Not all Colosseum secrets are accessible with a regular ticket or tour. Visiting the Colosseum underground and upper ring requires a licensed guide and a special reservation. But you are in luck! Our tour of Underground of the Colosseum offers a full experience.
It kicks off in the dungeons of this mighty amphitheater with an exploration of the mysterious underground tunnels. This is where the gladiators prepared for the impossible fights ahead; where caged lions and tigers waited before entering the arena through trap doors Next, you will walk down the Via Sacra of the Roman Forum and follow up to the first and second levels of the amphitheater. Note: The tour is not available for kids 0-6 years old [readmore]
At last, you will access the upper level which closed in the 1970s and is solely accessible as part of a VIP Colosseum guided tour. It's absolutely worth it as it gives you an astounding birds-eye view of the ancient Forum, the arch of Constantine, and the monuments of Rome.Read more
Please carry ID to take the tour of the Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor
Access to the dungeons and the upper ring of the Coliseum are only accessible with a licensed guide and special reservation
Itineraries of the tour could be effected by unexpected Colosseum restrictions
You have to arrive to the meeting point 30 minutes in advance, in order not to miss your tour
IMPORTANT: the tour is not available for kids 0-6 years old
Each year, thousands of travelers struggle to get the opportunity to explore the underground and upper rings of the Colosseum. The demand is huge, but the office issues only 250 reservations per day. However, you can easily be one of the chosen ones. Booking our VIP Colosseum Underground Tour guarantees you special access to the usually restricted areas.
With us, there is nothing standing between you and the curious history of the largest Roman amphitheater. We will treat you to Colosseum tickets as well as a friendly expert guide.
Our underground tour of the Colosseum, groups are never larger than 25 people, and even then we provide audio headsets to make sure you don't miss a word. Moreover, the reservation and transaction fees are already included in the price, so no unpleasant surprises are waiting for you at the checkout.
Is this the best Colosseum underground and upper level tour? Well, we will let you be the judge of that, but we believe we have a good shot at making your experience unforgettable.
Colosseum sits east of the Roman Forum. It was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian around 70 AD, a tool to keep the masses happy and entertained.
Roman emperors used it to organize grand spectacles including gladiator battles and wild animal fights. The underground pathways (Ipogei), served to prepare gladiators for battle and shelter the wild beasts they had to fight. Both men and animals waited here for their turn before taking part in the violent, bloody spectacle.
Nonetheless, after around four centuries of active use, it fell into neglect. The partial destruction of the structure by a strong earthquake was the last drop. Still, the Romans found a use for it. The rubble from the collapsed facade was used as building material for numerous new buildings around the city.
Roman Forum, on the other hand, was once Rome's bustling marketplace, its business district, and civic center. A former marshland, Romans had to drain the area to make it useable. It became the epicenter of the city's political and social activity. There is so much more to tell but ee won't bombards you with more details. It's better to hear the stories right there, on the site of the events they describe. Book your Colosseum Underground guided tour today and secure a VIP access to the most exciting parts of the structure!