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How to Book Colosseum Underground Tour in 2024

Ah! The colosseum, Icon of Rome, One of the seven wonders of the ancient world and a breathtaking example of Roman architecture.

We will provide you with a definite and comprehensive guide to a Colosseum underground and Arena floor tour in this article. Continue reading to learn more about this majestic structure paying homage to the Roman empire, the many famous and infamous emperors and their favored entertainment.  

Your Experience

As you descend into the basement level where your experienced and knowledgeable guide will keep you entertained with anecdotes, sordid tales of the past and, demonstrating the inner workings and procedures of how the chambers were raised and the Gladiators awaited their fate. This is also where the animals were kept until the show waiting to be released. You will have rare access to areas and regions of the colosseum that are generally restricted and undiscovered on this spectacular Colosseum underground tours.


Colosseum Underground Tour


After your guide has brought you into the underground tunnels of the Colosseum, you will have the opportunity to tour the monument’s first and second levels. Your guide will explain how the Colosseum could fill its more than 50,000 seats in a couple of minutes as you go through the massive halls. The view of the Ancient City from the balcony on the second level is stunning.


Book Colosseum underground tour as soon as possible to guarantee your spot and to learn about the interesting parts of ancient Roman history. A very limited number of tickets are sold for the underground tour so make sure to book your tickets in advance for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the legendary underground chambers of Rome’s Colosseum, you will create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover and experience where it all began!

Colosseum Underground and Arena Tour Highlights

  • With a small group of no more than 20 people, you will have the opportunity to explore this incredible landmark with an expert guide.
  • Your guide will keep you entertained and involved during the journey with stunning views, tragic tales, and amusing anecdotes.
  • The Colosseum underground and Arena tour provides exclusive access to the Colosseum’s most restricted places. These tickets tend to sell out quickly, so book the tickets in advance.
  • You won’t have to wait in a ticket line if you purchase skip-the-line tickets. Your guide will take you straight to the VIP entrance to the Colosseum third ring.
  • You’ll find it easier to go around places and hear great anecdotes from your guide if you’re in a small group with individual headsets. Because you’re in a smaller group, you’ll have more opportunities to connect and converse with your tour guide and fellow travelers.
  • Follow in the footsteps of gladiators and walk through the colosseum underground where they got combat-ready, various wild and exotic animals were kept to be released to the arena floor, hundreds of men ran about to put up an incredible show for the crowds.
  • Following the underground tour of the Colosseum, your guide will lead you to the stands, where spectators would witness the bloodshed on the arena floor of the Colosseum to get a good idea of the amphitheater’s size and atmosphere.
  • Book a gladiators arena and colosseum underground tour that includes a visit to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and access to the third ring if you’re interested in Rome’s history. You’ll learn about the Roman myths, hear about infamous monarchs, and be surrounded by breathtaking ancient architecture.
  • One of Rome’s most magnificent sites is the Colosseum at night. It’s even more special to visit the monument under the cover of a starry night. The Colosseum offers night tours, after hours, if you do not want to visit it during the hustle and bustle of the day although the colosseum underground tour tickets are even more limited and only a select few are allowed once the sun has gone down.

History of the Colosseum Underground

Nearly 1900 years after Gladiators readied themselves for combat backstage and walked through the tunnels to reach the Arena, the Colosseum underground tunnels are open for public guided tours. The Colosseum, Rome’s most visited destination, is a must-see for any traveler. Step back in time and relive the past as you enter the Colosseum Dungeons, the Colosseum underground level gives us fascinating stories and sights from the ancient Roman empire. 


Colosseum Underground Third Ring


The underground Colosseum tours commences through the entrance to the exclusive “backstage” of the arena. The Hypogeum was the space beneath the Colosseum (meaning underground). A two-level below-ground network of tunnels and 32 animal enclosures made up the hypogeum. It included 80 vertical shafts that provided animals and their surroundings with immediate access to the arena. 


The Colosseum underground was where all the behind-the-scenes action took place during a show on the arena floor above. Hundreds of slaves toiled away for hours to transport props and animals from the basement chambers to the elevator, the animals would be let into the arena by trap doors attached to elevators making the audience ecstatic, while those on the arena stage were kept feeling distressed.


The Roman Colosseum has been used to protest the death sentence since 1998. This initiative is backed by the government and several other organisations. Golden light shines on the Colosseum when a country (anywhere in the world) abolishes the death penalty. Instead of being a site of death, the Roman Colosseum is now a center of living.

Colosseum Opening Hours 2024

Colosseum opening hours in 2024: From Monday – Sunday: 10am – 7:30pm.

The site opens, and the last admittance is usually one hour before sunset. After the last admittance time, visitors are allowed to stay inside the site for one hour only.  Your guided roman Colosseum underground tour can last between 1 hour 30 minutes up to 2 hours. With advance online reservation of tickets, you can get skip-the-line priority access.

Colosseum Underground Tour Tickets

  • Skip-the-line tickets can be bought in advance online so that you don’t have to wait in lines to gain entry to the colosseum. 
  • Most of the common underground tour tickets include the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The ticket costs can vary according to the tour companies but generally cost between 30-40 euros and can last from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. 
  • Visitors are not allowed to roam the Colosseum underground without a tour guide so booking a tour in advance not only makes the experience easier and more comfortable, the guides are experts who will keep you entertained and engaged throughout the whole tour.

How to get to Colosseum

  • On foot 

Walking to the Colosseum, and throughout Rome in general, is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience the city. It’s a terrific way to escape the sometimes-overcrowded buses and subways, and it gives you a sense of awe as you approach the gorgeous front.


  • City Bus 

Rome has a well-developed public bus system that is relatively easy to navigate. Use bus #51; 87; 75; 117; 118 from COLOSSEO MB* (Colosseum metro).


  • Metro/Subway

The metro system in Rome is simple and consists of three lines: A, B, and C. On the “B” line, the Colosseum stop is located.


The underground Colosseum gives you a feeling of the confined places in which the gladiators would have stood — waiting, sweating, worrying, the colosseum underground gives you a sense of the scale of the whole enterprise. This wasn’t a bare-knuckle brawl. This was a performance piece. It’s worth it just for that.

A visit to the Colosseum underground is included in the Colosseum Underground Tours, as well as skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Arena Floor, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. The Colosseum Underground Tour will teach you everything you need to know about the lives of Roman gladiators, the Colosseum’s purpose and its operation.

On June 26, 2021, for the first time in history, the underground of the Colosseum will be open for the first time to the public via guided underground tours.

Guided underground Colosseum tours usually last between 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes.

If you dislike crowds and want to avoid them then going to the Colosseum at night is a better option. You can also view other elements that aren’t visible during the day plus the sights look charming under the night sky lit up by the lights of the city. But if you want to click stunning photos, however, visiting during the day under natural lighting may be better for your album.