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VIP Colosseum Underground Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.

5 hours plus a short break

Max 24 people

Visit the underground level of the Colosseum and marvel at the incredible infrastructure below the arena. With our guide, you will discover who the Gladiators were and how they fought, how the crowds cheered them on and why the games were so popular during the Roman Empire. Stroll around its spellbinding architecture which miraculously took just 10 years to construct. Walk on the arena (which in latin means sand and originally covered the stage) above the Colosseum Underground to experience the drama of the gladiators. Enjoy the best perspective of the Colosseum from the Arena floor. Learn about Roman culture, the plot against Julius Caesar and the temple dedicated to his deification in front of the piazza where Mark Antony gave his speech against his murders. Walk deep inside the Roman Forum, political heart of Ancient Rome. Explore the Senate and temples while learning about the lives of famous emperors. Let us guide you to the Palatine Hill amidst the imposing buildings of the Emperors. Enjoy breath-taking views.

Tour includes

  • Tickets with reservations to avoid the lines
  • Undergrounds of the Colosseum included
  • Headsets for groups larger than 7 people

Highlights

  • The Roman Forum
  • The Arch of Constantine
  • Colosseum Underground (hypogeum)
  • The entrance to the Arena
  • The Arch of Septimius Severus

Hidden gems

  • The Cryptoportico, or long underground tunnel, of Nero
  • The Luxury Villas of the Emperors on the Palatine Hill
  • The Severian Baths with wonderful view in the Circus Maximus
  • The enormous Stadium of Domitian
  • The House of the Vestal Virgins
  • Original mosaic floors of Imperial Rome in the Curia Julia

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Exclusive Access to the Underground tunnels of the Colosseum & the Arena. Explore the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill with experts. Discover the secrets of the gladiators on our group tour of Rome!!

Tour the underground of the Colosseum, discover the secrets of the games 

Join us on this exclusive Rome group 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. 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.

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 your there will be a maximum of 24 visitors led by one of our licensed guide. 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 about the tour on our blog: Going underground at the Colosseum