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  • Address: Piazza del Colosseo
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 7pm (4pm in winter)
  • Admission: €12 per adult

The Colosseum in Rome is one of the world's best known sites from antiquity (for something built in 80 AD, the Colosseum is holding up very well). It was here that the Roman emperors liked to watch gladiators stage to-the-death battles as well as to hunt and kill wild animals.

The stadium was built so members of the general public could also enjoy the violent spectaculars. Entry was free, although you were seated according to your social rank and wealth. Gladiatorial games were banned in 438 AD; the wild beast hunting continued until 523.

The Colosseum is amazing for its complex and advanced architecture and building technique. Despite being used as a quarry for building materials at various points in history, it is still largely intact. You can see the tiered seating, corridors and the underground rooms where the animals and gladiators awaited their fate. Basically, this place set the model for all modern-day stadiums, the only difference being today's teams survive their games.

Practical Info

Metro line B stop Colosseo is right beside the Colosseum, close to the entrance, and tramway line 3 stops right at the Colosseum but at the opposite side to the entrance. You can also get there by various buses which stop outside the metro station.

Plan before you buy your entry ticket because it may be a good idea to get a combined pass giving you entry to many Rome sites and museums, possibly even with transport included. Be prepared to wait a while in line to get in, especially in summer.

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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6900 Reviews

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Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Viator VIP: Exclusive Rome Rooftop Dinner and Colosseum Night Tour Including Underground Chambers

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Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Rome Super Saver: Colosseum and Ancient Rome with Best of Rome Afternoon Walking Tour

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See the highlights of Rome on this unforgettable day of sightseeing, combining two best-selling guided tours at a discounted price! This small-group, full-day ...  Read more

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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

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Experience the full glory of Rome's Colosseum on a walking tour with skip-the-line entry! Accompanied by an expert guide who is passionate about Roman history, ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Rome Card and Omnia Vatican Card: Valid for 3 Days

4.5 star rating: Recommended 101 Reviews

Explore Rome and Vatican City at ease with the Rome Card and Omnia Vatican card – two must-have 3-day sightseeing passes that include entry to selected ...  Read more

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Rome Segway Tour

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See the sights of Ancient Rome by Segway on a 3-hour tour, passing incredible monuments like the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. On a self-balancing ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour

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Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and Rome’s ‘centro storico’ (historical center) on this must-do Ancient Rome tour! The 3-hour Rome walking ...  Read more

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

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See Ancient Rome and the Colosseum by night on this exciting 2.5-hour evening tour, led by an expert local guide! Hear little-known facts about the Roman ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Art History Walking Tour

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Explore the Colosseum and Forum in style on a private walking tour with an art expert, and skip the queues for the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Accompanied by ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Family-Friendly Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour

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Treat the family to a 2-hour Colosseum and Ancient Rome walking tour, led by a fun-loving, child specialist guide. Specially designed for kids between the ages ...  Read more

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