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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
$25.87 per adult
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Great Coliseum and Forum Experince
Dennis was an excellent guide. He was friendly and informative, and he paced the tour well. The information he shared was accessible and interesting for all ages.
Sabrina_S, Aug 2022

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Amazing experience :)
Adrian_T, Aug 2022
Colosseum Night Tour
It was an amazing experience and the tour guide allowed you time to take everything in and take photos. They also explained everything clearly about the history of the colosseum and I learnt a lot. Also seeing the colosseum lit up at night is such a wonderful thing. I would definitely recommend this!!
Well worth the trip!
JoAnn_C, Aug 2022
Colosseum Underground and Roman Forum Small Group Tour
Did not know all the things that happened in the colosseum! It made good sense the way the guide explained it.
Very worth it!
Eric_S, Aug 2022
Colosseum Underground Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Gladiator Arena
Emmuella was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable, Fun and entertaining! She went out of her way to keep us in the shade and teach us the history of the colosseum.
Sev was the best! Very...
Donald_G, Aug 2022
Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
Sev was the best! Very knowledgeable of the Colosseum and the forum. Tried to keep us in the shade as much possible.
Maria_F, Aug 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
As someone who had travelled to the Colosseum before, I was excited to actually learn about what I was looking at. This tour was the best thing I booked on my Italian vacation. My tour guide, Gabrielle, was amazing. He was extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and passionate about what he was showing us. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. It was the best part of my trip.
Awesome Colosseum Tour! Highly Recommend!
Lorelei_L, Aug 2022
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
The entire tour was very memorable! Specifically, the tour of the recently re-opened underground was very cool! Really glad we included this part of the Colosseum in our tour!
Easy and exactly what we wanted
DavidElvar_M, Aug 2022
Skip the Line Tour: Colosseum Official Guided Tour - Entrance Fee Included
This tour was so convenient and easy. Great instructions to find the guide and we all just walked into the Colosseum no problem. The guide was funny and knowledgeable. If you want to see the Colosseum this is the way to do it
Great tour!
Teresa_G, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour Including Pantheon and Piazza Navona
Our guide was a lovely blonde woman - I'm so sorry I can't remember her name. She shared so many wonderful stories as we toured the Colosseum and other sites. She was friendly and engaging. It was one of our favorite tours! She let us spend time at certain places, and didn't hurry us along. I really appreciated that. This is a long tour - I think close to 4 hours - so be ready! So worth the investment of your time though!
Great experience!
Meghan_P, Aug 2022
Self-Guided Tour Colosseum Skip-the-Line Ticket
Finding the tour guide was so easy and getting into the Colosseum with the group was a breeze! It was then so easy to find the guide again so we could go to Palatine Hill and the Forum. Would recommend!
Colosseum tour
Annmarie_L, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour Including Pantheon and Piazza Navona
We had a great tour guide. Very informative I had a lot of history to share about the Colosseum. We only visited the pantheon but we never went inside with the tour. Not sure if that was to be part of the tour. And we never got to the piazza Navona. It was a good thing we had already been there on our own. Maybe we spent too much time at the Colosseum. But still highly recommend the tour
Very informative
Stephen_R, Aug 2022
Colosseum Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
I appreciate the earphones given to each person which helped a lot with the tight crowds in the colosseum and forum/palatine hill. Overall very good tour.
great private tour
Sonia_C, Aug 2022
Colosseum & Ancient Rome private tour with pick up
We had a great experience in our private tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. She made it very easy to get in to see the Colosseum and Palentine Hill. It was a hot and humid day so we appreciated the fact that we did not have to wait with a large group.
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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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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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