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A History of the Colosseum

Never before have the old and the new fit together so well in one city. Promise us you won’t leave Rome without a visit to the Colosseum! As you get closer to it, you will be stunned by its sheer size and the power it radiates. Step inside and take a trip through history.

When Was It Built?

The Colosseum was commissioned by the emperors Vespasian and Titus, and was finished in 80 AD. Its completion was commemorated by 100 days of ceremony and games.

Gladiators and Games

The Colosseum was designed for sports, such as as fights between gladiators and wild beasts. Its semi-circular structure housed 50,000 spectators.

Fun Facts

The largest amphitheater in the world, the last gladiator fights were held there in 435 AD. Admission was free for all, and mock naval battles took place upon entry.

How It Survived

Unlike earlier Roman amphitheaters, the materials used were built to last: concrete for the foundations, travertine for the piers, tufa infill, and brick-faced concrete.

Behind the Scenes

Although earthquakes have caused some damage, most of the Colosseum still stands. The tour inside this archeological marvel, where you can retrace the steps of the gladiators, is a must-do.

Colosseum: Our Tips

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 8:30am 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, plus you’ll get to skip the line.

Getting There

The '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 to visit
    Open seven days a week, year-round from 8:30 - 18:15. Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
  • What is the price?
    A simple entry ticket is €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's highly recommended!
  • How to get there
    The 'Colosseo' metro station - the Colosseum itself is located directly outside the exit.
  • Additional tips
    • Get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds!
    • Make sure you wear sunscreen, as the Colosseum is open-air.

What People Are Saying About Colosseum

Beautiful places to visit and the guide were very nice and helpfull

The coliseum is a beautiful place to visit in Rome with palatine and roman forums nearby. About the guides, she were really nice and it has been possible to talk with her, even about something else like where she were from or us. So thank for the kindness and the visit. For he visit I think audio guide, it was nice even if the first audio guide didn't work properly and if one of my friend's stopped working during he visit. Just a point to improve. The guide let us visiting alone after the entrance. It could be great if they were explaining the things instead of listening a voice in a machine.

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Kévin, 02/20/2017

Excellent. Good value for money. Amazing staff! Defo recommend!

Viviana, from get your guide, called my phone to direct us to the meeting point which was very useful. Both members of staff were so nice and friendly, Vivana espescially. I would defo recommend this to anyone visiting Rome! Loved it!

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Jude, 02/20/2017

Excellent way to miss the queues and get to walk on the arena floor

Excellent way to miss the queues. You also get to walk into the arena through the entrance used by the gladiators onto the arena floor. Nothing to fault about the trip / visit.

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Kevin, 02/19/2017

Fascinating tour with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide.

Fascinating tour with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Really brought the Colosseum to life for us. The hours just whizzed by. Thoroughly recommend.

The tour guide Elena was amazing!!! You must go on this tour!!

Well organized, small groups! And the experience was unforgettable. Our tour guide Elena was very knowledgeable and friendly! When you come to Rome please ensure to book this tour!!

Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Ancient Rome Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/18/2017

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