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VIP Colosseum Tour: Underground, Arena, and Roman Forum

VIP Colosseum Tour: Underground, Arena, and Roman Forum

From US$ 112.07 per person

Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators of ancient Rome on this small group tour that takes you to areas of the Colosseum usually closed to visitors. Learn what life was really like behind the scenes at the most famous gladiator arena in the world.

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  • Step back in time and tour the tunnels of the Colosseum Underground
  • Hear about the fascinating history behind the iconic amphitheater
  • See the birthplace of Rome at the Palatine Hill and the learn about the growth of an empire at the Roman Forum
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Since it's re-opening, the Colosseum’s underground area has become the sight to see in Rome. This domain of gladiators and animals is a part of your 3.5-hour VIP tour that’s truly away from the tourist crowds. During the special access sections of the tour, you’ll be accompanied by a guard who will open gates to grant you and a maximum of 23 other guests (2 groups are combined when visiting these sections) exclusive entrance access to the underground and arena floor. With your expert guide you’ll also have a full tour of the regular access areas of the Colosseum, including the first and second levels. Then it’s on to the Roman Forum where you’ll hear about the political history of ancient Rome. Julius Caesar once led his triumphant armies on parade here, and it was also here that successive emperors plotted the growth of Rome.  For those with an interest in history, the Palatine Hill is an unexpected highlight. Vastly underrated, the hill is a much quieter place, where your guide will point out the ruins of the world’s first palaces. With small groups having a maximum of 12 participants, and archaeologists as tour guides, your tour is sure to be an a fascinating opportunity to explore Roman history.

  • Expert local tour guide throughout
  • Special VIP access to the Colosseum
  • Privileged express entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfers
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet opposite the entrance to Oppio Caffè (via delle Terme di Tito, 72) by the gate to the park. The park entrance is located on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. If you’re arriving by metro, please note that there are 2 entrances/exits for the metro. The gate to the park is located on the street above the metro station. You can take the stairs up either inside the metro station or outside. Once you arrive to street level, face the Colosseum and then walk 150 meters to your left to find the Oppio Caffè and the gate to the park at the corner.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately this tour is unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs, or strollers
  • The Colosseum is subject to occasional closures. The Colosseum administration is usually aware of these and informs the operator the day before a given closure. Please make sure you provide detailed contact information in the event that the operator needs to reach you to reschedule your tour
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Mind blowing way to see the colosseum

This was a great way to spend my 50th birthday , Guido our guide brought Ancient Rome to life , the undoubted highlight being walking out onto the colosseum floor following the footsteps of the slaves and gladiators of 2000 years ago , the hairs were literally standing up on the back of my neck !

March 14, 2016

Our guide was very motivated and well-informed. We enjoyed it very much!

August 2, 2021

Great experience

I didn't not expect so much information. It was simply great! Our guide Rose was really charming and I was impressed with all the knowledge she has!

March 16, 2016

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