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Awesome experience

Not too long and the chef was very helpful. I would highly recommend this activity!


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Loved the tour

One of the best tour we had. I think rome look more beautiful at night than in day. our guide was very friendly.


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Loved it

I'm not religious at all but I still really enjoyed my visit to St.Peter's. The inside is incredible and a total must see.


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Great tour guide

Great insight into the Colosseum. Good history and information. The small tour group is more personal. Seeing the underground is fascinating and well worth doing.


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Loved the tour and the insight from our tour guide Matteo


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Truly amazing! Fabulous guide! Just phenomenal!



It’s all about those Colosseum tickets and tours! Commissioned by Emperor Vespasian, but finished under Titus, this Roman structure that once seated between 50,00 and 80,000 spectators. Today only a ruin, it flanks the Roman Forum to the east. To visit Ancient Rome and to neglect the Colosseum would be madness. It was the heart of the Roman Empire. It always had a crowd and there was always something happening. Whether it was chariot races, bloody beast-on-beast duels or the sword and shield clash of a gladiatorial battle, the bloodstained sands of the Colosseum were an arena of great spectacle enjoyed with bloodthirsty enthusiasm by the masses. Nowadays, visiting the Colosseum does not now promise the thrill of a (very gruesome) live show. However, it guarantees an awe-inspiring afternoon at Rome’s most iconic attraction.

The problem is, it’s Rome’s most iconic attraction and it’s got the crowds to prove it. But, as previously stated, its all about those Colosseum tickets and tours. You see, jumping online and doing a quick search for “Colosseum tours” opens up a world of opportunity.

For example, there are a ton of different tours of the Colosseum available. Most of them offer great ways to get around crowds and jump queues. A skip the line Colosseum tour means you can wave goodbye to hours of standing around. The Colosseum guided tour includes with Colosseum tickets skip the line entrance. Instead, jump right in and revisit the age of swords, sandals, and emperors.

That’s only scratching the surface. There are also experiences like a Colosseum underground night tour. That’s right! An opportunity to take in all the Colosseum and Roman Forum has to offer in its rich, storied history that stretches back nearly 2,000 years, without the hassle of crowds, noise or heat. And then you get to head underground, into the “belly of the beast” to see the network of corridors, cages and dungeons. the place of the gladiators, slaves and beasts. 

What are Colosseum opening hours?

Colosseum opening times change with the season as the monument opens at 8:30 a closes one hour before sunset. The approximate schedule is as follows:

  • January 2 to February 15 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 
  • February 16 to March 15 - 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • March 16 to last Saturday of March - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm 
  • Last Sunday of March to August 31 - 8:30 am to 7:15 pm
  • September 1 to September 30 - 8:30 am to 7 pm 
  • October 1 to last Sunday of October - 8:30 am to 6:30 pm 
  • Last Sunday of October to December 31 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

The regular exceptions are Good Friday when the Colosseum opens from 8:30 am to 2 pm and June 2 when opened from 1:30 pm to 7:15 pm. The landmark is closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25.

How to get there?

The monument sits in the city center of Rome, just a few-minute walk from Piazza Venezia, at Piazza del Colosseo. You can reach the landmark by Metro line B or Tramway line number 3. Bus connection 51, 75, 85, 87 and 118 will also get you there. Just outside the Colosseum Metro station is a taxi parking area as well as a Bike rental store.

What is the best time to visit?

Naturally, the low season will guarantee there will be fewer visitors around. Again, summer is by far the busiest but also the most unpleasant time to visit. Since Colosseum is an open-air landmark it provides very little protection and shade during the hot summer afternoons.

To avoid high temperatures and/or crowns, get there very early in the morning. Alternatively, you can sign up for one of the Colosseum night tours that guide you through the amphitheater after the closing hours when the tourist crowds are gone and the structure glows with golden light against the night sky. Check out best-selling products to book one!

How much does it cost?

Colosseum entrance fee is fairly sensible. A standard Coliseum Rome tickets include access to the first and second levels for only around 12 €. Plus, the admission is valid for 2 days and includes entry to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. But Colosseum underground tickets can cost high as it's allowed to visit the third level.

How can I visit Colosseum Underground and third ring?

The Colosseum Underground and third ring are subject to the especially limited reservation so as to preserve the landmark. There are only about 300 individual entries available per day and both of the restricted areas can only be visited with a licensed guide. So, if you are interested in seeing more of the Colosseum than the Colosseum underground and third ring tickets allows, you’ll need to book a tour. 

Is it possible to get in for free?

Yes, the Colosseum is free on the first Sunday of every month. However, you cannot reserve your Coliseum tickets and the place gets incredibly crowded. We recommend you to save yourself the stress and visit on a regular day. 

Should I reserve the Colosseum Rome tickets in advance?

Yes! Especially, if you are traveling to Rome in the summer months. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for an incredibly long wait in a space without a single shade to protect you from the sun. We recommend buying Colosseum skip the line tickets to save time.

Do I need a guide?

You can absolutely see the Colosseum on your own. However, an expert guide gives your experience a memorable depth. The arena floor has hundreds of stories to tell, miss out on them takes a great deal of fun out of the experience. 

Useful Tips

  • Make sure you wear strong sunscreen. A bright-red forehead and burning shoulders are not the tans you want.
  • Watch out for pickpockets!
  • Pre-booked entrance to the Colosseum
  • Take an opportunity to have a Colosseum audio guide

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