Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small Group - 6 People Max

Rome, Italy
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the secrets of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum on this small-group. With your knowledgeable guide, skip the long entrance lines at each attraction. Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day and discover Palatine Hill and the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
  • Guided tour of the Colosseum and the highlights of ancient Rome
  • Skip the lines with priority entry to the Colosseum
  • Stroll up Palatine Hill and see where Rome’s wealthiest inhabitants once lived
  • Small-group tour limited to six people provides a more personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Walk on almost 2,000-year-old original floors, with special access to ancient tunnels and secret chambers.

What's Included

  • Tour in a Safe and Small Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED!
  • Climb down inside the Underground and walk onto the Arena of the Colosseum
  • Enjoy a friendly and professional Local Expert Guide
  • Skip the long lines!
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Colosseum Metro Station
    Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    In front of the SOS sign outside the Colosseum Metro Station’s ground floor (street level) entrance, directly across from the Colosseum. PLEASE NOTE: The metro station has an upper and lower entrance, both with SOS signs. Please ensure you are at the bottom level.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

After meeting your guide at the Colosseum Metro Station, head out to explore some of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Cruise past the entrance queues with your skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to waste no time inside these Roman icons.

At the Colosseum, start your tour on the underground level, which is only open to a limited number of visitors each day. Walk through the maze of subterranean chambers to see where fierce animals were once caged, and listen to stories from your guide about the gruesome gladiator battles. Then walk up to the arena level, and follow your guide into the area where the battles were fought, instead of tracing the edge, as most visitors do. Tread lightly over pieces of the original floor as you look below through the gaps.

Next, head down into the Roman Forum, following your guide around the ruins that once made up the city’s political and commercial heart. Hear about structures like the Arch of Titus and the Senate, where you have the chance to stay longer if you wish.

Walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Wander through pine trees while learning from your guide about ancient Rome’s origins, and see where the wealthiest Romans used to live.


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Palatine Hill

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • IMPORTANT: All names provided at time of booking MUST MATCH a valid piece of ID for each traveler. Failure to input correct names will result in a loss of the tour as per current Colosseum regulations.
  • Each traveler must present a valid passport or ID document that matches the name provided at the time of booking for successful entry to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
  • Proof-of-age for teenagers under 18 years is required
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only small bags are allowed. Glass bottles and containers are also not allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum
  • Due to extreme weather conditions, the Colosseum Administration may limit access to some or all of the restricted areas (Colosseum, Arena Level and Third Tier), to ensure security of its visitors. No refund will be granted on these rare occasions
  • UNDERGROUND AND ARENA: The access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum (Underground and Arena) may be shared among other participants in the our exclusive entry slot. At times, for safety reasons, logistics and traffic control, the group may be led by one guide. This choice is at the complete discretion of the Colosseum's administration and security policy of that day in accordance to adequate safety measures. Please be aware that this is only for 30/40 minutes of the total duration of the tour. Our max 6 people policy is guaranteed for the remainder of the duration of the tour.
  • GENERAL ENTRY:Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors. Please be on time!
  • English Language Only
  • Due to recent changes in Colosseum ticketing regulations affecting all guides and all tour operators, there is a chance that the Colosseum will not allow guides to accompany their groups for the short 20 minute portion of the underground. In this circumstance, your guide will share all the historical insights prior to your entering and a member of the Colosseum staff will join you for this portion of the tour. This change is affecting all guides in all tour operators. If you would like, you can install the Parco Colosseum official app on your phone and download the Colosseum Experience audio recordings prior to arriving.
  • Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    3,561 reviews
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    Best tour I’ve ever been on, completely worth the money.
    Kelly_F, Apr 2024
    Best Tour I have ever been on. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about absolutely everything. We walked straight past all the lines and had no wait time for anything. Definitely suggest going in the morning. The crowds were lighter, and you had a little bit more space to go see all the sights.
    Really enjoyable
    KENDALL_M, Apr 2024
    Our guide Lucy was excellent. The small group of 6 made it very personal and easy to hear her and be able to ask questions. She was extremely knowledgeable about Roman history, all the monuments, the architecture and function of Coliseum, the temples and palaces. The underground tour was very nice but we joined another group so the number of people doubled at least. At the end of the underground tour, we meet up with Lucy in our small group again for the completion of the coliseum tour. We are over 67 years old and she was very cognizant of our need to go a bit slower and not let it disrupt the tour. She found spots where we could rest and used that time to go into depth about the area. We really appreciated her efforts. I would note that there is a lot of uphill walking in the Forum and Palatine Hill are and steps in the Coliseum. Lucy made sure we could use the elevator to go up to the higher levels in the coliseum. She was extremely kind. Very enjoyable. Learned so much.
    Small group made for a great experience
    Susan_C, Apr 2024
    Our small group meant that we could hear everything our great guide said even in crowded areas. We learned a lot and saw much more than we would have on our own. A great experience!
    An engaging deep dive into Rome
    Obieze_U, Apr 2024
    It was an excellent tour and Dario was an excellent guide, highly knowledgeable and all around pleasant. He brought the Colosseum and the history of ancient Rome truly to life with his narrations, descriptions and explanations. The 3 hours flew by and I would absolutely recommend Dario to anyone looking to explore the Colosseum. Even though we were unable to explore the underground Dario set the stage in such a way that the tour never felt lacking and for that I applaud his expertise.
    Amazing experience Beautiful
    Arlene_V, Mar 2024
    We had an amazing experience with the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small Group - 6 People Max. Dario our guide took his time to explain and was funny 😁. Me and my wife highly recommend LivTours. You won't regret it.
    Good time
    Matt_W, Mar 2024
    We didn’t get to go into the underground like I had booked but we did get a private tour. Our tour guild was the best I have ever had in any country
    Brandy_J, Mar 2024
    Our tour guide was amazing!!! She was super knowledgeable and made this experience very memorable!!!
    Dario is the best!!
    Heather_J, Mar 2024
    Dario was absolutely incredible and I love love love LivTours! I think they are the best in the business and I've done a lot of tours! He told us so much about the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. I feel like an expert. He had a wonderful personality and great energy.
    Informative and wonderful
    Debora_A, Mar 2024
    The other 4 people didn’t show up so we had a private tour with Andrea. He had a lot of wonderful information to share
    Best experience!
    Dan_S, Mar 2024
    Excellent guide!!! The info we gained in addition to seeing all the sights was worth it!!! I recommend this tour to everyone wanting to see the Colosseum!
    Scenic and thorough tour
    Kristy_R, Mar 2024
    We had an excellent tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum with Sofia. Leaving 4 stars because we weren’t able to do the underground tour like we had booked because Livtours was unable to secure the underground tickets (apparently there are a limited amount available each day). Livtours booked us on this alternate tour, which had us going in the gladiator gate and was pretty cool. They were easy to communicate with, and we appreciated that they offered us a partial refund because they had to switch the tour. Would definitely recommend doing a small group tour with Livtours. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and thorough and we got to see many more sights than we had expected.
    Chritopher_D, Mar 2024
    Patrizia was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. The small group size assisted in learning a great deal more.
    Fabulous tour guide!
    Lisa_A, Mar 2024
    We loved Marle!We can’t say enough about how special our guide made this informative tour so memorable for us.We ended up having her all to ourselves throughout most of the tour which really made it a special treat!Marle is very well versed and knowledgeable on the history of the colosseum.We would definitely recommend to anyone to ask for her as your guide.Thank you Miss Marle!😘
    Mikelle_B, Mar 2024
    We had the enjoyment of having the same quide Patricia, another amazing tour. Lots of informative knowledge on of history. Se even have a suggestion wear to eat and it s awesome as well Highly recommend
    Good tour
    Nichole_w, Mar 2024
    The tour was good, but we were late getting there due to a misunderstanding. Everything said the meeting time was 9:15 and we should have been there at 8:30. Once inside it felt a little rushed, but the guide was knowledgable and friendly.
    People have to see the colosseum underground!
    Prashant_K, Mar 2024
    Our Guide was awesome. She knew her Colosseum history and we were her first group of the season. It was a small group of 6 people and then 2 dropped due to other commitments. She was patient and well informed. Spent quite a bit of time in Forum...which was amazing. NOTE: The Colesseum provides the guide for the underground tour (not the guide from viator). That guide was also quite good.
    Great tour!
    Cindy_C, Mar 2024
    Such a great tour! We were mesmerised by the Colosseum! We were a group of 4 and that's it. No one else was in the group! Denise did a great job explaining to us (it would be better if we were using headsets) Going down the underground gave us a different perspective and feeling (u have to go personally to understand it)
    Well worth it!
    jena_k, Mar 2024
    Can’t say enough about our tour guy Marco! He is great! So knowledgeable about the history and obviously enjoys what he does. Was nice that he pulled up pictures on the iPad to show us different areas and how they looked before. Thoroughly enjoyed the history he shared. Would highly recommend this tour and Marco. Everything was great. Thank you Marco for helping my daughter and I make special memories. You are amazing.
    Elizabeth was a great...
    Angela_H, Mar 2024
    Elizabeth was a great guide! Very knowledgeable & friendly! Highly recommend! The underground tour was amazing!
    Dennis is great
    Jessica_H, Mar 2024
    Dennis was absolutely amazing. He took the time to get to know everyone on the tour and was able to answer all questions I had (which was a lot). It was great to be on a tour with only five other people. It really gave more 1:1 time.
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