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Colosseum Dungeon and Upper Level Tours

Choose the date for your visit by clicking on the calendar and we'll show you the tours available as well as any similar tours or tickets that are available.

* If you're in Rome this Summer you may want to experience an even more atmospheric Colosseum by visiting once the sun has gone down - Colosseum and dungeons after dark!

Ticket booking for tours of the Colosseum, including underground areas and the third tier.

In October 2010, after a great deal of restoration work at the Colosseum, it finally became possible to visit the third anello - (tier, level, storey) and admire the views from on high of both the Colosseum interior and the skyline of Rome. Newly excavated subterranean areas also opened to visitors.
Visits to both areas are available (exclusively) as part of a guided tour - read on below for further information and booking details.

The underground - ipogei, hypogeum - areas are what made possible the long and spectacular days of the Colosseum in all their gore and glory - the subterranean backstage, as it were, where slaves worked, animals (read lions, tigers, hyenas and bears) were stored and gladiators rested, ate and offered up their prayers. They were completely filled in during the 5th century AD and as a result show a remarkable state of preservation.

The upper tier, the terzo anello sits at 33 metres high and offers unprecedented views for the visitor, both of the immense interior of the Colosseum as well as out across Rome, ancient and modern. Underground and above-ground, not for decades has it been possible for the visitor to achieve such a full sense of the scale and spectacular that is the Roman Colosseum.

A visit to the upper levels is not recommended for the elderly, nor for those of reduced mobility or with heart problems, or pregnant women. Please note that should the underground areas be closed for whatever reason (for security reasons or due to flooding after heavy rain) then we will arrange a partial refund.

Guided tour of Colosseum, exclusive areas, and the Roman Forum, 3 hours:

An accompanied guided tour lasting 3 hours, in English, with our own fully-qualified local tour guide, in a group that will not number more than 25 people. The tour will include a tour of the Colosseum, a visit to the upper and dungeon levels, and a guided tour of the nearby Roman Forum. You will explore the Colosseum, learn of its glorious and bloody history, and climb up to take in the views from the highest levels.
After the Colosseum it's on to the Roman Forum for a guided tour there.

We also offer this as a private tour if you would like to organise a visit for just you and your private group - click here for details of these private tours, otherwise check the calendar above for the availability of these extremely popular 3 hour group tours.
The tours do not run every day, but should there not be one available on your selected date we'll let you know if there is availability on a day either side of your chosen date.

Guided tour of Colosseum, exclusive areas, roughly 70 minutes:

This tour lasts approximately 70 minutes and includes the Colosseum, the upper levels and the dungeon levels. It does not include a guided visit to the Forum and Palatine Hill area - your voucher will cover entrance to those areas, just that you need to visit by yourself.

DELAYS DUE TO SECURITY MEASURES: Heightened security coupled with the recent decision to impose a ceiling on the number of visitors allowed to enter the Colosseum at a given time mean that it is possible, even with a 'no queues' ticket, that you will face delays.

It is now also compulsory to pass through a metal detector - local authorities are aware of the queues these extra measures are causing and are working to speed things up as soon as possible. Please see this page for the most up to date information.


To reserve your tickets for these Colosseum tours, just fill out the booking form, supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your entry voucher. Print it out, take it with you and present it at the pre-arranged meeting point. As simple as that!

4.7 stars out of 5 from 841 ratings. See all 647 reviews

5 stars
HS, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
7th Jul 2017
Great guides. Very interesting
5 stars
LU, United States
24th Jun 2017
We loved our after dark tour of the Colosseum! It was definitely a highlight of our vacation to Rome. The tour guide was very knowledgable and the experience was extremely memorable. There's nothing quite like reliving the stories of this historic ruin as you walk through the dungeuns with your small group in the moonlight. Loved every minute!
5 stars
MM, Poland
22nd Jun 2017
Great tour, very glad I went in the evening not because of the heat during the day but because of soooo many people that are there at the same time during the day that ruin the experience. There were only couple groups at that time, it seemed empty. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I strongly recommend.
5 stars
HR, Australia
21st Jun 2017
Loved the opportunity to see the colosseum at night. We had a great guide and really enjoyed the opportunity to see it without the crowds in the comfort of a summer's evening.
5 stars
SA, Australia
20th Jun 2017
Our guide was excellent and informative.
5 stars
MM, United States
13th Jun 2017
Our nighttime visit to the Colosseum was outstanding! Avoiding the heat of the day, as well as the crowds, and getting to see the interior lit up was a real treat. The trip below the arena floor to see how the elevator system worked was a highlight. Also, the preamble to the Colosseum, touring the outside of the Forum and the King's Memorial along the was informative and interesting.
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Please note that some tickets and tours offered here may not include all of the attractions pictured. Please read the individual descriptions of your ticket or tour to see what is included.