Have you done a Colosseum Third Ring Tour?

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There are a plethora of Colosseum tours available when you are visiting the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. When you choose a tour make sure it includes a visit to the Colosseum underground and third ring. The Colosseum third ring is the highest section of this UNESCO site.

Make sure you get to see all of this amazing building. There are only limited companies that do the Colosseum underground tour and third ring. It is an awe-inspiring moment when you stand in the middle of the Colosseum.

If you Google visiting the Colosseum and you will find that every man and his dog runs Colosseum tours and they are all happy to tell you that they offer this, offer that.

I took a good amount of time before deciding which tour to book for our family, after all, this is the Colosseum and we wanted to see it all. One of the true wonders of the ancient world, a place where the ancient Romam recreation bought out an entire city to watch gladiators fight to the death, exotic animals spring up from the floor, and Emperors walked as Semi-Gods.

I went with the Colosseum Third Ring and Underground Tour and I can tell you it was the best Colosseum tour.

This type of tour was the only one that gave you access to the underground floor, the third ring and the viewing platform in the middle when visiting the Colosseum. I won’t lie these tickets and tours are more expensive than general admission. My theory was you may only go to the Colosseum once so, you may as well go on the best Rome Colosseum tour and see all you can.

Sun shining through the Colosseum of Rome
Early morning sunshine come through the Colosseum of Rome

To our knowledge, there are only a couple of tours that offer this experience. We know one tour where you must book an entry ticket to the Colosseum as well as the tour tickets. Tickets for these type of tours are very limited to keep the impact on the Colosseum to a minimum. You must keep your eye on this because they sell out very fast, so planning is certainly required in accessing tickets if you plan on visiting the Colosseum.

The Colosseum is amazing!

Our tour guide was amazing and answered all questions with ease. Willow took a shine to her and followed her very closely soaking up all the Ancient Rome information she had to share. One thing I found interesting was that she stated there is no actual proof that Christians were slaughtered in the Colosseum. Maybe it is just another one of those urban legends but it is definitely a fact closely tied to the history of the Colosseum.

Our Rome Colosseum tour started at a meeting point inside the ancient Roman building. Our group were given headphones so we could hear what our tour guide was saying at all times. We headed down the stairs to the Colosseum underground We were shown where the gladiators of the Roman Empire waited before the battle.

We were informed on the building principles of the Colosseum, talked through how they thought the trap doors worked that released animals into the arena and told that the concrete that the Colosseum sits on is still curing 2000 years later. It is by far the most amazing Ancient Rome site that you can ever see.

standing on the platform in the middle of the Rome Colosseum
Willow and Marley looking at the Colosseum underground

The Colosseum third ring is only available on this tour!

Up the stairs, we headed and I must say they are steep and shallow. I can imagine people falling down them when thousands of people were in a hurry to exit the Colosseum. Out onto the wooden viewing platform you go. the platform that covers 1/4 of the Colosseum. This experience is to show you what it would look like with a floor in place.

The walls of the Colosseum rise up around you as you walk out channelling your inner Spaniard ( a reference to the movie Gladiator ) you feel small entering this arena soaking up 2000 years of history, putting your own footprints on a monument few others in our world today can match.
This was amazing. You are standing in the middle area of the Colosseum.

It really gives you an idea of what it might have been like in the day when people raced chariots and went to war with animals and gladiators in this place. The stands would have been filled higher than we can see today, the cheers would have echoed around the arena.

The Colosseum of Rome is truly amazing. I felt in awe like I was starstruck standing in the middle of the building that had been there for millennia. A building that had witnessed so much history, a history that still shapes todays society.

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The floor of the stadium you see on the Colosseum tour


From the middle of the Colosseum, we head out and up again to the second ring of the arena till we reach a locked metal gate.

Colosseum third Ring gates
The gate to the Third Ring

To stand on the Third Ring of the Colosseum is quite an experience

Our Colosseum tour guide unlocks the gate and ushers us through while rejecting others who tried to get in. This gate leads to the amazing section of the Colosseum third ring. This is where this tour stands out from the others and makes it the best Colosseum tour. The Third Ring is closed off to all general admission tickets and other tours. You get to stand aloft at the highest parts of the Colosseum with only a small group of people. Looking down you see the other people looking up at you wondering how we got up here.

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Visiting the Colosseum at night is possible. From March through December, you can also visit the Colosseum at night. The tours are smaller, less frequent and also more expensive ( and may or may not include the underground and third ring ).

The Colosseum third ring tour really is special and is a must-do if you are visiting the Colosseum. The Colosseum is one of the best things to see in Italy

the view from the third ring
The view from the Colosseum third ring

The view is amazing looking over this mighty arena. One can also see the outside of the Colosseum looking straight at Constantine’s Arch and over into the Roman Forum which we toured upon our exit.

I can’t stress enough how good it was to get away from the crowds and tour all parts of the Colosseum. If you only do one tour in Rome do a Colosseum tour that features access to the three amazing areas that you can’t access with general admission.

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Looking over Constantine’s Arch in Rome

A Colosseum guided tour will also assure you an entry time that suits you. Colosseum tickets for general admission are also available by lining up on the day.

I will warn you the line for Colosseum tickets was long. We recommend buying a Roman Forum ticket to visit once you finish the Colosseum underground tour. Touring the Colosseum was one of the real highlights of my travelling experience. It’s just one of those spots that you stand in wonder of. It is a special experience and one I will always treasure. The Colosseum is one of the best things to do in Rome<

I hope one day to return to Italy to see so much more of this beautiful country. There are so many amazing places in Italy to see and I think I want to see them all!

How to get to the Colosseum for your tour

Travel to the Colosseum using Rome Metro

  • Metro Line B

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Rome and Italy. The Eternal city has some many sights and attractions you will not know where to start. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Italy click through to our Italy Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.

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Have you done a Colosseum Third Ring Tour?

15 thoughts on “Have you done a Colosseum Third Ring Tour?”

  1. Thanks for the great tip about the 3rd ring. I wouldn’t want to be one of those looking up asking how did they get up there, lol. Pictures are great too.

  2. The colosseum is amazing! It blows my mind how many things took place there… and how much brutality too. Our tour didn’t include the ground floor. We were actually wondering how people got to those other places too haha

  3. Thanks for the tips! We’ll definitely know to book to see all the areas if we ever make it there! I would be kicking myself if I realised that I had missed out! It certainly does look amazing.

  4. haha i just said in my last comment on another post that I’ll be looking up where you’ve been when I book my next holiday so we can get some fab tips!
    We’re actually planning on booking Rome so this is absolutely perfect for us!
    We really want to visit the Colosseum when we’re in Italy. It looks incredible and is definitely a must see.
    You’re very lucky to have gotten on that tour. We’re going to try and book it. It’s great that they were all really friendly tour guides too.xx

  5. I’m a little confused about the buying options on the CoopCulture website- I click on Guided Tours in English for the underground tour, choose my date/time, and then there’s two options: 1) Underground and third ring English Tour+Reservation Fee for 11 €, and then 2) Free Underground and third ring English Tour+Reservation Fee for 2 € – what is the 2nd one for?

    I also see an option to buy a ticket for the underground without going on a tour- although the sites I’ve gone through have historically said you need to go on a tour in order to access the underground. What is correct?

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

  6. Oooh I’m jealous! Ive been twice and didn’t know that (although I was much younger)! Next time I will keep this is mind!!

  7. This is definitely on my bucket list for next year! I have been there once but it was so extremely hot during the summer months…. have to visit this place during wintertime again!

  8. Thank you again for the list. Every first sunday of the month the Colosseum is free of admission and a Colosseum Free Tour is always organized that day. It is also possible to book for FREE through Eventbrite: Colosseum Free Tour. Thank you very much.

  9. Hi!
    What a great description! We’re 5 adults. We’d love to take this Colosseum tour including underground and third level. But everytime we click on your button we can’t get to the site. Can you tell us with what tour operator you booked please?
    Thank You so much!

  10. Just to give an update over these couple of years. I just came back from my Rome holiday trip. The Colosseum attraction has since developed itself and currently has expanded into providing access to further 2 higher levels — the 4th and 5th rings. Unfortunately during my visit, the 4th and 5th rings were undergoing maintenance work and they only brought us to the 3rd ring.


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