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Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, 00184

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.

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Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour
Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour
USD27.28 per adult
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Colosseum Tour
The Colosseum tour was an excellent way to learn about the Colosseum along with all the history of Palatine Hill. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it!
heeger6, May 2022

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A great way to reach parts of the Colosseum which are not available generally
Sharon_F, May 2022
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
We were able to go to parts of the Colosseum which could not be accessed without a guide. His knowledge and passion was immense and we learned so many things. A fantastic part of history which was bought alive by our guide.
Perfect Day Among the Antiquities
Jessica_M, May 2022
The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
Our guide, Pietro-Paulo, was very accommodating of my sister, who has mobility issues. Going where the gladiators went in the Colosseum was a unique experience. It didn't hurt that there were wildflowers everywhere and the weather was perfection!
Highly recommended
Thedon_L, May 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
The colosseum was the best part of the trip and how the tour was friendly with the group. There nothing else to say
Magnificent experience
Susanna_M, May 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
The most impressive part of our visit to the Colosseum was the sophisticated engineering used to entertainment by the Romans for their citizens on such a grand scale. Our guide, Manola, was so helpful in explaining the true back story to the Colosseum in contrast to the Hollywood version!
Perfect sized tour!
Sunita_S, May 2022
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Dennis was an amazing guide!! We loved being in a small group, it was so much more personal and fun. We loved seeing the dungeons and the underground of the arena, it brought the history of the Colosseum to life. We had a great time. Definitely go in the morning as it gets hot!
Vatican and Collosseum Combo The tour
Sunilkumar_D, May 2022
Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
Highly recommend Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour. The Vatican museum and Sistine Chappell were absolutely amazing places to see. Be prepared as there will be a lot of walking throughout the trips.
Great time learning about the colosseum with Augustine
Maggy_P, May 2022
Skip The Line Guided Tour Colosseum with Access to Roman Forum Palatine Hill
Augustine! He was funny & entertaining & I learned so very much on our tour. The guide makes such a difference & he was a highlight of our trip learning about the colosseum. Book with Augustine & don’t forget a water bottle, as you will need it.
Nice tour
Mahitha_R, May 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
It was an interesting tour& got to see the colosseum, palatine hill& Roman forum. The guide was good but her English needs to improve & so wasn’t very clear
Highly recommend!!
Victoria_E, May 2022
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
I am a solo traveler and this tour was everything I was looking for. The building was easy to find and the workers were all very nice. Our tour guide, Renata, was very knowledgeable and kept everyone enthralled all 3 hours. Entry to the Roman forum and colosseum were very fast and easy. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Christina was the best!
Elenna_S, May 2022
Skip-the-Lines Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour for Kids and Families
We had a wonderful afternoon with Christina at the Colosseum yesterday, She was engaging and knowledgeable- she kept the kids interested the entire time. We hope to have her again as a tour guide next time we are in Rome in September!!
If you haven’t been to the Colosseum recently you must go now
Robin_R, May 2022
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. Great tour of previously restricted areas of the Colosseum and tour included the forum of which I was unaware. We had toured the Colosseum in 2008 but this added so much with views from the reconstructed area of the arena floor, seeing the underground complex of elevators and alleys and the new museum type displays on the first level. Really worth doing.
Eddie with a Y :) (The Y was STOLEN)
Nicole_Z, May 2022
Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
Eddy, our tour guide for the Colosseum, was delightfully quirky, fun and informative. He has STOLEN our hearts. Please note: nothing was ever stolen, but it is a hint for all questions on the tour.

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.

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How to Get There

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.

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Trip ideas

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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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