Getting Rome Colosseum underground tour tickets is now easier than it used to be (even though they can be hard to come by, the procedure is easier.)
You no longer have to book a guided tour, and you see so much more now than ever before!
Visiting the Rome Colosseum underground is a very special thing to do, and it gives you a completely different understanding of the architecture and the history of this iconic monument.
In 2021, they opened pretty much the entire Colosseum underground so you see a lot more than you used to be able to see.
Here's everything you need to know about getting Rome Colosseum underground tour tickets:
The Colosseum is open daily from 9 AM. Closing hours vary throughout the year. In spring, summer, and early fall, it closes at 7:15 pm.
The Colosseum is closed on December 25 and January 1.
If you book the colosseum underground tour through the official booking site Coopculture, the cost is:
There is a 2 Euro fee for booking, which is obligatory.
It is free for:
There are more details about discounts and free tickets on the Coopculture website.
To visit the Colosseum underground, you must be accompanied, i.e. you cannot visit on your own.
However, you can book the visit through the Colosseum website, Coopculture, and you will simply have a Colosseum staff member accompany you in a small group. It's not a tour per se, although they give you some basic info.
When you book Rome Colosseum underground tour tickets through Coopculture, you also have the possibility to book a tour through them.
This tour costs 32 Euros + 2 Euros booking fee.
With this tour, your guide will give you a tour of the Colosseum underground only (not other parts of the Colosseum, or of the Palatine Hill/Roman Forum.)
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If you do want to take a guided tour of the Colosseum underground, what are the best tours to take?
The least expensive option is the one you book directly with the Colosseum via Coopculture. It's pretty minimal and you will just get a tour of the underground and area.
But if you want a more complete tour, I recommend booking one that includes a tour also of the Colosseum itself, plus the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill. This type of tour will likely take around 4 hours.
There are several good options for Colosseum underground tours with our partner company Get Your Guide.
I absolutely love taking a tour of the Colosseum at night. This is without a doubt one of the most special things you can do in Rome.
The tour takes you around the inside of the Colosseum, and includes a visit to the underground and arena.
It's not available year-round, and availability is often limited, but if you can get this tour, I really recommend it.
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When you buy Rome Colosseum underground tour tickets, you get what's called a "Full Experience" ticket. You will get:
This ticket is good for 2 consecutive days.
This means you could visit the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill the day prior or after your Colosseum visit, if you want. (You can of course also visit them the same day.)
So what can you see with this ticket?
Your ticket gives you access to the underground of the Colosseum (you will be guided, either simply accompanied or on a tour, depending on what you book, but you cannot go in on your own.)
Your ticket also gives you access to the main 2 levels of the Colosseum as well as to the permanent and temporary exhibits.
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When you visit the Colosseum underground, you will see the underground first, followed by a visit to the arena floor.
At this time, the Colosseum Belvedere, or third ring, is not open.
The 4th and 5th rings are closed for repairs and are also not accessible.
Hop on/Hop off bus
The Colosseum is one of the stops on the Hop on / Hop off bus tours.
You may purchase a hop-on/off bus ticket that includes entry to the colosseum, but none of these bus tours include a tour of the Colosseum underground.
A visit to the Colosseum underground takes around half an hour by itself. Once you leave the underground, you will visit the arena, too. This can last about 15 minutes.
So for just the underground + arena, figure about 45 minutes.
You'll want another hour or so to visit the rest of the Colosseum.
Can you use the Roma Pass for free or discounted entry to the Colosseum underground?
At the moment, you cannot use the Roma Pass for entry to the underground area, only the regular admission ticket.
Whether it's worth it to visit the Colosseum underground is of course subjective.
I always thought it was worth visiting this special area of the Colosseum.
Now that it's so much easier to get Rome Colosseum underground tour tickets than ever before, and especially since they have opened up so much more of the underground, I have to say that most definitely YES it is so worth it!
What can you do when Rome Colosseum underground tour tickets are sold out?
If you have some time before your trip, you can keep checking back. Sometimes availability can change if it's far back enough.
If your visit to the Colosseum is imminent, you can look for a last minute colosseum underground tour with a tour agency.
In either case, when you are faced with no availability for the Rome Colosseum underground tour tickets on CoopCulture, you can usually book through a tour agency.
Yes, you will pay more, but you will also likely get a bit more or a well-rounded tour.
When you book with the Colosseum, you will often have just a guide, or maybe a tour, but usually only for part of your visit, such as JUST for the underground.
Whereas when you book with a tour company, you will get a more complete tour that includes the Colosseum, underground, and usually also the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill.
If you cannot get any tickets at all, you could try exploring some of the other Rome underground sites on offer, such as the many catacombs across the city.
If you're hesitating getting Rome Colosseum underground tour tickets because you are worried it could be claustrophobic, I would suggest that you go ahead and get the tickets.
In the first bit of the visit, you will indeed be underground, but you can see ahead of you the open sky.
And this space at the beginning is pretty ample, opening to all sides, so you are never in a small space.
Most of the rest of the visit is in what was once underground, but is today uncovered, so you have open sky above you.
While the Colosseum is wheelchair accessible, the underground is not really accessible for wheelchair users.
Having visited the Colosseum underground recently, I can attest to the fact that there is indeed a lift that can take you down to the underground level if need be, and there are ramps throughout.
But I think the access is limited as parts of the walkway are narrow and or not quite connected and may not accommodate a wheelchair.
According to the website of Coopculture, the official ticketing agency of the Colosseum.:
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