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The Colosseum has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD, and today it’s a top monument in Italy. Some 50,000 spectators once gathered in the amphitheater’s tiered seats to watch gladiatorial games, and though parts of its original marble facade were pilfered over the years to build the likes of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact 2,000 years later.

The Basics
As the second most popular attraction in Italy after only the Vatican, the Colosseum hosts some 4 million annual visitors, meaning that long lines are nearly inevitable without a skip-the-line tour. Choose from a number of tours suited to any age or interest, such as a Colosseum underground tour that heads beneath the arena floor to explore a network of passages; a small-group guided tour of the third tier; or a night tour that offers an eery experience and relief from the daytime heat. Consider group tours, self-guided audio tours, or private tours to gain an understanding of this well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheater and its historical importance.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • It's best to purchase Colosseum tickets in advance to avoid long entry lines.
  • The Colosseum is well-suited for families with kids.
  • This is an open-air amphitheater, so bring a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes and attire.
  • You may also see the Colosseum referred to as the Flavian Amphitheatre or the Coliseum.

How to Get to the Colosseum
Alongside the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the Colosseum is in the center of Rome, just across the street from the Colosseo station on Line B of the city's underground metro system, which also stops at the main Termini train station.
 
When to Get There
Since the Colosseum is most crowded during the middle of the day, begin or end your Rome tour with a visit first thing in the morning or just before last entry (which is an hour before closing time) in the late afternoon. Alternatively, choose a night tour for a unique, less crowded experience. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while the site receives fewer crowds in November through February, aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The Colosseum in Numbers
The Colosseum is the world's largest amphitheater, has 76 entrances, and measures 615 feet (189 meters) long by 510 feet (156 meters) wide. The total area of the stadium covers six acres (24,000 square meters), and its highest tier reaches 157 feet (48 meters). It was built in under 10 years and was used for games and hunting for over four centuries.
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Address: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome 00184, Italy
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Self-Guided Priority Access Colosseum Ticket and Free Self-Guided Vatican Quest

The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill are among the most popular sites of interest in Rome, and entrance queues can be long. With your skip-the-line ticket — valid for two days from first use — avoid the queues and visit the sites at your leisure. See where brave gladiators fought at the Colosseum, imagine huge political gatherings at the Forum, and admire panoramic city views from the top of Palatine Hill.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ancient Rome Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor Access & Roman Forum Tour

On this Colosseum underground tour, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers and the arena floor. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. You’ll have the rare chance to walk through the tunnels, stand where gladiators stood and enjoy a panoramic view. Then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to complete your tour of Rome’s top ancient sites.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

See the secrets of the Colosseum on this small-group tour that takes you into the amphitheater’s underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll skip the Colosseum’s long entrance line with priority admission, heading straight inside to see where wild animals were once held and stand where gladiators once stood. Then explore Palatine Hill and the ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Skip the entrance line at the Colosseum so you won’t waste any time getting inside to marvel at this Roman icon. On this walking tour of Ancient Rome, you’ll explore the amphitheater’s first and second levels with a guide, who entertains you with tales of gruesome gladiator battles. Then visit the Roman Forum to see its ancient ruins like the Temple of Julius Caesar. This tour is limited to 25 people. If you want to enhance your experience, upgrade to a tour of the Colosseum’s restricted underground chambers, arena and upper tier.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome in a Day: Vatican and Colosseum with Skip the Line

Bypass the crowds with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica. Then, visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (seasonal). You'll get to see all the Roman essential attractions in a single 7-hour day, and traveling with a tour guide means you get to skip the long entry lines at each attraction. Upgrade your experience to include pick up and lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour

Go back in time to the days of ancient Rome on this walking tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. With a knowledgeable guide, avoid the entrance queue at the Colosseum with skip-the-line admission, and go inside to explore the amphitheater and hear stories about gladiators and Roman emperors. Then head to Palatine Hill for a view of Circus Maximus, and see the ruins of the Roman Forum. This tour is limited to 18 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Colosseum Official Guided Tour - Entrance Fee Included

Take a 1-hour guided tour of the Colosseum, including skip-the-line admission, to get the most out of your visit. By exploring the amphitheater with an official Colosseum guide, you’ll learn all about the history of this iconic Rome landmark. Hear stories about gladiator battles and Roman emperors, and marvel at the engineering of the ancient structure. Suitable for children.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$33.60 USD
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Official Guided Tour - Entrance fee included

Take a guided tour of the Colosseum, including skip-the-line admission, to get the most out of your visit. By exploring the amphitheater’s 1st and 2nd tiers with an official Colosseum guide, who has a background in history, art and archaeology, you’ll learn about the origins of this iconic Rome landmark. Hear stories about gladiator battles and Roman emperors, and marvel at the engineering of the ancient structure. Then visit Palatine Hill and the ruins of the Roman Forum.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour Including Pantheon and Piazza Navona

See the best parts of Rome without waiting with a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome. Walk through the Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill, once the center of the Roman Empire. Visit the oblong Piazza Navona, once a massive Roman circus. Tour the iconic Colosseum without wasting time in a queue. With a group size of 18 people at most, you'll get just the right amount of attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour

Check out the Colosseum’s underground chambers and gladiator passageways on a tour of the sites that are normally off-limits to the general public. With a guide, you’ll also visit the arena floor to see where the gladiatorial action took place. The 3-hour experience ends with a tour of the Roman Forum, viewing temples and arches as you follow the footsteps of ancient senators and emperors. Numbers are limited to 24 people per group.
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Gladiator's Arena and Colosseum Underground Tour

Descend into the limited-access underground area of the Colosseum on this 4-hour walking tour of Ancient Rome sights. With an expert guide, you'll see the rooms and cages where gladiators and beasts waited their turns to fight in the arena, look into the underground chambers, and walking on the fighting stage, another section of the amphitheater that is typically closed to regular tours. Outside the Colosseum, you'll also visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Colosseum, Pantheon and Roman Forum Express: Small Group Tour Skip-the-Line Pass

Combine three of Rome’s mightiest monuments into one 3-hour tour! Dodge the crowds with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum and discover the legacy of the Roman emperors and gladiators that made the amphitheater so notorious. Next, stroll through the ancient streets of the Roman Forum, where you can admire the remains of the Temple of Hadrian and learn more about life in ancient Rome. Finally, stand in awe before the Pantheon, the magnificent temple of all Gods, which dates back to 27 BC. This small-group tour is limited to 13 people to ensure a personalised experience.Itinerary:  Arch of ConstantineColosseumRoman ForumImperial ForumPiazza VeneziaPiazza PietraHadrian's TemplePantheon
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Half-Day Skip-the-Line Tour of the Colosseum with Entrance from the Arena

See the Colosseum on a 3-hour tour that gives you special access to enter the amphitheater on the arena, the same entrance that gladiators once used for their battles. This also allows you to skip the line at the main public entrance. Once inside, explore the ancient landmark with a guide, and then head outside to tour the archaeological area of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Select your preferred tour time when booking.
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VIP Caesar’s Palace with Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Leave the crowds behind in the Roman Forum and explore the Caesar’s Palace. With a full Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill Tour included, this experience is the most thrilling and unique way to see one of the world’s greatest historical sights.Emperor Augustus is one of the most important figures in the history of Western Civilization but for years his amazing palace was closed to the public and its interiors kept a closely guarded secret. We will take you inside the intimate living quarters of this father of the Roman empire to view beautiful frescoes miraculously preserved for nearly 2,000 years.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Skip-the-Lines Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour for Kids and Families

Dig into history in a fun way on this 2.5-hour tour of the iconic Colosseum and Roman Forum with an entertaining guide who specializes in tours for families with children. This tour also offers skip-the-line access at the Colosseum, so you can avoid the chaos and long wait times.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are two landmarks rarely left off any Rome itinerary, but visitors can spend more time queuing outside than exploring inside. This private 3-hour tour offers skip-the-line access to both, plus a view of the city from Capitoline Hill. Hotel pickup is included.
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Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground

Go beneath Rome's Colosseum for a 4-hour, underground tour of the largest amphitheater ever built. Step into the darkened chambers where gladiators prepared to meet their match in the arena, and see a recreated timber elevator that shows how animals were lifted up toward the spotlight. Then set out to visit both the nearby Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, Rome's centermost hill and one of its most ancient parts.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rome Super Saver: Colosseum and Ancient Rome with Best of Rome Afternoon Walking Tour

Combine two of the bestselling tours in Rome into one comprehensive sightseeing experience with this Rome Super Saver. You’ll start at the Colosseum for a skip-the-line tour of this ancient amphitheater, followed by a look at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Then spend the afternoon on a walking tour of Rome’s historical center to visit famous landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. This tour is limited to 25 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Underground Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill

Join an expert guide for a half-day private tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, and explore ancient Roman history at your own pace. Skip-the-line admission means you’ll walk straight into each site, with access to the upper tier of the Colosseum, the arena, and the underground area where gladiators prepared for battle. This 3-hour Colosseum and Roman Forum tour includes all admission fees, with both morning and afternoon departures available.
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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

Tour the amphitheater and other sites of Ancient Rome under the atmospheric cover of darkness during this 2.5-hour evening tour. Learn about the ruins of the Roman Forum seen from the Piazza del Campidoglio, and enter the Colosseum after the daytime crowds have disappeared and the temperature has dropped. Visit the arena’s underground chambers, which are closed to most of the public, and stand where gladiators once stood  centuries ago. This tour is limited to 25 people.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Moonlight Tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome

Marvel at the sights of Ancient Rome illuminated after dark on this nighttime tour. The already fascinating attractions like the Colosseum and other ruins take on an even more magical look under the moonlight. Enter the Colosseum after it closes to the general public for a VIP-style experience. Tour operates with a maximum of 25 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-Hour Colosseum Express Tour with Arena Stage Visit

If you’re on a tight schedule, you won’t want to waste time waiting in line—this express tour covers all the highlights of Rome’s Colosseum in just 2 hours. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and enter through the Gladiators’ walkway right onto the arena stage, before climbing up into the stadium to experience the mighty amphitheater from all angles.
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Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour

Get a gladiator’s eye-view of the Colosseum, then explore the Roman Forum on a 3-hour walking tour of Ancient Rome. With a skip-the-line ticket, you’ll avoid the long entrance lines and access the arena via the Gladiator’s Gate. Stand where gladiators once fought, hear tales of ruthless crowds and emperors, then explore the Colosseum’s first level with your guide. Finish with a tour of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, with stories that bring the ruins to life.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Classical Rome City Tour with Trevi Fountain and Pantheon

Get more bang for your buck by booking this guided 3-hour tour of Rome's greatest hits – from fountain-studded Piazza Navona to the intimate Campo de' Fiore to the winding lanes of the Centro Storico. By foot and private coach, the 3-hour tour is a great way to see the best of the Eternal City. Or upgrade to a full-day tour (with or without lunch) to see even more: the sites of Imperial Rome and even the Church of St. Peter in Chains with its magnificent Michelangelo sculptures. Then finish the day with a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Rome by Night Private Sightseeing Tour

Explore Italy’s ancient capital by night and see the historic architecture in a new light on this private 2-hour sightseeing tour of Rome. Frame famous landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and St. Peter’s Basilica on camera when the crowds have gone. Head along the Via Veneto and watch the city lights play on the Tiber River. Upgrade your private tour to enjoy a toast on Janiculum Hill — with panoramic views over the rooftops of Rome.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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