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

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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 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

One of the highlights of our trip to Roma!

Our guide was excellent. She was articulate and we came away very informed! The only difficulty was finding the location office that we needed to meet at. We had to ask many vendors for assistance.

Skip-the-Line Colosseum Guided Tour Reviewed by Colleen, 04/16/2019

Organisation at start needs work but guide excellent

The guide around the colosseum was excellent even saw him later that night near the Trevi Fountain and he remembered my sons name at the start outside not great not well organised sent a very small young lady to the area to meet us and there where Hundreds of ppl about and she had the smallest sign on the back of a clip board that needs improvement also too many in tour some ppl just paid when they got there hadn’t booked was about 25-30 of us too many for the price I paid but I could hear everything he said

This was an informative and interesting tour.

I was glad that I did the underground. Tour, but a lady at the Coliseum (it felt like) was rushing us through a bit

Superb family fun - Martina was excellent & made history fun !

Thanks again to Martina - she brought Ancient Rome to life and our 7yr old daughter loved every minute ! Also educational for the parents - so a ‘win-win’ . Would definitely recommend this tour .. spot on.

A very good historical review of Roman times.

Mrs Erica, our guide, did explain all necessary details of the sites enabling to understand the origin of various architectural items, starting from common buildings, palaces, temples and statues, together with the famous Colosseo. Nice weather and temperature of the spring made our tour to ancient Roma just wonderfull.

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