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Colosseum
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.
Address: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome 00184, Italy
Admission: €12
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Exclusive Access Tickets: Vatican Museum & Colosseum with Gladiators' Entrance

Want to visit the Vatican and the Colosseum but don't want to stand in long lines in the sun to get in? With this special skip-the-line combo package, you'll get access to both attractions, without having to wait. You'll start with the Vatican, including a visit to the Sistine Chapel, before heading to the Colosseum where you'll get special entry through the Gladiator's arena entrance.
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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.
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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome

Combine a trip to two of Rome’s greatest sites in one day. Take advantage of special no-wait entry at the Vatican and skip-the-line access to the Colosseum during this full-day tour. While others wait in line, you’ll experience the majesty of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the ancient glory of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum, all with an expert guide.
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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 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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Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor Access & Roman Forum Guided 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. Get 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.
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Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour

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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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

See the secrets of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum on this small-group. With your knowledgeable guide, skip the long entrance lines at each attraction. Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day and discover Palatine Hill and the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
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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.
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Colosseum by Night with Underground Access, Arena Floor & Roman Forum Tour

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.
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Official Guided Tour

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 first and second tiers with an official Colosseum guide, who has a background in history, art, and archaeology, 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.
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Skip the Line: Colosseum 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 with an official Colosseum guide, 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.
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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.
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1.5 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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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 day and traveling with a tour guide means you get to skip the long entry lines at each attraction. Your experience includes pick up and lunch at a local restaurant.
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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.
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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.
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The Colosseum Undergrounds, Arena, Belvedere (Upper Levels) & Roman Forums tour

Take the stress out of waiting in long visitor lines by going on this Colosseum tour that includes skip-the-line entry. Explore areas of the Colosseum not accessible to regular ticket holders, and see the underground level, the Arena, Belvedere, and the Roman Forum. Along the way, your tour will be brought to life with guide commentary through headsets.
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The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour

Capped at only 12 people, this small-group tour of Rome’s Colosseum includes exclusive access to the arena floor and underground dungeons, off-limits to regular visitors. You’ll also make guided stops at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for a full overview of day-to-day life in ancient Rome. Skip-the-line admission at all three sites is included.
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Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour

Rome’s Colosseum is one of the most famous Roman monuments in the world, but with 4 million annual visitors, lines can be long in peak season. This tour ensures a hassle-free visit with skip-the-line entrance; access to the Arena and the gladiator stage; plus a walking tour of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.
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Small-Group Tour: Colosseum Underground

Go beneath Rome's Colosseum on this half-day 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.
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  • 4 hours
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Colosseum Underground and Roman Forum Tour

Breeze past notoriously long Colosseum entrance queues with a skip-the-line admission ticket that includes VIP access to the underground level and arena. In addition to explaining the meaning of the often unmarked ruins, your guide provides facts, anecdotes, and background often unheard by visitors about the arena’s gory history. Personal headsets ensure you hear every word of the tour no matter where you are in the group.
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VIP Tour of Rome, Colosseum & Vatican Museums, Driver & Private Tour Guide with Skip the LIne Tickets

An Exclusive private tour with  Driver & Licensed Tour Guide . Your private tour Guide will hop-off the vehicle with you at each stop and walk you through the attractions to provide the most complete insights of every attraction. It includes the private tour inside the Colosseum (1hr) and inside the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter Basilica (2/3hrs).  On Sunday the Vatican Museums are closed. You will change the Vatican tour with the private walking tour of the Roman Forum, Caesar Palace & the Capitol Hill.Our tours are customizable. If you have already visited Rome before, you can talk to your private guide and completely change your tour according to your needs and your requests.
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Gladiator's Arena & Colosseum Underground Tour

Visit a lesser-known part of Rome’s Colosseum on a walking tour of ancient Roman sites that includes access to the underground Colosseum. Learn about life in the ancient city as you walk through the below-ground area where gladiators waited for battle, then continue to the arena and third tier for views across the enormous structure. Keep exploring Roman history in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, where you’ll see temples, arches, and landmarks from the Roman Republic and Empire.
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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 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 in the morning, or the Palatine in the afternoon. This small-group tour is limited to 13 people to ensure a personalized experience.
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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 tour offers skip-the-line access to both and hotel pickup is included.
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