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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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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
$60.45 per adult
Great tour
I would recommend this. It was interesting to learn the history and our guide, Sev, was very knowledgeable.
Haia_A, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Perfect tour!
Jeffrey_R, Jun 2021
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Absolutely the best tour I have been on! Davide was the best tour guide!! He knew every answer to all of our questions! If you plan on going to the Colosseum go with him!
Great tour in Rome
Lisa_D, Jun 2021
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
This was a great tour! got to see everything I wanted and our tour guide was terrific! She was very knowledgeable about the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
Incredible tour and way to see Ancient Rome
Carrie_L, May 2021
Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
We absolutely loved this tour! Our guide, Dario, was extremely knowledgeable, quick witted, and just an overall joy. The colosseum was our favorite part. We loved hearing about the history but also Dario’s passion for the city and its extensive history. Must do!
Theresa_K, May 2021
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
The tour was very informative. We had two children with us (11 and 9 years old) they enjoyed it as much as we did. My husband and I have been to the Colosseum and Roman Forum before, but this was a much better experience.
Superb Virtual Tour
William_H, Apr 2021
Colosseum Virtual Tour: Blood and Sand in Ancient Rome
This virtual tour was a great way to visit the Colosseum! It was very informative and entertaining. Luca was wonderful and very accommodating with answering my kids’ questions. I would absolutely recommend this tour.
Highly Recommend
Danielle_E, Jun 2021
Skip-the-line Colosseum Forum Ancient Rome Small Group Tour for Kids & Families
Simona is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and made the tour kid friendly and fun with games. She made sure to find shade and lots of places to sit too! Thank you Simona!
The experience was much more than we could imagine. Davide made it very entertaining!
mark_s, Jun 2021
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
The guides expertise was incredible. We leaned more than we could even imagine. Truly get like we made a friend with Davide.
Ralph_G, Jun 2021
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket with Optional Tour Guide Access Upgrade
Really excellent tour. Lorenzo was very knowledgable, funny and courteous. Couldn’t have been any better.
Full day in Rome
Michael_M, Jun 2021
Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
Loved it all.. especially the Sistine chapel and the coliseum. The guide was very patient and knowledgeable
Colosseum tour
George_k, Jun 2021
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Excellent guide. Very informative. Highly recommend! Our guide was very accommodating. Much better than other tours I’ve done.
Rome, May 2021
Sabrina_R, Jun 2021
Skip the Line Tour: Colosseum Official Guided Tour - Entrance Fee Included
Our guide was excellent! He told us many interesting facts and kept us wanting to learn more. We are looking forward to using him again for our next trip.
Perspective and History
Danny_W, Jun 2021
Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour
There was a lot to see so we moved quickly, and I really appreciated the perspective and history from our guide. I may go back to Palatine Hill to spend more time to soak it all in.

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 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.

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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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