Our Colosseum Underground Tour allows you to see the most impressive entertainment venue in the ancient world from multiple viewpoints.
Put Yourself in Gladiators Sandals
You’ll begin your Underground tour at the back entrance to the Colosseum, away from the normal tourist lines. Your guide will take you below to the restricted Underground section to see how the grand events were orchestrated. Then you’ll get to ascend through the main gladiator entrance on to the floor of the Arena. Imagine the drama that took place here between the encircling walls and the buzz of the 80,000 strong crowds that packed the seats. From the arena floor, your guide will lead you up the vomitoriums to see what it was like for those who could cheer at the bloody events from the safety of their seats*.
Feel the Republic come to Life
Your local expert guide will take you from the Colosseum and use our Skip-the-Lines access to enter the political center of Rome, the Ancient Forum. You’ll walk through the temples built by triumphant Emperors along the Via Sacra, the same road which battle-hardened soldiers walked on as they returned home to a city that many of them no longer recognized. From this public space, the pressure created by an expansionist empire and the needs of the growing citizens was channeled into vast building projects like the Colosseum.
Breath in the clear air where the City was born
You’ll also see the actual birthplace of Rome on Palatine Hill. This was where the siblings Romulus and Remus were rescued from the Tiber. Their own personal conflict over territory led to the foundation of Rome as a city. Later, the hill was used by Emperors to legitimize their own authority. You will enjoy the same vantage point from the hill as successive Roman Emperors.
Discover the Real Stories of Rome
This tour will bring to life the sweltering conditions beneath the Colosseum where gladiators, captured criminals, Christian martyrs, and wild animals waited to meet their fate. You’ll also stroll through the wide-open public spaces of the Forum and up to the lofty heights associated with the kings and Emperors. You’ll uncover what went on below the surface of Ancient Rome, whether it was gladiators becoming noble warriors, orators becoming leaders or Emperors becoming divine gods.
*Note that access to the Belvedere (3rd, 4th, and 5th levels) may occasionally be included with our access to the Colosseum Underground at no extra cost. This viewing platform at the top of the Colosseum is usually not open to the public and it offers amazing views over the area around the Colosseum. In order that you can access and enjoy this section, your guide will spend less time in the Forum and Palatine Hill.