Explore the hidden mysteries of the Colosseum with our expert-led Colosseum Underground Tour and uncover the magnificent history of one of the world's most iconic sites.
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 three 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.
- 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. Find hours, directions, and more for the Colosseum on this page. Due to increased security measures at many attractions, some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
- Please note that for security reasons, random identity checks can be carried out at the Colosseum by their staff.
- Please make sure you carry an ID or Passport with you on tour to ensure you will be able to enter the venue.
Due to the fact that Colosseum Underground entry tickets must be purchased using the full name of each passenger and cannot be modified or canceled, no refund will be given for any tour cancelation once the tickets are purchased on the passengers’ behalf.