Rome Colosseum Underground Tours

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Rome Colosseum

Built between 72 A.D. and 80 A.D. under the Emperor Vespian, the Colosseum in Rome is one of the world's most historical sites and is visited by millions of tourists yearly. Made from concrete and stone, this magnificent monument was built with tens of thousands of slaves. It is the largest amphitheater in the world, measuring 189 meters long, 156 meters wide, and 50 meters high. This arena can easily fit a modern-day football pitch inside.

The events which were previously held in the Colosseum were very brutal, and sometimes a few games held by the emperors would kill more than 10,000 animals in single day. As protection for spectators from the blistering sun and heat of Ancient Rome, there was an awning that could be pulled over the top to of the seating to provide shade, also referred to as velarium.

There were numerous rooms and underground passages below the colosseum where the gladiators and animals were kept. There were also three dozen trap doors in the arena which were mainly used for special effects. Although two-thirds of the Colosseum has been destroyed over the years, mostly the result of fire, earthquakes and vandalism, it remains one of the most popular tourist sites today.

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What are the best Colosseum Underground, Night Tours & Skip the line tickets?

Colosseum Underground Dungeons & Arena

1. Colosseum Underground Dungeons & Arena

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  • The Colosseum Dungeons tickets are rare and allow access to visit areas that the general public are not permitted!

    The experience begins on the arena floor of the Colosseum - a partially reconstructed area which gives you the perspective of a Gladiator on the sand. Along with your expert guide you will explore the creation of the worlds...
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The Colosseum Underground Experience

2. The Colosseum Underground Experience

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  • If it’s got big teeth and a taste for human flesh, there’s a pretty good chance it once called the Colosseum Underground home. This tour is our most comprehensive, and includes a access to two RESTRICTED areas of the Colosseum, plus Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum - all with premium skip-the-line access. The underground chambers we’ll...
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VIP Colosseum Underground Private Tour

3. VIP Colosseum Underground Private Tour

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  • Journey back through history to a time of gladiators and emperors as you discover the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill with an expert guide.
    See the Colosseum, once known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, through the eyes of gladiators, as you stand on the arena floor, where they would have fought nearly 2000 years ago. Your guide will then take...
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VIP Ancient Rome & Colosseum Underground Tour

4. VIP Ancient Rome & Colosseum Underground Tour

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  • Strictly limited to only 10 people, with exclusive VIP access to Colosseum Underground and Arena, this tour takes you into areas that other vistors don't get to see, giving you a unique insight into the workings of the Colosseum.

    Via the underground access, and from the perspective of the arena floor, the guide brings to life how the...
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Private tour Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome

5. Private tour Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome

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  • This complete tour includes a special entrance in the underground space, arena floor, and the first level of the amphitheater. The tour will continue in the amazing Ancient Rome area of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the residential district of the...
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VIP Colosseum Underground and Roman Forum Tour | Exclusive Skip The Line Tours

6. VIP Colosseum Underground and Roman Forum Tour | Exclusive Skip The Line Tours

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  • With your skip-the-line ticket in hand, follow your guide inside the Colosseum via a special side gate that opens into the arena floor.

    Stepping straight into the footsteps of the gladiators, walk around the arena floor itself, an area that’s normally out of bounds on standard Colosseum tours. As you learn the stadium’s history through...
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Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome - Special Skip the line Private Tour

7. Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome - Special Skip the line Private Tour

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  • Skip the line and avoid the crowds entering the Colosseum through the Undergrounds!

    Discover the 2000-years-long history of fights to the death, exotic animals' hunts, amazing shows and bloody executions of the greatest monument of Rome.
    Don't waste your vacation time in long lines thanks to our Skip-the-line access!

    Thanks to...
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Colosseum Underground, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum - Small group tour

8. Colosseum Underground, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum - Small group tour

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  • - An experience away from standard ‘ordinary’ tours.
    - Only licensed guides, both fun and experienced.
    - Skip the line.
    - Please note: the group is 12 people max on the tour of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. During the Colosseum Undergroud tour the group is up to 24...
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Colosseum Underground & Arena Moonlight VIP Tour

9. Colosseum Underground & Arena Moonlight VIP Tour

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  • Take advantage of Skip-the-queue Entrance to Colosseum.

    Blowout your eyes with the beauty of Colosseum Underground, its history and arts that can be observed on each of the stones left on the walls of one of Seven Wonders of the World.

    Don’t miss to see the sides of the Colosseum that normally people miss.

    Experienced and...
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Colosseum Underground, Gladiator's Arena & Ancient Rome Tour

10. Colosseum Underground, Gladiator's Arena & Ancient Rome Tour

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  • Enter where the Roman fighters would only exit- through "Libitinaria" The Gate of Death!
    Visit a lesser-known part of Rome’s Colosseum on a walking tour of ancient Roman sites that includes access to the underground Colosseum. Learn about life in the ancient city as you walk through the below-ground area where gladiators waited for battle,...
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1. Understanding Rome Colosseum Floors


Colosseum Outer Walls
Colosseum Outer Walls
The outer wall of the colosseum us 57 meters high and is built of travertine marble that is held together by iron clamps instead of mortars. The outer wall has been damaged several times by earthquake and in 1349, its entire south side collapsed. The fallen stone was used in the construction of buildings throughout Rome, but the original layers can still be seen in the arches and pilasters in the remaining north side.

Colosseum Interior
Colosseum Interior
The interior of the Colosseum was divided into different sections and spectators were seated according to their rank, or lack thereof. The emperor and the vestal virgins had the best views from the boxes at the south and north ends of the arena. Some of the names of the senators are carved in stone of the area between the south and north ends as the seats there were reserved for them. On the second course sat the noble families and the general public sat on the third and fourth levels.

The Hypoguem
The Hypoguem
The Hypoguem or the arena floor is 83 by 48 meters. It is built of wood and covered with sand. Although it has long been destroyed, visitors today can still see the walls of the hypogeum which is a massive two-storey underground labyrinth of tunnels connecting cages for exotic wild animals, training room for gladiators, and store rooms. Caged animals and scenery were lifted to the arena by elaborate machines. Sometimes the arena was filled with water for mock sea battles.

Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine
The Arch of Constantine stands beside the Colosseum and it is a triumphal arch in honor of Emperor Constantine who was known as the 'liberator of the city of Rome and the bringer of peace' after his victorious rally at the battle of the Milvian Bridge. It is the largest and best preserved roman triumphal arch standing 21 meters tall. Decorated with reliefs taken earlier structures, some of the scenes on the arch have little to do with Constantine's victory.



2. Rome Colosseum Sections Quick View Table

Colosseum Outer Wall

Colosseum Interior

The Hypoguem

Arch of Constantine

About -186 meters long and 156 meters wide, the Colosseum ha san oval shape although it appears circular -Created to satsify the public's cravings for games and spectacles

-The emperor. Noble families, and the public had different seating sections

-Vast network of tunnels and passages underground

-chambers for gladiators, animals, and slaves operated by pulleys and ropes which lead directly to the arena through trap doors

-A triumphal arch honoring the Emperor Constantine, the liberator of Rome and the brine rog peace
Best Views -Have different perspectives of the Colosseum while standing on the four main entrances -The top level was lavishly decorated but only a few fragments survived

-Standing at the top gives you a good view of the colosseum intersiors

-Being in the Hypoguem gives you a good view of the Colosseum interior from the ground up and makes you realize just how vast it is -Standing 20 meters high and 25 meters wide, there are three portals that punctuate the exceptional width of the arch
Things to do -Check the original layers of the pillasters and arches on the remaining north side -Stand on top and imagine just how ancient people stood there anticipating gladiatorial games -Explore the underground labyrinths connecting various rooms -Decorated with reliefs taken from other earlier structures, the Arch is one of the must-picture places in Rome

3. Plan Your Rome Colosseum Visit

The Colosseum can be overwhelming especially for someone who did not do enough research. So we have done the hard work for you and left no stone unturned to get you the best insider tips when it comes to planning your Rome Colosseum visit.

Go with a guide

Going with a guided tour helps you get the most out of your visit to the ruins. You get to jump queue and have someone knowledgeable tell you all about the amphitheater's history. You also get access to exclusive areas of the site which are not open to the rest of the public. Another excellent option is a group tour if you are on a budget but still want to all the highlights. With a competent guide, the glory of ancient Rome can be brought back to life.

Dedicate a whole day

The Colosseum is massive and can be overwhelming so dedicate at least one whole day so you can explore to your heart's content. Don't rush and sell yourself short. You already paid good money so you must see to it that you get your money's worth. Busy tourists crowd around the Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and the Colosseum and it can take you quite some time to get through everything that you want to see, the same reason why it is better to get a guide. There are plenty of Rome pass tickets to choose from so it shouldn't be that difficult to find one suitable for you.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Rome is from October to April. This is when most of the tourist crowds have dissipated and the rates for rooms are lower. Weather this time of the year hardly dips below freezing but you will need a coat to keep yourself warm. If you want warmer weather without plenty of tourists and sweltering heat, you can go in May or September.

Colosseum Tickets Cost and Opening Times
  • The Colosseum is open all days from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm from the last Sunday in October to the 15th of February;
  • 8:30 am to 5:00 pm from the 16th of February to the 15th of March;
  • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm from the 16th to the last Saturday of March;
  • 8:30 am to 7:15 pm from the last Sunday of March until the 31st of August;
  • 8:30 am to 7:00 pm from the 1st to the 30th of September;
  • and from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm from the first to the last Saturday in October.

The last entrance is an hour before closure. The Colosseum is closed on the 1st of January and the 25th of December.

  • When bough on site, the ticket costs €12 for the full price,
  • €7.50 for European Union members who are between 18 and 25 years old;
  • and free for all citizens under the age of 18.
  • Open tickets can only be used from 2:00 pm while admission tickets cannot be moved to another date.

1. Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

What's the tour all about?
  • Skip the line outside the Colosseum with your priority-entrance ticket
  • Learn all about the gladiators and emperors who decided their fates
  • Walk around the first and second tires of the Colosseum, hearing its story from your guide
  • Explore the Roman Forum, seeing the House of the Vestal Virgins and walking along Via Sacre
  • Upgrade and get access to the Colosseum's arena floor, third tier, and underground chambers
Highlights of the tour
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Colosseum
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Colosseum

Explore the amphitheater's first and second levels with a knowledgeable guide who can entertain and educate you about the gruesome gladiator battles.

Important tour details

Duration: 3 hours

Price: €42.40



2. Colosseum and Ancient Rome: Skip-the=Line Originals Tour

What's the tour all about?
  • Walk in the footsteps of the emperors with this 3-hour guided tour
  • Skip the lunes with a priority entrance
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide
  • Entrance tickets to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill

Highlights of the tour

  • Skip the lines and enter through a priority entrance
  • Embark on a 3-hour tour with an experienced guide
  • Get access to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Learn the history of ancient Rome and its famous emperors
Important tour details

Duration: 3 hours

Price: €36.96



3. In the Footsteps of the Gladiator

What's the tour all about?
  • Skip the line entry to the Colosseum so you do not waste precious time
  • Walk in the footsteps of the gladiator and hear their stories
  • Get transported to ancient Rome with the help of your guide
  • Feel the crunch of sand underfoot, just as the gladiators did 2,000 years ago

Highlights of the tour

  • Discover the secrets of Rome with the help of your professional guide
  • Take advantage of the skip-the-line tickets
  • Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators
Important tour details

Duration: 3 hours

Price: €32



4. Rome in a Day: Vatican and Colosseum Skip the Line

What's the tour all about?
  • 7-hour tour to see Roman highlights: ancient Rome, the Vatican Museums, and the Colosseum
  • See Rome's most important monuments in a single tour
  • Skip-the-line access to all attractions that lets you bypass the crowds
  • Upgrade your tour and enjoy pickup lunch at a local restaurant

Highlights of the tour

  • Professional guide
  • Exclusive skip the line entrance to the Vatican Musuems as official tour partners
  • Entrance tickets with exclusive skip the line service at the Colosseum
  • Hotel pickup for centrally located hotels in Rome
  • Transportation only during the tour only for tour type with pickup and lunch
Important tour details

Duration: 7 hours

Price: €86



5. Vatican and Colosseum Combo Saver Tour

What's the tour all about?
  • Full-day Rome combo with skip-the-line walking tours of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Colosseum
  • Combine two best-selling Rome tours in one memorable day with the help of expert guides
  • Avoid the lines at the Colosseum and explore the first and second levels
  • Tour the fascinating ruins at the Roman forums and visit the Palatine Hill
  • Enjoy free time between the Vatican and Colosseum visits
  • View the Vatican's art treasures, including Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel and visit St. Peter's Basilica

Highlights of the tour

  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Entrance free to the Colosseum, Roman forum and the Palatine Hill
  • Audio headsets when required
Important tour details

Duration: 1 day

Price: €112



6. Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

What's the tour all about?
  • Hop-on Hop-Off sightseeing tour of Rome
  • Create a personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore Rome at your own pace
  • See attractions such as the Vatican City, the Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum
  • Hop on and off as many times as you wish at any of the eight stops
  • Listen to interesting onboard audio commentary as you travel
  • Upgrade to a 48-hour ticket to include entrance to the Roman Forum, Colosseum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Highlights of the tour

  • Skip the line access to some of Rome's most famous attractions
  • Relax on the double-decker bus and listen to the audio commentary
Important tour details

Duration: 2 days

Price: €23



7 Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour Including Pantheon and Piazza Navona

What's the tour all about?
  • Tour two levels of the Colosseum, one of Italy's most recognizable monuments with skip-the-line access
  • Walk the ancient cobblestones of the Roman Forum
  • Admire the view of the Forum from the Capitoline Hill
  • See the impressive dome of the Pantheon
  • Imagine the Roman circus that once stood in what is now Piazza Navona
  • Enjoy seeing all the highlights of ancient Rome on a tour idea for new visitors of the city

Highlights of the tour

  • All admission fees
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets provided to hear the guide clearly
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Small group
  • Perfect introduction to first-time visitors
Important tour details

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Price: €45.60



8. Colosseum, Trevi Fountain & More: Rome Icons ComboSaver Tour

What's the tour all about?
  • Cover all of Rome's must-see sights including Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and the Pantheon
  • Walk the same road once graced by victorious Roman armies
  • Explore the remains of temples, banks, and homes of Ancient Rome
  • Learn fascinating details of Roman history from your expert guide
  • Eat homemade gelato in the summer or warm up in the winter with some hot drink

Highlights of the tour

  • English-speaking guide
  • Audio headsets
  • Skip-the-line admission to the Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and Colosseum
Important tour details

Duration: 8 hours

Price: €74.70



9. Rome: Nero's Golden House Underground Tour and Colosseum

What's the tour all about?
  • Explore Nero's buried 'Golden House' at the Domus Area
  • Visit the first and second levels of the Colosseum
  • Visit the Roman Forum and walk along the Via Sacra
  • Take a tour of the legendary Palatine Hill where Rome began
  • Experience the Golden Vault Room in virtual reality

Highlights of the tour

  • Skip the line entrance access to all sites
  • 3D glasses
  • Join a guide and a small group of people to explore the Colosseum
Important tour details

Duration: 5 hours

Price: €99



10. Rome: Colosseum by Night Tour with Colosseum Underground

What's the tour all about?
  • See the Colosseum in a different light on this original night walking tour, visiting after the crowds have left
  • Tour the Roman Forum as seen from the bird's eye view of Campidoglio as well as other nearby sights of Ancient Rome
  • Venture into the Colosseum underground and journey through the passages once walked by gladiators and animals before their battles

Highlights of the tour

  • Enjoy a hassle-free tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome at night and avoid the crowds
  • Skip the line access to the Colosseum
  • Groups no larger than 25 people
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Headsets when needed
Important tour details

Duration: 2.5 hours

Price: €69



Rome was not built in a day and seeing the city in its entirety is also going to take more than a day. There are various free things to do in Rome, as well as Rome day trips to choose from but it is important to select one that will help you save time because the lines can get very long especially during peak season. Another great way to experience the city, as well as its most famous attractions is the Rome Hop On Hop Off bus. Rome deserves more than just a cursory glance so when in Rome do as the Romans do and take your time to truly experience it.

 

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