For the first time in history, access has been opened to the Underground level of the Colosseum. Hear the echoes of Ancient Roman civilization as you journey through tunnels where lions and tigers once roared from their cages and gladiators sharpened their swords. The Underground is essentially the "backstage" of the Colosseum, but this tour also includes an up-close look at the stage itself. Venture out onto a partial reconstruction of the Arena Floor to understand the magnitude of the Colosseum from where gladiators once stood.
Then, climb to the second tier to envision yourself as one of the thousands of blood-thirsty fans ready to watch the games below. Keep in mind that the Underground and Arena Floor can only be visited on a guided tour, so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment!
Your journey through Ancient Rome will also take you to the Roman Forum, the marketplace that once bustled with life, and the Via Sacra, which was once walked by Caesar's army returning home from war. Here, you'll learn what day to day life was like for Romans and see the echos of the past in these beautifully preserved ruins.
We'll step further back in time at the Palatine Hill to discover the birth of Rome. Your guide will tell you the story of Romulus & Remus, the abandoned twin babies who were found here by the she-wolf who raised them. Romulus is often said to be the founder of Rome, after fighting his brother to the death for glory. Explore the ruins of Rome's first palaces and entertainment grounds and take in the incredible views that surround you at every turn.
Access is limited to only one company per slot, so this group will be alone in the Colosseum Underground, Second Tier, and Arena Floor* - promising an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
With so few other tourists around, you will have the time and space to explore freely, visualizing a rebuild of the Colosseum from the ground up with the guidance of your expert tour leader. Being part of a smaller group allows your English-speaking guide to cater more specifically to the interests of your group.
If you are looking for a completely different view of the Colosseum and a way to experience Ancient Rome outside of loud, hectic tour groups, choose this limited edition Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour.
The Colosseum does not allow any company to conduct private visits to the Underground areas. Therefore, we can only run this tour as a group tour. We limit our groups to no more than 24 people to ensure the tour is special for all our guests.
If you wish to explore the Colosseum on your own after your tour, you should take our Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance and Special Arena Floor Access (with or without Breakfast). This gives you a guided tour of the Colosseum only. After the tour you can choose to either enjoy the skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Roman Forum (our guide would accompany you to enter but the visit is not guided) or stay inside the Colosseum without the guide.
For any other tour however, our tours follow a pattern of visit and you would not be able re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket.
Yes. Our tours run rain or shine.
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