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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Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Independent Rome Day Trip

For an easy, relaxing way to get to Rome when your ship arrives at the Civitavecchia cruise port, book this independent shore excursion that provides private transportation into the city with a knowledgeable driver. You can design your own sightseeing adventure with the help of your driver to see the Eternal City’s famous landmarks. Perhaps visit Ancient Rome sites like the Colosseum, baroque attractions like the Trevi Fountain, lively squares like Piazza Navona or the artistic masterpieces of the Vatican. It’s up to you! 
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$131.48 USD
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Supersaver: Early Bird Vatican Museums, Colosseum and Ancient Rome Guided Tour

Visit the Vatican without the daytime crowds, then explore the Colosseum and Ancient Rome in the afternoon. After an early morning start, you’ll take a walking tour around the Vatican Museums to discover Renaissance delights and history inside Raphael’s Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Take a 3-hour break, then meet up with your guide in the afternoon for a tour of the Colosseum’s arena and dungeons, followed by a walk around the ruins of the Roman Forum.
  • Duration: 5 to 6.5 hrs
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$127.60 USD
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Golf Cart Around Imperial Rome

Give your feet a rest on Rome’s cobbled streets, and explore the city’s historical sites by golf cart, instead. On this 3-hour tour, you’ll see some of Rome’s top attractions and squares, including the Pantheon, Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, Circus Maximus, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. You can get closer to the landmarks than you would in a regular vehicle but still enjoy comfortable transport around the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$208.80 USD
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2-Hour Rome Colosseum Skip-the-Line Tour

If it’s your first-time in Rome, you can’t miss a visit to the Colosseum and a skip-the-line tour will ensure you make the most of the experience. Avoid the long lines with priority entrance, visit the magnificent Roman amphitheater with your professional guide, then explore the impressive ruins of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill at your own pace.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$52.20 USD
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Best of the Colosseum: Arena Floor and Gladiator Gate

Walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators on a guided tour of Rome’s most iconic attractions — the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, and learn about the bloody battles and glorious victories that once took place inside this mighty arena. In the Forum, wander among the ruins of temples and judicial palaces while your guide shares insight into the complex social structure of ancient Rome.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$63.80 USD
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Colosseum with Gladiator entrance private tour with Ancient Rome

Maximize time in Rome with a private tour, complete with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum. Enter through the restricted Gladiator’s gate and walk out onto the arena floor. Learn about Ancient Rome during this walking tour that also includes the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$91.64 USD
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Rome Private Full Day Tour with Private Minivan and English-speaking driver

Get an insider's look at Rome on this full-day guided walking and driving tour of the Eternal City. Learn the cities secrets and see some hidden gems as the professional guide leads you around this bustling town, starting off at the Colosseum before heading to the Circus Maximus.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$100.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Skip the Line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small Group tour

Take a guided tour of the Colosseum, with skip-the-line access, and learn about the days when emperors ruled Rome. Explore the ancient amphitheater, where bloody gladiator battles once took place, and see the sites of the Roman Forum. You’ll also visit the Pantheon, known for its stately columns and dome.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$45.24 USD
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2 in 1 - Entire Ancient Rome Tour and Vatican Ticket

Combine a tour to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum with a guide with this 2-in-1 ticket. Spend 5.5 hours immersed in the history of ancient Rome, then cash in your skip-the-line Vatican ticket for a self-guided visit to Vatican City and the Museums.
  • Duration: 3 to 5 hrs
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  • Duration: 3 to 5 hrs
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Small Group Tour of Colosseum With Dungeons

Immerse yourself in the glories of ancient Rome on this introductory tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Meet your guide outside the Colosseum, put on an audio headset to hear them clearly, and head inside. You won’t just see the main arena views: you’ll also have the chance to explore the Colosseum’s dungeons and underground areas, which many visitors miss. Then, continue to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, where you’ll learn more about Rome’s millennia of history.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$104.40 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip-the-line Private Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

Visit the Colosseum, the Emperor's Palace on Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum during a private 3-hour tour of Rome's top sites, designed for travelers with limited time. Skip long ticket lines for the Colosseum, one of the New7Wonders of the World, and receive undivided attention from a private guide. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$68.44 USD
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Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Skip the Line Tour with Optional Hotel Pick-up

The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill are three of Rome’s most visited attractions, but visitors often spend longer queuing outside than exploring inside. Maximize your time on this 3-hour tour, enjoy skip-the-line access, and marvel at the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ancient Rome.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$53.36 USD
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Skip the Line: Colosseum and Roman Forum Private Tour

Tick off two of Rome’s ancient marvels on this private 3-hour tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Set off on a thrilling journey through Ancient Rome with a custom-made itinerary, skip-the-line access and one-to-one attention from your expert guide. Explore the mighty Colosseum and hear about the notorious emperors and gladiators that once took centerstage in the arena. Then, learn more about everyday life in Ancient Rome as you stroll around the evocative ruins of the Roman Forum.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$80.04 USD
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Basilica of San Clemente Small-Group Tour in Rome

Immerse yourself in the history of one of Rome's most fascinating churches with a 1.5-hour tour of the Basilica of San Clemente. Explore the hidden rooms under the 12th-century church, including a 4th-century altar and 1st-century house.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Rome Colosseum and Ancient Ruins Private Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum with a personal guide on a private, skip-the-line tour in Rome. Bypass the lines for the 80 AD-built Colosseum and explore the first and second tiers of the amphitheater as your guide tells of the gladiatorial battles staged here. Afterward, delve into the ruins of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum while learning about their history. Includes entrance tickets and choice of morning or afternoon departure.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$97.44 USD
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Skip the Line Private Tour for Kids: Colosseum Full Family Tour

Visiting Rome with kids in tow? This private 2-hour Colosseum tour is specially designed for families, with a focus on child-friendly activities and commentary that’s as entertaining as it is educational. While the little ones will be entertained by stories of fearless gladiators, fighting lions and political conspiracies, even the oldest members of the family don’t have to miss out – the first level is fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues. Best of all: your skip-the-line tickets mean no hanging around or waiting in line.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Civitavecchia Private Excursion to Ancient Rome & Vatican Museums

Your driver will meet you at your ship in Civitavecchia. From there, you and your companions can sit back and enjoy the ride into the Eternal City. You’ll see lots of the sights of Rome on your way to your tour with an art historian guide at the Vatican. There is also a stop at the Colosseum before your return journey to the port, roughly nine hours after leaving.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$212.75 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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$170.52 USD
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ANCIENT ROME

Explore the remnants of Ancient Rome with a guided tour of the Roman Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. With this tour, you’ll avoid long tickets lines and enter the Colosseum directly with your special skip-the-line pass. Learn about the rich history and culture of Ancient Rome as you explore, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the top of Palatine Hill.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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$69.60 USD
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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9-Day Tour of Italy: Rome Naples Amalfi Florence Pisa Venice

Enjoy a perfect overview of Italy’s must-see cities—and leave all the planning and logistics to someone else—on this semi-independent, nine-day tour. Discover Rome and the Vatican; see Naples, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast; tour Tuscany’s best when you visit Florence and Pisa; and finally end your stay in Venice. Comfortable accommodation, train tickets and car transfers, and guided tours are all included in the price of the tour.
  • Duration: 9 days
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$1,734.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 days
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Private Tour: Rome Highlights with Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket

Get a proper introduction to Rome's ancient and Baroque treasures with a private, half-day tour led by an expert in archaeology or art history. Tour the Colosseum with skip-the-line access, and learn the legends behind other iconic monuments like the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Navona Square, and the Pantheon. Stretch your legs on a walking tour, or opt to travel in comfort and style with a private driver at your disposal.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$189.08 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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PRIVATE Colosseum Arena Tour in Rome

As one of the world's most-visited historic attractions, the Colosseum attracts big crowds. But you can beat the crowds, the long ticket lines to get inside, and the heat, on this private guided tour. Skip the line through a VIP entrance through the back gates and explore the arena without wasting any time.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$136.88 USD
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Private Tour of Ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum

Skip the massive crowds at Rome’s world-famous Colosseum, and follow a guide who knows the best ways to see more in a short amount of time at the Roman Forum with this private, 3-hour tour. Your guide not only helps you bypass the long lines at the Colosseum entrance, but lightens your day there with little-known facts about the ancient stone stadium. Get the chance to see some of the Roman Forum’s most impressive ruins, including the Temple of Julius Cesar, the Arch of Septimio Severus, and the Arch of Titus.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$74.24 USD
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Skip the line: Colosseum Private Tour

The Colosseum is one of Rome's most-famous attractions and so attracts very long lines to visit. This private guided tour lets you skip that line and provides a comprehensive tour of the Eternal City's other most-significant ancient sites, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Your guide shares insights into ancient Rome and can adjust the pace to your preference.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$77.72 USD
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