- Roam the ruins of the Colosseum – a world-famous building and an enduring symbol of the Eternal City
- Access the Roman Forum, the hub of the ancient city, and Palatine Hill, the neighborhood for ancient Emperors
- Skip the long and winding lines and discover the secrets of this 2,000-year-old amphitheater
Until March 29th, the Colosseum, the Temple of Romulus, and the Imperial Ramp at the Roman Forum will play host to a groundbreaking new exhibition dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean city of Carthage. That's Carthago, for the Latin students among you.
Hundreds of never-before-seen artifacts have been sourced from museums in Italy and abroad. With the help of fascinating multimedia installations, Carthago, The Immortal Myth aims to highlight the historical events connecting the ancient powers of Carthage and Rome.
With your portable guidebook in hand, begin at the foundation of the Phoenician East, then continue to Carthage's refounding and the rise of Christianity, in which the city played a substantial part.
As you enter the exhibition, keep an eye out for a giant statue of Moloch. This ancient Canaanite deity, often linked to morbid rituals and human sacrifice, is ready to welcome you to the exhibition.
Behold the mighty Colosseum, one of history's most iconic buildings! Of course, with such prestige comes hordes of tourists. But, this priority-entrance ticket lets you bypass the plebs, like a modern-day Roman dignitary, gives you an hour to explore the Colosseum, and then access the Roman Forum.
Emperors Vespasian and Titus built the Colosseum from 72-80 C.E – or, to be accurate, thousands of their slaves did. It functioned as an amphitheater where Romans of all classes could come and be entertained by gory games. During its heydey, 80,000 people would cram into it, but today, the Colosseum has to settle for 3,000 selfie stick-wielding tourists.
Gladiators would be pitted against lions, you could watch a good old-fashioned hunt, or even an execution. Occasionally, rich families would rent the venue for private religious ceremonies, known as a munera, to show off their power.
Over the centuries the Colosseum has been picked apart by scavengers and ravaged by earthquakes and time. But today, we can still study its 80 entrances, complicated systems of slave-operated hoists, and multiple ramps and trapdoors which allowed for beasts, men, and scenery to be raised into the arena.
With queues as legendary as the building itself, you'll benefit from this priority entrance ticket which grants you pre-booked timed entrance as well as access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Step inside a wonder of the ancient world in this bucket list destination.
- Go to the 'Individual Entrance Gate' at the Colosseum 30 minutes before your booked timeslot
- Take the line for 'Visitors with Reservations' for your booked time
- Scan your smartphone ticket at the turnstile and enjoy your visit
- On the next day, you can go to the Touristation office at Piazza d'Aracoeli, 16 and show the confirmation email, received with your ticket, to watch the Ancient Rome multimedia video (available daily from 9:00 to 18:00)
- Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
- Changes are not possible for this ticket
- Disabled visitors and their carer get in free. Please ask directly at the venue
- Adults: €16 + €2 reservation fee
- Ancient Rome video, downloadable Colosseum map and handling fee: €5.90
You can continue the time-traveling adventure by watching a short 3D film at the meeting point after the tour. Showing what the Colosseum, Underground Rome, Pantheon, and the Circus Maximus looked like during their heyday, the film will give a real sense of the living, breathing history that is contained within these remarkable remnants of the ancient world.
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