In-depth Colosseum from the underground and arena floor up to the top tiers private tour
From the cells of acclaimed fighters up to the clouds between slaves and gods: thoroughly explore all the unexpected dimensions of the Colosseum with our expert archaeologist in this customizable private tour, which is one of the most specialist and accurate experience of Rome landmark icon you can ever ask for. Accompanied by our wise guide, who will give live voice to intense pages of Roman history, descend into the bowels of this architectural giant, venturing into its shady corridors once housing wild beasts, gladiators and ingenious machines for the violent shows, walk on the re-built arena and ascend the highest level of the Flavian amphitheater, discovering the extraordinary viewpoint from the top of the entire cavea and on the valley of the Colosseum.
Gems includedArena FloorColosseum undergroundBelvedere Valadier terraceTop tiers (3rd, 4th, 5th levels)Via Sacra (Sacred Way)Arch of ConstantineLudus Magnus (gladiator school)
Tailored in-depth experienceThis is a completely private tour, so you will have a personal guide just for you and your party, available to answer to all your questions.
CustomizableThe tour can be adapted to the traveller's needs and requests.
Skip-the-line admission ticketsThe tour includes tickets so you won’t waste any of your precious time in superfluous queues. Relax, we’ll take care of everything!
Top-rated specialist guideYou’ll be accompanied by one of our super selected guides who are fluent in English and, what’s most important, true expert in their field of knowledge thanks to a serious academic background. They’re Italian locals living in Rome, so they have not only a contagious passion for Rome, but they know their hometown in all its aspects, so they can reveal to you all the hidden gems and let you live the city as well in the most immersing and fascinating way. In this case, the tour will be especially guided by a real graduated archaeologist who has a strong university preparation and also an official license as a tour guide, gained through a specific and competitive training path.
EquipmentWe recommend the use of comfortable shoes for the long walking paths. On rainy days, especially in fall and winter seasons, bring jackets (better if waterproof) to be worn in the underground or more humid areas and umbrellas for the open-air spaces. In sunny days, especially in spring and summer seasons, we also recommend the use of hats or any other sunshades because there are wide areas without any shades
AccessibilityThis is an inclusive guided tour designed with love, maximum care and special attention to every people with special mobility needs. The walking path is thoughtfully studied to cause the least possible inconvenience, nevertheless some sections of the archaeological sites could be characterized by narrow spaces or uneven surfaces, being more difficult to access for wheelchairs or strollers. But, we will do our utmost to help you and make your experience pleasant. Feel free to contact us for any specific requests, so we can design the perfect tailored private tour specifically for your needs
This customizable private tour will accompany you to an accurate exploration of the most imposing and majestic amphitheater in the world. Finally, countless book pages will come to life thanks to the insightful knowledge of your specialist archaeologist guide, who will give voice to the centuries of glorious history still enshrined in the Colosseum. You’ll actually time travel back to Ancient Rome and unveil all the lesser known secrets of the iconic monument in first person, learning also all the most recent acquisitions of Archaeology studies around this topic, which still continues to provide astonishing discoveries.
The immersive experience will start with a reinterpretation of the area surrounding the Colosseum, in order to trace the physical evidences of the original context where the monument arose. The guide will show you and explain everything about on the remains of the colossal statue of emperor Nero and the traditional beliefs around the origin of the surname “Colosseum” to the Flavian amphitheater. What’s more, is that you’ll be able to retrace the material presence of the travertine stones once probably destined to handle the wide velarium protecting the edifice, the entrance arches and several other details, including different kind of holes you can see on the exterior surface of the giant monument.
Once passed through five concentric ambulacrums, your eyes will open to the large scenery offered by the interior of the Colosseum. You’ll have the chance to walk on the portion of the re-built arena, learning about the astonishing performance of the shows and gladiatorial games, made even more spectacular by Roman engineering thanks to a smart system of goods-hoists you’ll understand through accurate reconstructions and descriptions.
The archaeologist guide will be constantly at your disposal in showing you the slightest particulars, inscriptions and decoration remains belonging to the history of the monument, so you’ll understand the value and impact of its glorious past testified by the present ruins, still echoing in the fascinating lines written by ancient Latin authors. You’ll learn about the distinctions pursued assigning each sector of the imposing cavea to specific people categories, discovering a unique and detailed cross section of special lifestyle and cultural habits of Roman society. Throughout depictions of the Colosseum on marble reliefs, coins and paintings will be also shown to let you carry out an instructive comparison with the present architecture.
The captivating path inside the Colosseum will take you deep inside the giant bowels, where you’ll explore the underground spaces (also called “Hypogeum” from the Latin language). The ingenious facilities, machineries traces and organization of spaces destined to the cage of wild animals and gladiators will reveal the clever behind-the-scene system the ancient Romans used to organize the bloody shows and instill you with the pathos of the tragic stories that cast a shadow over its dark corridors.
You’ll be then accompanied in a breathtaking exploration of the upper levels of the amphitheater, from the first to the second level, where you’ll be able to walk around the perimeter and admire the wide cavea offering its open air structures to your amazement. The tales of past glory will acquire all the vivid intensity of emotions when you’ll overlook over modern Rome from the Belvedere Valadier terrace and understand in a moving perspective the connection still alive among the different souls of the Eternal City.
The admiration towards the legendary Roman talent for architectural building will rise even further when you’ll be allowed to climb up to the top level tier of the Colosseum, where you’ll closely appreciate the edge of the monument bordering the dazzling light of the sky and you’ll feel lightly wandering like a cloud over a bird’s eye view of the modern Rome almost at 360 degrees.
The surprise will be even greater when you’ll have the chance to learn more about the real daily life of gladiators, discovering the hidden gem of the Ludus Magnus, the gladiatorial school where the fighters usually trained, waiting for the Colosseum performances, to enter the realm of immortal glory.
A close examination of the Arch of Constantine, on the threshold between Ancient and Medieval art, and a walk on the ancient Via Sacra (Sacred Way) stepped by emperors and popes will complete this stimulating journey at the authentic heart of the history of Rome.