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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
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Overview

See the secrets of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum on this small-group. With your knowledgeable guide, skip the long entrance lines at each attraction. Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day and discover Palatine Hill and the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
  • Guided tour of the Colosseum and the highlights of ancient Rome
  • Skip the lines with priority entry to the Colosseum
  • Stroll up Palatine Hill and see where Rome’s wealthiest inhabitants once lived
  • Small-group tour limited to six people provides a more personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide

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Walk on almost 2,000-year-old original floors, with special access to ancient tunnels and secret chambers.
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Tour in a Safe and Small Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED!
Climb down inside the Underground and walk onto the Arena of the Colosseum
Enjoy a friendly and professional Local Expert Guide
Skip the long lines!
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Piazza del Colosseo, 21 , Piazza del Colosseo, 21, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

In front of the SOS sign outside of the Colosseum's Metro Station's MAIN ENTRANCE, ground floor, right across the street from the Colosseum itself. Please note that there are two levels to the Colosseum Metro Station, your meeting point is at ground level. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign.

This activity will end right where it started.
After meeting your guide at the Colosseum Metro Station, head out to explore some of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Cruise past the entrance queues with your skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to waste no time inside these Roman icons.

At the Colosseum, start your tour on the underground level, which is only open to a limited number of visitors each day. Walk through the maze of subterranean chambers to see where fierce animals were once caged, and listen to stories from your guide about the gruesome gladiator battles. Then walk up to the arena level, and follow your guide into the area where the battles were fought, instead of tracing the edge, as most visitors do. Tread lightly over pieces of the original floor as you look below through the gaps.

Next, head down into the Roman Forum, following your guide around the ruins that once made up the city’s political and commercial heart. Hear about structures like the Arch of Titus and the Senate, where you have the chance to stay longer if you wish.

Walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Wander through pine trees while learning from your guide about ancient Rome’s origins, and see where the wealthiest Romans used to live.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
In this awe-inspiring tour you will explore the incredible underbelly of the colosseum, navigating through and exploring its cells, elaborate elevator systems and underground water conduits! Then, walk onto the Arena and see the Colosseum from the same perspective as the gladiators themselves! Imagine hearing the roar of the giant crowds that the gladiators heard as they prepared for battle and learn all about the various types of festivities and games the roman enjoyed! Finally, climb up the first tier and gasp at picture perfect views of this incredible amphitheater. This tour grants exclusive access to the must see restricted areas of the underground and arena, so be sure not to miss out and book in advance!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Explore the incredible ruins of the vast valley of the Roman Forum, the social, commercial and political centre of Ancient Rome! See the beautiful remains of the Imperial Villas on the Palatine Hill, and enjoy the gorgeous views of the valley of the Roman Forum from the top. Then, climb down to walk on the very streets the Roman used, seeing highlights such as the temple to the Vestal Virgins, the Basilica di Massenzio, the Roman Senate, and the memorial to Julius Caesar, amongst many more.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Inclusive in your exploration of the Roman Forum, is a wonderful climb up the wonders of the Palatine Hill. Here you will marvel at some of the most grandiose imperial villas the romans ever built, and learn all about how to emperors lived in their gigantic palaces.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult
  • Proof-of-age for teenagers under 18 years is required
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only small bags are allowed. Glass bottles and containers are also not allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum
  • Due to extreme weather conditions, the Colosseum Administration may limit access to some or all of the restricted areas (Colosseum, Arena Level and Third Tier), to ensure security of its visitors. No refund will be granted on these rare occasions
  • UNDERGROUND AND ARENA: The access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum (Underground and Arena) may be shared among other participants in the our exclusive entry slot. At times, for safety reasons, logistics and traffic control, the group may be led by one guide. This choice is at the complete discretion of the Colosseum's administration and security policy of that day in accordance to adequate safety measures. Please be aware that this is only for 30/40 minutes of the total duration of the tour. Our max 6 people policy is guaranteed for the remainder of the duration of the tour.
  • GENERAL ENTRY:Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors. Please be on time!
  • English Language Only
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Be prepared for a lot of walking and hills as the Ancient Rome part of this tour is all uphill - not for those who have a difficult time with stairs." See review
  • "There is an elevator at the Colosseum should you have issues with stairs, However, Palantine Hill is a LOT of stairs, probably about 8 flights up a hill." See review
  • "Small group the ideal way to visit the colosseum, trying to visit with 40 plus is not an option." See review

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star-5
Excellent and exclusive
Gaelle_D
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour - very exclusive with the underground tour and the small group makes it very friendly
star-5
Well worth it.
Robert_A
, Jun 2022
Going to the underground section was well worth it. Our guide Patricia was fantastic. The colosseum is huge and now you have access to just about the whole thing. Don’t miss the underground section.
star-5
Great tour
Michael_G
, Jun 2022
Barbara was amazing. The tour was great and having such a knowledgeable guide made it a special experience.
star-5
Wonderful Tour!
Susie_E
, Jun 2022
Everything was fantastic! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Bypassing the crazy crowds was the best!
star-5
Azzurra is the best
Anita_P
, Jun 2022
Azzurra was so enthusiastic and informative. She brought the story of the Colosseum to life. Outstanding experience
star-5
The tour of the...
Michelle_S
, Jun 2022
The tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Forum was amazing! Our guide was so knowledgable and entertaining! I would highly recommend Viator when planning a vacation.
star-5
Excellent tour
Gail_W
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour, the guide really knew his stuff. He was so knowledgeable and he was able to answer all the questions given. I absolutely loved going under ground and seeing where the animals were caged. I would definitely recommend the VIP trip, it’s well worth the extra
star-5
Amazing experience !
Richard_H
, Jun 2022
Our guide was friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, and accommodating. I highly recommend this tour to couples, friends, and families!
star-5
Very special experience
emparrish7
, Jun 2022
Very cool! The underground is so amazing and plus a full Paletine hill experience. Our guide was great. Highly recommend!
star-5
Excellent tour!
Shelli_P
, Jun 2022
Had a lovely tour! Gia was amazing and very knowledgeable about all things on our tour. She took her time to answer all questions and educate everyone on what they were seeing. Thank you!
star-5
Brilliant tour a must see tour.
Sharon_M
, Jun 2022
Must do while in rome. Brilliant tour. Excellent guide very interesting facts. Would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Best tour!
Avery_D
, Jun 2022
Loved seeing the underground area and walking where the gladiators walked! Our tour guide was entertaining, it super informative! Best tour we took in Italy
star-5
Colosseum underground and Ancient Rome
Steven_A
, Jun 2022
Very informative and passionate about the Roman history. Very willing to answer all our questions, no matter how crazy they were. Small group was a perfect size
star-5
Worth it!
VictoriaSitters
, Jun 2022
Our guide was amazing! Super knowledgeable and fun. Not too bad of a hike but there is plenty of walking. Would book it again for sure.
star-5
Roman Coliseum
Rose_V
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and sweet! Great experience . ❤️ We highly recommend it! She had the presence of mind to help my husband find an elevator due to his inability to walk without a cane.
star-5
Colosseum & underground Tour
Dwight_K
, Jun 2022
Throughly enjoyed our Colosseum Tour with Paola as our guide. Very informative with a relaxed informal manner. Recommend the small group of 5 or 6 as it was easy to listen to her comments and follow along ! Thanks again !
star-5
Something you have to do in Rome
Gerald_w
, Jun 2022
Valentina was great. If you go to Rome you need to visit the Colosseum. It is incredible to imagine what went into building it. To see the underground areas and all the information about it was priceless.
star-5
Very informative
Rachael_S
, Jun 2022
Excellent trip with an amazing host who was enthusiastic and really knew her stuff! Loved understanding how the Colosseum operated below! Only downside was 3 hours with no proper break/sit down was too much for me and struggled towards the end. This wasn't the guides fault as is advertised as 3 hours. I'm just mentioning as if you get too hot or aching legs, I'd do a shorter one!
star-5
Great tour!
ShelleyB
, Jun 2022
Extremely knowledgeable guide—Paolo—who brought the history to life. I learned so many new things. Even though it was an incredibly hot day, I didn’t want to miss any of the tour.
star-5
Exceptional tour guide. Best we have had in Europe!!
Sallie_F
, Jun 2022
Imagine a hot day, a large colosseum , and 2000 years of history. Oh, and the Roman Forum too. We had a fantastic small group experience with DARIO. He was incredibly knowledgeable, fielded dozens of questions, and kept us all entrances. Our group was age 9 -72. And we all loved the tour. Ask for Dario as guide. He knew how to make the history and the place come alive. We so enjoyed him. He was a lovely combination of wise, well paced, and ready to make the history come alive. Great tour. Exceptional guide. Thank you livtours!!!

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