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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

Realy nice to see the place as it was during Roman time

the virtual tour was realy nice I highly recommand on top of it, the guide was very attentive with all of us. Thank you for the activity

Our guide, Marcelo was amazing, made the tour thoroughly enjoyable

What a fantastic tour, our guide Marcelo was excellent! Thoroughly knowledgeable and also very funny; he brought Ancient Rome to life for us! Highly recommended

skipped the line with ease, basically no waiting at all.

As long as you don’t want a tour guide or extra features this package is great. Gets you in without the line and then let you see the Roman Forum with in the next two days giving you the opportunity to plan your time to best suite your needs.

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Package Reviewed by Sarah, 03/11/2018

Entertaining and informative - Good tour and great guide!

Our guide Emanuele was very nice, he informed us well about the historical sites, and mixed in some entertaining anekdotes and references to the present. Plus he gave us some recommendations for our future exploration in rome. Enjoyed the whole 3 hours of the tour at the Colloseo, on the palatine and at forum romanum. Skip the line is really worth it - especially when you are travelling alone or don't want to get cooked in the sun while waiting in line. I booked the English tour after I was disappointed by a German tour at the Vatican Museums (other operator/company) and am very happy I did it. It was easy to understand even for non-native-speakers like me and I had a blast. Pricing was okay for me, too. Shoutout to Emanuele!

Able to enter smoothly and be informed by an excellent guide.

Our guide was very well informed and she delivered the facts with humour and enthusiasm. Even our young grandchildren listened intently and voted this their favourite visit.

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