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Visiting the Colosseum Rome Italy

The Roman Colosseum, known as Flavian Amphitheatre  is one of the most famous ancient monuments in the world and attracts roughly 6 million visitors every year.

It is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome. The Colosseum Rome Italy could hold between 50000 and 80000 spectators. It was used for gladiators contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, executions and dramas based on Classical mythology.

The Colosseum Rome Italy is the world's largest amphitheatre, has 76 entrances and measures 189 meters long by 156 meters wide. The total area of the stadium covers 24000 square meters and its highest tier reaches 48 meters. 

The Colosseum opening times

The Colosseum Rome Italy is open every day during the year except on 25th December and 1st January with the following hours:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from last Sunday in October to 15th February
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from 16th February to 15th March
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from 16th March to last Saturday of March
  • 8:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. from the last Sunday in March until 31st August
  • 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from 1st to 30th September
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from the first to the last Saturday in October

The ticket office closes one hour prior to closing time.

When is the best time to visit the Colosseum

If you are wondering when is the best time to visit the Colosseum to avoid crowds, you must take into cosideration time of the year, day of the week and time of day.

Best time of the year to visit the Colosseum

The Colosseum is one of the top Roman sights and one of the most visited monuments in the world so it always has visitors.

If you are visiting the Colosseum Rome from March to October it will be for sure crowded. If you come in a low season (November, December, January, February) you will find it is less crowded. Please note that it is also crowded on weekends during the low season. 

The best day of the week to visit the Colosseum

The Colosseum Rome Italy is open 7 days a week. During the high season, the Colosseum Rome is crowded every day of the week. However, in low season, you will find less crowds during the week than on the weekend.

On the weekends, there are Italians and other European residents who visit Rome and would like to visit the Colosseum. If you are here for Easter Weekend, the Colosseum closes early Friday, due to the Via Crucis. If you are here over New Years', the Colosseum will close early on New Year's Eve and may have later opening hours on New Years' Day

The best time of the day for visiting the Colosseum

The best time of the day for visiting the Colosseum Rome Italy is when it first open at 8:30 a.m. or 1-2 hours before last entry.

The Colosseum entrance fees

You can buy your tickets at the Colosseum Rome Italy entrance as well as at the entrance to Palatine Hill or Roman Forum. The ticket for the Colosseum is valid for 2 consecutive days from the first use, and it also allows entry to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

The entrance fees are following:

The Colosseum is free for all on the first Sunday of every month

  • €16 - adult fee
  • €2 - for EU citizens between 18 to 25 years
  • Free for all visitors under 18 years of EU and non-EU
  • Free for persons with disabilities and to their family or other companion, tourist guides of the EU in the excercise of their activities professional, the interpreters of the EU when their assistance is required alongside the guide, faculty of art history of Upper Secondary Schools

Skip-the-line options for the Colosseum Rome Italy

To skip the long lines in front of Colosseum Rome Italy and access this amazing sight quickly book online fast track tickets to Colosseum via Tiqets.

For those who plan to explore all major sights in 
Rome, buying one of three cards that include free entrance to the Colosseum as well as fast track entry could be a convenient option. You can choose from Roma PassOMNIA Vatican & Rome Card and Best of Rome Card.

The Colosseum guided tours

For those who like to get detailed information about the Colosseum and its history we advise to book one of many guided tours available in Rome.

Make the most of your visit to the Colosseum Rome Italy with a knowledgeable guide. The guide will explain you what happened behind the scenes. Then you will continue to the Palatine Hill, where wealthy patricians and emperors lived.

From there you will enjoy stunning views over Circus Maximus, Rome's 600 metres long stadium and venue for spectacular chariot races. The tour will end with the Roman Forum, the centre of daily and political life in Rome.

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How to reach Colosseum

Colosseum is situated in the central Rome, next to the Roman Forum and close to Piazza Venezia

It can be easily reached by metro line B from anywhere in Rome. Just get off the metro on Colosseo metro station and when you step outside you will be in front of this monument. 

If you are coming from the Vatican area take a metro line A (red line) to Termini and change there to line B and travel for 2 stations.

If you are staying near Termini Station, just walk down the Via Cavour, turn left and you will reach the Colosseum.

Buses that runs to Colosseum are following: 75, 81, 673, 175 or 204. You can also reach the Colosseum by tram no. 3.

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