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  • Address: Piazza del Colosseo
  • Hours: Daily 9am-7pm (4pm in winter)
  • Admission: €12 per adult
Rome's Colosseum is one of the world's best known sites from antiquity, and for something built in 80 AD, it's holding up very well. It was here that the Roman emperors liked to watch gladiators stage to-the-death battles and also 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 people were seated by social rank and wealth. While 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. Visitors can see the tiered seating, corridors and the underground rooms where the animals and gladiators awaited their fate. Take in a tour where you can explore these normally off-limits areas, like the network of underground passages, chambers and cells. Or head up to the upper tier, which was recently opened for the first time since the 1970s. This third level was where members of the lower Roman classes sat when cheering the gladiators, enjoying bird's-eye views of the action below. From this unique vantage point, travelers can walk around and enjoy the views. Put simply, the Colosseum set the model for all modern-day stadiums, the only difference being that today's teams survive their games.

Practical Info

Metro line B stop Colosseo is right beside the Colosseum, close to the entrance, while tramway line 3 stops right at the Colosseum but at the opposite side. Various buses also stop outside the metro station. Some travelers may opt for a combined pass, which allows entry to many Roman sites and museums, sometimes with transportation 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

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Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (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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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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

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Enjoy a gourmet meal fit for a Roman Emperor, followed by a nighttime Colosseum tour on this must-do Viator VIP! The evening experience starts with a glass of ...  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

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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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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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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: 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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Rome Super Saver: 2-Day Experience Including Three Rome City Tours and Capri Day Trip

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Discover the highlights of Rome on an action-packed Super Saver tour, spread over two days, that combines four top sightseeing experiences at a discount of ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

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Relive the glory of Ancient Rome on this 3-hour, small-group tour, led by an expert guide. Skip the long lines and enjoy an access-all-areas tour of Rome’s ...  Read more

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