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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?

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

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

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

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

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.

Our insider 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 8:30 AM 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.

Getting There

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 should I visit?
    Open daily, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    A simple entry ticket is €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's highly recommended!
  • How to get there
    Colosseo metro station - the Colosseum itself is located directly outside the exit.
  • Additional information

    • 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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 80,816 reviews

BRILLIANT tour! Would highly recommend! Informative but fun!

Brilliant tour! The extra underground and top level viewing of the Colosseum was really worth the extra cost and would high recommend this tour for the Colosseum! Tom (the Roman Forum Guide) especially went above and beyond to make it exciting, interesting and informative, he was incredibly knowledgable on the history of Rome but also good at describing it in an engaging way to novices like us - I am so glad we had him as our guide for the Forum! We were very glad to have a guided tour through the maze of buildings in the Forum and would recommend it to anyone. FIVE STARS!

The whole tour was informative and entertaining- so glad we booked it!

The tour took place during the morning and therefore we dodged a lot of the bigger crowds. It was well organised and the guides were friendly and informative. The colosseum was amazing and we had lots of opportunities to look at and take pictures at each level. Moving onto the forum and Palantine Hill we met our guide Tom who was amazing. He lived and obviously loved the history of Rome and entertained us with fascinating facts and reminded us about lessons from history. It made for a fascinating tour which went by in a flash! Highly recommended

Both guides were really knowledgable and friendly

We had a fantastic tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman forum. Both Julio and Keith were extremely knowledgable, friendly and fun. They kept the group moving and the time flew by. It was easy to find the start of the tour and the organising team were well prepared and very organised. One word of advice is to take some food with you if you are going over lunchtime as there is nowhere to buy food on or near the sites.

Brilliant Guide but meeting place hard to find

Took a while to find the meeting point. It wasn't very clear on the e-ticket. When we finally found it, staff could have been friendlier. A smile and hello is a pretty basic, universal, part of customer service. Once we were with the Tour guide it was great. She was lovely and very knowledgeable. Most of all she bought everything alive with her enthusiasm which is exactly what we wanted.

Great tour with knowledgeable tour guides!

Tom was our guide for the Roman Forum portion of the tour. He was fantastic! His knowledge of Roman history was incredible, and he related activities of the ancient Romans at this location with current events happening in our world today.