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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill: Priority Entrance

Available Aug 8, 2021
20 visitors
4.8 / 5 (1380 reviews)
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  • Priority entrance into the Colosseum
  • Access to the Colosseum's first and second floors
  • Access to the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Colosseum
  • Access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • A downloadable smartphone-optimized guide with useful facts and tips for your visit
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Colosseum & Roman Forum: Guided Tour

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3h
4.7 / 5 (181 reviews)
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  • Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Assistance from the Touristation staff
  • English, Spanish, French and Italian-speaking guide
  • Headsets for the tour
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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill: Skip The Line + Arena Floor

Available Aug 9, 2021
20 visitors
4.6 / 5 (4007 reviews)
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  • Priority access to the Colosseum
  • Access to the Colosseum's 1st and 2nd floors
  • Access to the Arena floor
  • Access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
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Semi-Private Colosseum Underground Tour + Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Arena

Available Aug 15, 2021
2h 30min • 10 visitors
4.9 / 5 (17 reviews)
  • Guided tour of the Colosseum, its Underground and Arena Floor
  • Guided tour of the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Small groups of 10 people or less
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill entrance tickets and reservation fee
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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill: Video Guide

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4.6 / 5 (3930 reviews)
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  • Priority access to the Colosseum
  • Access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Video guide for the Colosseum
  • Downloadable map of the Colosseum
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Colosseum & Archaeological Area with Multimedia Experience

Available Aug 9, 2021
4.3 / 5 (4 reviews)
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  • Fast-track admission to the Roman Forum
  • Fast-track admission to the Palatine Hill
  • Fast-track reserved entry to the Colosseum
  • Free map of the Archaeological Area
  • Free WiFi at the meeting point
  • 25-minute multimedia video
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Mamertine Prison, Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Available Aug 9, 2021
Approx. 3 hours • 10 visitors
4.6 / 5 (387 reviews)
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  • Access to the Mamertine Prison + Video guide
  • Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Access to Carcer Tullianum Museum
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Colosseum & Roman Forum: Guided Tour in French

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3h
4.8 / 5 (52 reviews)
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Roman Forum
  • Guided tour in French
  • Headsets for the tour
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Tips for visiting the Colosseum

As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it's no surprise that Colosseum tickets are immensely popular. If you want to see one of Rome's most iconic landmarks, you should definitely book in advance.

You might have some luck buying tickets on the day, but the number of tickets to the Colosseum per day are limited so it's better not to risk missing out – especially if you're visiting Rome during the high season. If you do forget to buy ahead of your visit, you can expect a lengthy queue outside the Colosseum.

There's a range of tickets available, so it all depends on what kind of experience you're after. Luckily all of our options also come with entry to the Roman Forum included... when in Rome!

If you just want basic admission to the Colosseum, a Colosseum & Roman Forum: Guided Tour ticket is what you're after. With this in hand, you'll be able to skip the long lines and enjoy a guided tour of the world's most iconic amphitheater. On top of that, you'll have the chance to walk through the ruins of the Roman Forum – the hub of ancient Rome.

If you want a more in-depth experience, then the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill: Gladiator Entrance + Guided Tour option could be for you. You get a little more than basic admission with this ticket; on top of skipping the line into the Colosseum, you'll get to go beneath the arena and explore the area where gladiators prepared for battle and caged animals readied themselves for a fight to the death.

While it's the largest amphitheater ever built in the ancient world, its capacity isn't quite as impressive as what can be accomplished by today's modern means.

The largest college football stadium in the United States, Michigan Stadium, can hold 107,600 people compared to the Colosseum's estimated capacity of 50,000-80,000. However, when you take into consideration that it was built close to 2,000 years ago, the Colosseum's capability of holding so many spectators remains impressive. Plus, what other stadium can boast that it once had a marble façade?

When it's almost your 2,000th birthday, you're lucky to still be standing, let alone to be so popular. There's a number of reasons for the Colosseum's damaged appearance on top of the effects of time, from fire and earthquakes to opportunistic builders capitalizing on spolia (repurposing old stone for new structures).

The Colosseum did manage to stay in its prime for almost two centuries before disaster really struck. In 217 AD, the Colosseum's wooden upper level was badly damaged by fire, and in 443 AD it sustained more damage from a major earthquake.

On top of that, as Christianity rose, the popularity of gladiatorial battles declined and after 435 AD there's no more mention of them in the Colosseum. The arena still remained in use for animal hunts, but its heyday had long since passed. Another earthquake in 1349 AD saw more damage done, with the outer south side collapsing.

People lived there during the Middle Ages

After the Colosseum's use as an arena began to falter, the citizens of Rome got creative with its purpose. From the end of the 9th century until the 14th, residents lived inside the amphitheater! Alongside the humble homes were workshops and even stables.

There was more to see than just gladiators

Elaborate set-dressing was also a major part of the games, with the Colosseum often transformed to appear as a whole new setting. Plants would be brought in and elaborate scenes would be set up for animal hunts (Venatio).

It's got more than one name

The world's biggest amphitheater was also dubbed the Amphitheatrum Flavium after the dynasty who created it. So, then why the Colosseum? Well, outside the arena stood a 100-foot-tall bronze statue of the Emperor Nero. Inspired by the Colossus of Rhodes, it's theorized that this colossal memorial to Nero is where the Colosseum gets its name from.

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About the Colosseum

The Colosseum is a massive ancient amphitheater in the center of Rome. Picked apart by scavengers and ravaged by earthquakes and time, the Colosseum still stands as an impressive symbol of life in Ancient Rome. It showcases the power of past emperors and the durability of the Eternal City.

This huge, marble and limestone structure was built to hold more than 50,000 spectators, all there to revel in the various forms of (mostly violent) entertainment, such as hunts, gladiator battles, and executions.

Colosseum
Thursday 09:30 - 19:15
Friday 09:30 - 19:15
Saturday 09:30 - 19:15
Sunday 09:30 - 19:15
Monday 09:30 - 19:15
Tuesday 09:30 - 19:15
Wednesday 09:30 - 19:15
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1, Piazza del Colosseo, 00184, Rome
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Gladiators and the Colosseum: Roman History to Know Before You Visit

Before the Colosseum was a famous ruin, gladiators would square off here in brutal fights for Romans' entertainment. But who were these gladiators?

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