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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?

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Colosseum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 85,894 reviews

we've visited the site together with our 12 years old son and we were absolutely impressed by the amount of details and interested information we've got from the guides. Our son was captivated by the interesting stories told by our guides. They were very knowledgeable and well prepared to deliver not only historical accurate information but stories about the ancient world, their habits and living style. We really enjoyed out tour.

Amazing experience and fantastic tour company. The tour was absolutely amazing and the tour guide was so great, really informative but also a lot of fun. The company was great at ensuring that everyone was safe and socially distanced whilst still having fun. Everything was contactless and we felt very secure. I would highly recommend this tour.

This was slightly different to usual times given Covid-19, but it was pretty much a private tour. Had an in-depth, enjoyable and insightful tour. Had time to take amazing scenic pictures

Absolutely wonderful our guide did her best to keep our kids engaged. She answered all of our 13 year olds questions. We can’t wait to come back to Rome

The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend this experience to others.