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Colosseum

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
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$26.22 per adult
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Well organized, good information, great guide
Great tour overall. Our guide Patrizio both knew a lot and was entertaining. Covered all the main things and the access to additional areas was thorough. Especially recommend for someone who only knows an average amount about Roman/Italian history as I think you'll get even more out of doing it guided
Allison_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Jan provided a great informative tour would recommend.
piraturcan, Aug 2022
Colosseum Through The Back Door With Gladiator's Gate & Arena Floor
Our tour guide Jan had so many interesting facts and stories about the colosseum. We loved the experience and tour. Had no issues find meeting place or guide
star-5
Great tour guide, easy experience
Allison_R, Aug 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
We had a great tour of the colosseum and forum with our guide Guido. He was easy to understand and had great information. The group was well organized and made the experience very smooth despite being a very crowded tourist experience.
star-5
Great Tour/ Great Guide
Denise_P, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Great tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable, and made the trip very enjoyable! Definitely have a better understanding of the Colosseum after this visit
star-5
Colosseum Arena trip
Marisol_M, Aug 2022
Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
Look at my son’s face when he was in the Colosseum Arena was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tour guide was amazing.
star-4
Tour early or late at night, had to cut experience short
Lucie_S, Aug 2022
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket with Optional Tour Guide Access Upgrade
The colosseum was brilliant but wished the tour was longer in here rather than the other areas. For this reason and because of the heat we left the tour early, absolutely nothing to do with the tour guide as she was brilliant. It was also a little confusing trying to find the group initially to meet before heading for the tour as there were so many other groups. I expect the full experience to be great it was just personally too hot and too long outside on the day we went.
star-5
Great way to see the Colosseum & Forum!!
Susan_S, Aug 2022
Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour
My family was met at our hotel on time and taken to the colosseum in a lovely air conditioned van. There we met our tour guide Rosie for our private tour. She was great - very knowledgeable and kept us going at a good pace! Definitely a 👍 experience!!!
star-5
Excellent experience on hottest day
Chad_M, Aug 2022
Small-Group Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
On one of the hottest days in Rome, Cristina made the tour exciting, interesting, and fun! She has a wealth of knowledge and provided a lot of historical context of what we were seeing. She also showed several photos to complement her explanations. The tour consisted of Colosseum 1st and 2nd level, arch of Constantine, palatine hill, and Roman forum. Can’t wait to come back!
star-5
Renata was amazing!
priyankavarma92, Aug 2022
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
I’ve done the Colosseum / Ancient Ruins tour three different times over the past 8 years, and this was by far the best tour I’ve gone on! Renata was absolutely incredible. Probably one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had.
star-5
Highly recommend
Annie_W, Aug 2022
Gladiator’s Tour: Colosseum with Arena Access Small Group
This tour covers a lot of ground (literally and historically). It’s a great way to experience the colosseum without waiting in as many long lines. My guide, Alice, was so lovely, knowledgeable, funny and accommodating. She offered all of us restaurant recommendations after the tour. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour - thanks Paulo!
Scott_S, Aug 2022
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
A great tour. Our guide Paulo was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Saw the Colosseum from both the arena floor and upper levels. Also taken around the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill which would have been difficult to navigate without a guide. Would definitely recommend.
star-4
Our tour guide was...
Marcy_K, Aug 2022
Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
Our tour guide was exceptional in his knowledge of the history and architecture of the Colosseum. This tour was in-depth and great for history buffs.
star-5
Excellent historical tour of the Colosseum and surrounding area.
Amy_S, Aug 2022
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Our guide, Elena, was an archaeologist and was extremely well informed. She was so pleasant to be around and her knowledge really brought the Palatine Hill and Colosseum to life. The pictures that she had on her IPad, of the recreation of the sights we visited, really gave us a great perspective. We learned so much Roman history in 3 hours!
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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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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
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