Shared Tour: Colosseum Underground Walking Tour with Arena Floor and Ancient Rome VIP Experience - 09:15AM (subject to change)
During this walking tour you will explore the majestic and extensive remains of the largest ancient empire as our guide takes you inside the Colosseum and Roman Forum, bringing to life the sights and sounds that filled these areas two millennia ago. In the valley of the Roman Forum you will walk the square where Julius Caesar, Cicero and Augustus gave their famous speeches. Your feet will touch the stones along the Via Sacra which still preserve the signs of carriage wheels from 2,000 years ago. You'll explore the Colosseum, an enormous amphitheater built by the Flavian emperors who wanted to provide Rome with a public gift on the land that had been stolen from them centuries before.
Inside the Colosseum, we will have the special opportunity to visit the vast network of tunnels, rooms, cells and passages underneath which housed the wild beasts, gladiators, stage-props and slaves necessary to run the horrific activities in the area above. This special visit helps us deepen our understanding of the games' organization, efficiency and all the strategies the Romans developed to maximize the dramatic experience of the spectators.
Then, we venture even further into the history of the Roman Empire, covering that which has survived of the enormous palaces of the emperors on the Palatine Hill. The Palatine has a wonderful view of the Tiber River, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and the entire city and also includes the preserved remnants of the huts of the founders of the Rome dating back to the 8th century BC. This tour allows you to deepen your understanding of the private and intimate aspects of Roman daily life after having explored the public side of it in the Forum and the Colosseum.
Please Note: Lines at the Colosseum could be long on the 1st Sunday of the month due to free of charge admission with no priority entrance guaranteed.
Please note tickets for this tour are only released the month prior. If we are unable to confirm this tour, we will provide the best possible alternative, or provide a full refund.
Important Note: Backpacks, rucksacks, large personal bags and luggage are banned inside the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.
This tour is provided on a reserved basis prior to departure. Passengers must contact the local sightseeing company upon arrival to reconfirm their tour.
Approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes
In front of Cafe/Restaurant Angelina ai Fori, Largo Corrado Ricci, 43
9:15am, Monday and Friday
Transportation, lunch, beverages, gratuities
It is mandatory to bring a form of identification with you in order to go through a special security gate on this tour.
Availability and starting time will depend upon reservations with the Colosseum.
Maximum number of participants is 24.
During the visit to the Colosseum Underground you may be joined by other groups.
Tour does not operate May 1.
Tour runs on limited days during January and February.
In exceptional circumstances, the Colosseum may choose to cancel tours without prior warning. Such situations include, but are not limited to, adverse weather conditions, industrial disputes and changes to their operating procedures. Such situations are beyond the control of Europe Express, and impact the travel industry at large. In such situations, we will contact you immediately, offering a suitable alternative which may include a change in schedule start time, change of date, or alternate tour. In such cases, if the alternate solution is not acceptable, we will provide a full refund for the tour.