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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
$25.83 per adult
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Rome- family of 15
This was an amazing experience for our multigenerational family of 15. Our tour guide, Dennis, was so knowledgeable and engaging. He immersed us in the history of Rome that got even the youngest of our group inspired. The company was very organized and made this a day we will never forget. I would highly recommend this tour it really was amazing.
Julie_C, Aug 2022

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Amazing Sites
Tyler_M, Aug 2022
Fast Track: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Tour
Very knowledgeable guide, amazing sites, wondrous history! Definitely take this tour. Would have liked more time inside the colosseum.
Radu is the tour!
Peter_O, Aug 2022
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket with Optional Tour Guide Access Upgrade
This is going to read more of a review of our tour guide Radu than the Colosseum. Radu made the tour memorable. His energy, humor and love for Roman and Latin history differentiates him from all other tour guides. The scenery is amazing and you will get great pictures and see all the things every other tourist sees. Radu brings it to life through his story telling and pure emotion. Best tour guide we’ve ever had and has created a lifelong memory for our family. Thank you Radu!
Engaging and thorough tour!
Maura_Z, Aug 2022
VIP Colosseum Tour
Great tour! More than I realized I was getting - thorough tour of the colosseum and the Roman Forum, lots of explanation and history.
Great tour
iain_d, Aug 2022
Colosseum Underground Tour With Arena Floor: Vip Experience
Great tour, friendly guide. Also really enjoyed seeing the underground parts of the Colosseum which we hadn’t seen on previous visits - highly recommend paying extra for this!
Sensational tour
Kirsty_T, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Excellent tour, well organised and easy to find. George our guide was awesome and it was amazing to hear things about the colosseum from Roman times. It was really hot, need to take water and aim for an early tour.
Excellent Tour
Joseph_C, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Excellent tour with 1 of Rome best tour guide. He did an excellent job telling us about the history of the Colosseums and Roma Forum and Palatine Hills
chelsea_s, Aug 2022
1 Hour Colosseum Express Tour with Arena Stage Visit
Wonderful!!! Our guide was soooo good! The colosseum was unforgettable . My whole fam I’lly enjoyed it.
Very impressive, great tour
Steve_D, Aug 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
First and foremost -- Guido, our tour guide, was fantastic. His knowledge of the Colosseum was impressive. This is by far a tour I would not miss. We toured under the main level of the Colosseum, the main level, and an upper level. We also toured the Palatine Hill complex and that was impressive too. I highly recommend this tour. Grazie, Guido!
Jan provided a great informative tour would recommend.
piraturcan, Aug 2022
Colosseum Through The Back Door With Gladiator's Gate & Arena Floor
Our tour guide Jan had so many interesting facts and stories about the colosseum. We loved the experience and tour. Had no issues find meeting place or guide
Excellent experience on hottest day
Chad_M, Aug 2022
Small-Group Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
On one of the hottest days in Rome, Cristina made the tour exciting, interesting, and fun! She has a wealth of knowledge and provided a lot of historical context of what we were seeing. She also showed several photos to complement her explanations. The tour consisted of Colosseum 1st and 2nd level, arch of Constantine, palatine hill, and Roman forum. Can’t wait to come back!
Great way to see the Colosseum & Forum!!
Susan_S, Aug 2022
Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour
My family was met at our hotel on time and taken to the colosseum in a lovely air conditioned van. There we met our tour guide Rosie for our private tour. She was great - very knowledgeable and kept us going at a good pace! Definitely a 👍 experience!!!
Glad we went.
Stewart_M, Aug 2022
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket with Optional Tour Guide Access Upgrade
Great overview of the Colosseum from a very knowledgeable and friendly guide, along with a trip to the Capitoline Hill and Roman Senate. Great experience.
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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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Trip ideas

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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