With special access to the Colosseum underground, you can explore the tunnels where gladiators once prepared for fights and lions and tigers were caged before being hoisted onto the arena floor through trap doors using lifts and pulleys. Access to the Colosseum underground is only available on guided tours booked in advance.
We’ll also visit all the general access areas visited on our regular Colosseum tours, giving you a more rounded view of this ancient structure. After the Colosseum we’ll head onward to the Roman Forum and the “Via Sacra” or “Sacred Way” which is the main path through the Forum that once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions.[readmore]It begins at the temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Listen as your guide points out all of this, plus moneylenders’ shops and the home of the famous Vestal Virgins, bringing these magnificent ruins to life.
We finish our tour at the beginning, the Palatine Hill, where legend has it Remus and Romulus were found by the she-wolf, and where they went on to fight for the right to build their own city. Romulus won, making this exact spot where Rome was founded. Explore some of Rome’s oldest ruins, once decadent palaces and gardens, as well as some of the most beautiful views in the whole city.
Using headsets for the duration of the tour, will make it more intimate and your expert, English-speaking guide will be easy to hear and interact with. Your guide will be there to cater to your group’s needs and interests, making this tour our most special way to experience the wonders of Ancient Rome.
On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour.
Please note that at times our access to the Colosseum Underground is combined with the access to the Belvedere the 3rd, 4th and 5th levels of the Colosseum. This is a special access area usually closed to the public, which when available, we will offer to you at no extra cost. In order for you to fully enjoy it, your guide will spend more time inside the Colosseum and less time in the Forum and Palatine Hill.Read more
We strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
Please make sure you carry an ID or Passport with you on tour to ensure you will be able to enter the venue
Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
Comfortable shoes are recommended
We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather