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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


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.


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

Amazing experience and one not to be forgotten

We were lucky that our tour guide got us privileged entrance to the colosseum, the entrance the gladiators would have taken on to the main Stage Most amazing feeling/experience Unforgettable !!

Great activity if time in Rome is limited. Great to have a local guide

All very efficient. Ear pieces meant you could hear exactly what the guide was saying. Pretty much saw all key sights with guide avoiding crowded areas and showing best views etc.
Skip the Line: Colosseum and Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by Rebecca, 10/23/2016

Good but not clear when at the Terminal where the bus stop is.

Long walk up the hill from Terminal station. The audio was clear and helpful. Easy to get on and off. Staff very pleasant.
Rome Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket: 24 or 48-Hour Reviewed by Vanessa, 10/22/2016

Fantastic guide - Rome's history from a local

Our guide - Giuseppe - was very knowledgeable about the history of Rome. He made the tour very interesting with facts and funny stories and 3 hours passed quickly. It was very well organized from start to finish. They were waiting for us at the meeting point and we did not have to wait in line at any point, which was nice. Definitely worth it.

The tour was excellent and highly recommended

We took a panoramic tour which was great as it mostly focused on places we would not reach otherwise. The guide was great - pleasant and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
Rome 2-Hour Panoramic Segway Tour Reviewed by dana, 10/20/2016

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