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The Colosseum has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD, and today it’s a top monument in Italy. Some 50,000 spectators once gathered in the amphitheater’s tiered seats to watch gladiatorial games, and though parts of its original marble facade were pilfered over the years to build the likes of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact 2,000 years later.

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.

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.

How to Get to the Colosseum
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.
 
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.

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.
Address: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome 00184, Italy
Admission: €12
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Colosseum By Night City Packages

Colosseum By Night

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The guided tour leads through the monument enlighten by the charming atmosphere after the regular hour at night and avoid the crowds. You will meet with tour Coordinator in meeting point. After introductory part, Coordinator will bring you to the skip-the-line entrance, for privileged access. Once inside, begin your tour below ground and explore the Colosseum’s tunnels, chambers and pits. This section of the Colosseum is restricted to the public and only allows a select number of visitors each day, so enjoy this exclusive chance to see more than most people do. Admire the engineering of the 88 elevators that brought to life Rome’s best spectacle. Next you will head to the arena floor. Most visitors are restricted to walking around the edge, but you have access to walk on the floor itself, standing in the exact spot where the battles took place. After the tour of the Colosseum is over you’ll be left inside to enjoy some free time and really take in the energy of this world wonder.
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Colosseum Skip-the-line Self-Guided with 3D Virtual Reality (Official Product)City Packages

Colosseum Skip-the-line Self-Guided with 3D Virtual Reality (Official Product)

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Skip the line for a self-guided tour of the Colosseum, one of Ancient Rome’s most popular landmarks. Learn about the Colosseum through a multisensory 3D virtual reality experience and hear stories of gladiator battles. After the virtual reality introduction, explore the famous amphitheater at your own pace. The same ticket offers access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Nero's Golden Palace: with Colosseum and Ancient CityHalf-day Tours

Nero's Golden Palace: with Colosseum and Ancient City

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Explore Rome’s ancient sites on a half-day, small-group tour of Domus Aurea, or Nero’s ‘Golden House,’ the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Step into buried history with archeologist guides and use 3D glasses to see Nero’s palace as it once was, then hear stories about Rome's golden age as you walk through the heart of the ancient Roman Republic and Empire. This small-group tour includes all entrance fees and skip-the-line access.
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 Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor and Roman Forum TourCity Packages

Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor and Roman Forum Tour

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With your expert English speaking guide, you will be taken on a passage through time, realising the amazing historical events that occurred in this great monument. On the tour, you will skip the crowd and long ticket lines to head deep inside the walls of the Colosseum discovering its unimaginable history and events that took place, many, many, years ago. Join us on the Official Colosseum Dungeons & Ancient Rome Tour and let our guide lead you to the famous Arena floor and travel down into the depths of the Colosseum and visit the darkness of the dungeons where gladiators and animals were held before the battles. You will then move on to the Palatine Hill, home to the most affluent of ancient Romans, hosting the best view over the centre of the city (a perfect place for pictures). Afterwards, you will be moving down the hill to explore the famous Roman Forum. Join us on this exclusive tour and travel in time to see the epic wonders of Ancient Rome's glory.
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Colosseum Arena TourCity Packages

Colosseum Arena Tour

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Get the ultimate experience and feel like an ancient gladiator by entering where the Roman fighters would only exit... through "Libitinaria" The Gate of Death! If that doesn't scream "BOOK ME NOW", what does..?! Booking this tour will give you full access to the Colosseum's restricted area - the Arena Floor. Stand where gladiators once fought to death and allow our professional guides bring to life the events and stories that once happened inside the colossal walls of the Colosseum.
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Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel PickupHalf-day Tours

Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Discover the true meaning of the phrase ‘Bread and Circus’ as you travel back in time on a private tour of the Roman Colosseum. Your guide describes the significance of this world-famous landmark, as you imagine Ancient Rome with its glorious gladiator fights and enthralled crowds. Enjoy convenient round trip transportation and skip-the-line access, as well as the personalized service of a professional tour guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Colosseum Tour with Undergrounds and Arena Floor with Upper Levels City Packages

Colosseum Tour with Undergrounds and Arena Floor with Upper Levels

Enjoy a walking tour of the subterranean depths of the Colosseum in a small-group. With your professional guide, have access to the areas of the Colosseum--even those areas normally restricted to visitors. Explore the underground chambers and see where wild animals were caged. See the arena where gladiators once fought.Then have access to the Roman Forum to see some of the most important archaeological sites of Rome. Spend three hours exploring these renown locations.
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Skip the Line Colosseum Tour for Kids and familiesKid-Friendly

Skip the Line Colosseum Tour for Kids and families

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Visiting Rome with kids in tow? This private 2-hour Colosseum tour is specially designed for families, with a focus on child-friendly activities and commentary that’s as entertaining as it is educational. While the little ones will be entertained by stories of fearless gladiators, fighting lions and political conspiracies, even the oldest members of the family don’t have to miss out – the first level is fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues. Best of all: your skip-the-line tickets mean no hanging around or waiting in line.
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Rome In A Day Tour: Including Vatican & ColosseumDay Trips

Rome In A Day Tour: Including Vatican & Colosseum

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Travelers short on time in Rome will enjoy having their time streamlined on this easy one-day highlights tour. Spending time at the various attractions in the Vatican City, as well as the Colosseum, this easy tour makes the most of a day. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum, and learn about Rome's centuries of history from your guide.
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  • 5 hours
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 Exclusive Colosseum Gladiators Arena Ancient Rome guided Tour VIP Entry TicketsCity Packages

Exclusive Colosseum Gladiators Arena Ancient Rome guided Tour VIP Entry Tickets

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Follow in the footsteps of ancient fighters as you enter through the arena floor on this special guided Colosseum tour through Gladiator’s Gate. Beat the crowds and access the millennia-old arena through a special entrance. Cover three tiers of the iconic landmark as you listen to little-known stories about the battles once waged there. Tours also include guided visits to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
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Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Fullday Rome with Vatican Museums and ColosseumFull-day Tours

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Fullday Rome with Vatican Museums and Colosseum

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Benefit from personalized attention on this private tour of Rome, including skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, departing from the Civitavecchia port. Once you step off the ship, you’ll embark on a whirlwind tour of Rome that lets you hit all the highlights in a single day. Make the most of your time with your skip-the-line entry to the most popular attractions, which ensures you won’t spend hours standing around. Learn about the history and culture of Rome through your guide’s commentary, tailored to your private group’s interests.
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Best of Rome in a Day Vatican & Colosseum ComboDay Trips

Best of Rome in a Day Vatican & Colosseum Combo

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Explore the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum all in one day with a special combination tour. With this tour, you’ll save valuable time on your trip to Rome with special reserved access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica and skip-the-line access to all other sites. Your guide will ensure you see all the top attractions, plus you’ll learn about the history and culture of Rome along the way.
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Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi FountainCity Packages

Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain

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See some of the most beautiful architecture, fountains and squares in Rome on this walking tour of the city’s historical center. Stroll along cobbled laneways, stopping to visit famous attractions like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. A break for gelato or coffee is included. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to include a tour of the Colosseum and other Ancient Rome sites beforehand.
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Colosseum and Roman Forum for Kids Private TourHalf-day Tours

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Colosseum and Roman Forum for Kids Private Tour

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Get your kids excited about ancient Roman history with this private 3-hour 'Colosseum for kids' tour. Visit the top sights of ancient Rome – the Palatine Hill, Forum and Colosseum – with a child-friendly expert guide. Learn about what daily life was like in ancient Rome and what the gladiator combats held in the Colosseum were like. Enjoy visual aids used by the guide to engage the whole family.
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Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the ArenaDay Trips

Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena

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See the most popular attractions in Rome with this combination 5.5-hour small-group tour of the Colosseum, and Vatican City. Enjoy skip-the-line entry for each sight and a professional guide to enhance your experience.
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Rome in One Day Colosseum and Vatican with Real Skip-the-LineFull-day Tours

Rome in One Day Colosseum and Vatican with Real Skip-the-Line

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Discover the most famous landmarks in Rome and the Vatican City in the space of a single day on this in-depth tour. Skip-the-line access means you’ll beat the crowds when you visit the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Hotel pickup is included, for added convenience, while audio headsets ensure you won’t miss a word of the tour. The itinerary also includes a traditional Italian lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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Colosseum by Night: Underground, Arena and the Third Ring!City Packages

Colosseum by Night: Underground, Arena and the Third Ring!

See the Colosseum in a new light--at night-- with this evening tour of the famed monument. Your English-speaking guide will lead you inside the illuminated monument, where you'll get to visit the arena floor and the ancient dungeons, used as pre-fight holding areas for Gladiators and animals. You'll also get to climb up to the third ring for views out over the arena.
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Rome's Highlights and Colosseum Private Guided and Driving TourHalf-day Tours

Rome's Highlights and Colosseum Private Guided and Driving Tour

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Get the most out of your time in Rome with this 4-hour private tour of the best of Rome, including the iconic Colosseum. Travel around the Eternal City in comfort with a private driver and guide for a 3-hour driving tour of Rome's top attractions. Get an up close look at the city's most famous monument with a private tour of the Colosseum. Enjoy the full attention of your guide, including a child-friendly guide with iPads and other interactive learning tools to entertain and educate the entire family.
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Skip the Line: Colosseum and Roman Forum Private TourHalf-day Tours

Skip the Line: Colosseum and Roman Forum Private Tour

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Tick off two of Rome’s ancient marvels on this private 3-hour tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Set off on a thrilling journey through Ancient Rome with a custom-made itinerary, skip-the-line access and one-to-one attention from your expert guide. Explore the mighty Colosseum and hear about the notorious emperors and gladiators that once took centerstage in the arena. Then, learn more about everyday life in Ancient Rome as you stroll around the evocative ruins of the Roman Forum.
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Fast Track Colosseum Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine HillCity Packages

Fast Track Colosseum Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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Maximize your limited time in Rome and bypass the seemingly endless ticket line at the Colosseum. The special ticket further grants you exclusive access to the arena floor where gladiators once stood. Listen as your guide goes beyond what you get in a typical audio guide. Hear the behind-the-scenes history of fighters, spectators, and more. Afterward, use the time you saved to explore other attractions, enjoy Italian food, or simply relax.
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Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Afternoon Skip The Line TourHalf-day Tours

Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Afternoon Skip The Line Tour

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Discover the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on a walking tour led by an expert local guide. Don't miss out on the rich history encompassed by the ancient monuments and learn the stories behind the masterpieces of Roman civilization with a guide. Plus, you'll bypass long lines outside of the Colosseum, one of the New7Wonders of the World, with your skip-the-line pass, making this tour perfect for travelers with limited time.
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VIP Gladiator Entrance,Colosseum Forum and Palatine Hill Tour Half-day Tours

VIP Gladiator Entrance,Colosseum Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

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• See the Colosseum from a different point of view • Enter the restricted area of the arena through the VIP gladiator gate • Get a fantastic overview of the dungeons • Discover what was once the heart of city life • Have longer to explore the arena and archaeological sites with fast track access
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PRIVATE Colosseum Arena Tour in RomeCity Packages

PRIVATE Colosseum Arena Tour in Rome

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As one of the world's most-visited historic attractions, the Colosseum attracts big crowds. But you can beat the crowds, the long ticket lines to get inside, and the heat, on this private guided tour. Skip the line through a VIP entrance through the back gates and explore the arena without wasting any time.
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Colosseum with guide small groupCity Packages

Colosseum with guide small group

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Skip the line outside the Colosseum with your priority-entrance ticket. Listen your guide explaining the secrects of Colosseum construction and history of gladiators and their fights. Walk around the first and second level of the Colosseum, hearing its history from your guide.
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