Colosseum

Travel through 2000 years of history inside Rome’s most famous amphitheater.

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Colosseum: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Entry Tickets

1. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Entry Tickets

Skip the long ticket line and go straight to the fast track entrance for security checks. After entering the Colosseum at your allotted time, relive the stories of emperors and gladiators. Begun under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and completed by his son Titus in 80 AD, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheater ever built. Imagine the ferocious fights between man and beast, as you stand in the elliptical arena, comprised of 4 levels, and once able to seat up to 73,000 spectators. Your ticket also includes one entry to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, must-see sights for all those visiting the “Eternal City.” According to ancient tradition, this is the spot where Rome was born. Look down at the ruins of temples in the Imperial Forum, center of all political, social, and economic life in the city during the Roman Republic. Experience the most ancient parts of Rome from the most significant of its “Seven Hills.”

Colosseum & Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

2. Colosseum & Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

Start your experience at the local partner's office, where you'll pick up your tickets and enjoy a 25-minute multimedia video about ancient Rome. With your ticket, discover the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Visit the Roman Forum where everyday Roman citizens used to live to see the tomb of emperor Julius Caesar and explore the ancient ruins at your own pace. Your ticket also includes entrance to Palatine Hill, the site of the foundation of Rome, and the settlement of the most important houses of emperors and kings. Located just feet away from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximum, it is the centermost of the 7 hills of Rome.  Afterwards, visit one of the most famous monuments in the world, the Colosseum. As you explore the immense amphitheater — the largest ever built by the Roman Empire — imagine the gladiator fights and public spectacles that took place in the arena.

Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

3. Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

Walk through the back door of the Colosseum and pass straight onto the arena floor through the gate named after Libitina, the goddess of funerals. Tread where dead gladiators and animals were once carried away. Feel the majesty of ancient Rome beneath your feed as you stroll over the steps of those who fought in gladiatorial combat. Enjoy astonishing 360-degree views of the Colosseum. Look up at ruins that were once filled with thousands of spectators. Snap excellent pictures, as a limited amount of visitors can be there for a given amount of time. Explore the general access area which includes the ground floor, the second tier and a balcony with astonishing views over the Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine. Step onto the podium reserved for the most important Romans over the main entrance to the Arena and feel the thrill of the amphitheater. Let your guide paint you a picture of the past with engaging stories and legends.

Colosseum: Fast-Entry Tour with Palatine and Forum Access

4. Colosseum: Fast-Entry Tour with Palatine and Forum Access

Get skip-the-line access on a guided tour of Rome's Colosseum. Get a deeper understanding of the social and historical elements surrounding these sites. After meeting your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, gain first-hand experience of Rome’s gladiatorial past and develop a deeper understanding of how prior civilizations shaped the monument. Begin your experience on the first level and hear about the bloody gladiator battles that once took place there. Next, witness the seating arrangement that symbolized the rigid nature of ancient Roman society. Before the conclusion of the Colosseum tour, experience the second level and enjoy the best views inside and outside the structure. After visiting the Colosseum, your guide or a staff member will take you to the entrance of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill so you can continue to explore these sites on your own.

Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Panoramic Bus 24/48/72-Hour Tickets

5. Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Panoramic Bus 24/48/72-Hour Tickets

Discover Rome at your own pace on an open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See the imperial monuments of Ancient Rome as well as the Baroque and Renaissance buildings of the historic center as you learn about the city's glorious past and present. An onboard audio guide will provide you with a city commentary as you tour, and you can jump on and off as many times as you like during the 24-hour, 48-hour or 72-hour period from when you first validate your ticket. Buses run approximately every 25 minutes: Terminal (Piazza dei Cinquecento corner Via Cavour) Santa Maria Maggiore (Piazza Dell'Esquilino,12) Colosseum (Via di San Gregorio close to the entrance of Palatine) Circus Maximus (via del Circo Massimo Belvedere Romolo e Remo) Piazza Venezia (Via del Teatro Marcello in front of civic numbers 32 -34) Vatican City (Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7) Villa Borghese (Via Ludovisi 48) Barberini Square (Via Barberini,14)

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

6. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colosseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and majestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” on foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

Rome: Colosseum Underground & Arena With Skip-the-Line Entry

7. Rome: Colosseum Underground & Arena With Skip-the-Line Entry

The Colosseum underground is a fantastic visit, taking in both reconstructions and the original ruins of the underground level where gladiators and animals were once kept before they were hoisted onto the arena floor. Feel the fear and hear the roar of the crowd above you as you enjoy this full tour underground at the Colosseum. Stepping beneath the arena floor, you'll walk in the footsteps of gladiators who waited here before battle and hear stories about the real lives of the gladiators as you tour the tunnels below. Afterward, walk to the nearby Roman Forum, once the city’s political hub. Enjoy views of the ruins before climbing Palatine Hill, the residential area of ancient Rome’s elites, and gaze down at the Circus Maximus chariot circuit.

Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

8. Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one. Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The OMNIA Card includes: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio-guide • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica including multilingual audio-guide app - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Carcer Tullianum / Mamertine Prison (St Peter's Prison) - advanced reservations required (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Vox City Guide app • Open Bus Vatican and Rome / Roma Cristiana The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions (adult tickets only): • Capitoline Museums • Castel Sant'Angelo • The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Borghese Gallery - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps • National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi • National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian • National Gallery in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Musei Capitolini • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis Roma Cristiana Open Bus Tour. This panoramic hop-on hop-off bus tour stops at: 1. Saint Peter's Basilica 2. Piazza Navona 3. Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon 4. Santa Maria in Aracoeli 5. Termini Central Station 6. Santa Maria Maggiore 7. San Giovanni - Holy Stairs 8. Colosseum - Roman Forum 9. Circus Maximus 10. Tiber Island 11. Palazzo Farnese

Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight

9. Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight

Exclusivity, privacy, and entertainment are the words that perfectly describe the experience provided by this tour. You will skip the daily long lines to enter the Colosseum and get an immediate VIP experience. Meet at our office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, just around the corner from Caffe Roma (above the Colosseum metro station). Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators and explore the Colosseum restricted areas of the Underground and the arena. Enter through the back door to get stunning views of the underground area. Head below ground to explore the subterranean chambers and hear stories about the fierce battles between the gladiators and wild animals. Marvel as the past is brought to life through stories of ferocious games. and see where the emperor sat above the arena floor as you take a tour of the circumference.

Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

10. Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

Discover the Colosseum in the serenity of night with a guided tour. Enjoy access to the main areas of the structure, as well as exclusive access to the underground dungeons and arena floor under the moonlight, where fierce gladiator battles once took place. Upon arrival at the Colosseum in the evening, meet your guide who will escort you on your exclusive journey. Away from the usual crowds of the day, enjoy the opportunity to admire the Colosseum in a more intimate and engaging way, as you first discover the grandstands. Then, you will enter one of the restrictive areas of the monument, the underground. Discover a network of tunnels where lions, tigers, and other fearsome animals were kept. See the remnants of cages, wooden elevators, and gladiator rooms where combatants awaited their frightful fate in the arena. Head up to the arena floor through the archway named "The Gate of Death." Hear thrilling stories from your guide under the eerie moonlight. Admire 360-degree views of the amphitheater as you imagine the sight of thousands of screaming spectators as you stand on a reconstruction of the arena floor.

Planning Your Visit

  • Admission

    You can pre-book a standard ticket online that covers all three monuments in the area: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Opening hours are from 8:30 AM until one hour before sunset.

  • Tours

    If you want to do more than just walk in and grab a few shots with your camera, we recommend a small group tour. We’ve done it and it’s well worth it. An expert will teach you about ancient Roman history, architecture, sport and little known facts that make the Colosseum come alive as you walk through it. You can also combine it with the guided tour of the Forum or Palatine Hill.

  • Getting There

    Colosseo station is located on Rome's blue metro line, two stops from Termini. You cannot miss the Colosseum as you exit the station.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    A simple entry ticket is €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's highly recommended!
  • How to get there
    Colosseo metro station - the Colosseum itself is located directly outside the exit.
  • Additional information

    • Get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds!

    • Make sure you wear sunscreen, as the Colosseum is open-air.

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What people are saying about Colosseum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 102,458 reviews

Augustus was fantastic, a warm and entertaining host who boasted fantastic knowledge of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. Was accommodating and happy to answer questions some of the party had throughout and offered suggestions to further enhance our trip to the city following the tour itself. Thank you, Augustus!

Agostino was absolutely incredible. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the areas of the tour, was fun and witty throughout. If you are on the fence about booking an experience like this one, take this as your sign that it’s SO worth it! You will NOT be disappointed!

Our guide Lumi was great! She tailored the tour to be perfect for 3 kids whose jet lag hit half way through. She was knowledgeable and wonderful and had great recommendations for the rest of the trip!

Excellent experience. We were able to see the grounds and have an intimate exploration with someone who had archaeological experience at the site.

Skip the line! Easy acces! All very impressive! Take your time over there, you'll need it!