Colosseum Restricted Areas Tour: Access to Undergrounds
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.
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.