One of the best tours in Rome is the Colosseum Underground and Third Ring Tour. Even if you’ve seen the Colosseum before it’s well worth another visit to view these VIP areas and walk the arena floor. The only way to view them is with a guided tour. General admission tickets do not grant access to these restricted zones. Tours are offered directly from the Colosseum via CoopCulture or through select authorized tour companies such as Walks of Italy. By taking a tour you will also be able to skip the long ticket long.
A tour guide will enhance your visit by explaining how the Colosseum was built and sharing nuggets of information. For example, most gladiators did not face death at the end of a match. It was simply too expensive to loose a gladiator after paying for training and living expenses if the warriors had a short life. Another little know fact: there were female gladiators! A guide will share how the games were conducted and explain out once and for all the answer to the debated question of whether Christians were martyred at the Colosseum. Plus you’ll see the tunnels the gladiators walked to enter the amphitheater. Also in the underground the system of pulleys and trapdoors below the stadium floor will be explained. This finely timed system allowed animals and fighters to suddenly appear in the ring to the delight of spectators. The highest level of the Colosseum still existing is the third tier where ordinary Roman citizens watched the games. The view from the here is priceless.
NEW: Just in time for summer, Colosseum underground and third ring tours are now available on Thursday and Saturday nights until November 1. Not only does a night visit free up your day to see other sights, it is less crowded – and seeing the Colosseum under the glow of moonlight is an experience not to be missed.
How to reserve the Colosseum Underground and Third Ring Tour:
CoopCulture (bookings not available online – reservations by phone only, English speaking operators available)
Telephone: +39 06 399 67 700