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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.
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.
The Colosseum was designed for sports, such as as fights between gladiators and wild beasts. Its semi-circular structure housed 50,000 spectators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colosseo station is located on Rome's blue metro line, two stops from Termini. You cannot miss the Colosseum as you exit the station.
- 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
Our guide was an archeologist student. Very informative and entertaining. We did the one hour tour (which actually was two hours once you added time to meet and the walking to Colosseum and getting through security etc). The one hour tour was plenty of time for us. The July weather was 105 degrees fahrenheit, so she worked hard at keeping things moving and finding shade. Our guided tour group had 12 people so this allowed for a personal tour. I felt sorry for some of the other tour groups through other companies that had way too many people. If you're doing this tour, it's definitely worth a small group. Upon arriving at the meeting site office, we were greeted with water bottles and a nice clean air conditioned facility with clean restrooms. Very happy with the experience.
Terrific tour. I had been to the colosseum before but not to the underground areas, which are a must-see. My one suggestion -- for the authorities at the Colosseum, not for the tour guides -- would be to restore a ramp so that one could enter the arena floor from the underground. Or put one of the elevators into working condition. In a perfect world, you'd have these hand operated just like the originals. Each tour group could lift the group ahead of it to the arena floor. That would be seriously cool. I know, I know … we don't live in a perfect world.
This tour was perfect for our travel plans and more than we bargained for with our guide, Miss Christina, who had many years of archeology experience and told fascinating details of the Colosseum with the right blend of history and intrigue. We experienced exactly what we wanted to in the stadium/arena and underground. Thank you for a great day!
We met at a designated area and were checked in. Given an earpiece and radio receiver which were very good. The guide was extremely knowledgable and took us around and a nice pace and we didn’t feel rushed. The whole day was an amazing experience and one I will never forget. Thank you.
Starting from the email instructions on where to meet the guide right to the end of leading us into the Roman Forum, the tour was clear, punctual and structured enough, leaving enough time for us to wander around our shelves in between. The guide was super, too!