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Colosseum & Roman Forum small-group tour with skip-the-line tickets & local guide
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Colosseum & Roman Forum small-group tour with skip-the-line tickets & local guide

Book now for an unforgettable small-group experience to discover the Colosseum and Roman Forum with skip-the-line tickets and a local expert guide!

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Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tour
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Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tour

Book your experience, and live the best of ancient Rome with an expert local guide to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

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Archaeological Rome tour, Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
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Archaeological Rome tour, Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

One of the best ways to see Rome is on foot with an expert guide to show you around. Discover the main sites and immerse yourself in the legends of the city.

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72-hour Rome Pass
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72-hour Rome Pass

Discover the beauty of Rome in just 72 hours with the Rome Pass card. Take advantage of special reductions and discounts in Italy's stunning capital.

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Colosseum & arena floor private tour with local expert guide
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Colosseum & arena floor private tour with local expert guide

Don't miss the chance to enjoy a private tour with access to the Colosseum's arena floor by the Gladiator's entrance.

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Private tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with local expert guide
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Private tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with local expert guide

Explore the Colosseum, visit the Roman Forum archeological site, walk up the Palatine Hill, one of the most ancient areas of Rome, and look down at Circus Maximus.

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Colosseum and Roman Forum Semi-Private Guided Tour
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Colosseum and Roman Forum Semi-Private Guided Tour

Book a tour of ancient Rome and follow in the footsteps of the Roman emperors with entrance to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

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Special Visit by Evening: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor
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Special Visit by Evening: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor

Get your Colosseum skip-the-line night tour. See Rome after the sun goes down and take in all its moonlit beauty.

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Guided tour of Colosseum Gladiator's Gate and Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
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Guided tour of Colosseum Gladiator's Gate and Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

See the Colosseum through the gladiator's gate and visit the Arena floor. Enjoy a tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with your expert local guide.

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Colosseum walking tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
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Colosseum walking tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Secure your spot now for an experience in the heart of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

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Italy audio guide with TravelMate app
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Italy audio guide with TravelMate app

Make the most of your time in 14 Italian cities with this TravelMate app on your smartphone. Listen to interesting stories and curiosities narrated in your language.

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World audio guide with TravelMate app
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World audio guide with TravelMate app

Make the most of your time in 33 cities around the world with this TravelMate app on your smartphone. Listen to detailed audio commentaries in your language.

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About the Colosseum

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Colosseum is the largest Roman-era amphitheatre on the planet. Nestled in the heart of Rome, the Colosseum is a must-see attraction and the symbol of the Eternal City. Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum was built between 70 and 72 AD at the behest of Emperor Vespasian. Once built, this architectural masterpiece became Rome’s first permanent amphitheatre, inaugurated in 80 AD with 100 days of games.

The Colosseum can hold between 50,000 and 87,000 spectators. Back in its day, it served as a venue for entertainment in the imperial city, where gladiatorial shows, naval battles, re-enactments of famous skirmishes and classical dramas, as well as other public events were hosted. Having fallen into disuse during the Middle Ages, this huge structure was subject to several reuses and partial demolitions until its restoration in the 19th century. It’s with these constant changes of use, that the Colosseum looks very different to us today than it once did.

In fact, the amphitheatre’s façade was initially covered in marble. This very material was taken and reused in the construction of other famous Roman buildings, such as Palazzo Barberini and St Peter’s Basilica

Things to know before you go 

  • The Colosseum is accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. 

  • There are free-to-use toilets and baby-changing facilities within the visiting area. 

  • There’s also a food court and a bookshop 

Colosseum opening hours: 

  • Opens 09:00 to 16:30, every day in autumn and winter.  

  • Opens 08:30to 19:15, every day in spring and summer. 

  • Check the Colosseum’s official website for updated visiting hours. 

  • Last admission is allowed one hour before closing time. 

How to get to the Colosseum: 

  • By Metro – take line B, Colosseum stop, about 3 minutes’ walk By bus – take lines 51, 75, 81, 85, 87 or 118 

  • By tram – take line 3 

  • By car – the nearest paid parking lots are Park Service Colosseo, about 6 minutes’ walk from the monument, and Parking Sant’Agata, about 11 minutes’ walk away. Both parking lots are within the ZTL area. 

  • By foot – the Colosseum is centrally located, so it is also possible to reach it on foot. It’s about 15 minutes from Piazza Venezia, about 20 minutes from the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, and about 30 minutes from the Spanish Steps. 

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What should I really see at the Colosseum?

Inside the Colosseum, it’s not easy to figure out how to continue the visit, given the poor directions. However, there are several stops to make within the site. The first is, without a doubt, in the arena, the place where performances and fights once took place. In addition, you can visit the dungeon, the only section of the monument to have been preserved virtually intact, and the third ring, from which to enjoy an overview of the entire structure. To complete the experience and better contextualise it, a museum has been built on the second level of the amphitheatre, showcasing the most significant works and findings made within the archaeological site. Finally, as you leave the amphitheatre, continue your visit to the archaeological park with the Forum and Palatine Hill. 

How big is the Colosseum?

The Colosseum is the largest Roman amphitheatre in the world. It could seat between 50,000 and 87,000 spectators. Elliptical in shape, the complex is 189 metres long and 156 metres wide, with a maximum height of about 48 metres. The arena, consisting of a wooden table where performances and fights took place, was 76 metres long and 46 metres wide.

What are the best ways to visit the Colosseum?

Tickets to the Colosseum usually also include access to the archaeological area of the Roman Forum-Palatine. While a standard ticket includes admission to both sites, including current exhibits, spending a little more will also give you access to the underground, the Arena floor, and other SUPER areas open to the public. Inside the amphitheatre you will be able to accompany your visit with an audio guide. However, our recommendation is to purchase a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum accompanied by a local guide. This will allow you to have a more relaxed experience and fully immerse yourself in the history of ancient Rome. 

How much time do I need for visiting the Colosseum?

The time it takes to visit the Colosseum varies greatly depending on the type of ticket you decide to purchase. For a quick visit, one hour is sufficient to explore the amphitheatre. If, on the other hand, you purchase a guided tour, the timings vary from one and a half to three full hours if the tour includes other sites in the archaeological park. In general, considering possible queues and transfers, factor in about two hours to visit the attraction. 

What is the best time to visit the Colosseum?

The Colosseum is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Rome. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you book your entrance tickets online. In addition, it’s an outdoor site and during the summer months, Rome can get very hot. That’s why the best time to visit the monument is out of season, in autumn or winter, or in spring when the temperature is still pleasant. As for times of day, the site is usually a little less crowded at the opening and an hour before closing, when the last entries are made. 

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Reviews Colosseum

  • Chloe

    - September 2023

    Average

    Overall rated

    3/5

    On the whole it was good, however the guide was very hard to understand so was hard to follow everything he was saying.

  • Jeremy

    - November 2022

    Average

    Overall rated

    3/5

    The travel was nice we really enjoyed Rome but the hotel was really disappointing we choose this one for the rooftop and we arrived there the rooftop ...

  • Nicola

    - July 2022

    Average

    Overall rated

    3/5

    I would not recommend this tour, because the guide had very broken English & hard to follow.

  • Sally

    - September 2016

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    We could not have asked for more!!! Our guide was was magic and made our experience a once in a lifetime event!!!