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Colosseum Underground Private Tour with Palatine Hill and Roman Forum

  • Skip all the long entrance lines at the Colosseum
  • Your ticket grants entrance to limited-access areas of the Colosseum: the Arena Stage and underground chambers
  • Take photos from the center of the Colosseum arena
Colosseum Underground Private Tour with Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
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The Colosseum and nearby Forum are almost perpetually encircled with lines of tourists waiting to enter or just catch a glimpse and take a photo. With this tour, save hours of vacation time by skipping all entrance lines to the Colosseum, and enhance your visit by seeing underground areas that are not included in regular tours. Travel at your own pace with a guide who also takes you to visit the Forum and Palatine Hill.
What to Expect

When you are on holiday you want to make the most of your time. This is why our Underground Colosseum Private Tour will surely be the highlight of your trip to Rome. Not only will you skip all the lines to maximize your time, but you will have a professional, private guide all to yourself for 4 hours. The itinerary of this tour includes areas of the Colosseum which don’t usually appear in regular tours. We are talking about the “Arena” stage and the Underground chambers of the “Flavium amphitheater”, the real name of the Colosseum. The Underground was the place where gladiators prepared for their thrilling games, and where all kind of wild beasts, such as lions, wolves, and ostriches were kept in cages before they were lifted up into the arena to battle against gladiators or other animals. Thanks to the work of our archaeologists we can today admire a nearly exact replica of the lift and trap-door system that lifted animals from the hypogeum (the real name of the Undergrounds) up to the arena, to be welcomed by the rowdy crowd of Romans seated inside the Colosseum.
Next on the itinerary is stepping into the Arena — the stage where the whole show happened — once the Colosseum stage was a wooden floor covered by sand. The portion archaeologists reconstructed a few years ago is located exactly where the Gladiators made their final exit, when they perished in battle. You will have the chance to take wonderful pictures and to have an idea of how gladiators perceived the huge Colosseum surrounding them. Time to leave the Colosseum and follow your private guide to the archaeological area of the Roman Forum. You will go up the Palatine Hill, the most ancient part of Rome and learn about Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of the Eternal City. From here you will enjoy one of the most spectacular views of Rome - no wonders Emperors and rich families used to get their residences built in this location. Their privileged position even allow them to assist to chariot races held in the Circus Maximus!

You will then walk down the Hill and walk along Via Sacra, the main street of Ancient Rome. The Roman Forum was the center of life in Ancient Rome, where people conducted business, sought justice, and discussed politics and philosophy. Your guide will tell you in detail about the importance of the Temple of the Vestal Virgins and what happened in the Roman Senate, and will show you the altar where Caesar was cremated and discover the importance of the triumphal Arches scattered through the area: the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Arch of Titus, and the Arch of Constantine. At the end of the tour you’ll surely have comprehensive knowledge of the history of Ancient Rome and treasures the pictures and memories for a long time.

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Reviewed 22 October 2018
Very interesting Colosseum underground tour with super guide

My family went on 18th October at 8:30 AM on the 4 hour Colosseum Underground Tour incl. Palatine Hill and Forum Romanum. The group max was 24 people but we were only 11. It was a very interesting tour and we had the most wonderful,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Allan S
G T, Direttore generale at Roma Experience Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Dear Allan S, We are so glad to hear your Colosseum Underground tour with Roma Experience was such a success, mainly thanks to the good job of Maria Grazia (Grace), the guide you so much appreciated. We will make sure she gets your compliments! Happy...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018
Colosseum Underground

I'm really glad we did the tour our guide had so much inforamtion and provided the information in a way that we can really visualize what it must have been like to be there.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Teri C
Reviewed 7 July 2018
What an experience!!!

Our group was small not more than 12 and there were 6 of us. Vincenzo was so knowledgeable and he took time to answer our questions. He has been doing this for 18 years so you're getting a tour guide who is VERY informative. I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank mamuscat221
G T, Direttore generale at Roma Experience Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Dear mamuscat221, thank you for taking some time off your day to write a comment about our Colosseum Small Group Tour. We will make sure Vincenzo gets your compliments and we are happy you enjoyed your activity thanks to his experience and to our prebooked...More

Reviewed 30 June 2018
Family trip of a lifetime - Ancient Rome

Our guide was perfect. He framed everything in context of history, knowledge of ancient Roman life, and the sites we were visiting. He painted a picture in our minds of how life in Rome was and showed us details about how amazing the engineering was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank John S
G T, Direttore generale at Roma Experience Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Dear John S, it was a pleasure to read your positive review about our Ancient Rome Tour - hearing that we delivered the family trip of a lifetime fills all our team with pride and joy! We are glad our guide succeded in creating a...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018
Outstanding Tour and Guide

My Wife and I took this tour recently and are totally happy with the content and the Guide we had for the tour. Anyone would be amazed at the story of Rome, Palatine Hill, The Forum and of course the Colloseum but to have been...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Andy T
G T, Manager at Roma Experience Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

Dear Andy, Thank you so much for posting your review of our Colosseum Tour - we are happy to hear you and your wife had a great time with Arianna, we will make sure she receives your compliments. You gave a very useful advice to...More

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