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Rome: Skip-the-Line Colosseum and Arena Floor Guided Tour

Duration: 1.5 hours
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Skip the Colosseum entrance line and take a 1.5-hour tour of this iconic Roman landmark. Access the usually off-limits arena floor, and see where the…

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A History of the Colosseum

Never before have the old and the new fit together so well in one city. Promise us you won’t leave Rome without a visit to the Colosseum! As you get closer to it, you will be stunned by its sheer size and the power it radiates. Step inside and take a trip through history.

When Was It Built?

When Was It Built?

The Colosseum was commissioned by the emperors Vespasian and Titus, and was finished in 80 AD. Its completion was commemorated by 100 days of ceremony and games.

Gladiators and Games

Gladiators and Games

The Colosseum was designed for sports, such as as fights between gladiators and wild beasts. Its semi-circular structure housed 50,000 spectators.

Fun Facts

Fun Facts

The largest amphitheater in the world, the last gladiator fights were held there in 435 AD. Admission was free for all, and mock naval battles took place upon entry.

How It Survived

How It Survived

Unlike earlier Roman amphitheaters, the materials used were built to last: concrete for the foundations, travertine for the piers, tufa infill and brick-faced concrete.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Although earthquakes have caused some damage, most of the Colosseum still stands. The tour inside this archeological marvel, where you can retrace the steps of the gladiators, is a must-do.

Our insider tips


You can pre-book a standard ticket online that covers all three monuments in the area: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Opening hours are from 8:30 AM until one hour before sunset.


If you want to do more than just walk in and grab a few shots with your camera, we recommend a small group tour. We’ve done it and it’s well worth it. An expert will teach you about ancient Roman history, architecture, sport and little known facts that make the Colosseum come alive as you walk through it. You can also combine it with the guided tour of the Forum or Palatine Hill, plus you’ll get to skip the line.

Getting There

Colosseo station is located on Rome's blue metro line, two stops from Termini. You cannot miss the Colosseum as you exit the station.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open seven days a week, year-round from 8:30 AM - 6:15 PM. Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
  • Is it expensive?
    A simple entry ticket is €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's highly recommended!
  • How to get there
    Colosseo metro station - the Colosseum itself is located directly outside the exit.
  • Additional information

    • Get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds!

    • Make sure you wear sunscreen, as the Colosseum is open-air.

What people are saying about Colosseum

A guided tour is the bet way to explore a new city

Guides completed constant checks, as pace was fast but manageable. So pleased that I booked a guided tour and FastTrack as lines were around the building.

Elena gave a very interesting & informative tour.

We have seen all these sights over the years but Elena added so much information and exciting details it made it seem like our first visit.

Great experience to be on the arena floor

Well organised. Great experience to stand on the arena floor. This section is generally not included in the colosseum tours. Knowledgeable guide!

Great tour despite the very hot weather.

Our host looked for shade whenever possible which was appreciated on a very hot day. He also explained to us what was coming up next and any difficulties we may have. His sharing of the history of the ruins was fantastic.

Great guide and experience despite the sweltering heat!

We signed up for the Express Arena floor Tour but did the Skip-the-line Family Tour because our guide fell ill and they switched us. Despite the small hiccup, the City Wonders organizers quickly found us a comparable replacement tour and I would actually say it was a blessing in disguise because I think we enjoyed the Family Tour more than we would have the initial one. I have a 14yr old girl and a 10yr old boy and it was perfect for them. Our guide Laura catered the commentary towards the children, had interactive games for them to play, and was conscious of finding them shade and water ❤️❤️ It was extremely hot (90 degrees F) that day so that was much appreciated. I highly recommend this tour if you have grade school-middle school children. (Oh yea and any kind of Skip-The-Line is worth it!)

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