust the price to reflect the inconvenience.
Fantastic tour!
Linda_G, Aug 2023
This was a fantastic tour. We’ve been to the Colosseum before, but had never toured the underground area. It was very interesting to see it from a different perspective. Our tour guy, whose name I can’t remember, was full of stories and history from the different time periods. The Forum was also very interesting as well. This tour was an excellent value for the money. I highly recommend this tour.
Amazing, worth every cent.
elaine_g, Aug 2023
Amazing tour, no wait lines. Guide was fantastic and we had an amazing day, thanks Viator would use you site again.
Lani_W, Aug 2023
Fabulous and knowledgeable guide, it was an extremely hot day and she made sure to find shade for everyone as much as possible! Learnt a huge amount!
It’s fine, definitely not underground
Jeff_J, Aug 2023
This was a bit of a bait and switch as we purchased a small group underground tour, only to be told a few days in advance they wouldn’t have that tour.m and we were moved to a standard tour with a bit of a refund. It was a fine standard tour, but nothing different than any of the other 100 operators in the Colosseum that day.
Very enjoyable tour!
Cassidy_A, Aug 2023
We had a great tour guide that was very entertaining and informative on the history of the Colosseum. She went at an appropriate pace and we got to see a lot. It was so nice getting to skip the line and go right in. I recommend going earlier in the day as it can get very hot. The meeting point was a bit confusing as it was our first day in Rome and we weren't familiar with the area. It was very cool getting to see the underground. Overall this tour was very enjoyable!
Sites great, tour guide poor
Dan_O, Aug 2023
Tour operator cancelled the underground tour and offered to refund our money or rebook us on the a different Colosseum tour. Since it was so close to the date, we took the rebooked option. The rebooked tour was not great. The tour guide had low energy and we could only understand 25% of what she said due to a thick accent. At one point, she asked us to spend 10 minutes taking photos so she could argue with the colosseum workers because they accidentally scanned her afternoon tickets.
Great underground tour
Betzaida_B, Aug 2023
Great tour, the guide was very knowledgeable about all the sights we seen, the underground was amazing

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