Follow the Footsteps of the Gladiators and don’t just visit the Colosseum, delve beneath its surface on our Colosseum Underground Tour! We start our enhanced tour at the special entrance to the “backstage” of the Colosseum. You’ll descend into the Underground section where your expert guide will show you it’s inner workings. Next, you will venture out on to a partial reconstruction of the Arena Floor. Here, you’ll be able to understand the magnitude of the amphitheater from where gladiators faced their foes. Then, climb to the second tier* to see what it was like to watch the bloody games below.
Wander through the remains of the Republic
You’ll also get Skip-the-Line access to the Roman Forum, the civic center of Ancient Rome. You’ll walk along the Via Sacra with your expert local guide, the same road which legionnaires walked on as they returned home from overseas war. You’ll discover how Roman politics was a pressure cooker of rhetoric, religion and remarkable leaders that often led to assassinations and riots.
Discover the violent foundation of the City
We'll also stroll up the Palatine Hill to discover the story of the founders of Rome and how their violent conflict would resonate throughout its history. Explore the palace ruins of Rome's powerful and paranoid emperors and take in the views that surround you at every turn.
Listen as your expert guides reveal the real Rome
In just under four hours, we’ll introduce you to the inner workings of the Colosseum where the Roman virtues of strength and honor were demonstrated by gladiators. You’ll discover the legend behind the birth of Rome and how it rose to become the world’s greatest superpower due to a combination of superior organization and aggressive combat.
*Please note that at times our access to the Colosseum Underground will also include access to the Belvedere (3rd, 4th, and 5th levels) which is usually not open to the public. This breath-taking platform at the top of the Colosseum offers some truly stunning views over the surrounding monuments! So that you can fully enjoy this birds-eye view, your guide will spend more time inside the Colosseum and a little less time in the Forum and Palatine Hill. This rare access is given at no extra cost to you.