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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

Admission

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.

Tours

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 daily, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • 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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 64,537 reviews

Awesome tour of underground and upper levels.

After an initial delay by tour company and then being joined with a different group we got under way about 25mins late. The counter staff at top meeting point were fantastic and took us to a different meeting point for underground tours. Our guide at the coliseum Chiara was fantastic. Learnt so much, she was an archeologist and very informative. Got to see the upper sections which we weren’t expecting which was awesome. Underground def worth visiting. We had a different guide for the forum and palatine hill. More of a story teller. Potentially not the style of tour that we like. Only real negative was The different prices charged to people for same tour - we found out we’d paid quite a bit more than another Aussie couple on the tour who hadn’t Prebooked.

Great option to avoid lengthy admission queues.

Once we found the meeting place and our guide everything was well organised and, other than the queue for security checks which cannot be avoided or skipped, entry was quite quick. The length of time we had inside the Colosseum was enough to see everything and take it all in at a reasonable pace. This was followed by guided entry to Palentine Hill/Forum which, again, was quick and easy. I would definitely book again through this company for other tours/events.

Rome: Colosseum Skip-the-Line Self-Guided Tour Reviewed by

Informative and entertaining with a personal touch.

We added the guided option at the last minute when visiting the Colosseum and were very pleased to chosen to do so. We gained a much more informative insight about the building, it's construction and it's place in history from a knowledgeable entertaining guide who clearly enjoyed his work. He took time to answer questions, ensure all were catered for and his repeated reference to the group as 'family' added àn air of amusement.

Ideal combination of guide outline and own pace exploring.

Much better than doing a complete guide led tour. Our guide was absolutely excellent and knowledgable and full of enthusiasm. (Did not catch his name but he was proudly Rumanian.) Was our preference of tour after doing complete guide led tour of the Vatican Museum to be able to do things at our own speed. Only reason this is not five star is because finding right tour company at site and group allocation is pretty shambolic.

Would definitely recommend to avoid crowds

We loved this tour! It was in 2 parts, the first part shows you things outside the Colosseum, like the Roman Forum, and the second part was the Colosseum. Both guides were great and really informative. The only thing I didn’t think through was that the pictures I took weren't great since it was dark out. However, I would do it again to avoid the normal crowds during the day.

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