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The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour provided by Explore Italy Tours

The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour

The Official Colosseum Dungeons & Palatine Hill Tour
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21985P9
Call +27 21 426 8204
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Exclusive access to the Colosseum Underground
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - Entry Tickets
  • 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
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • 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 The tour will finish inside of the Roman Forum.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 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 Colosseum tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour will also last approximately 1.5 hours
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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;
  • 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 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Exclusive access to the Colosseum Underground
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - Entry Tickets
  • 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
Departure details
  • 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 The tour will finish inside of the Roman Forum.
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Roman Forum, Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy The tour will finish inside of the Roman Forum.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 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 Colosseum tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour will also last approximately 1.5 hours
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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;
  • 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 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Via del Colosseo
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Colosseum
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Palatine Hill
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Roman Forum
    Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
    The tour will finish inside of the Roman Forum.
    See address & details
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4.0
113 reviews
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Average
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Luiza Cardoso
Porto, Portugal2 contributions
Super helpful guide
Jun 2019
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.
Written 11 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour! Thank you very much for your review about your experience with us!
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Maz67Glasgow
Glasgow25 contributions
Forum guide was great
Oct 2019 • Couples
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 bored and unenthusiast. Would reccomend but be prepared that your guide in the Colosseum may not be as inspiring as your surroundings.
Written 17 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your review about your experience with us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour!
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RUTH
CRAWFORD6 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2019 • Couples
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.
Written 6 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour! Thank you very much for your feedback about your experience with us!
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ian m
Vancouver, WA3 contributions
Terrific Tour
Oct 2019
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 $.
Written 5 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour with us!
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Teresa C
King of Prussia, PA14 contributions
Worth it
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 sun for 3 hours! Also, I saw previous reviews mention it but our tour time was pushed back so if you do chose this one consider that possibility when planning other events for the day you book this tour and check your email up until the day is it scheduled.
Written 29 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour! Thank you very much for your review about your experience with us!
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Shannon C
1 contribution
Tour Guides were Great
Sep 2019 • Friends
We found the individual tour guides very knowledgeable and this made our tour memorable. We saw the entire Colosseum from dungeon to top floor with many photo opportunities along the way. We toured the Palatine hill and Forum. Spectacular history lesson. Great tour from this perspective. The only down side was that unlike all other Colosseum tours, the meeting point was very difficult to find. Most tours meet across the street from the Colosseum with a guide holding a large sign identifying the tour company. We struggled to find the meeting point, finally having to call the company for better directions than what was written on the ticket receipt. Even then it was hidden around some corner above the metro station second floor. It would have been more helpful to identify themselves on the Main Street like the other companies. Once we finished the Colosseum tour we were told to wait for our next guide. He would find us from our stickers. He was 10 mins late and once again the guide was not visible and we felt lost once again. Very disappointed in the organization of this tour.
Written 28 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Shannon C, Thank you for posting your review about Explore Italy Tours. We are glad to hear the good comments about your guides performance and the overall tour experience. Thank you for your feedback about our organization and about the directions, we will use it to improve our services and provide a better experience to our customers. Thanking you and wishing you a lovely day. Best regards, Explore Italy Tours CS team.
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sue1001ma
Newcastle upon Tyne, England5 contributions
Guides knew their history
Sep 2019
This tour was in two parts firstly the Colosseum and then Palatine Hill. Both guides were very informative and this took over 3 hrs in total. The only critisism I have is the guide for Palatine Hill did not provide us with audio equipment or have a microphone and we were all walking at different paces (one. lady was disabled) and it was hard for her to keep up.
Written 28 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your feedback about your experience with us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour!
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

John Harris
1 contribution
The Palatine Hill Tour
Sep 2019 • Family
I was with my wife and 2 x children (10 & 7). We had a Alex (From NY, but living in Rome for 7 years). He was easy to understand and spoke fluent Italian, Spanish and English (that I knew of).

Alex made the tour come alive. The information was far beyond what was expected and he made the tour fun and super interesting. We had another tour after him and my kids just kept on asking for Alex back. They wanted to leave the second tour.

Thanks Alex for making out time on the hill so interesting, your movie clips, food recommendations, weather tips and an all round great attitude.
Our group was around 20 people and he made it personal.
I would do any tour he ran, regardless of what it was.
Written 20 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour! Thank you very much for your review and your kind words to Alex!
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

christopher b
Rotherham, UK97 contributions
Game of two halves
Sep 2019
Colosseum tour was excellent, well guided, informative and worth the money fir the great access all around the monument. Well presented and handled.
Whilst the Palantine Hill guided was good there was too much reference to the Colosseum which had already been covered well.....did not see enough of the hill so can only really recommend the initial tour.
Written 10 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your feedback about your experience with us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground tour!
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Simon L
1 contribution
Worth the extra money
Sep 2019
Well organised, very informative and definitely worth seeing the parts with restricted access to get full benefit from Rome's most iconic venue.
Written 9 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour with us! Thank you very much for your review!
Written 12 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Explore Italy Tours
apkdak
apkdak
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Just do it now
We were so lucky to have Gigi as our tour guide. His knowledge and insider stories made our brief time on the tour
TravelChick1117
TravelChick1117
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Great time in Rome at the Colosseum
This tour was awesome and one our favorite activities while visiting Rome. Our tour guide was Simona and her knowle
Emmetage
Emmetage
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Changed tour time and type, not happy
We booked colloseum underground tour and palatine tour for 3pm Sunday, got a text late the night before saying the
ballb4all
ballb4all
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Ancient Rome and Coliseum (including underground).
Our tour guide, Simona, was fantastic. She has a vast reservoir of knowledge about the are and is super fun.
carrieericksen
carrieericksen
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OK tour, but not what was purchased
The tour was OK, but not what we purchased. It started as an hour walking tour of the city with one guide (who was
935dustinj
935dustinj
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Scammers. Will rip you off if given the chance.
We paid for a 3 hour guided tour of the Colosseum, Colosseum Underground, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum. The tour
VBAMaster
VBAMaster
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Great tour on the forum
Lucia was great informative and fun at the same time. We learned a lot about the history and how it all ties togeth
311brigidr
311brigidr
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Excellent Tour
We were very glad we did this tour on our first day in Rome the knowledge we gained was invaluable as we visited ot
Explorer68418026495
Explorer68418026495
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Best way to understand ancient Rome
We went in a small group, guided by Andy (Andrea), who took the time to query our wishes and answer all questions t
belaids2019
belaids2019
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Scammers
I booked two time this guided tour ,and in both times no one showed up the first time I got a call from the tour g
Trek57757191899
Trek57757191899
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Incredible tour with Lucia!
Lucia was a wonderful tour guide and made the experience so interesting and exciting! Loved her warm and friendly p
La L
La L
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Good to start in Rome with kids
Good for starting in Rome with two 5 years old kids. They ha e enjoyed a lot. We had Lorenza on board twice and she
Ashley C
Ashley C
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Great tour
This tour was so informative. I enjoyed every part of this very much. Highly recommend! It's hot but worth it!
DCGal21
DCGal21
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Colosseum is best at night!
Explore Italy Tours is customer-centric. I had some travel mishaps that forced a change in my plans they worked wit
JuliMichele
JuliMichele
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Colosseum Tour with Dennis
Dennis was kind and knowledgeable and spoke with such passion.We enjoyed our tour and learned a lot.
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