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Colosseum Special: Undergrounds & Arena

Experience the Silence Before The Battle

Category: Colosseum Special
History
Archeology
Off the beaten path
Adventure&Fun

Price from: $375

Duration: 3.5 Hours (approx.)

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Admire the Colosseum, one of the most amazing attractions from the ancient world. 
Leave the crowd behind and enter Ancient Rome with your skip-the-line tickets.


Accompanied by your private tour guide, wander the amphitheater following the path of the ancient Romans, learning the history of this place and hearing tales about the gladiators, battles with wild beasts, and according to legend, naval battles. Follow your guide to admire the widest view of the Colosseum’s from its 1 Tier.

Descend into the depths of the Hypogeum (Colosseum's Undergrounds), where Roman gladiators, prisoners and wild animals were prepared to enter the arena and fight for their lives. Feel the adrenaline-fueled emotions of Ancient Rome’s famous games. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to enter one of Rome’s most exclusive and highly-requested tours. During this part of the tour only, you and your private guide will join a small group leaded by the official Undergrounds guide. 


Afterwards, walk a short distance to the entrance of the Roman Forum and discover the ruins of the political center of the Ancient Rome. Your private tour guide will help you understand how this place looked in its heyday. Among the most important sites you will see walking down the Via Sacra are the Temple of Julius Caesar and the House of the Vestal Virgins.

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Summary
  • Approximately 3.5 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Not recommended for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
    8:15AM or 1:15PM
  • Not recommended on first Sunday of the month
  • Included 
    Colosseum's Undergrounds and Arena Access | Blue Badge Qualified Guide Admission Tickets (Guaranteed to skip the long lines) | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation | Transportation to the site (only available for centrally located accommodations) | Private Tour
  • Not Included 
    Return Transportation (available upon request) Private Driver throughout the tour (can be arranged upon request) 
Standard itinerary
Colosseum
Arena
Colosseum Undergrounds
Roman Forum
Capitoline Hill
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Kid-friendly

US$0

Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.

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These optional extras can be selected during check-out.
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    Lydia Martinez

    This is so fascinating! I was reading the other day that there were even female gladiators!! they were called Amazones because of the tribes they came from.. I read that they fought only against each other and occasionally animals but it was very popular up until 200 ad when Settimio prohibited it but it continued anyway cause of its popularity. It was more like modern day wrestling though cause they didnt fight to the death

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    Blake D.

    So glad we paid extra to see the basement of the Colosseum and third tier! You see everything from another perspective! this is a great tour especially if you are into ancient Rome history. Our private guide was Silvia, nice, funny and very knowledgable

     

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    Amanda H.

    Hi. I am looking for suggestions regarding the Colosseum’s underground and third tier tour! I have to consider my limited mobility for this tour and my frequent stops to the bathroom. I know that the Colosseum’s elevator goes only from the ground floor to the first floor without going to the lower floor, and that there is only 1 bathroom in the whole site. Considering also the uneven stairs do you think  the hypogeum option is worth it for me, or the classic Colosseum tour is best- only the first and second floors? I really want to see the Colosseum’s underground, I hope you can give me good news!

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    Customer Support Team

    Hi Amanda.  Thank you for reaching out to Eyes of Rome and for your legitimate question. While we do understand that the classic Colosseum tour can be a little easier for those with limited mobility, we do also know that the underground’s experience is unique. The advantage of booking a private tour, is that you will have a private guide with you for the entire time of the tour, and he or she will adjust the pace according to your needs (including unlimited bathroom breaks!). If you do not need a wheelchair, then we suggest you consider the underground tour as you sound very keen on this visit. Regarding the restroom availability on the site, there is one inside the Colosseum and others in the Roman Forum. You can talk to the guide beforehand and while on tour and he/she will work out the best option for you. 

    Please send us an email at info@eyesofrome.com and we will help you to with the arrangement. 

    Best wishes,

    Valentina

    Eyes of Rome Support Team

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Vatican Special:

Vatican First-Class: Secluded Gardens & Sistine Chapel
Exclusive Vatican Museums After Hours VIP Experience
Vatican Art & Breakfast
Must Do:

Borghese Gallery
Colosseum Special

Colosseum Special: Undergrounds & Arena
Eyes of Rome Premiere:

Villa Medici
Just Outside Rome:

Gandolfo Golf Cart Tour
Etruscan Highlights Of Tarquinia With Private Driver Service
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Best of Florence Tour
Our All Sales Final Policy also applies to the following Tour Extensions:

Gelato Class
Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day
Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary
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Info about your Colosseum's Undergrounds Eyes of Rome Tour:

  • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
  • Tour Time: Approximately 3.5 hours. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
  • Tour Start Time: According to availability. 
  • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price. We will provide your fast line tickets access to the sites, however if you do hold already a reservation please be in touch with us before finalizing your booking and we will adjust your final cost.
  • Photos: Photos and Video are allowed.
  • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. However tickets are required for children aged between 6 and 17. Kids between 0 and 5 do not require a ticket.
  • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
  • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
  • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
  • Personal Items: Large bags are NOT allowed in the Colosseum. 
  • Tips: Be prepared to climb uneven steps and explore an archeological site - wear good shoes. Anticipate Rome's intense heat in the summer - you may want to bring a small umbrella to block the sun as well as bottles of water.