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Colosseum Underground Tour with Arena Floor and Ancient Rome: VIP Experience

Guided Tour of the Colosseum Underground

Price € 109,00

€ 99,00

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PRICE

€ 109,00 // € 99,00 Special price

GROUP SIZE

Max 24

DURATION

5 hours plus a break

OVERVIEW

Experience the gladiator games to the fullest visiting the underground levels of the Colosseum with its trapdoor and mechanical elevators. Then our tour takes you to walk on the arena (Latin for sand, which originally covered the stage), discovering how the gladiators fought and who they were in the place were the drama unfolded. Learn about their role in Ancient Rome as you explore the seats of power in the Roman Forum and the palaces of the elite on the Palatine Hill. 

Relive the cheers of the crowd and see the imperial box where emperors attended the games. Witness the exotic landscapes and never-before-seen animals that recreated the recently conquered provinces of the Empire for the audience, understanding why the combats were so popular.

Wander through the spellbinding architecture of the Colosseum (at the time called Flavian Amphitheater) which was amazingly built in just 10 years. Learn about the ancient Roman culture and the plot against Julius Caesar in front of the temple dedicated to his divine cult, opposite to the where Mark Antony gave his speech against his murderers. Walk deep into the Roman Forum, the political heart of Ancient Rome, exploring the Senate and other majestic temples. Learn about the lives of famous emperors, as your guide will take you to the Palatine Hill, where you will explore the imposing buildings of the Emperors. Your tour also includes the awesome Renaissance Farnese Gardens and its Aviaries reopened in March 2018.

This special Colosseum Tour offers breath-taking views not to be missed. Don't forget your camera!

 

When in Rome don't miss our tour of the Colosseum's underground tunnels and the arena floor!

Marvel at ancient stage machinery capable of amazing special effects, mechanical elevators centuries ahead of their time, trapdoors, and an incredibly complex system of underground tunnels below the arena that made the Colosseum's spectacles possible. These were amongst the ingenious inventions that we will see on our walking tour which helped ensure the incredible popularity of the games. Along with our expert guides, learn how the gladiator games unfolded and how their rituals of violence were conceived as Imperial propaganda to unify the incredibly diverse populations, languages, and cultures of the Roman Empire.

Interact directly with your guide, for this tour mostly archaeologists, ready to answer all of your questions about the amazing ancient ruins you will visit and taking you to most spectacular viewpoints for best photos.

Re-live an entire day's entertainment on our Colosseum tour

Learn about the stages of the games, the processions and the salutes, and the battles between ferocious beasts and gladiators made spectacular by the surprise entrance of animals into the arena through secret trap-doors. You’ll be amazed by stories of the fight to the death between gladiators amidst the cheers of a delirious crowd, and the capricious decisions of the audience or of the emperor to save or condemn a defeated gladiator according to their whim. Walk on the arena floor, not usually open to the public and reserved specially for you on this tour. Gaze up from the viewpoint of the gladiators as they breathed their last.

Enter into the private life of the gladiators

Our tour of Ancient Rome will take you into the daily lives of the gladiators, showcasing the manner of their combats, their weapons, and the origins of these men who often came from the remote provinces of the empire. The success of the games was ensured by the multi-ethnic society of the time. On our Colosseum Tour you will also learn about their daily training, which took place in the barracks where the gladiators lived, equipped with a small arena as you will see at the Ludus Magnus, one of their living quarters near the Colosseum.

Admire the perfection of the Colosseum from its Upper Ring

It is only from above that we can fully appreciate the imposing magnitude of this remarkable edifice. From here, all its arcades and marbles are laid out before us; its dramatic spaces reveal a colossal feat of engineering. The Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater) was built over ten years on a site which was previously part of Nero's Golden House, the Domus Aurea - which you can now also explore on our special Domus Aurea tour! Visiting the Coliseum from an upper level you will enjoy panoramic views of its spectacular architecture.

Uncover the daily life and the political struggles of ancient Rome on our Roman Forum tour

This great valley was the political heart of ancient Rome. Here we will retrace the daily life and politics of the ancient Romans, beginning at the Senate, where the most memorable debates of the Roman Republic took place. You will enter the rooms and the stunningly beautiful garden of the House of the Vestal Virgins. On our group tour of the Roman Forum you will discover who they were, gaze upon their marble portraits that still survive today, and learn of the cruel destiny that sometimes awaited them. In the Basilicas of Julia and Maxentius, seats of the courthouses, our guide will bring you into the spaces of the great public trials during the time of Cicero and Caesar. At the temples of Saturn, Castor and Pollux, and Antoninus and Faustina, we will meet the Roman gods and explore the enigma of a Christian church built into the structure of a pagan temple. The innovations of Roman engineers will amaze you on the Via Sacra, still marked today with the wheel-ruts of carriages that passed over it for centuries. Meanwhile, the film-strips of antiquity carved into the marble of the Arch of Titus and Arch of Septimius Severus, tell of the great conquests of Imperial Rome. At the site where it happened, we will re-live timeless events such as the funeral of Julius Caesar near the Temple of Caesar and the decapitation of Cicero in the central square. Finally, we will explain the political rise of Augustus, who ended the Roman Republic and founded an empire.

Explore the luxurious villas of the emperors on our Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is still for the most part excluded from the itineraries of other tour companies. Wonderfully preserved even today, it's a shame to neglect this beautiful part of the ancient city, a place that for centuries hosted the exclusive residences of the Roman aristocracy, until the emperors appropriated it to construct their colossal villas. Why was it such a desirable spot? Simple. The views from here down into the Forum, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, and indeed the entire city are unmatched. Our group tour will start with the origins of Rome, near the Huts of Romulus from the 8th century BC, which were later moved to the House of Augustus for obvious political reasons. We will take you to see the majestic architectures of the Imperial residences, with their gigantic colonnades. Amongst them the House of Augustus, the Flavian Palace, the Severian baths and the great Stadium. You will uncover original furnishings fashioned from precious marbles and statues in the Palatine Museum, and retrace the lives of the most famous and extravagant emperors who ruled here, men such as Nero and Domitian.

Our guided visit includes also the Aviaries and the Farnese Gardens (Orti Farnesiani), reopened in March 2018. The main Farnese Palace, a hidden gem in itself, was constructed on top of the ancient imperial palaces in one of the most spectacular corners of the Palatine Hill, with a series of stepped terraces going down to the Roman Forum.

The Underground Colosseum is reserved exclusively for us.

During your hour-long Colosseum Underground Tour you will be in a group of a maximum of 24 visitors.

For a complete overview of Rome's magnificent cultural heritage, why not also join our in-depth Sistine Chapel Tour and our magical Rome at Twilight tour, which delves into the characteristic streets of the city's historic centre?

 

  • Special access to the Underground and Arena Floor areas of the Colosseum.
  • Maximum group size of 24 people or fewer.
  • Ticket and reservation fees with preferential access so you don't wait in line.
  • Expert, fluent English-speaking guides who know and love the Ancient City.
  • Headsets for groups of six or more people, so you can always hear your guide.

Classic sights included in our itinerary:

  • Entrance to the Arena Floor
  • Colosseum Underground (also called Hypogeum from the Latin language)
  • Via Sacra
  • Roman Forum
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Palatine Hill

Overlooked sights included in our itinerary:

  • Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
  • Domitian Stadium
  • House and Garden of the Vestal Virgins
  • Basilica of Maxentius

In front of the entrance to the Palatine Hill. You will receive full details, including a map and photo on booking.

This is a walking tour, taking you inside the Colosseum and through the archaeological sites of Ancient Rome. There are a lot of steps and uneven surfaces. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Being a group tour everybody will move in a certain pace together, if you have limited mobility, please contact us before booking.

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Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for Rome's inspiring cultural heritage. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!

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