The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour

Roma, Italy
The VIP Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
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  • 3 hours
  • Offered in: English


Capped at only 12 people, this small-group tour of Rome’s Colosseum includes exclusive access to the arena floor and underground dungeons, off-limits to regular visitors. You also make guided stops at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for a full overview of day-to-day life in ancient Rome. Skip-the-line admission at all three sites is included.
  • A VIP small-group tour of the Colosseum and arena, plus Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Shave off hours of wait time from your vacation with on-the-spot entry at each attraction
  • Listen to in-depth background on the heyday of Roman imperial rule from your guide
  • See where the gladiators once entered the arena in the Colosseum’s exclusive underground area

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Exclusive access to the Colosseum Underground
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - Entry Tickets
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via del Colosseo, 24
    Via del Colosseo, 24, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet your guide at the office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). Just around the corner from the Caffè Roma.

End point

  • Roman Forum
    Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    This tour will end up at the Roman Forum.

What To Expect

Via del Colosseo

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Meet your guide at the office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). Just around the corner from the Caffè Roma.
  • Every participant MUST bring an id or a photo of it. It is mandatory requested by the monument in order to enter the Colosseum Underground.
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Please provide an active phone number during the booking process in order to be contacted about last minute changing.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 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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    Traveler Tips

    Highly recommended for anyone who wants a full experience of some one the most iconic ancient structures on Earth.
    Tour guide for Colosseum had a lot of knowledge to share on this fascinating tour, however did have a strong Italian accent, so needed to listen carefully.
    Tour office was hard to find and was not open at the designated time 30 minutes ahead of tour time.


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    Silvia @silviag5 was an...
    Cari_K, Sep 2023
    Silvia @silviag5 was an amazing guide! She shared history about art, architecture, events, and the church.
    Colosseum tour.
    showcaseinteriors, Sep 2023
    I have taken a lot of excursions in my lifetime, and this would rate in the top three. Our guide was amazing and loves what she does. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves history and wants details. She also speaks English like it was her first language. Cheerful and positive.
    Great tour
    Nancy_B, Sep 2023
    If you go to Rome I would highly recommend this your. You get to go to the underground area of the Coliseum.
    Not promised what was stated.
    Daniela_S, Sep 2023
    First I am making a complaint. I know it was stated time may very. Our tour was supposed to start at 10:45 but was notified changed to 11:30 but we did not end up leaving til 12:15. Tour was supposed to last 3 hours but lasted only 2. Also if you would look at attached photo Palatine Hill was supposed to be part of the tour and it was not. When I asked the tour guide he it was because we were doing underground of Colosseum. Well that was always supposed to be part of the tour so I’m not sure why we did not get to see Palatine hill. We paid a lot of money for this tour and in that aspect I am disappointed. I would like a refund of 64$ euro as that is what admittance to the Palatine Hill is. I have sent a request also to Italy with Family tours and they state that Palatine Hill not part of tour. I have proof so please advise. Donna. I will say the information from our tour guide was exceptional he was exceptional.
    Jaime_B, Sep 2023
    We were on a cruise and I booked a time that would get me off the ship and time enough to get to Rome but aviator changed my time up an hour and a half and we missed our tour. They did get us on another tour but it was very disorganized.
    Rip iff
    Donna_S, Sep 2023
    Not only did we have to cancel for medical reasons, but the time of entry was changed to 2 hours later and we wouldn’t have been able to meet another commitment we had planned for that day. With both these viable reasons we were told we would NOT get a refund!! Very disappointing and a huge rip off! Not impressed!!
    Claude_V, Sep 2023
    Daniella, our guide, was amazing! She was ve ry knowledgeable, passionate and gave just the right amount of information. Would recommend for sure!!!
    The tour guide was very...
    Radhika_S, Sep 2023
    The tour guide was very knowledgeable and he made it fun! He shared much information! I would recommend this tour.
    Incredible experience!
    Christine_K, Sep 2023
    This tour, for us, was wonderful! Our guide Rita was engaging, knowledgeable, and had perfect timing. She shared so many facts and stories using comparisons and humour. We started in the Roman Forum, then explored Palatine Hill and then the underground area of the Colosseum. We spent about 30 minutes in the underground, it was not crowded as they are very strict in who enters, then were able to view the Colosseum from a more private, less busy area for a good amount of time while our guide continued her excellent commentary. It was an amazing experience to be able to visit the underground areas and hear about the animals and people who would have been in this part of this incredible structure. Our group was 18 people. Our tickets were checked 4 times throughout the tour and we had to show ID to enter the Colosseum and it was checked one person at a time by the Colosseum staff. When first entering into the Roman Forum area there was a metal detector. Remember your ID! We were allowed to bring in water bottles. There were washrooms by the Forum entrance by a little cafeteria and more inside the Colosseum. Those were very busy-expect a long line. As you exit the Colosseum there is a little book store which sells a few souvenirs. This tour was, for us, worth the price! Total time was about 3 1/2 hours. Also, do check email or WhatsApp for notes from the operator. Our time was originally at 8:45 but was changed to 9:30. Also the office is a bit tricky to find (street seems like an alley) but their instructions are good.
    Underground Colosseum Tour was Amazing
    Frannie_D, Sep 2023
    Our tour director, Gigi, was incredible!! He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. He covered so much history and made it very interesting. You can tell that he loves his job, he never tired of our many questions and the time passed so quickly. He’s a gem!
    Fascinating & entertaining
    Laureen_G, Sep 2023
    The descriptions from our guide we so full of detail and Interesting facts. She kept us entertained the entire time
    Way over crowded
    marc_g, Sep 2023
    This tour was so over crowded. I felt like a farm animal walking through the Vatican. We left midway through this tour
    Disappointed tour cancelled
    Tim_O, Sep 2023
    We got to the ticket place early and were told that the under ground tour was cancelled by the Colosseum Management, They would only be able to give us the regular tour and going out on to the platform. They also added 6 more people to our tour. Nice family but they also were tld their underground tour was cancelled. During our tour We could see people touring the underground part. We just felt that they overbooked their tours and did not have people to do that part. It was very disappointing that the tour was changed the last minute. We did not have the extra days to possibly move it and then see it cancelled again. I would think twice about booking with this company as they were not reliable and seems to be the bait and switch practice knowing people cannot change things like that last minute.
    Tour guides were hard to understand.
    scott_r, Sep 2023
    The underground was good......... The rest would have been better with a free walking tour from Rick Steve's as I did before. I could not understand the tour guides.
    Great tour
    Stephen_U, Sep 2023
    The tour was great. We were able to see a lot of the colosseum and the Roman forum. The tour guides were knowledgeable and made the tour fun.
    Cindy_P, Sep 2023
    Very good tour guide! He was informative and I could understand him very well. I would definitely take another one of these VIP via tours
    Well worth it
    Toni_B, Sep 2023
    Learning the history while seeing everything is amazing, our guide was informative, fun and accommodating to all our needs. Great tour, would highly recommend
    Underneath and skip the line is a must!
    Chad_S, Sep 2023
    We had a group of 7 of us. It was easy to follow the instructions for the meeting point and find out tour guide. Even though he had an Italian accent his English was great and easy to understand. The lines were crazy so we were extremely glad we did the skip the line tour. Also if you just do the regular admission you only get to see 1 or 2 levels. Seeing the underneath and learning the history and things I didn't know about it. Highly recommend this tour.
    Must do tour!!!
    Tina_G, Sep 2023
    Daniela was extremely knowledgeable. She made this experience memorable. VIP access to underground is worth the money. Must do!!! Don't walk it alone, the history shared is the experience.
    Sal and Alex were...
    Lynn_S, Sep 2023
    Sal and Alex were amazing!! So knowledgeable and enthusiastic!! Went out of their way to show us all of the amazing places in Rome!! Thank you!!!

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