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Colosseum Dungeon Guided Tours

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

In October 2010, after a great deal of restoration work at the Colosseum, newly excavated subterranean areas opened to visitors.
Visits 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.

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.

We also offer private tours if you would like to organise a visit for just you and your private group - click here for details of these private tours.

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 907 ratings. See all 700 reviews

5 stars
HD, United States
2nd Jun 2018
Our guide was great, we were the 1st group allowed into the Colosseum, the next group didn’t come in until 20 minutes later so we had the entire place to ourselves. It was incredible. I would Highly reccomend! Gratzie Alfredo!
5 stars
ES, United States
22nd May 2018
I went on this tour with a friend and it was fantastic!!! Our favorite part of Rome!! Our tour guide was Nicoli (spelling?) and he was extremely well educated on all things Rome, not just the sites. He joked and answered questions well and was a good story teller and went at a good pace. Seeing the dungeons is DEFINITELY worth it. Really really cool. This tour was fantastic.
5 stars
MC, United States
11th May 2018
Was amazing. Perfect guide inside
5 stars
JS, United States
9th May 2018
Tickets were exactly as described and much more affordable than all other similar trips. Was great to see the underground and was able to spend as much time as we wanted at the other sites. Great deal and experience!
5 stars
AH, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
6th May 2018
Excellent and really enjoyed the historical information our guide for the forum and outside of the colosseum was Patricia . She was superb
5 stars
KP, United States
19th Apr 2018
This was our second tour, first time for the lower areas, great perspective from below and worth extra euros!
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