Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3731COLOSSEUM_SMALL
Experience the full glory of Rome's Colosseum on a walking tour with skip-the-line entry! Accompanied by an expert guide who is passionate about Roman history, you'll gain rare access to areas of the Colosseum that are newly opened or normally off-limits. Enjoy private viewings of the Colosseum's underground chambers, arena and upper level, and then head to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for unforgettable views of Ancient Rome


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  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Once known as the Flavian Ampitheatre, the Rome Colosseum was easily the largest building of the Roman Empire, built to host the gladiator battles that typified the culture of Ancient Rome. Still by far the most impressive building in Rome today, the Colosseum is a must-visit attraction and, as such, draws incredibly long queues! After meeting your expert guide nearby, start your Colosseum tour by skipping the long lines and heading directly inside with your priority-entrance ticket.

Your first stop is the Colosseum's fascinating underground level, open to a limited amount of people each day. Explore the network of underground passages, chambers and cells as your guide brings this subterranean maze to life with tales of gore and glory! It was here that Roman gladiators prepared for battle, and where the fearsome, wild animals they fought were caged.

Working upward, you'll see the arena next. Rather than walking round the edge as most do, you get to step right into the space where battles were once fought. Little of the original arena floor still exists, but the gaps allow you to enjoy clear views of the underground levels below.

Your tour then takes you to the Colosseum's upper tier. Recently opened for the first time since the 1970s, this third level was where the lower Roman classes sat when cheering the gladiators, enjoying bird's-eye views of the action below. Walk around and enjoy the views from this unique vantage point.

Your Colosseum tour now comes to an end, but there is more of Ancient Rome to see! Take a leisurely walk to the Roman Forum -- the sprawl of ruins that was the heart of ancient Rome. Head up Palatine Hill with your guide to see where rich Romans once lived, and enjoy views of Nero's Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Your tour ends on the Via Sacra, the main street of ancient Rome that leads to Capitoline Hill.

Please note: the order of which sites are visited may be reversed on this itinerary, although all sites as mentioned above will be visited.

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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, with English-speaking guide. Meets at 8:15am and departs at 8:30am

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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, with English-speaking guide. Meets at 9:15am and departs at 9:30am

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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, with English-speaking guide. Meets at 1:30pm and departs at 1:45pm

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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, with English-speaking guide. Meets at 2:30pm and departs at 2:45pm

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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

Skip the Line: Rome Walking Tour of Ancient with Private Viewing of the Third Tier and Underground Gladiator Chambers of the Colosseum

  • Walking tour
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Entrance ticket to the Colosseum
  • Entrance ticket to the Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
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  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Reviewed by: Sylvia L, August 2014

We were in Rome August 2014. The line ups to almost all of the major sites were unfathomably long. As with all of the Viator tours, one of the benefits is you skip the huge line ups. Well worth the extra money if your time is limited. The tour started with a tour of the Forum and Palantine which are the ancient Roman ruins just on the other side of the Colosseum. Our guide was very informative and really gave us some great insight into the history. This tour however also gives you additional perspectives of the Flavian Amphitheater (aka Colosseum) as you are taken to the upper and lower levels which are not open to the rest of the public. It helped to make sense of the incredible work involved to put on "a show" during Roman times. Part of the lower chambers has been re - built so you can get a sense of how the various animals/gladiators etc were presented to the crowds. The tour was well organized, informative and well worth the money. I think we would have missed so much of the details and education had we just toured this on our own. As a note, our guide told us the movie Gladiator was as a story historically inaccurate however the set up of the underground Colosseum he felt was very accurate. Just keep that in mind if you want to watch the movie again to get a sense of the space. Highly recommend this tour.

Reviewed by: shaun f, August 2014

This is a MUST DO tour for anyone visiting Rome...3 1/2 hours long and a lot of walking covering Palentine Hill, Roman Forum and of course the Colosseum. Our guide, Francesca was superb, she spoke excellent english and had great knowledge....she is a history teacher by profession! We were in a group of around 20 people, so not to large and everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The restricted access to areas of the Colosseum only open to guided tours is well worth the money in its self... especially up to the upper tier where the views are amazing. You must do this tour if you are planning to visit the Colosseum...just ask all the people who tried to follow us up to the upper tier and were denied access!

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