View of the inside of the Colosseum from the Gladiator's Arena floor and underground
Tourists in Rome listening to their tour guide inside the Colosseum
View of the Roman Forum in Rome on a sunny day
Tourist enjoying their visit of the Colosseum
Skip the Line

Semi-Private Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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2.5 h.
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Our Semi-Private Underground Colosseum Tour with Skip-the-Line access is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into this ancient Roman theater. Our tour takes you down to the underground “backstage” where you can see the inner workings of the amphitheater. You’ll also be given special access through the Gladiator’s Entrance. After, you will skip-the-line to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to share the stories and legends behind the architecture.

  • Enjoy special Skip-the-Line access to the Colosseum’s hidden Underground “Backstage” section
  • Listen as your expert guide regales you with tales of past events and the spectacles of entertainment
  • Enjoy Skip-the-Line access to the political center of Rome: the Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Dedicated audio headsets, so you can hear your guide
  • Groups of 12 people or less

Delve into the Depths of the Colosseum Underground

What's Included

  • English-speaking tour guide who is an expert on Ancient Rome
  • Small groups of 12 people or fewer
  • Skip-the-Line special access at the Colosseum Underground, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Includes all reservation fees and entrance tickets
  • Dedicated audio headsets so you can focus on the sights without missing a word
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Colosseum
  • Gladiator's Entrance and special access to Underground
  • Roman Forum and Via Sacra
  • Palatine Hill

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. Imagine the drama that took place here between the encircling walls and the buzz of the 80,000 strong crowds that packed the seats. Then 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

After the Colosseum 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 be able to 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 in just two and a half hours. 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.

Important Notes

Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present valid ID and certification proving that you have either:

  • Been vaccinated with an EMA or AIFA approved vaccine (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna);
  • Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
  • Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;

The certification will only be accepted if issued by an approved issuing body of the following countries: EU, Schengen Zone, Canada, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, and the USA, in either digital or paper format. They must be presented in Italian, English, French, or Spanish. For more information, please refer to the following website:

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