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Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

1. Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

Walk through the back door of the Colosseum and pass straight onto the arena floor through the gate named after Libitina, the goddess of funerals. Tread where dead gladiators and animals were once carried away. Feel the majesty of ancient Rome beneath your feed as you stroll over the steps of those who fought in gladiatorial combat. Enjoy astonishing 360-degree views of the Colosseum. Look up at ruins that were once filled with thousands of spectators. Snap excellent pictures, as a limited amount of visitors can be there for a given amount of time. Explore the general access area which includes the ground floor, the second tier and a balcony with astonishing views over the Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine. Step onto the podium reserved for the most important Romans over the main entrance to the Arena and feel the thrill of the amphitheater. Let your guide paint you a picture of the past with engaging stories and legends.

Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight

2. Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight

Exclusivity, privacy, and entertainment are the words that perfectly describe the experience provided by this tour. You will skip the daily long lines to enter the Colosseum and get an immediate VIP experience. Meet at our office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, just around the corner from Caffe Roma (above the Colosseum metro station). Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators and explore the Colosseum restricted areas of the Underground and the arena. Enter through the back door to get stunning views of the underground area. Head below ground to explore the subterranean chambers and hear stories about the fierce battles between the gladiators and wild animals. Marvel as the past is brought to life through stories of ferocious games. and see where the emperor sat above the arena floor as you take a tour of the circumference.

Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

3. Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

Discover the Colosseum in the serenity of night with a guided tour. Enjoy access to the main areas of the structure, as well as exclusive access to the underground dungeons and arena floor under the moonlight, where fierce gladiator battles once took place. Upon arrival at the Colosseum in the evening, meet your guide who will escort you on your exclusive journey. Away from the usual crowds of the day, enjoy the opportunity to admire the Colosseum in a more intimate and engaging way, as you first discover the grandstands. Then, you will enter one of the restrictive areas of the monument, the underground. Discover a network of tunnels where lions, tigers, and other fearsome animals were kept. See the remnants of cages, wooden elevators, and gladiator rooms where combatants awaited their frightful fate in the arena. Head up to the arena floor through the archway named "The Gate of Death." Hear thrilling stories from your guide under the eerie moonlight. Admire 360-degree views of the amphitheater as you imagine the sight of thousands of screaming spectators as you stand on a reconstruction of the arena floor.

Colosseum: Fast-Entry Tour with Palatine and Forum Access

4. Colosseum: Fast-Entry Tour with Palatine and Forum Access

Get skip-the-line access on a guided tour of Rome's Colosseum. Get a deeper understanding of the social and historical elements surrounding these sites. After meeting your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, gain first-hand experience of Rome’s gladiatorial past and develop a deeper understanding of how prior civilizations shaped the monument. Begin your experience on the first level and hear about the bloody gladiator battles that once took place there. Next, witness the seating arrangement that symbolized the rigid nature of ancient Roman society. Before the conclusion of the Colosseum tour, experience the second level and enjoy the best views inside and outside the structure. After visiting the Colosseum, your guide or a staff member will take you to the entrance of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill so you can continue to explore these sites on your own.

Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

5. Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one. Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The OMNIA Card includes: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio-guide • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica including multilingual audio-guide app - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Carcer Tullianum / Mamertine Prison (St Peter's Prison) - advanced reservations required (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Vox City Guide app • Open Bus Vatican and Rome / Roma Cristiana The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions (adult tickets only): • Capitoline Museums • Castel Sant'Angelo • The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Borghese Gallery - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps • National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi • National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian • National Gallery in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Musei Capitolini • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis Roma Cristiana Open Bus Tour. This panoramic hop-on hop-off bus tour stops at: 1. Saint Peter's Basilica 2. Piazza Navona 3. Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon 4. Santa Maria in Aracoeli 5. Termini Central Station 6. Santa Maria Maggiore 7. San Giovanni - Holy Stairs 8. Colosseum - Roman Forum 9. Circus Maximus 10. Tiber Island 11. Palazzo Farnese

Rome: Guided Colosseum Night Tour

6. Rome: Guided Colosseum Night Tour

Take a guided tour through the most iconic Roman monument, the Colosseum. Discover ancient history in the fascinating nighttime atmosphere after the crowds have dissipated. Explore the underground tunnels and walk across the arena floor. Meet your tour coordinator outside the Colosseum metro station just a new steps from the monument. After a brief introduction, your guide will accompany you to the skip-the-line entrance, for fast lane access. Begin your tour below ground with a stroll thorugh the tunnels, chambers, and pits. This exclusive section of the Colosseum is restricted to the public and only allows a limited number of visitors each day.  Admire the engineering of the 88 lifts that brought to life Rome’s best spectacle. Walk across the reconstructed arena floor which is restricted to most visitors and stand in the very same spot where the bloody games took place. 

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Walking Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Walking Tour

Follow history's footsteps on a guided walking tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Listen to stories about gladiators and the gruesome games that took place. Learn about the engineering systems of the arena floor and see the arches of 2 grand emperors during your visit. Smell the blood and taste the fear as you step through the Gladiators’ Gate into one of history’s deadliest arenas: the Colosseum. Follow your guide along the arena floor, listening to gladiator tales. Learn about the feats of engineering performed by the ancient Romans. Have exclusive access to the arena floor and observe first-hand the complex systems that made animals seem to appear out of thin air and the conditions where man and beast spent their final hours before becoming part of the show. Then, visit the nearby triumphal arches of emperors Titus and Constantine, two of only three remaining in the city, and stunning witnesses to the growing power of one of history’s greatest empires. Best of all, choose between a private and group tour for your visit so you experience the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill in the exact way you wish.

Rome: Guided Colosseum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

8. Rome: Guided Colosseum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Use a dedicated gate restricted to the general public access to enter the Colosseum. Walk through the Gladiators Gate and right onto the Colosseum, where gladiators fought in ancient times and catch a glimpse of the beautiful Roman amphitheater surrounding you, where 60,000 screaming spectators would watch champions fight their opponents to the death. From here, you can even see the names of Roman nobles carved into some of the seats right atop the Arena Floor. Get your cameras ready, this view makes for the perfect picture. After experiencing the exclusive Arena Floor, climb to the first and second tiers of the Colosseum. See where Rome’s wealthiest citizens sat to watch the gladiator games. Your guide will explain the rules of gladiator matches, as well as how this glorious structure got the name “Colosseum.” After the Guided tour in colosseum, we will provide you the entrance ticket for Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You can use this ticket to visit those site.

Rome: Guided Tour of the Colosseum Underground

9. Rome: Guided Tour of the Colosseum Underground

Enjoy a guided walking tour and skip-the-line entry to the most iconic symbol of Ancient Rome, the Colosseum. Explore the least viewed parts of this monument, including the Underground, Arena Floor, and Roman Forum. Hear the history and stories from your guide and get the full Roman experience. Meet your guide and skip-the-line to the restricted areas of the Colosseum. Step out onto the Arena Floor and hear the legends of the gladiators that once fought for their lives. Gain true perspective of what it might've been like for those that were chosen for this gory game. Walk through the Gate of Death, where defeated gladiators and animals were carried away and learn ancient secrets from the past. Take in panoramic views of the Amphitheatre, with plenty of space to move around and take pictures. Explore the Colosseum Dungeons to find out more about the monument’s bloody history. Imagine walking through the tunnels where animals and slaves were stored, a place where gladiators awaited their frightful fate. Get the full picture of Ancient Rome with a guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Learn of the many historical and civic events that occurred here and how this place decided the fate of Europe for many centuries.

Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

10. Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

This is the ultimate experience at the Colosseum with limited availability and the starting times can vary. After meeting your guide, you will be able to take some beautiful wide-angle and panoramic photos of the Colosseum and the surrounding areas before the tour begins. Being one of the most visited monuments in the world, you will regularly find a long ticket line at the Colosseum. By joining this tour, you will be provided with skip-the-line entrance tickets, so the group can head straight inside and not waste time standing around in the ticket lines.   As you walk inside the Colosseum, you will begin to feel the magnitude of where you are. This tour will also give you access to the Colosseum arena with a beautiful view over the underground level. Visit the underground chambers and hear stories of the gladiators and wild animals that were kept there. Exploring the ground floor level and up to the second tier, your guide will recreate the past with stories of epic battles, painting a vivid picture and bringing your surroundings to life. Learn about the types of games and ferocious battles that the Romans enjoyed most. See where the emperor would be perched, high above the arena floor, ready to decide the fate of another gladiator as he stood before a roaring Roman crowd. Along with providing you with expert knowledge, your guide will also point out the best places to capture that perfect picture during your tour, as you tour the circumference of the Colosseum.

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What people are saying about Colosseum Underground

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 6,603 reviews

Fantastic, very easy to give the office. Your guy was informative and kept all our attention. Just note that this tour has access to the arena but not underneath. Recommend this tour. Thanks so much

I live that it was at 8pm as we went on summer. The only bad thing is that I bought the Spanish tour and when we got there it was in english. Other than that it was a great.

It was just 8 of us and it was easy to find the location and guide. The guide was super knowledgeable and did her best to keep us in shaded areas on a very hot day.

Great to experience the Colosseum without all of the crowds (and the heat) of the day. Definitely recommend this experience!

A fantastic tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!