Follow the Footsteps of the Gladiators and don’t just visit the Colosseum, delve beneath its surface on our Semi-Private 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 its inner workings, and give you the chance to step back in time and feel what the Gladiators felt as they awaited their fate. This is the space where they would wait to go out to battle, and is also the area where the many animals used by the Roman Empire were held. Tigers, elephants and more were fought by Gladiators and other animals at the Colosseum during its day. 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. Finally, you will walk around the tiers where the spectators were watching the bloody battles that once took place in the Colosseum. Here, you’ll be able to understand the magnitude of the amphitheater from where gladiators faced their foes - especially as you’ll have just been standing in their footsteps…
Wander through the remains of the Republic
With our Colosseum underground tour tickets you’ll also get Skip-the-Line access to the Roman Forum, the civic center of Ancient Rome. You’ll walk, together with your expert English speaking guide, along the Via Sacra, 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
You'll also be able to admire the Palatine Hill and hear 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 three 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.