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Tour the underground of the Colosseum, discover the secrets of the games
Join us on this exclusive Rome tour in the fascinating underground tunnels of the Colosseum and the Arena. 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, with their rituals of violence, were conceived as an Imperial propaganda to unify the incredibly diverse population, languages, and cultures that made up the Roman Empire.
You will discover this fascinating history with great guides - mostly archaeologists - in groups limited to 8 people. You’ll have the opportunity to talk to your guide, ask questions, and have a great view of the monument, so you can take brilliant photos.
Re-live an entire day's entertainment on our Colosseum tour
Our expert guide will teach you all about the various stages of entertainment. You’ll learn about 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. You will be able to walk on the arena floor, in the spaces where the gladiators once fought; this part of the Colosseum is not open to the general public.
Discover who the gladiators were
On our Ancient Rome group tour the guide will take you into the world of the gladiators, showing the manner of combat, the weapons, and the origins of these men coming 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, which were equipped with a small arena such as the Ludus Magnus near the Colosseum.
Admire the perfection of the Colosseum from its Third Tier
It is only from this height 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 was built over ten years on a site which was previously part of Nero's Golden House, the Domus Aurea. From the Third Tier on our Colosseum group tour you get the most spectacular and unexpected views of Rome from the heart of the city.
Uncover the daily life and the political struggles of ancient Rome on our Roman Forum
This great valley was the political heart of ancient Rome. Here we will retrace the daily life and politics of the 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 explore the additions and excesses 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.
The Underground Colosseum and Third Tier are reserved exclusively for us
During your hour-long tour of the Colosseum Underground you may be joined only by some other small or private groups, up to a maximum of 24 visitors, but each group will have a maximum of 8 people. For a complete overview we suggest for you to also join our in-depth Sistine Chapel Tour and our magical Rome at Twilight among the Piazzas and Fountains.
Read more on our blog: Going underground at the Colosseum
In front of the entrance to the Palatine Hill. You will receive full details, including a map and photo on booking.
This tour takes you inside the Colosseum and through the archaeological sites of Ancient Rome, which contain steps and uneven surfaces. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water.
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!