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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
$26.83 per adult
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Coliseum/ruins tour
Amazing! Tour guide I believe his name Alessandro was knowledgeable, passionate and funny!! Whole process very easy. Very informative!!
Maryanne_G, Jun 2022

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Great tour!
Marcella_P, Jun 2022
Roman Colosseum Guided Tour for Kids with Skip-the-line Tickets & Forums
Maria was great, very informative and interesting. She kept the kids engaged (ages 8-13) and made the colosseum come to life. Thanks!
Palestine hill was incredible!
Stephani_S, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
The colosseum was great but was beyond surprised how cool Palestine hill was. Amber our tour guide did a great job giving us the history of everything we saw.
We loved the convenience...
Michele_B, Jun 2022
Self-Guided Tour Colosseum Skip-the-Line Ticket
We loved the convenience of Skip-the-Line and the flexibility of experiencing the Colosseum with Rick Steve’s Audio Guide. We saved money and still got the information in a format that allowed us to stop, pause and move at our own pace.
Value for money!
cfpjr8rp6m, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
Our tour guide Sandra was very knowledge and passionate about the Roman history throughout time. Appreciate her effort and enthusiasm with the tour. We were guided through the Roman Fourm, Palatine Hill and into the Colosseum.
Learn about the real Gladiators
John_S, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
Our guide Luma gave us a great tour of the ruins and Colosseum. Great insights into Roman history and the Romans use of the colosseum to control the population.
Caroline_S, Jun 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
Donna our guide was wonderful. There with my Dad who is 74 years old, we were in a group of 8. Donna our guide was wonderful and really brought Ancient Rome to life for us all, with her unlimited knowledge and her file of pictures for how parts we saw would have looked in their day. She was professional, witty and patient throughout. The staff at the colosseum did hold us up, but that was beyond Donnas control and she handled it brilliantly. Fab trip and highly recommended.
Lovely guide!
Corey_H, Jun 2022
Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
Awesome tour guide with a great sense of humor. She brightened my day and was full of wonderful knowledge of the colosseum and forum. Nice job!!
Awe inspiring
DrMildred_F, Jun 2022
Colosseum Night Tour
This was a great tour. Doing it in the evening was a way to avoid the heat and the crowds of June in the city. The tour also gave us an opportunity to see the underground part and learn the history of the workings of the Colosseum. It was very interesting. Finishing the tour after the sun set made for beautiful pictures. I highly recommend the tour.
The Best Way to Tour the Colosseum
William_B, Jun 2022
Colosseum Underground Night Tour
Touring the Colosseum at night is a must on your visit to Rome. The underground was especially interesting and you don’t have the crowd that you have when touring during the daytime. Guide was very knowledgeable as well. Definitely recommend.
Watching the gladiators
Charles_V, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Our excursion guide was very knowledgeable and kept the whole group attention. Weather was warm but she found shade for us in many places. The Colosseum stories were great.
Professionaly organized, complete tour
Feije_D, Jun 2022
Ultimate Colosseum Underground And Ancient Rome Tour
Very professional organized, no stress here (headsets, no queue), it goes super smooth. Guide is friendly, knows a lot without being boring. Tour is very complete, ideal if you want to see the Colosseum, the hill and forum
A must do when in Rome
fgy92c9fvj, Jun 2022
The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
Great experience. How can you go to Rome and not visit the colosseum? Tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Very interesting to see!!
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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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