The Colosseum is Rome's best-known icon, so it's a good idea to plan ahead and avoid getting stuck in long entry lines. For the ultimate experience, choose a VIP tour that offers special access and exclusive activities. See below for your options.
The easiest way to make your Colosseum experience more pleasant is to avoid waiting in what can be extremely long lines at the monument's entrance. Some skip-the-line options still require a wait since so many people now book in advance, but group tours go through a different entrance. This means that booking a spot on a guided tour helps you bypass the longer queues and quickly get inside to start exploring.
Most people who visit the Colosseum have other Roman attractions on their must-see list, and a number of tour options combine skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum with visits to other nearby sights at a discounted rate. Explore the Palatine Hill and the Forum, or opt to stop at less-visited ruins such as the Casa di Augusto and Casa di Livia.
Dinner and a Show
Make an evening of your Colosseum tour. Start with dinner at a rooftop restaurant that overlooks the amphitheater, followed by a nighttime tour of the Colosseum — including the exclusive underground level. If you're more of a morning person, replace dinner with a buffet breakfast overlooking the Forum and then get a tour of the Colosseum through the gladiator's entrance.