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This tour is guaranteed at max 6 people per group
Alert! Non-Refundable Entrance Fees

Semi-Private Express Colosseum Underground & Arena Tour

Max 6 people
1 hr 30 mins
Colosseum Metro Station
Refundable booking
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Due to newly imposed regulations by the Colosseum, we will no longer be offering this semi-private tour. Alternatively, we highly recommend our Colosseum Tour with Underground, Arena & Gladiator Gate with Roman Forum. 

LivTours Express Colosseum Underground & Arena Tour will take you to the heart of one of the most iconic places of the Ancient Roman Empire – the Colosseum. Your expert guide will help you relive the blood-and-thunder shows held here millennia ago through their engaging anecdotes and stories of the Ancient Roman times. LivTours’ special privileged access, through one of its ancient main entrances, takes you directly into the newly reopened Underground & arena floor.

This extraordinary experience will only be shared with your fellow travelers on your semi-private tour and your LivTours guide. LivTours holds the limit to their semi-private tours at six travelers allowing you a more personal experience. Striding through the Colosseum’s eastern entrance, just above the gladiators’ underground tunnel, you will find this arena come to life with a skilled guide.

You will descend into the Underground of the Colosseum through special access and here your LivTours guide will entertain you by showcasing the use of these extraordinary rooms and hallways. From prisons to boat parking lots, water supplies, mechanical elevators, and set construction rooms, you will experience the full reenactment of an Ancient Colosseum Show directly from backstage.

Once understood and appreciated how the back-stage worked, you the arena floor, just like the gladiators did, and feel the energy and the thrill of standing on the world’s most famous stage. Later, you will go up to the first floor to enjoy the 360-degree views of the arena – the perfect place to appreciate this feat of Roman engineering. Together with such a knowledgeable companion as your expert guide, you will journey back in time to the majestic, yet brutal atmosphere which dominated the Colosseum millennia ago.


  • Savor the luxury of LivTours’ exclusive access through the Gladiator's Gate
  • Stroll on the stage and the Colosseum Underground
  • Walk in the shoes of gladiators as you walk directly on to the arena floor
  • Admire one of the most famous feats of engineering from the Roman Empire
  • Explore Roman history on this semi-private tour with no more than six travelers

Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.

Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)

Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English

Easy to book and prepay your tours with our secure payment system

Eco-sustainable tourism, designed to respect and support local culture, art and traditions

**All Colosseum tours require photo ID for all participants; plan to bring your passports on the day of your tour. Failure to show identification will result in the denial of entry to the site.**

Your LivTours Express Colosseum Underground & Arena Tour offers an unforgettable experience. If you are a history fan and want to enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Colosseum with an expert guide by your side, join this semi-private group and relive the excitement that this venue contained two thousand years ago.

Exploring this side of Roman history with an expert LivTours guide by your side is engaging, fascinating, and enlightening. On this semi-private tour, you will have a chance to take in all the beauty of this example of amazing Roman engineering.

Out of eighty entrance arches that frame the Colosseum facade only two of them were important during the events: the Porta Triumphalis, used for the processions that proceed the games and headed by the emperors, as well as victorious gladiators, and the Porta Libitinaria, whose story is much more intriguing! You will enter the Colosseum through the second arch, immediately immersing yourself in the world of gladiators.

Your tour will then descend into the dungeons of the Colosseum and explore the amazing new openings and pathways this spectacular experience now offers. Very limited.

As you start walking through the entrance gallery, your expert LivTours guide will bring to life the past stories these walls have seen as wild animals were brought into the Colosseum, as well as multitudes of workers, screaming, running, and carrying away muscular sun-burnt bodies covered with blood and sand. Along with the other travelers on your semi-private tour, you will shiver at the thought of past events.

Enjoy an immersive experience you will never forget!


  • Skip-the-line access into the Colosseum
  • Underground VIP access
  • Arena Floor Walk
  • Colosseum's 1st Tier

  • Please note that all Colosseum tour starting times are subject to change based on ticket availability.
  • All Colosseum tours require photo ID for all participants; plan to bring your passports on the day of your tour. Failure to show identification will result in the denial of entry to the site.
  • Tickets for the Colosseum Underground are extremely limited and are only released twice: 30 days prior, and 7 days prior to the tour date. Upon booking tickets on their release dates, we will confirm your tour. In the event we cannot fulfill your booking request, we will contact you immediately to provide you with the option of either a full refund, or an alternative Colosseum tour with a refund of the difference in price.
  • Due to recent changes in Colosseum ticketing regulations affecting all guides and all tour operators, there is a chance that the Colosseum will not allow guides to accompany their groups for the short 20 minute portion of the underground. In this circumstance, your guide will share all the historical insights prior to your entering and a member of the Colosseum staff will join you for this portion of the tour. This change is affecting all guides and all tour operators. Please see our terms and conditions page for more information.
    If you would like, you can install the Parco Colosseum official app on your phone and download the Colosseum Experience audio recordings prior to arriving.

LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry.  LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism  and how LivTours is contributing, click here.


All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.




Non-Refundable Entrance Fees

Due to recent ticket policy changes imposed by the Colosseum, this tour cost is fully refundable minus the skip-the-line Colosseum entrance fees. Cancellations or modifications will exclude these entrance fees.

If you want to help us restore this tour to 100% refundable and modifiable, please sign the petition here (scroll down for English). Thank you!


  • the BEST way to tour the Colosseum

    This tour was one of our favorite things we did on our honeymoon. Our tour guide was smart and funny, giving us just the right about of information and weaving it in with stories. We really enjoyed the whole experience!

    - Lauren
  • Amazing tour!!

    Our family thoroughly enjoyed every single second of this tour. Our guide Donata was full of knowledge and answered every question perfectly without pause. We would do it all again and maybe one day we will!

    - Susan
  • Private tour worth every penny, YES

    Our guide Francesca was INCREDIBLE. The depth of her knowledge was stupendous. We learned a ton and got to access the super unique underground of the colosseum!

    - Sarah
  • What a great tour!

    Our tour guide Barbara was incredible and LivTour's customer service was very helpful. Our guide was very personable and offered first class service. I wholeheartedly recommend a small tour with the underground section of the Colosseum. Thank you Barbara and LivTours.

    - Kate
  • Excellent experience with an excellent guide

    Dario was the most incredible guide ever! He was fun, engaging, informative, and made everyone understand so well. If your group has anyone who knows a little Latin background or Roman/Greek mythology or Roman history, he will test your knowledge. Highly recommend this tour and especially Dario!

    - Kristen
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By selecting Choose Dates Later / Buy as Gift at booking, any tour can be purchased without fixed dates. This is the perfect option if you want to purchase your tour as a gift for a loved one, or if you are in the pre-planning phase of your vacation. After booking, you will receive a Travel Voucher Code and full instructions on how to schedule your tours when ready. Once your travel plans are confirmed, you can easily use the Travel Voucher Code on the LivTours website to formally schedule your tours. You can find out more here.