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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
US$ 26.77 per adult
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Dennis was excellent!
Dennis our tour guide was excellent! He was very personable, had a great attitude and was very informative. He was also very considerate, especially on a hot June afternoon… overall I had an excellent experience, a lot because of Dennis (he should get a bonus!)
William_T, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Lovely guide!
Corey_H, Jun 2022
Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
Awesome tour guide with a great sense of humor. She brightened my day and was full of wonderful knowledge of the colosseum and forum. Nice job!!
The Best Way to Tour the Colosseum
William_B, Jun 2022
Colosseum Underground Night Tour
Touring the Colosseum at night is a must on your visit to Rome. The underground was especially interesting and you don’t have the crowd that you have when touring during the daytime. Guide was very knowledgeable as well. Definitely recommend.
Awe inspiring
DrMildred_F, Jun 2022
Colosseum Night Tour
This was a great tour. Doing it in the evening was a way to avoid the heat and the crowds of June in the city. The tour also gave us an opportunity to see the underground part and learn the history of the workings of the Colosseum. It was very interesting. Finishing the tour after the sun set made for beautiful pictures. I highly recommend the tour.
Professionaly organized, complete tour
Feije_D, Jun 2022
Ultimate Colosseum Underground And Ancient Rome Tour
Very professional organized, no stress here (headsets, no queue), it goes super smooth. Guide is friendly, knows a lot without being boring. Tour is very complete, ideal if you want to see the Colosseum, the hill and forum
Special access, expert guidance.
Tony_P, Jun 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
Danielle V was an excellent guide offering insights on history, culture, and the many layers of structure in the area of the Colosseum. We had special access to newly opened areas and he took care of all arrangements while walking us from shaded area to the next bit of shade. It was a hot day, but he kept us in as much shade as possible and pointed out the fountains where we could refill our water bottles. So much history in one small area is overwhelming, but also awe inspiring.
Simply amazing tour guide
Christine_C, Jun 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
This was my second tour of the Colosseum and our tour guide Lia Caso from Touriks made me believe it was my first! I learned so much on her tour and enjoyed the time with her. My 12 year old son was engaged and excited the entire 3 hours ONLY bc Lia made it so fascinating to listen to. I will be requesting her in the future as a tour guide!!!
A must do when in Rome
fgy92c9fvj, Jun 2022
The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
Great experience. How can you go to Rome and not visit the colosseum? Tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Very interesting to see!!
Amazing experience! Perfect guide!
Terry_M, Jun 2022
Colosseum Underground Tour With Arena Floor: Vip Experience
We visited the Colosseum June 14, 2022. Laura was our guide. She was excellent! Her knowledge and passion of the history in Rome made this an incredible experience. She moved the group at a perfect pace to see everything.
Wonderful Experience
Cynthia_E, Jun 2022
Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
Colosseum Tour Guide - Elida The tour exceeded my expectations because of our tour guide. She enjoyed relaying information, she enjoys the subject, and was even on point with humor. She was kind, knowledgeable, and even routed me to my favorite pasta place that made you want to lick the plate! We came back for seconds of Bruschetta later that night! Elida was wonderful, looked out for all of us, never rushed us, looked for shady spots whenever possible and made history intriguing.
Great tour of the Colosseum
Janet_W, Jun 2022
Colosseum Underground Tour With Arena Floor: Vip Experience
GIovanna was very informative. She showed us photos to illustrate her stories of the colosseum’s rich history. We walked through the underground level which was recently opened. Quite interesting. It was crowded so it was helpful to have used earphones. Giovanna also walked us to the Forum entrance and told us where to go from there. Very helpful.
Perfect for family w kids who want to learn and have fun!
Nancy_Q, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Lines Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour for Kids and Families
We took the for kids Colosseum tour with a 7 and 4 year old. The group was perfectly paced and curated by a knowledgeable and patient young archaeologist. We learned, and our kids learned while being engage and entertained. Bring lots of water! Long lines at fountains and stands.
Great tour!
Gina_W, Jun 2022
Colosseum Underground and Roman Forum Small Group Tour
This tour was very good. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the Colosseum and the Roman forum. Would definitely recommend. We traveled with 2 young children (aged 9) who enjoyed the tour as well.
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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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