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 we do not offer refunds if the underground areas are closed (for security reasons or due to flooding after heavy rain). Your guide will, nonetheless, give a full explanation and history of the subterranean zones.
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; once done you'll then be able to visit the Palatine Hill area, you'll just be doing so independently - your tour guide will point you in the right direction, don't worry. We have some rather nice Trip Advisor reviews for this tour.
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 continue down the page to check the calendar 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.
Now use the calendar below to see what's open during your stay in Rome - green booking buttons will appear once you've clicked on a date, and the buttons will clearly show whether 70 minute or 3 hour tours are available.
(Do remember that dates are in European (day-month-year) format.)
End of January 2013 - we have just been told that the lift/elevator down to the subterranean areas of the Colosseum is out of order until further notice meaning that the only way down is via stairs.
Simply select the ideal date for your visit by clicking on the calendar to the left. Next click on the green button that will appear below, availability permitting.
Further down the page we'll also show you other tickets or tours that are available on or near the date you've selected.
* 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!
HOW YOU'LL GET YOUR TICKETS:
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!
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