Colosseum Underground | Rome


When visiting Rome, one of the most obvious points of interest is the Colosseum...am I right?? From our school textbooks to popular films....we have always known about this massive Roman ruin and who wouldn't want the chance to be able to walk through it's gates. To be able to stand where the Roman community sat and watched gladiators and animals fight to the death. Pretty charming, right?


With just a short amount of time in Rome, we wanted to stand in as few lines as possible while in Rome and luckily you can skip the Colosseum lines by booking your tickets in advance! Of course you must choose a time slot to visit, but it is sooooo worth it! I seriously am amazed when I see so many people standing in line....do they not know about the internet??

We went a step further and booked the Underground Colosseum guided tour which is THE way to go in the Colosseum. At only 9E more, not only do you get to skip the massive line, but you get a knowledgeable tour guide for a group of 25 and get to tour parts of the Colosseum that regular visitors do not get to see. It was soooo worth it. I totally recommend this tour if you have 9 Euros to spare (and come on, you do!) The tour lasted about 1.5 hours and we learned things about this place that were truly amazing!


With the Underground Tour, we started by walking out to the ground floor level, something that you can't really do with just a regular ticket. It was cool to imagine what it must have felt like to be a gladiator and to glance up at the crowds above. Also from this vantage point, you are able to get a good view of the underground layout...

Oh, and no crowds. Just you and your small group!


Below is the death door....this was the exit used to remove all of the dead fighters. Yeah, that's the door we just walked through haha!!

The Underground

After we had some time out on the ground level, our guide took us down below. It was pretty eerie to walk the steps down to the lower level. We were able to see original flooring and also where the pulley systems had been in place. The pulley systems where what brought the animals and fighters up the the main floor. You could also see where there had been smaller rooms or holding areas for the animals. It would have been very dark down here as the floor of the Colosseum would have been directly above them. 


After our time down below, we were brought up the the third level. I really enjoyed having a guide for this part. She explained so much about the building of the complex. She also was able to give us some discrepancies from the Gladiator movie compared to how things really were. For example, although Commodus was really killed by a gladiator, he wasn't killed out on the arena floor. He was killed in his bathtub. 


See the platform below? Only guided tours are able to go out there....I'm telling you, it's totally worth it! While you do have to give the ticket office a ring to purchase the underground tickets, they speak English and it is a simple process!

Views of the Roman Forum outside of the Colosseum...


I so enjoyed standing up above and looking out over the ruins and the Colosseum. I could only imagine what life must have been like during the glorious Roman Empire. 


Can you imagine 55,000 Romans cheering in this stadium? One of my favorite facts learned from the tour guide was that all of the attendees, all 55,000 of them, could enter and be seated within 30 minutes. The same went for the exit. There were so many entrances to the Colosseum that entering and exiting the building was a simple matter. Why can't it be so easy today?!


So what have you learned today? Take the Underground Tour!



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32 comments

  1. I've been to Rome twice and still never visited the Colosseum. Your pictures are incredible. I can't believe how enormous it is inside and how deep the levels go. It always makes me gape about how they built structures like that way back when. You've given me plans for my next visit over! xx

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  2. That's so funny that you have never been! It was really awesome to take the tour....seemed mess touristy I guess? No lines and it was cool to get into the "off limits" areas! Yes, you must go in on your next visit :)

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  3. This looks amazing! I'll definitely have to put it on my "to-do" list! x

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  4. This is bringing back so many good memories!! Love Rome!

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  5. I loved visiting the Colosseum! We accidently ended up in Italy during their week when all of their museums were free so it was wonderful! That tour looks like so much fun. :)

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  6. This is great! Will be in Rome in March so will have to take your tip about the Underground tour :)

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  7. And now I really, really want to go back to Rome! lol :)

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  8. I would absolutely do the underground tour, or at least purchase your tickets in advance!! You will be amazed at how long the line is! But the extra tour really was worth it!

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  9. Free musuems!! I'm in! What an awesome surprise on your trip!

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  10. Ah meeee too!! I'm hoping to take a tour of northern Italy soon :)

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  11. Colosseum on a 'to-do list'....isn't life on this side of the world wonderful? :)

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  12. Yep, I really wish I would have spent that extra 9 Euros. Maybe next time...


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  13. Aww man! I am a huge penny pincher but sometimes I just gotta go for the extras....they are usually worth it :)

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  14. I went to Rome as a college kid. We did not have a lot of money to explore. The colosseum is something that I really regret not going in to see. www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com

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  15. Then you must return :) I'm glad that I am getting to travel at an older age...now we have the money to do the things we want to do and we can plan them all out!

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  16. Wow pretty impressive that it only took 30 minutes to seat and exit! The underground looks awesome, I wish we would have done that tour when we visited. The Colosseum is just stunning, I loved our time there and your pictures are beautiful!

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  17. This is great; you've definitely sold the tour to me! I've been to Rome twice but I've only ever been outside of The Colosseum and I can see why it is worth going in! Happy Travel Tuesday!

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  18. Awesome! I had no idea you could take a special tour like this. Definitely doing it when we go! BTW - We just watched Gladiator for the first time since it came out a couple weekends ago. Totally forgot how much I used to love that movie!

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  19. Isn't it such a cool feeling to walk into the Colosseum?! I'm so glad we visited...it was awesome!

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  20. Next time you visit you have to go in!! The tour is great because you get to walk out onto the floor and see what it felt like for the gladiators....really cool experience!

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  21. You know, I think I might rewatch it today while I'm doing laundry haha!! I love love that movie. But yes, do the underground tour....seems like such a more personal experience than just walking around with an audioguide! Plus you get to ask questions :)

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  22. I love how...er...colossal the Colosseum is compared to the tiny little humans standing inside, hahaha. How amazing to be standing in the middle of something that has stood for so long!

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  23. Good to know! It sounds like my parents will be visiting Rome in January, so I'll meet them and sign us up for this trip!

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  24. Yes do! You will be so happy you did...and for not much more $$! Just go to the link in the post and call the number. Unfortunately they are not bookable online. But the office is super helpful! Enjoy Rome! I have a few more posts coming up on the Eternal City :)

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  25. The Colosseum is just so breathtaking. I really wish I had done the underground tour like you did! You got some seriously fantastic shots! And less crowds is always the way to go.

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  26. Well, I left out the part that the games were free and all of the Romans knew their place and where they needed to sit in the stadium haha! But still, they had it down! Can you imagine? And yes, my little cheery scarf. Anthropolgie sales yay!!

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  27. The underground was pretty VIP feeling for just the 9 euro extra! It was a great way to experience the Colosseum!

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  28. Gorgeous photos! I would love to see the Colosseum! I mean it looks like an amazing part of history and just magnificent because it's so immense! And the bit about reserving online is a great tip and I'll try to remember it :)

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  29. Yes do remember...the line was AT LEAST an hour long! We are huge line despisers (is that a word haha) and we always find a way around them! But usually it requires some planning...not just money!

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  30. Ahh, I'm so glad you did your research (unlike us) when you went to the Colosseum! We went the very first weekend we were in Rome and totally got ripped off by buying the regular ticket + tour and still not getting to see the very bottom level of the Colosseum. Hopefully we'll have a chance to go again at some point and do the same tour you did!

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  31. Oh no! Yeah I always book stuff in advance :) Maybe if you have visitors, go back and do the underground! It was totally worth it!!

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