- Headsets Included
- Tour Duration: 2.5 Hours
- Live Tour Guide
- Activity Effort: Moderate
Underground Tour of Colosseum
The Colosseum Underground Tour is our most exclusive package in the Eternal City covering a complete visit into the Amphitheater starting with the Underground systems, the 3rd ring and also the Arena.
The tour doesn't limit only for the Underground or the 3rd Ring, but it also includes a tour for the Amphitheater and the Ancient Rome with Palatine Hill.
Please note that the Colosseum Underground it is limited for a small number of travelers entering simultaneously, therefore the availability for this tour is way reduced and it requires a PRE-BOOKING with at least a few days before.
In order to make the reservations contact us using the Enquiry Form displayed and inform us with the date required plus the number of travelers willing to book the Colosseum Underground Tours.
- Fast Access
- All fees included
- Live Tour Guide
- Colosseum, the Underground & 3rd Ring
- Forum Romano
- Palatine Hill
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|Adults ( 18+ years )||75 €|
|Children ( 7 - 18 years )||55 €|
|Children ( - 7 years )||Free|
|From 10:30 - to 16:00||Daily|
|Each 1st Sunday of the month||CLOSED|
|1st Jan, 1st May, 25th December||CLOSED|
The underground tours of the Colosseum
The colosseum is located in Rome-Italy. It’s a roman architecture design that has been considered as one of the largest amphitheater in the world, as various events would be held in the arena as it had a 50000 capacity. Today only a small part of it remains intact as much of it has been destroyed by people and earthquakes. It still amazes people as it took under nine years to build whereas using the technology currently present it would be still difficult to manage to build in such a short time. Over 60000 Jewish slaves contributed to the building of the stone and concrete structure.
The underground tunnels which were used to hold slaves and animals were built by Domitian who was Vespasian’s youngest son. Dramas, gladiators’ contests, and animal hunts were some of the events held in the colosseum. Despite the fact that the amphitheater was mainly used for entertainment it is estimated that more than one million animals and 400000 people died inside. Food was given free to all the attendants of the event. Over the years, the purpose of the artefact has gradually changed from its initial entertainment purpose to being used as a workshop and a religious quarter. Today it is considered as one of the most popular tourist destination. In Italy it’s used as a symbol against capital punishment.
As one descends a staircase at the eastern side of the stadium, the ruins that were hidden under a wooden floor during over five centuries of the arenas use are revealed. The waist-high areas of the flagstones have weeds sprouted from them, fig-trees and caper have sprout from dank walls. The floors and walls have numerous grooves, slots and abrasions which were obviously made carefully but their purposes can only be guessed.
The underground of the colosseum was used as a backstage before performances took place. For tourists, they can only access the area through the back entrance. Major architectural changes have been done to preserve the area and also make it more appealing to the public. Tourists are able to see the cell in which the animals were kept before being hoisted up to the ground floor. This was done by the use of a capstan (cross-shaped vertical winch) would be pushed by men as they walked in a circle This is the same process that was used to hoist gladiators to the stage and the onlookers would see as if they appeared out of nowhere. However, large animals used the main gate as the entrance as they were too heavy to be hoisted up.
The managing body of the colosseum allowed the public to tour the gladiator tunnels. These tunnels were used by the gladiators to prepare for battle. First time visitors are impressed to see the cells and passages of the lions and tigers and this gives them a wild feeling. The tour guides helps create a picture in the mind of how the animals were forced into cages and using a system of pulleys and winches they were lifted up the arenas stage. The animals emerged from rope operated doors to the arena where they could battle. Tourists are able to see a complex sewage system used by thousands of people who flooded the arena during the events. It’s amazing how the sewerage system would efficiently serve the enormous crowds that attended the events.
Tourists are able to see the ancient roman bricks that were used to build the floor of the tunnels and the stairways that connect the underground levels. The Ludus Magnus is an underground pathway that connects the colosseum to a nearby gladiator barrack. To date it still remains intact and tourists are able to enjoy the site. The Porta Libitina also known as the gate of death is where those who died in the arena were carried through out of the arena. When in the underground, the gladiators kept in cages could hear the roars and shouts of the many who had attended the event. Tourists get to imagine that feeling.
During the events the underground was a very busy area as various animals were prepared for slaughtering, a crowd of people would be working on hoisting the stage unto the arena and with the various animals in cages the heat would be so immense and the air would be very stuffy making people and animals uncomfortable hence most activities were carried out during the night especially in the summer season.
The gladiatorial events were last held in the sixth century. Since then Romans quarried lots of stones from the colosseum leading to its slow succumbing to earthquakes and also gravity. Down the many years people have filled the hypogeum with garbage, planted gardens and dumped animal waste. During the beginning of the 19th century, the colosseum’s underground was buried under approximately 40 feet of dirt and earth and its existence had somehow been forgotten, during Benito Mussolini’s era in the 1930’s the hypogeum was cleaned.
Today the colosseum receives over 20,000 visitors daily with only 35% of the stadium being accessible the area gets to be quite crowded. The opening of the underground has greatly reduced overcrowding of people but has led to a huge increase in the number of tourists. Measures have been put into place to increase the percentage of area accessible to the public. Regarding safety and management efficiencies, guided tours with a maximum number of twenty five people are provided to the newly opened areas. People now get a chance to see the areas where games and shows were planned. However, in the near future more traffic is likely to arise in these areas and will lead to degradation of these artefacts.
Bearing in mind that millions of tourists go to the area, serious questions have been raised by archeologists with regards to the impact of the tourists on the tunnels.
The meeting point for this tour will be in our office located in Via di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 14, 00184, ROME.
( 5 minutes walking from Colosseum)
Notice : we recommend all our customers to arrive at the meeting point with at least 15 minutes before tour starts to avoid any unnecessary complications.
Tour available only by pre-booking. We kindly ask you to contact us if you would be interested in booking the Colosseum Underground Tour with us and as fast as possible we will get in touch in order to rezerve your spots. Thank you