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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

Fantastic tour, great guide and very informative.

Really great tour with a fantastic tour guide. Very informative and presented in a relaxed and comfortable manner. Well worth the money and would highly recommend booking.

Fantastic tour with plenty of relevant information

The tour of the coloseum was done in a great format with all the relevant historic details without getting overloaded. Thanks to Stephan who was happy to answer all questions competently. He makes a great photographer too !! The palaces and ancient Rome section was great too.

Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/28/2016

The tour guide was very informative and we also covered alot of ground

For the money I paid I believe that it was definitely worth it. The best part was being able to skip the line at the colosseum which was insane by the time we finished the Roman Forum. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told everything we needed to know.

Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by cristopher, 11/28/2016

Greatest tour guides in Rome! (Silvia & blonde lady with xmas name)

Very informative and entertaining. Not a moment wasted and allowed ample time for pictures and breaks. Worth every penny!!!! 10 stars

Great guide shame about the lack of stops

Roberto was a great guide but the coach didn't stop for photos of anything other than the trevi fountain and Roman forum. Would've been nice to be able to get good photos of the other things we passed too- I would extend the tour an extra hour and give time to stop in even if just at roadsides.

Rome by Night: 2-Hour Illuminations Tour Reviewed by Rebecca, 11/24/2016

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