The Roman Colosseum has fascinated visitors throughout history, evoking images of fierce gladiators, roaring crowds, wild lions and tigers springing from their cages. On this unique tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity to walk in their footsteps as you journey through normally off-limits areas.
The Underground is essentially the "backstage" of the Colosseum, and it’s there you’ll learn how preparations were made for the life and death “games” that played out in the Arena. Your expert guide will lead you through the Underground tunnels while painting a vivid picture of the amphitheater’s inner workings.
Next, take an up-close look at the stage itself as you venture out onto a partial reconstruction of the Arena Floor. Here, you’ll be able to understand the magnitude of the Colosseum from where gladiators once stood.
Then, climb to the second tier to envision yourself as one of the thousands of blood-thirsty fans ready to watch the games below.
Your journey through Ancient Rome will also take you to the Roman Forum, the marketplace that once bustled with life, and the Via Sacra, which was once walked by Caesar's army returning home from war. You’ll learn what day to day life was like for Romans and see the echos of the past in these beautifully preserved ruins.
We'll also step further back in time at the Palatine Hill to discover the birth of Rome. Your guide will tell you the story of Romulus & Remus, the abandoned twin babies who were found here by the she-wolf who raised them. Romulus is often said to be the founder of Rome, after fighting his brother to the death for glory. Explore the ruins of Rome's first palaces and entertainment grounds and take in the incredible views that surround you at every turn.
On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour. Find hours, directions, and more for the Colosseum on this page. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
The Colosseum does not allow any company to conduct private visits to the Underground areas. Therefore, we can only run this tour as a group tour. We limit our groups to no more than 24 people to ensure the tour is special for all our guests.
If you wish to explore the Colosseum on your own after your tour, you should take our Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance and Special Arena Floor Access (with or without Breakfast). This gives you a guided tour of the Colosseum only. After the tour you can choose to either enjoy the skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Roman Forum (our guide would accompany you to enter but the visit is not guided) or stay inside the Colosseum without the guide.
For any other tour however, our tours follow a pattern of visit and you would not be able re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket.
Yes. Our tours run rain or shine.
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