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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED

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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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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. 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
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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

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.
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
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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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What is the maximum group size during Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Davide did an excellent...
, Sep 2021
Davide did an excellent job on our tour! Professional, knowledgeable and personable! Great job by Davide!!!
Not to miss
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Davide was great. The undergrounds are impressive. Great experience. If you can, don’t miss it!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Many thanks for your review and high rating of our Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour. We're glad you enjoyed the tour and especially the guide, Davide, and we appreciate your recommendation to future travelers. Thanks again. Angelo and Kristin
Be ready for awesome
, Sep 2021
The history and the access! Loved the smooth flow and small group! Guide was great and answered all our questions!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We're so glad you enjoyed our Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour. Thanks for the compliments regarding our guide, the pace of the tour and our small group policy. All best wishes and thanks again. Angelo and Kristin
Sylvia is the Best
, Sep 2021
Sylvia met us right on time. We ended up doing another tour with her and she is very professional and informative. She really knows her history and I was glad that she was our tour operator. Going below the Colosseum was very exciting and I would recommend this unique experience to anyone travelling to Rome.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We're so pleased to read how much you enjoyed the underneath area of the Colosseum on our special tour as well as how much you enjoyed having Sylvia as your guide. We'll make sure to let Sylvia know about your kind words of praise and we thank you for your nice review. Angelo and Kristin
Ask for Dario!
, Sep 2021
Dario is an excellent tour guide! His English is perfect and he is very passionate about telling the history of Ancient Rome as it truly was. I would recommend this small group to to anyone who either enjoys ancient history and wants to have a personalized experience with a very friendly local Roman tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Many thanks for your enthusiastic review and high rating of our Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour and of our guide, Dario. It's the sign of a great guide, someone who is interesting and entertaining to both ancient history buffs as well as to novice visitors. Thank you for this nice praise. Dario wil be pleased! All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
Access to the underground Colosseum alone makes this tour worth it!
, Sep 2021
One of the best tours we did in Rome. Being able to explore the underground portion of the Colosseum alone makes this worth it. Giulia, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and led us through the Colosseum, the palatine hill and the Forum. Be prepared to deal with the sun and heat as you will be outside for the whole tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Your comments are right on: having access to the underground and other special areas of the Colosseum make this tour really special and unique. Add to that a wonderful guide like Giulia who can make ancient Rome come alive and you've got some great memories to bring home with you. Thank you so much for your great review! Angelo and Kristin
Great Tour of Ancient Rome with Papa Franco!
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Frank (Papa Franco) was exceptional. His knowledge of the Roman Empire, Palatine Hill, The Forum and The Colosseum was incredible. He shared stories, photos and pointed out specific ruins that really enhanced our experience. All our questions were answered. We highly recommend a tour with Frank and Livtours!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you so much for your great review and recommendation of the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour you took with Frank. We'll be sure to let Frank know how much you enjoyed his tour and his efforts to make your experience a memorable one! Thanks again Angelo and Kristin
Loved the small group...
, Sep 2021
Loved the small group tour Disappointed that it was the G20 summit so parts of the forum were not open. Our guide, Rossa, was fantastic and helped bring the past to life in your imagination
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for your great review of the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour you took with Rosa. We're happy to read that, despite the inevidible (and unavoidable) closure of certain areas of the Forum, you still felt that your Ancient Rome experience was an amazing one! Thank you again for your enthusiastic review Angelo and Kristin
Excellent tour with Linda
, Sep 2021
I had no idea what to expect but it was everything I was hoping for. Our tour was a guaranteed small group of no more than 6, and there were only 4 of us. Our guide Linda was so knowledgeable but also very personable and fun. I can’t recommend this tour enough.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Your enthusiastic recommendation of our Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour with Linda as your guide is greatly appreciated. We thank you also for mentioning how much better it is to be in a small group and with a guide who is not just knowledgeable but also very friendly. We're so pleased that you enjoyed. Thanks for writing Angelo and Kristin
Tour was cut short, Tour Operator was inflexible and we didn't get the experience we paid for
, Sep 2021
Half of this tour was a repeat of the Palatine Hill tour we had already received via the Colosseum tour we booked in the morning. Viator should describe them better so we don't pay for duplication. But that wasn't the worst part. The tour guide told us at the beginning that he had been informed the Colosseum was being closed halfway through our tour due to dignitaries from G20 arriving on site. Even with that knowledge, he chose to take us to Palatine Hill first and then the Colosseum, which was being shut down by the authorities as we tried to enter. He did a little begging and we were allowed to practically run through the underground for 10 minutes, but were then promptly whisked out the back exit by site staff. Why didn't he simply reverse the order of the site tours so that we could have seen the underground properly?
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Clint: as simple as: the tickets are timed. It was a miracle we saved your Underground entry. Please, before writing a bad review, think of what the outcome could be and really analyze your reasoning. Thank you. Angelo

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