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  • Address: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome 00184, Italy
  • Hours: Daily 9am–7pm (4pm in winter)
  • Admission: €12

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Colosseum Tours

The Colosseum has been a symbol of ancient Rome since it was completed in 80 AD, and today, it is one of the most iconic monuments in all of Italy. Up to 50,000 spectators once gathered in this massive amphitheater to watch gladiatorial games from the soaring tiered seats, which led to the site's complex architecture becoming the standard for modern-day stadiums. Though portions of its original marble facade were pilfered over the centuries to build St. Peter’s Basilica and other churches, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact almost 2,000 years on.

The Basics
As the second most popular attraction in Italy after only the Vatican, the Colosseum hosts some 4 million annual visitors, meaning that long lines are nearly inevitable if you don't book a skip-the-line tour. Choose from a number of tours suited to any age or interest, such as a Colosseum underground tour that heads beneath the arena floor to explore a network of passages; a small-group guided tour of the third tier with its bird's-eye views; or a night tour that offers an eery experience and relief from the daytime heat. Consider group tours, self-guided audio tours, or private tours with a guide to gain an understanding of this very well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheater and its historical importance.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Colosseum is a particularly family-friendly archaeological site, firing the imaginations of kids of all ages.
  • Purchase Colosseum tour tickets in advance to avoid any long lines to enter.
  • This is an open-air amphitheater, so bring a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes and attire.
  • The Colosseum is also known as the Coliseum and the Flavian Amphitheatre.

How to Get to the Colosseum
Alongside the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the Colosseum is in the center of Rome, just across the street from the Colosseo station on Line B of the city's underground metro system, which also stops at the main Termini train station.
 
When to Get There
Since the Colosseum is most crowded during the middle of the day, begin or end your Rome tour with a visit first thing in the morning or just before last entry (which is an hour before closing time) in the late afternoon. Alternatively, choose a night tour for a unique, less crowded experience. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while the site receives fewer crowds in November through February, aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The Colosseum in Numbers
The Colosseum is the world's largest amphitheater, has 76 entrances, and measures 615 feet (189 meters) long by 510 feet (156 meters) wide. The total area of the stadium covers six acres (24,000 square meters), and its highest tier reaches 157 feet (48 meters). It was built in under 10 years and was used for games and hunting for over four centuries.

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Self-Guided Priority Access Colosseum Ticket and Free Self-Guided Vatican Quest Tour

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Your venue ticket includes priority no-waiting-in-line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and legendary Palatine Hill. The e-ticket is valid for 2 days in a ...  Read more

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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers and Arena, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers and Arena

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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

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Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first ...  Read more

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Bypass the queues and engage the whole family with this 2.5-hour skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum for families and kids. Join a top-rated ...  Read more

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Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour

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Enjoy a walking tour of the subterranean depths of the Colosseum in a small-group. With your professional guide, have access to the areas of the ...  Read more

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Gladiator's Arena and Colosseum Underground Tour, Rome, City Tours
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Gladiator's Arena and Colosseum Underground Tour

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Descend into the limited-access underground area of the Colosseum on this 4-hour walking tour of Ancient Rome sights. With an expert guide, you'll see ...  Read more

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Best of Rome in a Day Private Guided Tour Including Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Colosseum, Rome, ... 
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Enjoy this 6-hour private tour to see the top sights and ancient wonders of Rome in one day. You'll be entertained by a private guide as you visit the ...  Read more

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