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Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor Access Guided Tour & Roman Forum

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Get a unique gladiator’s-eye view of Rome’s iconic Colosseum, in a Skip-the-Line tour that delves backstage into areas that are normally off-limits to the public. Explore the Underground, where gladiators prepared themselves for battle, and walk in their footsteps on a partially reconstructed arena stage. All this, plus the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum: all the most significant surviving remnants of Ancient Rome, in one fascinating tour.
You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • 1
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Palatine Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Roman Forum
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • Gain full access to Rome’s Colosseum, including areas typically off-limits
  • Avoid waits of up to three hours with a skip-the-line ticket
  • Explore the underground gladiator and animal chambers
  • Stand on the arena floor and gain insight with a guide
  • Enjoy the view from the 3rd tier (when option is selected)
What to Expect
After booking your desired departure time, meet your guide outside the Colosseum and bypass long ticket lines often in excess of two hours. Once inside, you'll explore the Colosseum’s subterranean chambers and pits. These are typically off-limits and only accessible to a select number of visitors daily, so this tour lets you view more than most people get to see. As you explore, hear about the gladiators and wild animals that waited here before fights, and then ascend to the arena floor. While most visitors are only allowed around the perimeter, you will stand on the remaining floor, where you can see the underground chambers. Afterward, walk to the nearby Roman Forum, once the city’s political hub. Enjoy views of the ruins before climbing Palatine Hill, the residential area of ancient Rome’s elites, and gaze down at the Circus Maximus chariot circuit. Your tour concludes on the Via Sacra, ancient Rome’s principal thoroughfare. Please note: The order of sites visited may be reversed during your tour.
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Departure Point
1: Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
2: Trajan's Column, Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
3h 30m
Return Details
1: Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
2: Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • 3rd Tier of the Colosseum (when option selected)
  • Access to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (No guided)
  • Dedicated audio headsets so you don't miss a thing
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
  • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid document with you on tour. Passengers who fail to provide a valid proof of identity will be denied entry.
  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • From April 1st the duration of the tour will be 2hrs
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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I'm not normally into group tours but I loved this tour. The group size was small enough, at its max before it becomes too crowded. The tour guide was so nice, funny and knowledgeable. She had a book with pictures of "before" and spent time explaining each site and its
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Very interesting tour, full of facts and information. It is very intensive and lasted longer than anticipated as the guide was very knowledgeable and was asked quite a few questions so you needed to be able to walk and stand for at least three hours.
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This trip is very well organised and full of amazing facts and views. Our guide Sev was a well of knowledge and made the tour both interesting and fun 100 % recommend this tour
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First and foremost thank you Sev who was an absolute legend of a tour guide!! He was epic, funny, charismatic and had encyclopaedic knowledge!! The tour was run by City Wonders and it was very easy to find the starting point, they ran to time and absolute value for money. We did
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We are so pleased we booked the full experience. It was absolutely brilliant our tour guide Eleanor was really nice and approachable. Overflowing with knowledge. She was an archeoligist. We got headphones and a tour guide device to hear her clearly as it was busy but Eleanor
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By: City Wonders
Fantastic tour. Very informative tour guide!
Our tour guide was so amazing and funny. JOHN went above and beyond by not only describing the tour sites, but
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Lauren R
Well exceeded expectations!
We had our tour today with Eddy of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palentine Hill. Eddy was fantastic! His
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Michael G
What a Tour!
Excellent and informative tour of the Flavian Amphitheater, Forum and Palentine Hill. This was my third trip the
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Karen C
Puerto Rico
Tour guide was the bomb.com!!
Straight up - our tour wouldn’t have been the same if Tatiana wasn’t our tour guide. She made it what it was. Yes
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Karen C
Puerto Rico
Wow just wow!
It was so worth it, pretty hard to beat our experience. We went on a Wednesday, it wasn’t crowded and we got
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Bengaluru, India
worth it
The trip was well worth it. With a limited time we had in rome, it helped a lot skipping the long queues and gave
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sharon p
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Absolutely brilliant tour, The Vatican is amazing. Our tour guide Sara was absolutely lovely, so friendly and
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Dan H
Vatican tour
Really happy with our booking for the city wonders. They managed to go through and give a good general guide with
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Tour of a Lifetime
I had so much fun with this tour. I’ve always dreamed of seeing the Vatican for my entire life, and being able to
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Odenton, Maryland
Absolutely amazing tour
Because of season Vesuvius was replaced with Naples, which only made this trip more interesting. We had amazing
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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