Located below the Colosseum is an underground area called the Hypogeum, this was divided into two levels which comprised of a series of connected corridors and tunnels that lead into and out of the Colosseum.
You can now opt into a "Guided Colosseum Underground Tour" There are two levels underneath the main floor level. The tour will take you through the ground level of the Colosseum and below to explore its underground. The tour will explore the mysteries of this incredible monument and you'll go below ground level to see what lies in wait - where gladiators met their fate for centuries as well as thousands of wild animals. You can even descend into the dungeon cells that housed captured Christians during Roman times!. Find out which Roman Emperor commissioned it (hint: not Augustus) and what happened when Christians began meeting at the Colosseum during their conversion process.
The Colosseum is an oval amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, just east of the Roman Forum. It is the largest ancient amphitheater ever built, and is still the largest standing amphitheater in the world today, despite its age. The Colosseum is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions, attracting over two million visitors every year.
Explore another site on your own or enjoy a visit to our museum with an exhibition about ancient Rome while waiting for your turn at Underground Tour booking.
Construction started 70 AD of the Colosseum, being ancient roman architecture, the only one of its kind in Rome. Explore the Mysteries of Ancient Rome: Colosseum Underground The Colosseum.
A Great way to experience the Colosseum through an entirely new perspective. You'll be able to see how those who were forced into combat viewed it, and you may even get a sense of what it felt like for them as they walked past other corridors with "death" on one side and "life" on another. If you're in Rome, this is not something that should be missed!
Fun facts about the Colosseum:
The Colosseum holds 50,000 people. It took less than a decade to build the Colosseum. This is an amazing feat for ancient Rome because they had little construction machinery and only hand tools (and back then these weren't light). Most of the work was done by slaves who were paid with food rations until their death or release from slavery. Archaeologists think that about 5000 Romans died during its construction in 80 AD when it opened; more may have perished later due to malaria and other diseases brought on by poor living conditions within the amphitheater. The Colosseum is over 1,900 years old and it's one of the 7 Wonders of the world!
The Colosseum was originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre. When it opened, it had wood flooring and no seating that would later be added. It wasn't until 100 years after its construction in 180 AD when Emperor Domitian covered the arena with marble stones for better viewing of gladiator battles.