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Colosseum Underground Tours & Tickets

The Colosseum attracts more than 7 million tourists annually, but not everybody can explore what’s beneath the Roman monument. 

If you want to know what went on behind the scenes of the attraction, you need to tour its two underground levels. 

Underground levels are rarely explored for many reasons, which is why they are memorable experiences. 

This article shares everything you must know before booking your Colosseum underground tour.

Things to know before booking tickets

You can book tickets to the Colosseum Underground online or at the attraction.

If you arrive at the venue to buy tickets, you must line up at the counter. During peak times, these lines can get long, and you will waste your time. 

Online tickets for the attraction are usually cheaper than those sold at the venue. 

You also get your preferred time slot when you book online and in advance. 

Online tickets also help you avoid last-minute disappointments when tickets get sold out. 

To book tickets, visit the ticket booking page and select your preferred date, time, and number of tickets.

After the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email. You don’t need to take any printouts. 

On the day of your visit, meet your guide at the “Ultimate Italy” office in Via del Colosseo 24, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line). The office is just around the corner from café Rmoma. You can show your e-ticket on your smartphone.

Carrying a valid ID is mandatory; entry will not be possible if your personal data is incorrect.

Colosseum underground tour tickets

The underground level remains rarely explored because the tickets are priced slightly higher. 

But most tourists are curious to know what’s under the Colosseum. 

If you are keen to travel down into the monument’s dungeons, where gladiators and animals await their frightful future, you can book three types of tickets. 

Note: Underground tours involve a fair amount of walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended.

Exclusive underground and arena Tour

This guided tour lasts 3 hours and is limited to 12 participants.

You get to see behind the scenes of the attraction and learn what happened in the famous monument’s chambers.

Then, the guide will walk you around the Roman Forum and show you the fantastic view from the top of Palatine Hill.


  • Admission to the restricted area of the underground
  • Entry to the restricted area of the arena
  • Access to the Roman Forum
  • Access to the Palatine Hill
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly

Cost of tickets

Adult (17+ years): €109
Child (2 to 16 years): €99
Infant (up to 1 year): €29

Small group tour

Book this 3-hour small group tour and see parts of the Colosseum that are usually restricted to guided walking tours.

This tour gives you special access to the arena floor and the underground tunnels with fast-track entry.

Imagine the roaring crowd as you stand on the arena floor, following in the footsteps of the gladiators.

Afterward, go beneath to view the tunnels leading to the Ludus Magnus, the gladiator training area.

See the elevators that unleash these predators onto the arena floor and the cells intended to house wild creatures.

Continue with a stroll around the Roman Forum and a tour of Palatine Hill’s emperors’ palace remains.

Cost of tickets

Group Tour in English – Up to 10 People

Adult (18+ years): €130
Child (3 to 17 years): €115

Group Tour in English – Up to 20 People

Adult (18+ years): €110
Child (3 to 17 years): €95

Group Tour in English – Up to 30 People

Adult (18+ years): €100
Child (3 to 17 years): €85

VIP night tour

A knowledgeable guide leads a group of 12 tourists on this VIP night tour for around two hours. 

During this VIP access after closing time, visit the arena floor, the high-level seating, and the underground.


  • Special admission after closing time
  • Access to the arena Floor
  • Access to the underground
  • Guided tour in English in a group of max. 12 people
  • Headsets for the tour

Cost of tickets

Adult (17+ years): €109
Child (3 to 16 years): €99
Infant (up to 2 years): €29

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What is the Colosseum underground

The Colosseum in Rome is a stadium-like structure with 50,000 seats and a central area for gladiators to perform. 

The fighters performed on the arena floor in the middle of the Colosseum, built of wood and covered with sand.

The Romans built trap doors on this wooden floor for dramatic entries during the gladiator fights.

Under the floor was a two-story structure full of tunnels, cages, and rooms meant for gladiators and wild animals participating in the shows.

Since the wooden arena floor couldn’t stand the test of time, the underground is now exposed to all.

The Hypogeum is an underground area with two levels comprising a series of connected corridors and tunnels.

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Can you visit the Colosseum Underground

Not all Roman Colosseum tickets include access to the underground. 

Visitors can access the underground as part of guided tours led by authorized guides. 

These tours include visits to the rest of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, as well as the tunnels.

During the tour, guests learn about the Roman gladiators, their lives, and their fights.

Self-guided tours are not allowed within the underground.

Tip: With more than 7 million visitors annually, the tickets sell out often. So, it makes better sense to buy Colosseum tickets in advance. If you have already purchased your tickets, look for the line for ‘visitors with reservations’ at the entrance.

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Is the Colosseum Underground tour worth it

The underground tour is a fantastic experience, taking in both the original ruins of the underground level and its reconstructions.

During the tour, you will also see a restored, manually operated elevator to lift gladiators and animals onto the arena floor.

You will learn how 200 Romans coordinated below the Colosseum to keep the show going on the arena floor.

Tourists who have toured the underground area recommend it to everyone.

Some tourists book the Colosseum and Vatican combo tours and see both attractions in a day. At the same time, others prefer to see the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain on the same day.

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Want to explore the Roman attraction after dark? Find out everything about Colosseum night tours.

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