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Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor Access & Roman Forum Guided Tour

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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.
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  • 1
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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    Palatine Hill
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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    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
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, 00184 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
2: Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Wow! What a fantastic tour! Ettore was our guide for the morning, he was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful (once the tour was finished, he stuck around to help us all with directions and restaurant recommendations) and explained things so well, it brought the history to life
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We enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide Nic was informative with great stories to share.really liked the Roman Forum and Paletine hill parts. Coloseum also interesting however as we were a small group we had to change guides, the guide provided by the Coloseum while being fine,
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Amil was a Spanish lady who was our guide in Colloseum, Forum and Palatine. She was well versed and savy. She made a fine connection with us, was kind, professional and considerate.
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Absolutely fantastic day! Beautiful weather also, unfortunately the stage was dangerous due to ice in the morning so we weren't allowed access but we did get to go on the top level to ourselves which was an absolute fabulous experience. Absolutely wonderful experience. My tour
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We had the most wonderful guide who was an Archeologist - Elizabeth. She made this trip so very special. So much personal knowledge gained over the years working in this area. She absolutely loved her work and we appreciated her sharing her knowledge. We learnt so much. As a
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Sydney, Australia
Pombei wonder
Anna is very informative. The local guide in Pombei is very knowledgeable and funny too! I enjoyed the day!
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Lucy G
Worth every penny!
Wow! What a fantastic tour! Ettore was our guide for the morning, he was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful
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New York City, New York
Worth the cost
Driving up to the Vatican you can see the long lines. Taking this tour you go straight in. The guide (sorry I
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Reno, Nevada
Interesting view of Roman History
Our guide Divan was friendly and engaging. I would absolutely love to do another tour with him. He was comical,
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Surprise highlight of our holiday
This tour ended up being a real highlight. All 3 stops were fascinating and were brought to life by our superb
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Coloseum and Roman Forum
We enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide Nic was informative with great stories to share.really liked the Roman Forum
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JianYang C
Best colosseum and Roman forum guided tour with Elizabetha
We had the tour today with Elizabetha (apologies if I’ve misspelt her name). It was a cold morning for the
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London, United Kingdom
Highly recommended
Definitely worth doing to get the best out of the experience. Our tour guide Christian made it all the more
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London, United Kingdom
Fast track into Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
Well organised and worth it for fast entry. Tour guide Paola was excellent and knowledgeable as well as fun. 3
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Savannah, Georgia
Absolutely necessary
We chose to do the early morning Vatican tour. We were literally the first into Vatican City and ate breakfast on
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Newport News, Virginia
The Vatican is a must see. It was absolutely amazing. My favorite was all the sculptures and of course the Sistine
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Dee A
Colosseum tour
We joined a 3 hour guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman forum and Pallatine Hill. We had earphones so we could hear
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Highly recommend
i highly recommend this tour. It was a wonderful experience and We learned and saw many things. Alberto was a
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Lowell, Massachusetts
Great tour of the Vatican
Great tour our guide Christian was extremely knowledgeable. He gave us a great lecture before going to the
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Long day but worth it
You go on this trip because you want to see Pompeii so the early start and long journey are the price you pay.
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