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 The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Capped at only 12 people, this small-group tour of Rome’s Colosseum includes exclusive access to the arena floor and underground dungeons, off-limits to regular visitors. You also make guided stops at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for a full overview of day-to-day life in ancient Rome. Skip-the-line admission at all three sites is included.
  • A VIP small-group tour of the Colosseum and arena, plus Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Shave off hours of wait time from your vacation with on-the-spot entry at each attraction
  • Listen to in-depth background on the heyday of Roman imperial rule from your guide
  • See where the gladiators once entered the arena in the Colosseum’s exclusive underground area
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Exclusive access to the Colosseum Underground
Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - Entry Tickets
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Via del Colosseo, 24 , Via del Colosseo, 24, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide at the office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). Just around the corner from the Caffè Roma.

Roman Forum , Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

This tour will end up at the Roman Forum.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Meet your guide at the office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). Just around the corner from the Caffè Roma.
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 30 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 provide an active phone number during the booking process in order to be contacted about last minute changing.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
  • Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public museums in Italy will require all visitors above the age of 12 years old to show a valid ID and certification proving that you have either: Been vaccinated with an approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNtech, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna) Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs; Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Italy Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour.

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  • "Highly recommended for anyone who wants a full experience of some one the most iconic ancient structures on Earth." See review
  • "Tour guide for Colosseum had a lot of knowledge to share on this fascinating tour, however did have a strong Italian accent, so needed to listen carefully." See review
  • "Tour office was hard to find and was not open at the designated time 30 minutes ahead of tour time." See review

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star-5
VIP’s of the Colosseum!
Carolyn_M
, Jun 2022
Excellent way to see the the Colosseum and do a tour of the underground passages and dungeons. Our guide was so dynamic, engaging, and a wealth of information! Definitely recommend to anyone who wants a QUALITY and informational tour of the Colosseum!
star-4
Colosseum was a bucket list item!
Susan_G
, Jun 2022
Our guide was incredible and had the best attitude! I was so impressed with her knowledge, patience and cheerfulness! She said her name right at the beginning of the tour and it was either Rena or Rita! I was I knew for sure because she deserves a raise, a promotion and a pony! By no fault of hers the weather was so very hot, but she made sure everyone got water and really prioritized health and safety. Her incredible knowledge of everything we saw was incredible. Be prepared for a lot of walking. If you have concerns about too many steps you might still consider the VIP tour of the Colosseum that includes the underground, but select a tour that only does the Colosseum rather than continuing to the Forum and Palestine Hill, as this added portion proved to be a bit much for some of our tour mates, particularly in the heat. In the name of all that is good and holy please bring water with you and wear comfortable shoes with non-slip soles! I believe our small tour must have been combined with another one as our time changed and our ten person reservation placed us in a group of 22, but since the time changed to over an hour earlier we were grateful to escape the worst of the heat by getting in and out before it got too hot. If you can manage an early tour I would certainly recommend it! Also, I know your guides do not require tips, but I always give them what I can spare (20 euros in this case). How would you be at staying on your feet for three hours, talking continuously, staying cheerful without fail, solving problems and shepherding over 20 people? It’s not for the faint of heart!
star-5
Fun new way to see the Colosseum
Nancy_L
, Jun 2022
luc the guide was both knowledgeable and interesting. She was also very sensitive to the heat and arranged things so we weren’t in the 105 F sun
star-1
Poorly written description
Karen_b
, Jun 2022
The instructions were poorly given and should have been more clearly stated. As this was my first day in Rome, I was a little lost, asking everyone for directions. Google maps was good but not perfect as I needed to go up and didn’t realize. I arrived 10 minutes late for the 30 minutes early check in. My tour started at 1:10pm and when I arrived 20 minutes prior the guy told me “you are late, your tour is already inside the colosseum” i paid $250for this tour including underground. I was so dissapointed and he was rude about it too. The instructions should have called for more than a 5min window for check in. Also it clearly should have states that although tour time is 1:10, they leave tour office to start tour at 1:45pm- huge disappointment and loss of money. He put us on a lesser tour as compensation but barely made up for what I missed out on.
star-5
Staff were friendly and...
Italo_A
, Jun 2022
Staff were friendly and prompt. Tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Took lots of questions from the children on tour. The subterranean tour was impressive. We enjoyed this tour very much!
star-5
An amazing experience!
yhershko
, Jun 2022
Great tour! Very informative. Our guide was from the US so our kids were able to understand him better than some of our other tours. It was very hot and he made sure to stop in the shade when he was stopping to talk to us. It is humbling to see structures that have survived thousands of years and realize most modern constructs would not be able to do the same. If you have half a day in Rome, do this tour! You won't regret it.
star-5
Serena and the Coliseum
Marina_K
, Jun 2022
Serena, our guide was fantastic! Her enthusiasm and obvious love of history and sharing it, was infectious. Couldn’t have asked for a better tourist experience.
star-5
Colosseum broke was great
Zankhana_P
, Jun 2022
Visiting colosseum was a great experience. We got to skip the line which was really helpful as The lines were really long. Be sure to do underground tour
star-5
Impressive and Informative
Kathleen_M
, Jun 2022
This was a very special and informative tour! Well worth it! Our guide was awesome! He gave us so much history and information on what we were seeing!
star-3
Ok not great
Alexis_V
, Jun 2022
The tour lady was great, however according to her she will not give us a tour throughout all the itineraries. Only two places out the three that we had paid for.
star-5
Eddy was an incredible...
Miliana_K
, Jun 2022
Eddy was an incredible guide who kept us entertained while sharing his incredible knowledge and enthusiasm. The day went by so quickly because we were enraptured by his storytelling. He really made our trip and we will always remember our trip to the colosseum. We learned so much and had the best time. You would be lucky to have him as your guide !
star-5
A must do when in Rome
fgy92c9fvj
, Jun 2022
Great experience. How can you go to Rome and not visit the colosseum? Tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Very interesting to see!!
star-5
Great tour! Skip the line is a life saver.
Joey_P
, Jun 2022
Carmello was a fabulous tour guide. This was our third Viator trip in Rome. All three were great, but Carmello went above and beyond. He was incredible. I’ll start off with the only negative, then I’ll give the good stuff. The tour group wasn’t exactly small. Probably 25 people or so. However, it didn’t hinder the experience at all. But, the site should be a little more honest about the tour size. I want to reiterate, it made zero difference in the tour. The skip the line deal was invaluable. It was quite hot that day (90+ F) and the line was about 2 hours without the skip ahead tickets. On top of that, the tour of the Colosseum had several areas that were not open to other guests. For instance, the under the arena section was not open to the general public and there was another special access area up top that was fantastic, as it was MUCH less crowded. The Forum and Palatine Hill were next. The view there was just incredible. I cannot imagine there being a better view of Rome in the city. It was gorgeous. A couple of things… if you just want to explore the Colosseum and walk around forever, this trip isn’t for you. I absolutely thought there was adequate time in the tour for each item, it would maybe feel rushed for people who like to go slowly. This tour is fast moving and there is a LOT of walking. Bring water. You can fill up at the fountains, though. Again, Carmello was a wonderful guide and provided excellent service. He even made a fantastic recommendation for a restaurant afterwards. Tip your guides well if they do a good job!
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star-4
Great but rushed in this case
Peggy_D
, Jun 2022
The tour itself was great! Our tour time was moved up by an hour the day before (which was fine for us) but I’m not sure if we were waiting on everyone to show up or if the guide didn’t know the new time. The person at the Colosseum who allowed the underground access was rushing our guide to hurry and move on as if she squeezed us in and at the end of tte tour our guide was very rushed. Kind and knowledgeable throughout but rushed.
star-1
Sour expensive history lesson. Never again!
Danny_Z
, Jun 2022
#1. I had a feeling it was way too expensive. The locals directed me to their local site where a tour was 1/2 the cost. #2. Staff were rude. I arrived as instructed and was asked to leave and come back because their local instructions were to be there 15 minutes prior to your schedule as opposed to your instructions. #3. This was not a small group. There were at least 20 people in my group. #4. The order of the tour was different as the guide wanted to show the forum before the colosseum. One of my guests had to leave and miss the coliseum because the tour at forum was taking way too long and under very heavy hot sun. #5. Unfortunately, I cannot and will not recommend this experience to anyone. It was way too expensive for the poor level of customer service received.
star-4
Tour was great, customer service not so much…
Scott_W
, Jun 2022
The tour was great, although we paid for a small group tour and was put in a large group. The guy at the 3rd party tour counter (they’re like subcontractors) was very insensitive non compassionate about that fact, and when we mentioned we wanted the difference in price refunded, he immediately said we were cancelled and needed to return our placement stickers for the tour. That’s not at all what we asked for and we had to beg another lady in the office to let us stay. We had limited time and had booked this months ago. There were no other options for us. The tour was good, but the group was large, and there were very many other large groups around, so there wasn’t as much personal interaction that a smaller group would’ve had. The tour covered the most important features very nicely, and the guide, Carmelo, was good.
star-4
Colosseum underground and ancient city.
Kathy_M
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Lucia was terrific. An archeologist that works as a guide off season. Why I gave it a 4 out of 5? Small group tour was 25 persons. Not sure I would have chosen it for the price had I’d known. Nothing on the company’s site stated the number in the group. They also wanted us to show up a 1/2 hr early to just stand around and wait. Worth the extra bucks to visit the underground.
star-5
Great day at the Colosseum
Erik_P
, Jun 2022
Fun, knowledgeable guide. Bring water, it was hot. In our experience, Viator does a great job with tours.
star-5
Coliseum underground tour.
Karen_K
, Jun 2022
We enjoyed our underground tour immensely. Gigi was so informative. We felt privileged to have him as our guide. We were also lucky to have seen the senator’s meeting location. I would highly recommend this tour to others.
star-5
Great tour
WilliamM_M
, Jun 2022
The underground of the colosseum was vert interesting. The views were spectacular. The timing of the tour was great for us

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