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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

Great experience learning the lesser known facts about the Roman forum

This was a great experience. Myself and my girlfriend enjoyed the tour and its great information. The guide was easy to understand and the tour provided plenty of opportunities to take photos for the keen photographers and also some time to take in new information.

Incredible. Our guide was super knowledgeable and professional.

Our guide was Priscilla. She was excellent. Walked at a comfortable pace. Was on time. Lots of knowledge.

Rome: 3.5-hour Colosseum & Roman Forum Walking Tour Reviewed by barbara, 12/04/2016

Excellent service providing easy access to the Colosseum.

I would highly recommend using this service. Easy access and stress free made it a relaxed way of seeing the Colosseum. I had a booking for four people and everyone commented on how great this worked.

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Stuart, 11/30/2016

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, interactive and fun!

Our Tour Guide was great! Extremely knowledgeable about the sites, interactive and fun, which made the 3 hours feel much shorter than expected. The Colosseum, Forum and views from above Palantine Hill were breathtaking--there's so much history in that one little area of Rome. This Get Your Guide Tour was great and I 100% recommend choosing this option.

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.

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