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Colosseum

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Colosseum.

Colosseum features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Rome City Guide3-day Rome City Guide5-day Rome City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Iconic symbol of Imperial Rome
  • One of the most visited tourist attractions in Rome and the World

Time required: 90 minutes

Phone: +39 06 39967700

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 8:30am - 1 hour before sunset
Jan 1 and Dec 25: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 12 €
EU citizens of ages 18-24: 7.5 €
Under 18 and over 65 years (EU citizens): Free

Public transport:

  • Metro Line B: Colosseo station

Address: 4/a Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli, 00184, Rome

Things you need to know:

  • The Collosseum is an iconic symbol of the Imperial Rome
  • Its construction started between 70 and 72 AD and finished in 80 AD
  • It was the largest Amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire
  • Jewish slaves built the Collosseum who were brought to Rome after their revolt in Judaea was suppressed
  • Romans used the Collosseum to entertain the masses with gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, replay of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology
  • It was capable of seating more than 50 000 spectators. Its structure is still the model for the world's sports stadiums
  • Earthquakes, the environment, metal and stone robbers all played a part in the building's decay

What to do there:

  • If you already have your ticket skip the long line and head straight to the entrance
  • Discover the lower deck
  • Climb to the upper deck, where you'll find a more colossal view of the arena and a nice look on the Arch of Constantine

Tips & Insights:

  • 12 € combo-ticket includes Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, tickets valid for two days (one entry per sight)
  • You can avoid the long queues if you have a Roma Pass or Archaeologia Card
  • Or you can buy your ticket first at the less-crowded Palatine Hill entrance on Via di San Gregorio
  • Or buy and print your ticket online (you'll have to pay a 1.50 € booking fee)
  • We do not recommend the audio guide. It costs 4 additional Euros and doesn't give much interesting information
  • Avoid the "tour guides" hassling the tourists while standing in the queue for your ticket
  • If you need a guide to tour the Colosseum then choose a professional guide: Antiquatours, Rome Tour

 

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