About Colosseum Underground Tour



    When you visit the Colosseum, make sure to delve beneath its surface and follow the footsteps of the Gladiators on your Colosseum Dungeons Tour! The tour starts at the special entrance to the “backstage” of the arena. 


    First, you’ll descend into the Colosseum basement section. This is where your expert guide will show you its inner workings and mechanisms of how the chambers were lifted up and the Gladiators tensely awaited their fate. This is also the area where the animals were held to be released during the show. Tigers, elephants and other exotic creatures were made to fight other animals as well as the gladiators at the Colosseum’s crowded stands. 


    Following the Colosseum underground visit, your guide will take you up into the stands where spectators would sit and watch the bloodbath take place on the Colosseum’s arena floor. By now you’ll be able to understand the magnitude and aura of the amphitheater. 


    The Colosseum Dungeons tour comes with a skip-the-line access ticket to the Roman Forum, Ancient Rome’s civic center. Here you will walk along the Via Sacra, the same road where legionnaires walked as they returned home from war. 


    Admire the Palatine Hill and discover the story of violent conflicts carried out by rulers throughout the history of the Roman Empire. You will follow in the footsteps of emperors as you explore what remains of their ancient palaces and enjoy breathtaking views of Rome.


    In just two and a half hours, you will learn the legend behind the birth of Rome and how it rose from a mere swampland to become the ancient world’s greatest superpower, all due to aggressive combat and superior organization. Your guide will lead you through the Ancient City where you will visit the oldest part of Rome. And, of course, the highlight will be when you descend into the Colosseum basement to explore what lies beneath.

Tour Highlights

      This tour gives you a chance to step back in time and enter the Colosseum dungeons as you make your way underneath the Colosseum. 


      You will get to explore this incredible monument alongside an expert guide with a small group. With breathtaking views, sordid tales and humorous anecdotes, your guide will keep you entertained and engaged throughout the tour. The underground chambers of the Colosseum had various purposes. Some were used to store stage props while others housed exotic animals that were to be used in the gladiator battles. 


      Via this incredible Colosseum underground tour you have exclusive access to areas of the Colosseum that are often unexplored. You will get to stand where gladiators once did as they awaited battle and see where wild animals were kept during the show. The underbelly of the Colosseum was where all of the behind-the-scenes action would take place during a spectacle on the arena floor above. Hundreds of men worked tirelessly to move props and animals from the underground chambers to the elevator. Using the trap doors connected to elevators, the animals would be released into the arena. These surprises were much to the delight of crowds and to the dismay of those on the arena stage.


      After your guide has taken you through the Colosseum’s underground chambers you will have a chance to explore the first and second level of the monument. As you walk the vast corridors your guide will detail how, in a matter of minutes, the Colosseum could fill the more than 50,000 seats. From the balcony on the second level you will have a breathtaking view of the Ancient City. 


      Book your Colosseum underground tour early to ensure your spot and explore the fascinating aspects of ancient Roman history. You will make memories that last forever with this once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the iconic underground chambers of Rome’s Colosseum. Don’t miss your chance to see where it all began!

    Visitor Highlights



      • The Colosseum Underground tour offers exclusive access to the most restricted areas of the Colosseum. These tickets have a tendency to sell out, so make sure to book early to ensure your spot. 

      • As you descend into the Colosseum dungeons, your guide will point out the various chambers used to isolate the wild animals before sending them onto the arena stage.

      • One thing most visitors are surprised to see are the square arches used in the tunnel that leads to the underground elevator system. The clever pulley system that was used to operate the trap doors is also of particular interest.

      • The Colosseum dungeons were a flurry of activity during the shows on the arena stage. There would be a type of conductor that was directing all of the action and hundreds of men would be running around the area. All of the chaos was hidden in the Colosseum underground and the crowds above were blissfully unaware of what was going on. 

      • With skip-the-line tickets you won’t have to worry about waiting in the ticket line. Your guide will lead you past the crowds waiting to get in and straight to your special VIP Colosseum dungeons entrance. 

      • With a small group and individual headsets, you’ll find it easier to get around sites and hear interesting stories from your guide. Being part of a smaller group means you get to have more interaction and conversation with your tour guide. You can also ask questions of your guide as well as make friends with your fellow travellers.

      • If you are at all interested in Rome’s history, be sure to book a Colosseum dungeons tour that includes a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You will learn the legend of Romulus and Remus, hear stories about infamous emperors and be immersed in stunning ancient architecture.

    Travel Tips

        • The monument has limited tickets available per day and the Colosseum underground tickets are even fewer, so be sure to book your tickets well in advance.

        • Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled start time, this will ensure you have enough time to find your meeting point for the Colosseum dungeons tour.

        • While there are a few on-site toilets at the Colosseum, the waiting time can take a while. So be prepared!

        • You won’t find any luggage facilities, restaurants or cafes on-site.

        • All of the entrances to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill have a mandatory security check. This check cannot be avoided and is necessary for the safety of all visitors.

        • Only small bags are allowed inside the Colosseum. No luggage or bags with wheels are allowed.

        • Those with reduced mobility can easily access the Colosseum as paths at all the available routes are marked. Some tours may not be wheelchair accessible, so be sure to check the tour details or opt for a private tour.

        • It is highly recommended to get your tickets ahead of time online and set aside the majority of your day to properly enjoy the Colosseum visit.

        • The Colosseum tour prices vary and can cost anywhere from 30€ up to 100€, or more. The type of tour you choose - express, underground, arena - will be reflected in the price and duration of the tour.

    Know Before You Go

      Covid Safety measures:


      • All the areas that customers come in contact with are frequently cleaned

      • In order to reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited 

      • Customers are required to bring and wear face masks

      • There is a mandatory temperature check for customers 

      • Social distancing standards must be maintained inside the monument



      What to bring:


      • Weather-appropriate clothing

      • Comfortable shoes

      • Passport or ID card

      • Water

      • Sunscreen


      Reduced price tickets:

       

      • Reduced price tickets are available for visitors under 18 years of age and must be reserved in advance. 

      • Some tours do not have reduced price ticket options and all participants must pay the same price.

      • If you are booking reduced price tickets make sure to bring an official form of identification with you as it must be shown at the Colosseum entrance.


      Things that are not allowed:


      • Pets

      • Drones

      • aerosol

      • Any kind of weapons or sharp objects are not allowed.

      • Luggage or large bags, even smaller bags with wheels, are not allowed.

    Getting there

        • Metro - Get off at the Colosseo metro stop on the B line. Check the map at your local station to see if/where you may need to change lines.

        • Regional Train - Take the underground line B from the Termini Station and get off at the Colosseum stop.

        • Bus - There are many public buses that stop in front of the Amphitheatre on your Colosseum tour: 75, 81, 85, 87, 117, 118. 

        • Car - There are paid parking spots available in the neighborhoods surrounding the Colosseum.

        • Tram - Tram #3 passes the Colosseum

        • Bicycle - The Colosseum can easily be accessed by bike. Just make sure not to leave your bike in the archaeological area, as it may be taken by the police. Always lock your bike securely. 


        Note: The Imperial Forum Road is closed to car and bus traffic on Sundays, which means it’s the perfect time to go for rental bikes or take a nice walk along via Fori Imperiali towards the Colosseum. Some bus routes are deviated on Sundays, so be sure to allow extra time to arrive.



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