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Visiting Colosseum 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. 

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

Opening times & The best time to visit

The Colosseum is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to one hour before sunset depending on the season:

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

The Colosseum is closed on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. The Colosseum is one of the city's top sights, so it always has visitors. The best times to visit it are:

  • in low season months - from November until February (except for the Christmas and New Year)
  • at 8:30 a.m. when it first opens - the crowds are smaller at this time
  • 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 entrance fees are following:

  • €12 - adult fee
  • €7.5 - for EU citizens between 18 to 25 years
  • free for all visitors under 18 years
  • free for EU citizens with disabilities and their companions.

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

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 Roma Pass or OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card could be convenient option. These cards include free entry to the Colosseum as well as access to fast track line. 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.

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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