Gladiator's Arena and Colosseum Underground Tour

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Gladiator's Arena and Colosseum Underground Tour


Excursion Overview

Descend into the limited-access underground area of the Colosseum on this 4-hour walking tour of Ancient Rome sights.
With an expert guide, you'll see the rooms and cages where gladiators and beasts waited their turns to fight in the arena, look into the underground chambers, and walking on the fighting stage, another section of the amphitheater that is typically closed to regular tours. Outside the Colosseum, you'll also visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Tour Includes

  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Access to restricted areas
  • Expert English-speaking Tour guide

Tour Exclusions

  • Food and drinks (vending snacks available for purchase on site)
  • Transportation to and from attractions

What You Can Expect

Head through the dark heart of the restricted areas of the Colosseum underground in a group of maximum 24 people, right into the chambers where the gladiators once prepared for battle next to fierce beats waiting in cages, before making their appearance on the arena floor. During this tour you will also walk on the arena — the stage where the whole show happened — and the exhibition held at the time of your tour date . 

Dive into Ancient Rome history and start your journey into the subterranean area of the world’s most famous amphitheater, the Colosseum. During this tour you will visit not only the underground area, but also other sections of the Colosseum that limit regular visitors: the hypogeum and sandy arena where battles took place.

Leaving the Colosseum, follow your guide to the archaeological area of the Roman Forum. Walk along Via Sacra, the main street of Ancient Rome, and reach the heart the Forum, where the empire's main religious and political buildings once stood — and sometimes still stand. See the Temple of the Vestal Virgins — it is here that the Roman priestesses tended the eternal flame of Rome — and the Roman Senate where decisions were taken that changed the course of history; admire the triumphal Arch of Septimius Severus, the Arch of Titus, and the Arch of Constantine, named for the emperor who, by defeating his archrival, Maxentius, set the groundwork for the decline of the pagan world and the rise of Christianity. Then explore Palatine Hill, the most ancient part of Rome, where you'll hear about Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of this historical city. From here you will enjoy one of the most spectacular views of Rome ever.

After hours of intense history and sightseeing, your tour concludes back in the Roman Forum where you will be free to stay as long as you want.

Please note that the Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites and not wheelchair friendly due to the steep stairs and uneven ground. Because of the extensive walk and little opportunity to sit and rest, it is also encouraged that children and infants be carried.

Additional Important Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant price applies with the minimum of one adult
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites and not wheelchair friendly. We encourage those with mobility problems to book a private tour, in order to allow the guide to adapt the pace to their specific needs. This tour lasts 4 hours and afair amount of walking is involved, including some stairs and uphill paths.
  • Water fountains available on site
  • Strollers are allowed but not recommended, as stairs are steep and the ground is uneven; children must be carried by an adult or be able to walk for most of the tour
  • Wear comfortable shoes; bring hat and sunscreen
  • All drink bottles must be empty when entering the Colosseum; it is possible to bring in refillable empty bottles, as the water springing from the fountains on the path is drinkable
  • There is no scheduled break, but it will be possible to stop for restrooms along the path, as needed
  • This is an intense 4-hour walking tour, as the area to cover is vast; along the way, there are vending machines where you can buy drinks and quick snacks to eat while walking
  • Food is allowed in the archeological area
  • For security reasons, all visitors and their luggage shall be screened; all objects (including mobile phones) must be put in the bag/backpack or in the tray for X-ray screening
  • Large backpacks, camping bags, bulky bags, and luggage/trolleys are not allowed; medium and small backpacks can be shouldered and must be checked, as any other bag, with metal detectors, opened and visually inspected by security
  • Group size limited to 24 people

Voucher information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Products standard cancellable

Products with Viator standard terms and conditions are fully refundable, without charge, up to 48 hours prior to travel, based on the time/date of the Product Location.

Departure point

Metro station located in central Rome

Departure time

Your start time is dislayed on top of your voucher (tour option) 
Kindly arrive 15 minutes before start time.

Return Details

Tour ends at original meeting point

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