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Colosseum Restricted Areas Tour: Access to Undergrounds

New Age / Colosseum Restricted Areas Tour: Access to Undergrounds

Colosseum Restricted Areas Tour: Access to Undergrounds


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Dive into ancient history with an expert, English-speaking guide who will help you relive the glorious days of one of the most important monumental complexes in history. Take the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive access to the most craved areas of the Colosseum during this tour, the undergrounds Hypogeum.

The restricted areas of the Colosseum, of which the undergrounds, have only recently opened and entrance is limited. The undergrounds are therefore exclusive and the demand is extremely high. The undergrounds can host up to a max of twenty-four people for a twenty-minute visit. Most visitors do not get to have the privilege of seeing it, so be sure not to miss it!

With this tour you will have not only have a guaranteed entrance to the undergrounds Hypogeum. After this revealing visit, the tour will take you to the regular Colosseum areas, to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

What you can expect

Meet your licensed, English-speaking guide at the Arch of Constantine, before enjoying your express, skip-the-line access to the Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum. This incredible monument can boast with several records: it is the biggest, best-preserved Roman amphitheatre in the world and its tiers couldhost up to 75 thousand people. It is also declared as UNESCO World Heritage, along with the entire ancient centre of Rome and officially in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will start your tour by following your guide to one of the restricted areas of the Colosseum, the Underground Hypogeum.

The Undergrounds

Descend into the deepest heart of the Colosseum and discover a complete new world of narrow corridors, tunnels and complex mechanisms. Walking through the Undergrounds you will be able to witness the ingenuity of the Romans. The Undergrounds, a recently restored area might seem a bit dark and unwelcoming,but it actually represented the beating heart of the amphitheatre and the popular shows that took place in it. In fact, in the undergrounds slaves moved and created incredible stage effects without anybody noticing, beasts from all over the Empire were prepared for the games and hoisted on the arena and gladiators awaited their moment of glory before the battle.

Travel back in time and become a Roman Spectator by listening to the vivid description of your guide, who will explain in detail how these shows were prepared and why they were so important for the Roman society. He will also reveal the true stories and secrets about some of the most famous characters of Roman history. After this incredible and engaging piece of storytelling, your guide will accompany you along the tier that surrounds the undergrounds and show you the cross that dominates the arena, an unexpected symbol of Christian pilgrimage that the Pope himself “visits” on Good Friday.

Palatino Hill and the Roman Forum

Once outside the Colosseum, admire the triumphant Arch of Constantine, dating back to the 4th century and symbolises the moment in which the namesake emperor made Christianity the religion of the Empire. Then head to the social and political centre of Ancient Rome, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the oldest part of the eternal city. Learn about politics, religion and the everyday life of a Roman citizen, while hearing the story of the she-wolf that nursed Romulus and Remus, founders of the city.

  • Enjoy a privileged access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum
  • Enjoy a privileged access to the underground hypogeum and see how the Romans arranged the spectacular shows in the arena
  • Skip the long lines to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill
  • Relive and learn about the glorious days of the gladiators with an expert, English-speaking guide
  • Learn about the Romans’ everyday life
  • Admire the impressive Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus
  • • Colosseum
  • • Underground Hypogeum
  • • Arch of Constantine, Arch of Titus
  • • Palatine Hill
  • • Roman Forum


On this tour, the venues or parts of them could be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures (ongoing restoration, special events). When this occurs, we offer the customers an extended visit of the outside and/or of other attractions according to the advertised total length of the tour.

Due to increased security measures at the attractions some lines may form at the entrance.

Due to increased security measures attractions, strict rules apply to enter the venues (no knives, no scissors, no glass bottles, etc.).

No large backpacks or bulky luggage admitted.

Please wear comfortable shoes. During hot days, wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.

Please have an ID or passport with you.

Tour Review Scores

  • Clara Wong
    May 17, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Our tour guide is very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed our tour. We started our tour on Palatine Hill, then to the Forum and finished off at the Colosseum. After our tour at the arena and underground level, the tour is over but we could enjoy our own time at the colosseum for as long as we want. I would recommend this tour

  • Michael Benton
    December 15, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Very informative tour by Niccolo! We thoroughly enjoyed everything he had to share with us from Colosseum to Palatine Hill to the Forum with small bits of info about other Roman history such as Circus Massimo or current city government. A+ guide, would definitely recommend to others

  • Sharon
    April 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Well worth the extra money to see the restricted areas. To experience both the arena floor and the underground was excellent. Our tour was at 8.15 am and I fully recommend the early start to not have to battle the crowds and the Roman heat.

  • Sylvie
    April 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Without a doubt the best tour for the colosseum, palessium and forum! We had an excellent guide and got way more that we expected. We strongly recommand you all to see.

  • Ashley
    April 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Excellent VIP access to the restricted area of the Colloseum with a knowledgeable and fun guide.

  • Lydia
    April 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    We had a great time listening to our guide to the way he told the history of the Colosseum, Palantine Hill and The Forum. Our guide had an amazing ability to bring the history to life through his vivid descriptions. My kids had a great time! I highly recommend the family friendly restricted area tour!!

  • Peter
    March 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    This is the Colosseum to do, the tour has private access to certain levels that have only been open for 6 months and provide breathtaking views of the Colosseum and the city of Rome.

  • Elizabeth
    February 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    An incredible experience enjoyed by the complete family. Our guide was brilliant, very knowledgable and had a great sense of humour. To escape the crowds and be able to see the colosseum from a different viewpoint was without a doubt the highlight of our trip to Rome.

  • Maria
    February 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Do not miss this tour! Our guide was enthusiastic, fun and well-prepared. He knows the history about every single part of the tour of the Colloseum! He made the Colosseum unforgettable!

  • Cristina
    February 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    This was a fantastic three hour tour. Our tour guide was absolutely extraordinary. He provided a great introduction to the Colosseum with a great sense of humor and the time just flew by. The Colosseum and the undergrounds are GREAT! I strongly recommend to join this excellent experience.


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