For 1,700 years, the Colosseum Underground was closed to the public: not anymore. Join this Colosseum Underground tour and enjoy skip-the-line admission and exclusive-access to the restricted Colosseum Underground and Arena. First, join your expert guide for a tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. See the glorious ruins of the Roman Empire and home of Emperors. Into the Colosseum, and step out on the Arena floor — as the gladiators did, 2,000 years ago. Discover the bloodiest battles in this iconic amphitheater's history, where over 400,000 men were killed.After the Arena, it's time to go underground. Descend to the Colosseum Underground, where gladiators prepared for their thrilling games, and where wild animals were kept before they fought in the Arena.
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.