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Last minute tour

I like to travel like a true nomad and plan everything at the last possible second which makes for trouble :) Lucky for me there was a spot open with Tania’s DoTravel tour and I was able to get a full visit of the colosseum underground and Palatino. Since it’s a smaller company (compared to other popular ones) we had a more personal experience with fewer people. Tania and the group made sure we made it there on time and were able to find the group. We were a bit confused when we first arrived at the meeting point but once we found the team it was an easy walk over to the coliseum entrance with the skip the line pass. We had headphones and a very nice Italian local tour guide. We did have some minor language barriers as our guide had limited English skills as we went through the tour of the coliseum but it wasn’t a huge issue. It took about an hour to get through the coliseum arena and underground... unfortunately the underground was under reconstruction so we didn’t get the full experience. We only saw a small portion of the underground which was underwhelming considering the cost of the tour and the limited tickets. We were running a little bit late to the second half of the tour (Palatino) after lunch and the guide and other tourist were kind enough to wait ten minutes in the heat for us (which our group greatly appreciated!) The second guide, James, gave a great and captivating tour of the Palatino. It was shorter, about 30 minutes or so. Personally, I wish that the coliseum itself had more to see (I was a bit disappointed considering all the hype.... it’s really just a shell of its former self) and that the underground were fully accessible but that is out of the tour guides control... Overall DoTravel did great and I was happy with their service. I would use DoTravel again.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
It was amazing

Excellent service and only 20 min waiting time for the next bus. It has the same issues at the other tour buses as well on the number of bus stops especially near the Vatican city area and stop could be nearer to the sights of interest. However, it is still a better hop on and hop off bus as compared to the rest that I had experienced.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Best tour guide experience of my life!

In short, I had a great day with DoTravel... Yes the above title may sound like a ridiculous exaggeration but the service provided by our tour coordinator and the two guides through the coliseum and the surrounding sites was the best I have experienced. The emphasis on customer care, the breadth of knowledge and experience of the entire team, and their ability to adapt and adjust to challenging situations while still providing a personal touch really made me want to come back to Rome and do a little travel with DoTravel again. Joke aside, I’m already making plans to bring my travel wary parents to Rome and I’ll be signing them up for some more excellent adventures with DoTravel. They are gonna love it! I feel a special mention of our guide coordinator is necessary. Tanya provides the kindest and most professional customer service. Additionally our two tour guides were incredible in their historical and archaeological knowledge base, but most importantly they made the tours fun and personable. James had the group of tourists in stitches with entertaining metaphors to make the history accessible. Also as a student of archaeology I was over joyed by the in depth perspectives of our PhD level guide for the Coliseum. Perhaps I was just in a really good mood on the day of our DoTravel tour. But I must say that of my past three weeks of travel and tours in Europe as well as a past dozens of vacations internationally this was the best tour group I have had the pleasure of working with. Thanks DoTravel.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent

I recommend you to buy fast access tickets and enjoy the amazing view.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent

This tour was different than everything else we did in Italy. The bone chapel is both eerie and fascinating at the same time. The bones are arranged in artful ways, and it was interesting to hear about the Capuchin monks. The catacombs were also very interesting, and it was great to go after hours as we had the place to ourselves. The bus ride out there was also interesting as we passed the forum, Coliseum and Circus Maximus. Be sure to take water, and a snack for the bus would be good.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Excellent tour experience

Excellent tour and tour guide, Piergiorgio! Long, but well worth it!


Colosseum Underground Tour

Deep underneath the legendary Colosseum amphitheater of Ancient Rome, there are mysterious tunnels, passageways, and dungeons. These usually are under restricted access and off-limits to the public. With an exclusive small group or private tour, you can experience all that’s hidden beneath the Colosseum.  

Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators, and stand in the same ring as the wild lions of thousands of years ago when you book a Colosseum Underground Tour.

Enjoy preferred entry to the Roman amphitheater, led by your expert guide who will entertain, inform, and provide interesting commentary and fun facts along the way. There's no better way to explore the underground than with a licensed guide. 

Pass through the Gladiator’s Gate and step into the very same area where vicious bloody battles took place. Discover the place that held caged tigers and lions before releasing them through a trapdoor. Are you tough enough for all the intensity? Book your tickets, get ready for the adventure, and find out if you can handle the thrill!

Highlights Of The Underground

#Rome Underground

Colosseum Underground Tour Tips

Know Before You Go Underground

Quick Facts



Known For

Ancient Ruins

Attraction Type

Colosseum Underground Visit

Yearly Visitors

4 Million

High Season

April - October

Currency Required

European Euro

Time Zone

GMT +2:00

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Highlights Of The Underground

  • Enter through the Gate of Death, and walk around the arena floor like an ancient gladiator ready to fight.
  • Stand on the stage in the middle of the largest amphitheater ever built. Imagine the excitement and cheering of 50,000 spectators watching your every move.
  • Roam around through a labyrinthian network of tunnels. Find the chambers where the gladiators and animals were held waiting in anticipation of their “performances.”
  • Look out for the lifts that were used to raise each animal into the stage area. A combination of mechanisms lifted lions, elephants, bears and more, up through trap doors inside their cages.
  • Feel like one of the thousands of spectators viewing the arena from the top. Climb up to the Third Ring, and enjoy the incredible view of the Colosseum. Book a colosseum underground and third-tier tour to enjoy the full experience.

#Rome Underground

When visiting the most majestic landmark in Rome, it is impossible to forget about capturing the moment. Every corner of this ancient amphitheater has a story to tell, and you are now part of it! Grab your camera or smartphone and pretend like you’re back in 70 A.D. with these photo options:

  • Snap a shot of you walking down to the colosseum dungeons; follow in the footsteps of the gladiators, slaves and wild beasts. 
  • Make your way through the gladiators' entrance, and head up to the top of the third tier. Take a photograph of yourself with the incredible view of the arena in the background.
  • From the upper level of the amphitheater, you can enjoy incredible sights of the nearby ruins, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Snap that landscape shot! 

Do you want to be featured? Choose your best snap from the most instagrammable shots listed above, post it on your IG, and tag #dotravelgram for a chance to be featured.

Colosseum Underground Tour Tips

  • Book your Colosseum underground tickets ahead of time to guarantee availability. Every year, thousands of people miss out on tickets to the underground of the Colosseum. There is a limit of only 250 entry tickets per day. Book early so you don't miss out. 
  • You can access the general areas of the Colosseum with basic entrance tickets. However, guided tours offer full access to the restricted areas and all levels of the Colosseum.
  • Many Colosseum tours also include a visit to the Colosseum’s Museum and the Roman Forum. If you want to explore the underground chambers of the amphitheater, book a day or Colosseum underground night tour

Know Before You Go Underground

  • Due to maintenance work, the visit of the fourth and fifth upper levels is suspended until further notice. The Colosseum tour with underground & arena ends at level III. 
  • It is strictly prohibited to bring backpacks, handbags or luggage into the site. Please be advised, there are no storage facilities on site. If you come with a bag that is too large, you will be denied entry.
  • The Colosseum and its underground area are wheelchair accessible. The amphitheater has a step-free main entrance, flat smooth interior, and elevator to the upper levels for the physically impaired.


Which is the best Colosseum tour?

When you plan your trip to the Roman Colosseum, the Colosseum tour with underground & arena floor access is a must! What’s included?

  • Arena access
  • Colosseum hidden tunnels
  • Expert guide to offer insights into Rome underground life. 
  • Opportunity to explore the 1st Century Colosseum secrets.


Prepare for your Colosseum dungeons tour and step back in time! Book your tickets to the Colosseum’s Underground and soak up history with an English speaking guide. Learn about the vestal virgins and the role of Julius Caesar in ancient Rome.

How long is a Colosseum underground tour?

A tour of the Colosseum underground can last up to 90 minutes. The length of time depends on your tour guide’s narratives and the routes they take. 

Should I take a Colosseum Rome underground tour?

Many people ask, “Is colosseum underground worth it?”. Of course it is! When you visit the Colosseum underground, you gain a sense of how elaborate the arena battles were. You also learn about how each battle was more than bare-bones fighting. If you prefer the nights, consider visiting the iconic sight when the sun has set, for a Colosseum underground evening tour. 

Self guided tour OR group tour of the Colosseum?

It's a surreal feeling walking around the very same area where the gladiators shoot for battle. You can tour the site on your own; however, if you want to visit the underground areas, it’s best to go with a tour guide. 

Choose to join one of the small group tours or book a private expert-guided tour around the famous archaeological site. Travel back in time to Ancient Rome as your knowledgeable guide leads you through the hidden tunnels. Reserve your Gladiator's Colosseum tour to ensure a privileged entry to all the underground floors with skip the line exclusive access.

Can you see the Colosseum for free?

The Colosseum is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and remarkable sites of ancient Rome. As a popular tourist attraction, the iconic amphitheater does require a ticket to enter.

Many people ask, ‘How do I book the Colosseum Underground Tour?’ If you’re wondering where to book tickets to the Colosseum underground, buying them online is the best and safest option. Guarantee your privileged access to the best part of the landmark. Free entry to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill is included. 

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