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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$26.90 per adult
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Great experience
The guide, Alysandra, was very knowledgeable and created a vivid picture of the colosseum history. We enjoyed the experience very much.
Arturo_G, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Wonderful opportunity
Jennifer_P, Jun 2022
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
Fabulous opportunity seeing the inside and outside of the Colosseum. Wonderful stories and descriptions and pictures seen inside the Colosseum. the history and tour outside was a little boring for me, but others enjoyed.
Awesome experience on a warm day!
Vanesa_S, Jun 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
Giata out tour guide was so friendly and informative! She knew so much about the Colosseum and really taught me a lot. She answered all our questions and was very patient. Loved the tour! It was a hot day but we all made the best of it. Bring a hat and empty water bottle to refill throughout the tour. And good comfy shoes the stairs are steep and the floor is not even.
Good tour, much info!
Hkon_W, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Very nice trip thru the Colosseum and the palatine hill:) Maby too much information though, but nice to walk through the old ruins with a guide that knows the history so well.
Great tour!
Marcella_P, Jun 2022
Roman Colosseum Guided Tour for Kids with Skip-the-line Tickets & Forums
Maria was great, very informative and interesting. She kept the kids engaged (ages 8-13) and made the colosseum come to life. Thanks!
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
Learn about the real Gladiators
John_S, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
Our guide Luma gave us a great tour of the ruins and Colosseum. Great insights into Roman history and the Romans use of the colosseum to control the population.
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!!
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!
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.
Value for money!
cfpjr8rp6m, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
Our tour guide Sandra was very knowledge and passionate about the Roman history throughout time. Appreciate her effort and enthusiasm with the tour. We were guided through the Roman Fourm, Palatine Hill and into the Colosseum.
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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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