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

Explore the ancient Prison of St Peter, The Colosseum & Roman Forum

Receive your tickets via email, SMS and our app
Show tickets on your smartphone
Save time & get in faster
Opening hours
Mamertine Prison
Today:  08:30 - 18:15
Monday:  08:30 - 18:15
Tuesday:  08:30 - 18:15
Wednesday:  08:30 - 18:15
Thursday:  08:30 - 18:15
Friday:  08:30 - 18:15
Saturday:  08:30 - 18:15
Today:  08:30 - 19:15
Monday:  08:30 - 19:15
Tuesday:  08:30 - 19:15
Wednesday:  08:30 - 19:15
Thursday:  08:30 - 19:15
Friday:  08:30 - 19:15
Saturday:  08:30 - 19:15
Best time to visit
Early afternoon
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 audio 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 audio 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.

Put on your audio headset and explore what is essentially the basement of the church of San Pietro in Carcere, a prison that housed vanquished kings, other 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.

See more
See less
Ticket features
Smartphone tickets accepted
Priority Entrance
Instant ticket delivery
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
Mamertine Prison (Carcer Tullianum Museo)
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
  • You will receive a timeslot to enter the Colosseum based on availability
  • The ticket for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill is valid for two consecutive days, one entrance per site

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Key info
Audio guide
Prison: Tablets available in English, Italian, and Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Please note that the venue is not wheelchair accessible and may be difficult to navigate for people with limited mobility
Additional info

Getting to the Mamertine Prison

  • Metro: Line B to Colosseum station + 10-minute walk
  • Bus: All lines to Piazza Venezia bus terminal + 5-minute walk

Opening Hours

Mamertine Prison:

  • 29 October - 25 March: 08:30 - 16:30
  • 26 March - 31 August: 08:30 - 18:30
  • 1 - 30 September: 08:30 - 18:00
  • 1 - 28 October: 08:30 - 17:30


  • 16 February - 15 March: 08:30 - 17:00
  • 16 - the last Saturday of March: 08:30 - 17:30
  • From the last Sunday of March - 31 August: 08:30 - 19:15
  • 1 - 30 September: 08:30 - 19:00
  • 1 - the last Saturday of October: 08:30 - 18:30
  • From the last Sunday of October - 15 February: 08:30 - 16:30
Jun 13, 2019
We walked another I'm just to get tickets. Why don't you just turn up at allocated time and go in?
Jun 13, 2019
The ticket seller is not too friendly.
Mamertine prison exposition is very unsatisfactory.
The entrance to the Coliseum with fast track was excellent!
Jun 11, 2019
Overall a good experience.
Jun 10, 2019
So rude and unorganized. Advertising is trash
Jun 9, 2019
It has been a wonderful experience and the service offered is recomendable…
Jun 9, 2019
I was delighted to be able to get a last minute entrance ticket to the Colosseum that allowed me to skip the line. I wouldn't have visited the Mamertine Museum but, as that was where I picked up my tickets, I went in and was glad I did spend a short time there. The next day I went to the Forum and Palatine Hill, which were excellent. I used the Rick Steves audio guide to get around the Forum. Visitors should join a guided tour or have good information about the Forum in order to get the most from a visit. The Tiqets App was very easy to use.
Jun 9, 2019
Had a great time. Beautiful architecture. Amazing experience.
Jun 5, 2019
Overall, this experience was excellent, It was easy to purchase, redeem and then use our tickets. The capacity controlled approach to getting into the Colosseum was awesome and allowed ticket holders to enter very easily without waiting in lines. My only negative is that the description for this ticket mentioned access to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill via a 'secret/sneaky' entrance. There is no such entrance. We had to walk on the outside all the way to the colosseum vs. entering the Roman Forum from the west side.
Jun 4, 2019
Was very good. Easy access to get the entrance to the Colosseum.
Go to the Mamertine Prison Museum for the tickets.
Once done enjoy the Mamertine Prison, walk back to the Colosseum, go toward the back and you will get access straight away.
Please note that you have set times to go into the Colosseum.
You will need to hire an audio guide if required. It cost me €12 for 2 audio guides plus 2 pairs of earphones.
May 14, 2019
Great experience easy access no waiting around and must see sites

Common questions

What do these tickets include?
This ticket includes a single entrance to the venue, in combination with other services. You can find this information under the section 'What's included' on this page.
Are there special discounts for different age groups/students or teachers?
Discounts for different age groups vary per product. You can find discount related information while selecting your tickets in the checkout. When choosing your tickets, check for ticket types with discounted prices. For example, some products have a ticket type 'Child', which is specifically for children. Remember to bring a valid ID to the venue if you've purchased a discounted ticket.
What payment methods do Tiqets support?
We support popular payment methods used across the globe, notably Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Alipay and iDeal. Some payment options are specific to the language and currency combination you use when ordering tickets.
Do I have to print these tickets?
You don't have to print these tickets. See the section titled 'Instructions' on the product page for more information on this. Download the Tiqets app to get access to your tickets on your phone - even when offline.