Tickets for Mamertine Prison + Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Explore the ancient prison of St. Peter, the Colosseum and Roman Forum

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Opening hours
Mamertine Prison
Saturday:  08:30 - 15:30
Sunday:  08:30 - 15:30
Monday:  08:30 - 15:30
Tuesday:  08:30 - 15:30
Wednesday:  Closed
Thursday:  08:30 - 15:30
Friday:  08:30 - 15:30
Saturday:  08:30 - 16:30
Sunday:  08:30 - 16:30
Monday:  08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday:  08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday:  Closed
Thursday:  08:30 - 16:30
Friday:  08:30 - 16:30
The self-guided tour of Mamertine Prison with a tablet takes about 1 hour. The whole visit takes 3 hours
  • See the prison which was once home to vanquished emperors and kings, and Saints Peter and Paul
  • Get a comprehensive video tour explaining the amazing history of the Forum's 'basement'
  • Access the Colosseum via a special entrance and explore the Roman Forum at your leisure

Plug into your video tour of the Mamertine Prison, in the somewhat creepy basement of the church of San Pietro in Carcere. Learn about the prisoners who served time here, including Saints Peter and Paul, then access the Colosseum via a special, sneaky entrance!

Prisoners at the Mamertine Prison, also known as the Tullianum, were once lowered into the cell through a hole in the ceiling, but luckily you get to use the stairs.

Grab your video guide and explore what is essentially the basement of the church of San Pietro in Carcere, a prison that housed vanquished kings, wrong-doers, and even Saints Peter and Paul.

It's small, it's dark, it's cramped, but it's one of the most atmospheric parts of the Forum! You'll even see the bars that St. Peter was allegedly chained to, and the pool of water he used to baptize visitors.

When you've soaked up this special part of history, make your way into the architectural triumph that is the Colosseum via a special, speedy entrance and explore it and the Roman Forum at your own pace.

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What's included
Access to the Mamertine Prison + Video guide
Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Access to Carcer Tullianum Museum
Access to the Colosseum's 4th and 5th floors
Starting point
Clivo Argentario, 1, 00186, Rome
1, Piazza del Colosseo, 00184, Rome
  • Swap your smartphone voucher for a paper ticket at the ticket office of the Mamertine Prison at least 10 minutes before your chosen timeslot. Your ticket to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill will be given to you then
  • The timeslot you’ll receive for the Colosseum will be at least 90 minutes after your timeslot for the Mamertine Prison
  • The ticket for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill is valid for two consecutive days, one entrance per site
  • The Colosseum is a 15-minute walk away from the Mamertine Prison
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket
Ratings & reviews
362 Reviews

Dec 1, 2019
Very friendly welcome and informative staff. Tour was amazing and at our own pace. We spent several hours and walked several miles in the Roman Forum. All went smoothly. Thank you
Nov 24, 2019
All the staff were helpful to us at all times face with smiling.
Nov 20, 2019
Fabulous we really enjoyed our day but could do with more time to get around and could have done with a map of the Forum, Palatine hill and where the entrances are for each one.

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