The Underground Level of the Colosseum has not been used for 1700 years. Now it is open and you can visit the very place where gladiators prepared for their thrilling games, and where lions, wolves, ostriches and other wild animals were kept before they were lifted up from the bowels of the Colosseum and disgorged into the arena.We’ll explore the Colosseum with its Underground Level and the Gladiators' Arena. We will visit the two first levels of the famous amphitheater and its exhibit, you’ll have a panoramic view of Ancient Rome before we walk down through the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the very center of the ancient city with its magnificent buildings. This is a 4-hour small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people for the whole duration of the tour, except inside the Colosseum (max 24 people).
Begin your tour at the Colosseum.
Follow your guide into the ancient structure's Undergrounds, where gladiators could once hear the cheering of the crowd. See the newly constructed
timber elevator for a glimpse at how the Romans hoisted animals up to the arena level. There were 28 of these elevators in the Colosseum, each powered by eight people. During this part of the tour your will walk on the fight arena where gladiators once fought.
Afterward, follow your guide to the
Roman Forum, the center of life in Ancient Rome where people conducted business, sought justice, and discussed politics and philosophy. Off the
Via Sacra — the street diving the Forum — visit the altar where Caesar was cremated.
Continue to the
Temple of the Vestal Virgins, where virgins tended the eternal flame, ensuring the fortune and glory of Rome, and to the
Senate building. See two magnificent arches: the white marble
Arch of Septimius Severus and the
Arch of Constantine. Constantine’s arch marks the emperor’s victory over the pagans and the moment when Christianity became the religion of the Empire.
Then head to
Palatine Hill, where the
She-Wolf Lupa nursed the twin founders of Rome: Romulus and Remus. It is the oldest part of Rome and the area later favored by Rome’s richest and most powerful families.
This is a tour of maximum 12 people for the whole duration of the tour (the whole ancient city: Roman Forum and Palatine Hill), except inside the Colosseum. In compliance with the Colosseum Administration's rules, we will be in a group of 24 when exploring the famous amphitheater.