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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour

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Roma, Italy

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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

See the secrets of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum on this small-group. With your knowledgeable guide, skip the long entrance lines at each attraction. Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day and discover Palatine Hill and the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
  • Guided tour of the Colosseum and the highlights of ancient Rome
  • Skip the lines with priority entry to the Colosseum
  • Stroll up Palatine Hill and see where Rome’s wealthiest inhabitants once lived
  • Small-group tour limited to six people provides a more personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Walk on almost 2,000-year-old original floors, with special access to ancient tunnels and secret chambers.
Semi-Private Tour with small group of ONLY 6 people!!
Climb down inside the Underground and walk onto the Arena of the Colosseum
Enjoy a friendly and professional Local Expert Guide
Skip the long lines!
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After meeting your guide at the Colosseum Metro Station, head out to explore some of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Cruise past the entrance queues with your skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to waste no time inside these Roman icons.

At the Colosseum, start your tour on the underground level, which is only open to a limited number of visitors each day. Walk through the maze of subterranean chambers to see where fierce animals were once caged, and listen to stories from your guide about the gruesome gladiator battles. Then walk up to the arena level, and follow your guide into the area where the battles were fought, instead of tracing the edge, as most visitors do. Tread lightly over pieces of the original floor as you look below through the gaps.

Next, head down into the Roman Forum, following your guide around the ruins that once made up the city’s political and commercial heart. Hear about structures like the Arch of Titus and the Senate, where you have the chance to stay longer if you wish.

Walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Wander through pine trees while learning from your guide about ancient Rome’s origins, and see where the wealthiest Romans used to live.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
In this awe-inspiring tour you will explore the incredible underbelly of the colosseum, navigating through and exploring its cells, elaborate elevator systems and underground water conduits! Then, walk onto the Arena and see the Colosseum from the same perspective as the gladiators themselves! Imagine hearing the roar of the giant crowds that the gladiators heard as they prepared for battle and learn all about the various types of festivities and games the roman enjoyed! Finally, climb up the first tier and gasp at picture perfect views of this incredible amphitheater. This tour grants exclusive access to the must see restricted areas of the underground and arena, so be sure not to miss out and book in advance!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Explore the incredible ruins of the vast valley of the Roman Forum, the social, commercial and political centre of Ancient Rome! See the beautiful remains of the Imperial Villas on the Palatine Hill, and enjoy the gorgeous views of the valley of the Roman Forum from the top. Then, climb down to walk on the very streets the Roman used, seeing highlights such as the temple to the Vestal Virgins, the Basilica di Massenzio, the Roman Senate, and the memorial to Julius Caesar, amongst many more.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Inclusive in your exploration of the Roman Forum, is a wonderful climb up the wonders of the Palatine Hill. Here you will marvel at some of the most grandiose imperial villas the romans ever built, and learn all about how to emperors lived in their gigantic palaces.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please be aware, due to these unprecedented times and unexpected regulation changes, some areas may not be accessible if the venue can not guarantee social distancing for this part of the tour.
  • The colosseum currently guarantees special access to the arena floor which is off limits to the general public. The arena area is where the gladiator fights took place and also gives you the closest view of the underground area possible
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult
  • Proof-of-age for teenagers under 18 years is required
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only small bags are allowed. Glass bottles and containers are also not allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum
  • Due to extreme weather conditions, the Colosseum Administration may limit access to some or all of the restricted areas (Colosseum, Arena Level and Third Tier), to ensure security of its visitors. No refund will be granted on these rare occasions
  • UNDERGROUND AND ARENA: The access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum (Underground and Arena) may be shared among other participants in the our exclusive entry slot. At times, for safety reasons, logistics and traffic control, the group may be led by one guide. This choice is at the complete discretion of the Colosseum's administration and security policy of that day in accordance to adequate safety measures. Please be aware that this is only for 30/40 minutes of the total duration of the tour. Our max 6 people policy is guaranteed for the remainder of the duration of the tour.
  • GENERAL ENTRY:Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors. Please be on time!
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • English Language Only
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY LivTours

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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The trip to the underground is an absolute must as it helps you to understand the great lengths which the ancient Romans went to, to ensure a good show and the technology they used to achieve this"
  • "Be prepared for a lot of walking and hills as the Ancient Rome part of this tour is all uphill - not for those who have a difficult time with stairs." See review
  • "There is an elevator at the Colosseum should you have issues with stairs, However, Palantine Hill is a LOT of stairs, probably about 8 flights up a hill." See review

Reviews

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Best tour guide
Matt
, Sep 2020
We had a fantastic guided Tour with Davide. He was extremely knowledgeable throughout the tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. I am so pleased we booked this tour as Davide’s historical knowledge brought Ancient Rome to life in front of our eyes with his explorations and photos. He took excellent photos of my partner and I , they will be memories forever. He was polite, professional and very easy to chat to . Highly recommend this tour and especially Davide the tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Many thanks, Matt, for your great review and 5-star rating of Davide's tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome area. All of ancient roman history is fascinating but in order to really "feel" that history (while visiting the ruins) a great guide like Davide really does make the difference. We're so pleased to know that you got so much out of the tour and had a fun time as well! Thanks again for your enthusiastic review and kind words. Angelo and Kristin
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Fabulous Tour Guide
Marion_B
, Sep 2020
Brilliant tour! Giulia was a very informative and knowledgeable guide! Very safe during Covid. Would recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you so much for your great review and top rating of our Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed Giulia's tour and, especially in this period, felt safe and "taken care of". We can't thank you enough for your recommendation. All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Brilliant!
John_N
, Sep 2020
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish - Angelo the tour guide was brilliant both as a person and a tour guide, and to say my wife and I are more educated from the experience is an understatement! We most definitely would recommend this tour to anyone, well worth the money and the insight into Ancient Rome offered by the likes of Angelo Is priceless. Thanks Angelo!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
And thank YOU, John, for such a great review about our Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour together. I totally enjoyed every minute with you two, sharing this fabulous site and all its fascinating history and just getting to know you and sharing a few laughs. It's heartwarming to know that you enjoyed the day as much as I did! Thanks again for your enthusiastic review and recommendation. Let's hope we can meet up again soon! Angelo and Kristin
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Excellent Tour
Lauren_P
, Jul 2020
Guilia, our guide was very professional, knowledgeable, and personable. She made it very easy for us to find her and provided a very pleasurable experience during our tour of the Colosseum and The Forum. I would definitely recommend this tour agency and guide to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for your great review of Giulia's Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour and for your endorsement of our company and our guides. Giulia will be thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed her tour and, you are absolutely right, she is a fantastic tour guide and a wonderful person. Thank you once again and all best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Rome
Brian_C
, Jul 2020
Dario was our tour guide and he did a fantastic job. He was very knowledgeable throughout but didn’t linger too long on any one subject. Would highly recommend this tour agency.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
We're so happy to hear that you really enjoyed your Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour with Dario. He'll be thrilled to hear your comments and praise and we thank you for your recommendation of our company and our guides. Thanks a million! Angelo and Kristin
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Awesome experience
MaxineMM
, Jul 2020
Had an awesome trip. It was a little hard to find the meeting place because the address given did not match the meet up place. Our family was the only ones on the tour and we have a one and three year old. Our tour guide was awesome with our children and patient with them. That is what can make or break an experience and his patients made it a fun one for us. My children were even asking for him to come back when we parted ways.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
We're so pleased to hear that your Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour was fun - and not too difficult with the little ones. Many of our guides have families of their own so they are particularly "tuned in" to how to make a tour work with little kids. It sounds like it worked out just perfectly for you and it's a sure sign of success when the kids don't want it to end! Thank you so much for writing such a nice review and all best wishes to your entire family. We hope to see you again soon. Angelo and Kristin
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Great tour!
Richard
, Apr 2020
This was a wonderful tour. The small group atmosphere worked well. The guide was very well versed and informative the history of the Colosseum and Roman ruins.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Dear Richard We're so pleased that you enjoyed your Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour and we thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. Having a great guide really makes all that history come alive! We're so happy that you had a great experience. Thanks once again for your nice review Angelo and Kristin
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A Remarkable Experience!
Jennifer_G
, Mar 2020
My sister and I really enjoyed our tour of the Colosseum with our guide Giulia on 3/6. She was interesting and very nice as well. She really knows her history. We learned so very much and had fun too. Loved the small group of 6 total. It was a remarkable experience. Thank you for taking such good care of us! Sending you our very best wishes from the US. We will be back.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour with Giulia and we thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We'll make sure to let Giulia know how much you appreciated her tour! We're looking forward to meeting with you again on your next trip and thank you once again. Angelo and Kristin
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Amazing
Kevin_B
, Mar 2020
It was absolutely amazing. Italy had closed the Colosseum due to the coronavirus so viator worked with us to still give us a breathtaking tour of rome. I 100% plan to return to Rome and get another tour with them and Julia is the best. She knew everything about Rome and answered all our questions.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Kevin Thank you so much for understanding the problem with the straordinary closure of the Colosseum and being able to just "go with the flow" with an alternative tour. We're so glad that you thought it was an enjoyable experience and we're particularly pleased to read that you plan to return to Rome when the 'dust has settled'. We'll look forward to seeing you again soon and thank you once again for taking the time to write. Angelo and Kristin
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Ancient Rome and Colloseum
Alexandra_D
, Mar 2020
Well worth the money. Our tour guide Giulia was friendly and accommodating from the get go and is just a fountain of knowledge. The sights itself were beautiful but what made it special was learning about the history behind them. Absolutely amazing experience!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We thank you for your great review and high rating of the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour you took with Giulia. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed being able to have Giulia explain the history of what you were seeing so that it would all make more sense to you. We'll be sure to let her know how much you appreciated her efforts. Thanks again Angelo and Kristin
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