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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
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Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Instead of spending hours in line at the Colosseum, one of Rome’s busiest sights, bypass crowds with this skip-the-line tour that leaves you time to explore the city’s other popular landmarks. Enjoy special, behind-the-scenes access many visitors don’t get to as your guide takes you deep into the dungeons of the Colosseum and onto the arena floor to see where gladiators used to battle. Access great photo opportunities from Palatine Hill, and see the Roman Forum too.
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You'll start at
Via del Colosseo, 24
Via del Colosseo, 24, 00184 Roma RM, ItalyAddress: Via del Colosseo 24 The Agency is located above the Colosseum Metro Station( 2nd floor ). Exiting the station, proceed on your right on the direction of the bar than continue walking on the street behind this bar. After 1 minute of walking, you will see our office on your right hand.
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    Colosseum Tours | Explore Italy Tours
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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    Colosseum
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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    Palatine Hill
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, ItalyThe tour will conclude inside of Ancient Rome.
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Highlights
  • Skip the long tickets lines at Rome’s Colosseum with priority access
  • Venture deep into the dungeons with a guided tour
  • Hear stories about gladiator games and fights with wild beasts
  • Get access to restricted areas not included in standard admission
What to Expect
Meet your guide in central Rome and enjoy panoramic views of some of the most well-preserved parts of the Colosseum. Learn how the Romans built such a colossal monument while skipping the long lines to step inside the largest amphitheater ever built. Your guide recounts stories of epic battles between gladiators and wild beasts while giving you behind-the-scenes access to Colosseum sights. This tour offers exclusive access to the underground areas where you explore the tunnels and rooms where gladiators prepared for battle before stepping out onto the arena floor where the mighty gladiators once stood. You also get the opportunity to explore the Palatine Hill area—which boasts great photo opportunities—and see the Roman Forum too. Underground tours of Rome’s Colosseum are among the most popular tours in Rome and often fill up, so book early to avoid disappointment.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Via del Colosseo, 24, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tour
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All clients will be asked to show a photo ID, you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the Colosseum.
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attractions administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is comfortable clothing
  • The tour will consist of 2 separate parts, 1 hour in the Colosseum & 1.5 hour in the Roman Forum and Palatine hill area.
  • The Colosseum portion of the tour will last approximately 1 hour.
  • The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill part of the tour will also last approximately 1 hour and have various meeting times throughout the day.
  • These tours are separated by a break to allow time for pictures or to spend more time in the monument or attraction
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please let us know if possible your Hotel name in Rome.
  • Please provide an active phone number during the booking process in order to be contacted about last minute changing.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Luiza Cardoso wrote a review Nov 2019
Porto, Portugal2 contributions
It was a great tour and our tour guide was very informative, interesting and super helpful. He encouraged us to ask questions as much as we wanted.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour! Thank you very much for your review about your experience with us!
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Maz67Glasgow wrote a review Oct 2019
Glasgow25 contributions7 helpful votes
Overall we really enjoyed this tour. Our guide for the Roman forum was great really knowledgeable and his explanations were really clear and explained in a manner that was accessible to the layman. It was great to see the Colosseum but the guide unfortunately came across as
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Thank you very much for your review about your experience with us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour!
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RUTH wrote a review Oct 2019
CRAWFORD6 contributions6 helpful votes
Our guide was very informative, she is an archeologist. She answered all our questions. The Palatine hill tour went too fast, you could tell he was tired of his job.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour! Thank you very much for your feedback about your experience with us!
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Ian m wrote a review Oct 2019
Vancouver, Washington3 contributions
Great tour with friendly and knowledgeable guides. Really enjoyed the Colosseum " all over tour "......incredible. Got lots of history info and related stories. Well worth the $.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Thank you very much for your review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour with us!
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Teresa C wrote a review Sep 2019
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania14 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved this tour! Our tour guide was Paul who was great. He kept the tour interesting and moving to see every thing the entire time. The skip the line aspect is HUGE and definitely worth it on any of these tours. Bring your water bottle which was needed with being out in the
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We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour! Thank you very much for your review about your experience with us!
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Pelin for the win!
This is probably the best guided tour we have ever had. Our guide Pelin told us not only about the «nice artifacts»
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HORRIBLE SERVICE
I had to cancel my trip to Italy due to covid and this was the one company I had trouble working with. I emailed an
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cass-marie0
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Outstanding tour guides!
We absolutely loved this tour!!! A MASSIVE thank you to Alex and our female tour guide who’s name we forgot to get,
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AandAFree
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Great tour!
This tour was fabulous. So much history to see and learn about. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, interesting and
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GloriaOrtega11
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Excelente
Tataiana, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly. The group was small and she kept us engaged througho
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250reneem
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Misleading!!
I booked because it said "early morning", the reservation came back with a 1:00 pm time!! I booked through Viatour
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Vatican tour
This was a great tour, we able to walk right into the Vatican without waiting in any lines - which were very long.
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Best tour ever!
Wow! This is how every tour should be! Not only were we able to walk right into the Vatican without waiting in any
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Ardita P
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Just go for it! Lovely tour and guide :)
My husband and I booked this tour during our getaway weekend. The whole organisation was seamless from start to fin
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travelust28
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Worth our money!
While our tour guide at the Coliseum was nice, the poor man had the entire tour group yawning because unfortunately
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littleYungie
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Wonderful time in the Vatican country
Andy, our guide was great - full of interesting information & ran a very interactive tour for our small group of 6
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Delicious experience
Last week we booked a Food Tour with this agency. Met the guide in front of the Napoleonic Museum. Another couple j
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valecvz08
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Definitely recommend
Great guide, explained everything very well. It was a small group so everyone got to enjoy and understand the tour.
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546josief
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The best Colosseum experience
I had been to the Colosseum several times but I really wanted to see the Underground. We met at the office on top o
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Sophireay
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Disappointing
So disappointing to see how much other have enjoyed their tour when ours was so terrible! We came on the 2nd of Jan
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