Taking Colosseum underground tours

Taking Colosseum underground tours

Visiting upper third tier and arena floor

By taking one of the Colosseum underground tours you will be able to follow the footsteps of gladiators, explore the tunnels of the Colosseum underground and the upper third tier level and the arena floor – areas that are usually closed to the public. Access has been opened to the underground level of the Colosseum not so long ago. Hear the echoes of Ancient Roman civilization as you journey through tunnels where lions and tigers once roared from their cages and gladiators sharpened their swords.

The route

 By climbing to the third tier you will finally understand the magnitude of the Colosseum as you marvel over spectacular panoramic views of the amphitheater as well as the nearby Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Your journey through Ancient Rome will also take you to the Roman Forum to the marketplace that once bustled with life, the Via Sacra which was once walked by Caesar’s army returning home from war and the burial place of Caesar himself.

Palatine Hill

Make sure to visit Palatine Hill to discover the birth of Rome. Your guide will tell you the story of Remus and Romulus the abandoned babies who, legend has it, were found in this very spot by the she-wolf who raised them as her own. Romulus is often said to be the founder of Rome, after he fought his brother for the right to establish an empire. Explore the ruins of Rome’s first palaces and entertainment grounds and take in beautiful views over all of Ancient Rome.

Access is limited to only certain amount of people which will be alone in the Colosseum underground, third-tier and arena floor meaning an exclusive, once-in- a–lifetime experience.

With so few other tourists around you will have the time and space to let your imagination run free in this astounding location, rebuilding the Colosseum from the ground up with the guidance of your expert tour leader.

In order to book one of the Colosseum underground tours you should choose from the variety of tours available online. Additionally, you will purchase entry tickets as they are usually not included in the tour price.

Children under 12 years old may take the tours for free.


Location: Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome

Nearby hotels: Capo d’Africa Hotel, Hotel Hassler, Hotel Contilia

Nearby sights: Via Fori Imperiali, Palatine Hill, Pantheon

Tel.: (+39) 06 39967700

Official website: http://archeoroma.beniculturali.it/en/archaeological-site/colosseum

Opening hours: Sun – Sat 8:30 am – 6:15 pm

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