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Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Tour

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3 hrs 30 mins

With your priority entrance tickets, avoid the long wait and make your way into the world’s largest amphitheater - the Colosseum. Off limits to other visitors, your guide will lead you to explore the underground tunnels and arena floor of the amphitheater. Afterward, roam the path of ancient Romans at the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.

  • With an expert tour guide, venture where few tourists have gone before with this VIP tour that explores closed areas of the Colosseum, including the underground tunnels.
  • Experience the magic of Ancient Rome on a guided tour walking tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Your guaranteed small-group tour of 23 people or fewer ensures a more intimate experience, giving you ample time to engage with your guide.
  • This VIP access tour has limited availability and often sells out weeks in advance - pre-book your spot to secure your place on this exciting privilege access tour.
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Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

The Colosseum is one of Italy’s most popular destinations, attracting over 5 million visitors every year. Believed to have been constructed as a gift from ancient emperors to the Roman people, this grand outdoor amphitheater once served as the epicentre for entertainment, hosting various public spectacles and games. A stage for gladiator fights, often including animals, the Colosseum has quite the bloody past. Step back in time, marvel at the impressive architecture and walk the floor of the greatest arena known to mankind.

For more tips on how to make the most of your experience, including must-see sites at the Roman Forum, best photo op spots and much more, check out our collection page for Colosseum tours and tickets.

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Your Experience

After meeting your tour guide at the designated meeting point, make your way to the Colosseum and bypass the long entry line with your priority access entry tickets. Hear tales that shock and entertain as your guide leads you to the underground area, off limits to other visitors. Walk the footsteps of gladiators who once awaited their turn to be hoisted onto the floor for their turn to fight. After making your way through the tunnels, head to the arena floor. Walk out onto the stage where the fighting took place years ago and witness the most impressive view of the Colosseum from your VIP vantage point.

Next, venture by foot along the Via Sacrato and walk the ancient path that Romans once used every day as you head into the Roman Forum. Visit the Arch of Constantine, temple of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina. Marvel at the Basilica Julia and Aemilia, and imagine what Rome was once like thousands of years ago. Your guide will bring the sites to life with tales of love, betrayal, and larger-than-life characters (Caesar, Cleopatra & Marc Antony to name a few).

Last but not least, follow your guide to the top of Palatine Hill where you’ll enjoy one of the city’s best vantage points. Here, discover the hill where Rome was originally founded. Legend has it that this is the spot where Remus and Romulus were found by the shewolf. A major battle followed, which was ultimately the deciding factor as to who got to build their town there. Explore ruins of the Flavian Palace and Stadium of Domitian, as well as the legendary Hut of Romulus and discover how Palatine Hill lives on as a major influential archaeological site.

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  • Special VIP access to the Colosseum underground and upper tier
  • Priority express entrance at the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Expert tour guide
  • Headsets
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Know Before You Go

Tour meeting point
Upon booking, you will receive an email with detailed information about your meeting point. Please arrive with a printed copy of your confirmation email.

Tour duration
Your tour begins with the Colosseum and ends at Palatine Hill. It lasts approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Rules and restrictions For safety and security reasons, no large backpacks or pieces of luggage are allowed inside the Colosseum.

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Cancellation Policy

These tickets cannot be cancelled or refunded.

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Rosalie Whittaker
Reviewed in February, 2018

I loved the tour.

Tony McCurry
Reviewed in February, 2018

Arch of Constantine, the temple of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, Basilica Julia and Aemilia all these places are so fascinating to see. I am glad, we took this private tour, there is so much more to see. Plus, our guide was great, he explained everything patiently.

Peggy Holley
Reviewed in January, 2018

The tickets can be slightly expensive, but it is completely worth it. This is a tour that you shouldn’t pass on.

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How to Use Your Ticket
You will receive an email with detailed information about your tour meeting point. Please arrive with a printed copy of your confirmation email.

Your ticket is valid only for the day of your scheduled tour.

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