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Visiting Colosseum in Rome

The Colosseum is the most visited sight in RomeThe Colosseum is the most visited sight in Rome

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 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 is the world's largest amphitheater, 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. 

Opening times & The best time to visit

The Colosseum is open every day (except on 1st January and 25th December) 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 Colosseum is one of the city's top sights, so it always has visitors. The best times to visit it is in low season months (November until March - except for the Christmas and New Year). The best time to visit the Colosseum is at 8:30 a.m. when it first open or one hour before last entry.

If you are visiting Rome from March until October, the Colosseum will pretty much always be crowded. 

Entrance fees to the Colosseum

You can buy your tickets at the Colosseum 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

To skip the long lines in front of Colosseum 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 Pass and Best of Rome Card.

Guided tours to the Colosseum

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 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.

The Best Colosseum Guided Tours

How to reach Colosseum

Colosseum is situated in the central Rome, next to the Roman Forum. It can be easily reached by metro line B from anywhere in Rome. Just get off the metro on Colosseo metro stop and when you step outside you will be in front of this monument.

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 reach the Colosseum by tram no. 3.

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