Visit to the Colosseum in Rome: timetables, prices and advice

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His true name is Flavian Amphitheatre, but it is known throughout the world simply as Coliseum. It is without a doubt the best known Italian monument, visited and photographed by tourists from every corner of the Earth, which contributed to the fame of the Roman metropolis, whose history and construction, however, are linked to a rather questionable purpose. If nothing else, anachronistic.
The Colosseum, in fact, was thought to be the scene of fights between gladiators; today, however, this imposing structure is simply a symbol of the magnificence ofRoman Empire, expression of lights and shadows of the ancient civilization that made the Eternal City great.


  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. Where is it and how to get there
  4. What to see and how to visit the Colosseum in Rome
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

We can safely say that the Colosseum is accessible practically all year round (except on the dates of December 25th and January 1st), with different opening and closing times according to the different periods of the year, from Monday to Sunday.

  • from the last Sunday of October to 15 February 8: 30-15: 30; from February 16 to March 15 8: 30-16: 00; from March 16 to the last Saturday of March 8: 30-16: 30; from the last Sunday of March to 31 August 8: 30-18: 15; from 1 September to 30 September 8: 30-18: 00; from 1 October to the last Sunday of October 8: 30-17: 30.
  • Best time to avoid queues: 8:30 am (when opening) or 13:00 pm (lunch time)

* The full ticket includes an additional € 2,00 of presale right.
** Reductions for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old, upon presentation of an identity document.
Free for all citizens belonging to the European Union, under the age of 18, disabled people and one of their family members or carers.

Online tickets and guided tours

Where is it and how to get there

From the center of Rome, the Colosseum is easily reached by public transport. It is advisable to use the metro, which allows you to get to the attraction in just over 10 minutes, the same time it could take by renting a car or by taxi, but at much lower prices.
Get there on foot from the center to the attraction it could take about double the time: however, these are sustainable distances, recommended for those wishing to fully breathe the Capitoline air, juggling the various beauties of the city.

  • On foot: starting from the south-east direction towards Piazza della Repubblica, following Via dei Serpenti, it is possible to reach the Colosseum in about 22 minutes. However, we must pay attention to those sections not always designed for pedestrians - Get directions
  • By bus: vehicles number 75, 81, 673, 175 and 204
  • By tram: line 3
  • By metro: blue line from Tiburtina station. Estimated time 13 minutes

What to see and how to visit the Colosseum in Rome

The Flavian Amphitheater, known as the Colosseum, is without a doubt one of the most visited and photographed historical monuments in the world. Built in the 438st century AD, it was the place where gladiators performed until , when the games were abolished.

Despite the passage of time and the consequent effects, the Colosseum is still today a monument that not only tells the ancient history of Rome, but also lends itself to being a fascinating location for art exhibitions and many other cultural initiatives.

Being one of the most visited monuments in the world, we advise you to purchase priority entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill to avoid long lines, or to obtain the Roma Pass, for further benefits and discounts on admissions and affiliated activities! Below is an overview of the main areas that make up the attraction.

Arena floor

Access to the Colosseum is located along the Via dei Fori Imeriali. Once inside, the first part that can be visited is the arena floor, that is the space where gladiators once performed.

Here you will be able to observe the structure of the imposing amphitheater from the inside and observe the ancient steps, intended for the public. The seats were divided according to the rank of origin, therefore the patricians, or nobles, sat in the first places, while the rest of the spectators had to sit high up, on the wooden stands.

The Undergrounds

From the arena floor, thanks to the purchase of a special ticket, it is possible to access the underground areas, where important artifacts were recovered: the freight elevator that allowed large animals to enter the arena is still visible. You will also notice a sewer system that allowed the use of water at different points in the arena. Some structures of the basement have remained intact and retain their marble appearance. Given the high turnout of tourists, we recommend the purchase of priority entrance to the Colosseum with a visit to the underground.

Second and Third level

Continuing the guided tour you will be led to the upper levels of the arena, which they were intended to accommodate the less affluent public. Here you will find yourself at a height of about 40 meters and you can visit a new space located between the second and third levels of recent restoration.

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: it is possible to access the Colosseum at the same time "only" in 3 thousand people; the ideal, therefore, is to get in line at least half an hour before opening, to avoid unpleasant queues;
  2. Book a private tour: it is advisable to book private tours, lasting about 3 hours, with a specialized guide and in Italian;
  3. Priority ticket: the "skip the line" ticket not only gives priority access to the Flavian Amphitheater, but also to other important attractions of the city, such as the Roman Forum. For details ;
  4. Watch out for restrictions: access to the Colosseum is determined by compliance with some strict safety rules to be followed and respected to the letter. First of all, there are strict entry controls, similar to those carried out at airports; it is also forbidden to enter the area with camping backpacks, bulky bags and suitcases / trolleys; on the other hand, medium and small shoulder backpacks are allowed, subjected to preventive control by means of a metal detector;
  5. Minimum time: to accurately visit the Colosseum it takes from two to three hours.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, the Colosseum is a monument full of charm, whose history is linked, as anticipated, to the greatness of the Roman Empire and, in particular, to the fate of Vespasian (who ordered its construction in 72 AD) and his son Tito (under which the Colosseum was finally completed: it was 80 AD).
Known as Flavian Amphitheatre, the building was also called the Colosseum due to the fact colossal statue of Nero, located near the monument. Although there are evident damage and erosions that have altered its "physiognomy", the attraction retains almost all its beauty intact.
The Colosseum is the largest Roman amphitheater, with an estimated capacity, in ancient times, of well 70 thousand seats. Inside, bloody battles between gladiators and public spectacles were held, while there is no evidence that followers of Christianity were tortured inside.

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