Colosseum underground opens

This item appears on page 29 of the August 2021 issue.

The underground passageways and corridors, or hypogeum, of Rome’s Colosseum opened to the public for the first time in the modern era on June 26 after a lengthy restoration. Entry to the hypogeum is included with an “Underground and Arena Full Experience” ticket (€22, near $26). Tickets can be purchased at

In 2015, a portion of the underground known as the Beehive, where elevators took gladiators and animals up to the arena floor, was opened to the public (Oct. ’17, pg. 69).