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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.
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Tour in a Safe and Small Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED!
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!
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Departure Point

Piazza del Colosseo, 21, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

In front of the SOS sign outside of the Colosseum's Metro Station's MAIN ENTRANCE, ground floor, right across the street from the Colosseum itself. Please note that there are two levels to the Colosseum Metro Station, your meeting point is at ground level. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign.

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.
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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
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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
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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
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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!
  • English Language Only
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED?
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 MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Traveler Tips

  • "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
  • "Small group the ideal way to visit the colosseum, trying to visit with 40 plus is not an option." See review


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The perfect rainy day
, Jan 2022
Our guide was a wonderful historian. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with her. She enthusiastically provided a very informative and comprehensive tour of all three areas. It rained off and on throughout the day , but we didn’t care! Thank you Deborah!
Do Not Trust Viator or this tour operator!!!
, Jan 2022
I had a very disappointing experience with both this tour operator and with Viator. I understand there is no refund if you try to cancel in less than 24 hours. However, the day of our tour we needed to get COVID tested in order to return home to the USA the next day and unfortunately the morning of the tour my husband tested positive. We tried to do the honest thing and notify both viator and the tour operator but they said no refund could be given. They said that they had already paid for a guide so those were funds they couldn't return. Which is understandable. But there was no portion of my $232 that could be refunded? I called viatour 3 times and they hung up on me 3 times. I got the impression they were trying to run down the clock up until my tour departed which feels like shady business practices. As for the tour operator, we are in a global pandemic, I cannot possibly be the only person this has happened to and to deny me for even getting a partial refund is unbelievable. Did it really cost you all of my $232 dollars? Not even the non tour guide portion could be refunded? All I can say is that dont book unless you are 100% sure you are healthy because if you test positive the tour operator and Viator do not have the back of you, the customer. ***Just to update, I know that is says that Viator responded, they didn't. What they are referencing was an email they sent after "escalating" my concerns and reconfirming they would do nothing for my husband and I. Just more proof of lack of professionalism and dishonesty because in no way have I been contacted AFTER posting this review. Think twice before booking ladies and gentlemen
, Jan 2022
Such an incredible experience with our guide UTA who had a real passion for history and thorough knowledge. UTA really made this experience special for us, by really personalising the information to suit our interests of Roman history. This is our 2nd time in Rome, and 2nd time doing a tour of the colosseum, however we chose to do small group and underground which is 1000% worth it. To see the colosseum beneath the surface and access exclusive areas was truly breath taking. We also got to explore the Roman forums and Uta took us to different areas we wouldn’t of gone before! We highly recommend this tour, well worth the money, and are so grateful for UTA and her knowledge.
Wonderful tour
, Jan 2022
Amazing experience. Dario runs a great tour and is full of awesome information. He does an incredible job.
Fun and educational!
, Jan 2022
What a great and exceptionally educational experience! Our guide Davide was extremely knowledgeable and made the experience fun and interesting. We learnt so much and got to see some incredible parts of the underground. Would highly recommend this tour for anyone who loves history as there was a story behind everything !
The Colosseum by Liv Tours
, Jan 2022
This tour is offered by Liv Tours and our guide Davide Falasca was knowledgeable an funny. He delivered a fun and educational experience. We traveled with our children 12 and 14 years of age and he engaged them by asking questions, showing pictures and using his phone to explain the history of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Choosing a small tour provides a more intimate experience of the Colosseum. The tour can also be offered by Davide in Spanish and English. I highly recommend Liv Tours in Rome!!!
Best Tour Guide Ever!!
, Jan 2022
Amazing experience with an amazing tour guide!! The small group setting allowed the opportunity for any and all questions, which the tour guide provided fantastic answers for. I will always think back on this memory fondly. Highly recommended!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
What an amazing...
, Jan 2022
What an amazing experience and Barbara truly was a fantastic tour guide!! The entire family would highly recommend LivTours, they brought the Colosseum, Palentine Hill and the Roman Forum to life!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jan 2022
Very friendly, charming knowledgeable guide. We had an amazing time. Tour was on time, moved efficiently through ticket checks and various bag checks. Very easy and spent no time in line because we had a tour guide. We’ll worth booking, you will not be disappointed.
Laura was very...
, Dec 2021
Laura was very knowledgeable and did a fabulous job with our children. We learned so much about the Sistine Chapel!

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