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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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Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour
Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour
$52.85 per adult
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Great tour
Youri was a wonderful guide. He was so knowledgeable and entertaining. He made the day informative and fun
Gus_S, Dec 2022

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Very knowledgeable
Bridget_M, Dec 2022
Colosseum private tour fast track
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the Colosseum and Italian history. We enjoyed our time. Thank you
Very knowledgeable and...
Simon_T, Dec 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
Very knowledgeable and pleasant tour guide. Saw all the best bits in and out of the colosseum Thank you
Fabulous guide.
Claire_Q, Dec 2022
The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
Fantastic way to see the colosseum. Our guide was so knowledgeable and full of energy. She made the experience fabulous. Thank you.
Take this tour
helena_T, Dec 2022
Arena Floor Access Tickets for Colosseum & Roman Forum (Skip The Line)
Paolo has a tremendous amount of knowledge about the colosseum. He made the tour very interesting and brought the place to life. Highly recommend. Note: We took the 3:00 tour and didn’t have time to visit the forum that day as they close @4:30 during the winter. Book an earlier tour if you are traveling in the winter.
Andreanna_G, Dec 2022
Colosseum Night Tour
Visiting the Colosseum at night is a must do in life. Walking through the underground and imaginating what happened there in the old times is really amazing.. Esmeralda was our guide and she knew do much about the history that I could believe she lived those times!! Don't miss it..
The guides made all the difference.
Tammy_A, Dec 2022
Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
This was a great way to experience the Colosseum and Vatican. Our guides (Amil for the Flavian Amphitheatre and Sabrina for the Vatican). They were very informative and made the experience so much richer. Was a lot to see in one day. Next time I would split these into two days.
Our guide was very informative, was very patient with my husband and I as we are handicapped and she was very helpful.
Carol_S, Nov 2022
VIP Colosseum Tour
Seeing the Roman ruins. We've been waiting to see the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. We didn't need to wait in any lines.
Great perspective
Tamra_R, Nov 2022
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
This was a fascinating tour and well worth it. It was so interesting to look at the below ground inner workings of the colosseum.
Yuri was an excellent...
shosh_z, Dec 2022
Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour
Yuri was an excellent guide, the whole experience was very entertaining! Experiencing the colosseum from the arena floor was a very special adventure!
Paolo’s group - best group
Joe_H, Nov 2022
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
Our guide Paolo made for a memorable tour of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. He was very knowledgeable, well spoken and not in a rush. We loved it!
Highly recommend this small group tour
Joy_M, Nov 2022
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Everything about this Tour was exceptional. To be able to go underground was unforgettable as is the rest of the Colosseum. Our Tour Guide was a wealth of information and we enjoyed our time with her.
Memorable experience
Anu_R, Nov 2022
Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour | Skip the Line Tickets
Colosseum and the whole area of Palatine Hill and Forum Romanum is memorable and amazing. Our guide Paula was excelent.
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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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Trip ideas

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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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