Colosseum Tours

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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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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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$59.84 USD
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Evening Underground Colosseum Tour with Prosecco

See the Colosseum minus the daytime crowds, the heat, and lengthy admission lines with this evening tour, and enjoy a prosecco aperitivo, too. Taking place in the quieter evening hours, the small-group tour includes skip-the-line entry to the ancient amphitheater plus visits to its top tier, arena floor, and the underground chambers where the gladiators prepped for battle. Numbers are limited to 25 people for a small-group experience at Rome’s iconic ancient landmark.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$101.27 USD
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Skip-the-Line Colosseum Underground, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

Go underground with this Colosseum tour, and explore the gladiator chambers and arena floor, which are often off-limits to the general public and standard tours. After you skip the main entrance line to enter, you'll descend to the lower levels to hear stories about life as a gladiator in Ancient Rome. Finish up with a walk around the ruined monuments of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill as you learn more about the emperors and senators of the ancient city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$102.42 USD
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Highlights of Rome by Night Segway Tour

Give the tour bus a miss, and see Rome’s nighttime sights by Segway. On a fun 3.5-hour tour, you’ll discover the city’s illuminated treasures from the Colosseum and ruins of Ancient Rome to the vibrant ‘centro storico,’ home to the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and Campo de’ Fiori. Explore the cobbled lanes of Trastevere, and enjoy stops whenever you want for gelato, pizza, and drinks at your own expense. Riders must be over the age of 16.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$64.44 USD
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Colosseum Small Group Tour with entrance from the Arena

Follow in the footsteps of ancient gladiators on this immersive tour of the Colosseum and beyond. Choose from multiple daily departure times, and meet your guide just around the corner from the landmark. Venture in through the gladiator’s gate, and explore areas of the Colosseum that many visitors miss, including the arena floor. Next, continue your explorations when you visit the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, learning more about the city’s wealth of history as you go.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$56.39 USD
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Colosseum Express Tour

Tour one of the world’s most iconic attractions in just an hour on this express tour of Rome’s Colosseum. Skip the long ticket lines and head straight to the Colosseum's most famous attractions with a guide, then spend as much time as you’d like exploring on your own.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$37.97 USD
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Colosseum - Coliseum - Colosseo Skip-the-line Ticket

Avoid the long lines and make the most out of your time at the Colosseum with a skip-the-line entrance ticket. Head to the front of the line when you arrive and explore the almost 2,000-year old complex. Learn about ancient Roman history and what the Colosseum was used for. This ticket also grants visitors access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hrs
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$43.90 USD
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  • Duration: 1 to 2 hrs
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Kids Private Tour of Colosseum with Gladiator entrance and Ancient Rome

Keep the kids entertained while the whole family learns the history of ancient Rome, starting with a fast-track entrance to the Colosseum through a special gate once used by gladiators. With a friendly family guide, explore different levels of the mighty arena, including the underground chambers that once held wild animals. Visual displays and fun stories keep young travelers engaged as you head next to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum to explore the lives of emperors and merchants.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$90.91 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome in One Day Colosseum and Vatican with Real Skip-the-Line

Discover the most famous landmarks in Rome and the Vatican City in the space of a single day on this in-depth tour. Skip-the-line access means you’ll beat the crowds when you visit the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Hotel pickup is included, for added convenience, while audio headsets ensure you won’t miss a word of the tour. The itinerary also includes a traditional Italian lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$176.07 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

Avoid the long entrance lines at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with this skip-the-line tour of the sights in Ancient Rome. With a guide, you'll head into the Colosseum to walk in the footsteps of gladiators, emperors, and plebeians as tales of the brutal games ring in your ears. Stroll amid the ruins of the Roman Forum, then discover layers of Roman history on Palatine Hill.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$44.88 USD
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Skip the line - Colosseum Express Tour

For visitors with a packed itinerary, this 1–hour Colosseum tour is a popular and convenient choice. Enjoy priority access with a pre-reserved skip-the-line admission ticket, which allows you to breeze past notoriously long entrance queues that can be up to hours long. Once inside, your guide provides a wealth of little-known fact and anecdotes about the gory games that once took place in the Colosseum's arena.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$33.37 USD
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Explore Ancient Rome - Ultimate Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Your vacation time is valuable and finite.  Make the most of it with a skip-the-line tour at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Upon arrival, cruise past the ticket line and travel back in time to ancient Rome. With a maximum group size of 25 people, you have ample opportunity to ask questions and interact with your guide.  Hear the narration clearly through complimentary headsets.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$28.77 USD
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Colosseum Express Tour with Gladiators Privileged Entrance and Arena Floor

Take advantage of skip-the-line access to the Colosseum in Rome during this 1.5-hour express tour in Rome. Walk past the long lines and through the Gladiator's Entrance, then explore the Arena Floor with your guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$59.84 USD
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group Tour

Get acquainted with Rome's most important sites, including skip-the-line entry at the Vatican and the Colosseum, on this 7.5-hour whirlwind day tour. Optimized for travelers without time to spare, you'll learn about ancient Rome's history, culture, art and architecture. Round-trip transportation from downtown Rome included.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$148.45 USD
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Private Tour: Things to Do in Rome and Vatican in Just One Day

Enjoy a bit of royal treatment in Rome and Vatican City with this 6-hour private tour including fast entrance to some of the main sights. Spend the morning seeing the highlights of ancient Rome, such as the Pantheon, Colosseum, Forum and the space where Julius Caesar was assassinated. Visit the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica in the afternoon. Go back in time to the eras of gladiators, emperors and popes. Get valuable insights into this historic city from your knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$86.31 USD
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Skip the Line: Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Elite Tour

Don't waste time waiting in lines. Instead, this guided walking tour of Rome's Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill gives you VIP skip-the-line access. Breeze right past that long queue at the Colosseum and learn from the guide about the long and bloody history of this structure, one of the most recognizable in the world. Learn about daily life up on Palatine Hill and stroll through the Roman Forum, discovering the House of the Vestals , the various temples, the Senate House, the Sacred Way and the Triumph Arches.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$65.60 USD
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Private Half-Day Tour of Rome with Chauffeur

See the best that Rome has to offer on a 4-hour private tour of the city. Discover the highlights of the ‘Eternal City’ such as the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and much more. Listen to informative commentary from your driver/guide about the history of the 2000-year old city as you drive past the monuments.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$46.03 USD
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Colosseum and Roman Forum Experience

Why spend your valuable time in Rome waiting in long lines when you take this entertaining and informative small-group tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum with skip-the-line access. Hear from the expert English-speaking guide about what went on during antiquity's greatest show on earth, as well as, what daily life was like in ancient Rome.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$69.05 USD
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Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Private Tour

Go back 2,000 years to the time when Rome ruled a huge swath of the planet and the center of entertainment was the Colosseum. This guided walking tour not only offers entertaining and intriguing historical tales and details while strolling around the Colosseum and Roman Forum but also gets you skip-the-line-access. That's right: breeze right past that long line and explore the awe-inspiring Colosseum. Go from the Colosseum to the Forum to Palatine Hill and ending at the Circus Maximus.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$79.41 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Family-Friendly Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour

Not sure if the Colosseum is for kids? They’ll love it on this skip-the-line tour specially designed for children from 7 to 12 years old. With a child-specialist guide, you’ll explore the sites of Ancient Rome with your kids in an interactive way that includes visual aids, role playing and games. Plus, avoid the Colosseum’s main entrance line with fast-track admission. You’ll also visit the Roman Forum and see ancient landmarks like Trajan’s Column. This walking tour is limited to 25 people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$52.94 USD
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24 or 48hr Rome Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Skip-the-line Colosseum

Combine the convenience of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent travel on a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour of Rome. Along the way, enjoy a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum and four optional walking tours, taking in sights such as Castel Sant’Angelo, Capitoline Hill, St. Peter Basilica, the Spanish steps, and the Pantheon.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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$79.41 USD
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  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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Colosseum and Roman Forum: Skip the Line Guided Tour

Make the most of your time in Rome with skip-the-line tickets for the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and a guided tour of each site. Enter the heart of ancient Rome as you walk through the ruins of the temples and buildings of the Colosseum with your informative guide. Afterward head to the Roman Forum and take in sweeping views from Palatine Hill. Your 3-hour experience provides a comprehensive experience of two of Rome’s most iconic ancient sites.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$51.79 USD
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Colosseum by Night Walking Tour: Undergrounds and Arena

See one of Italy's most recognizable monuments in a new light with a 1.5 hour night walking tour of the Colosseum in Rome. Enjoy skip-the-line access and visit parts of the Colosseum that are normally off-limits to the public, including the fascinating underground levels.
  • Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes
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$74.80 USD
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3-hour Private Vespa Tour of Rome

Experience Rome like a local on the back of a classic Vespa scooter. Take in all the highlights of the Eternal City on this private 2.5-hour tour; see sights such as the Colosseum, Vatican City, Piazza Venezia and Palatine Hill; and stop to enjoy a traditional gelato at one of Rome’s top gelaterias.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$169.17 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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