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Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground

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Many tourists visit the Colosseum, but few see the monument’s underground chambers. Get an in-depth look of one of the New7Wonders of the World on this Rome sightseeing tour. Descend to chambers used to keep gladiators and wild animals after a whistle-stop tour of Rome highlights including Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, and Via Sacra. Plus, you’ll receive personalized attention in a small group limited to 12 people.
  • Get an alternative sightseeing experience on an underground Colosseum tour
  • Save time by hitting various top Rome attractions
  • A great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves 
  • Beat the crowds with an early morning departure time 
  • Ask plenty of questions in a small group limited to 12 people
What to Expect
Your tour begins on a sightseeing tour of Rome highlights. Enjoy panoramic views from the Roman Forum; stroll down Via Sacra; and discover the history behind the Arch of Septimius Severus, Palatine Hill, and many other fascinating sights Next, head straight inside the Colosseum with your pre-booked admission ticket and descend to the underground chambers formerly used to keep wild animals and gladiators captive. Hear commentary from your guide about the site's history, and because your group is limited to 12 people, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Your informative tour concludes back in front of the Colosseum.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Full tour from an expert guide
  • Small-group tour of max 12 (max 24 in the Colosseum)
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
  • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and return
  • Food and drink
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NB: You must have a valid photo ID to enter the Colosseum (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work.) You will be asked to also provide your name, last name and date of birth (at the beginning of the tour, if not provided beforehand.) Security may prevent you from entering the site if the information provided is not accurate and/or don't match the one on your ID.
  • Infant price applies with the minimum of one adult
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites and not wheelchair friendly. The terrain is uneven with stairs and uphill paths.
  • Water fountains available on site
  • Wear comfortable shoes; bring hat and sunscreen
  • For security reasons, all visitors and their luggage shall be screened; all objects (including mobile phones) must be put in the bag/backpack or in the tray for X-ray screening
  • Large backpacks, camping bags, bulky bags, and luggage/trolleys are not allowed; medium and small backpacks can be shouldered and must be checked, as any other bag, with metal detectors, opened and visually inspected by security
  • Group size limited to 12 people in the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill. 24 people in the Colosseum
  • Please notice that the Colosseum Administration has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit and offer a partial refund.
  • Please note that sprays are not allowed inside the Colosseum.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Fantastic experience, everything we thought it would be, however pre booked our tour and didn't realise the tour guide did not give us a talking tour... we had to walk around on our own and find out about history ourselves. It did not spoil the experience but do wish we had
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Response from G T, Director of Sales at Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear sally5588, As much as we share your enthousiasm about the Colosseum, your review does cause slight confusion on our behalf. At Roma Experience we only offer guided tours, meaning that a guide explains and accompanies our customers when visiting the Colosseum/Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. So our customers are not left to wander around the monuments by themselves. Would you be able to contact us directly and provide us with your name/surname and which date you participated in our tour? These are not the standards we withhold for our tours, and therefor I would like to look into this matter in more detail.
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Our tour with Elisa was amazing. She is an archeologist and added amazing detailed information to the tour. I highly recommend her and the colosseum tour that includes stepping on the colosseum floor and going underground. Elisa brings it all to life. Well worth the price of
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Response from G T, Director of Sales at Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear zjacques1, Lovely to hear you would recommend our Small Group - Colosseum Undeground Tour to others! Combining the Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum and its limited access areas is the perfect solution for history lovers with limited time to spend in the Eternal City. In approximately 4 hours our knowledgeable guides will make you skip lines and do their best to share the tales and legend of this ancient city. Elisa is one of our much beloved Roma Experience guides, I will be sure to pass on your kind remarks to her!
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We did a 4 hour tour which had only 8 people on it which was great. It was very informative, with our guide obviously passionate about the history of her home city.
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Response from G T, Director of Sales at Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Frizec, Happy to hear you noticed the pros of joining a small-group tour, even smaller than you expected! It allows our customers to be in constant contact with the guide and with their wide knowledge of the Roman art and history. We hope you enjoyed touring with us, and would like to thank you for having used our services.
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The Small Group Tour of the Underground Colosseum and Palatine Hill was excellent. Andrea was so intelligent, articulate, thoughtful, and I am so happy I selected this tour! The instructions were right on, the Entire experience was flawless.
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Response from G T, Director of Sales at Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear DotBur, Thank you very much for having taken the time to share your feedback with us! The Colosseum and Forums by themselves are already unforgettable, but I absolutely agree that a good guide can add so much more to the experience. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to Andrea!
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Valerie was very knowledgeable and entertaining guide of all areas on tour. We enjoyed the experience. Only negative, beyond guides control, was renovation of Colosseum. It seemed to reduce area of underground tour. However, building is still grand and amazing. Groups was only 9
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Response from G T, Director of Sales at Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Karen W, Sounds like luck was on your side traveling in a smaller group dan usual! Our normal Colosseum Underground Tour travels with a max. of 12 people in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and inside of the Colosseum will operate with a max. of 24 people. Currently it is true that the Colosseum is doing some reconstructive maintenance work on the monument to guarantee its historic value in the future. We personally are very thankfull that they have decided to only close parts of the monument, but can imagine from under the arena floor the view upwards is slightly different. Great to hear that regardless of the ongoing maintenance work our guides managed to deliver a quality tour and memorable experience. We would love to cross paths again in the future!
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