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A History of the Colosseum

Never before have the old and the new fit together so well in one city. Promise us you won’t leave Rome without a visit to the Colosseum! As you get closer to it, you will be stunned by its sheer size and the power it radiates. Step inside and take a trip through history.

When Was It Built?

When Was It Built?

The Colosseum was commissioned by the emperors Vespasian and Titus, and was finished in 80 AD. Its completion was commemorated by 100 days of ceremony and games.

Gladiators and Games

Gladiators and Games

The Colosseum was designed for sports, such as as fights between gladiators and wild beasts. Its semi-circular structure housed 50,000 spectators.

Fun Facts

Fun Facts

The largest amphitheater in the world, the last gladiator fights were held there in 435 AD. Admission was free for all, and mock naval battles took place upon entry.

How It Survived

How It Survived

Unlike earlier Roman amphitheaters, the materials used were built to last: concrete for the foundations, travertine for the piers, tufa infill and brick-faced concrete.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Although earthquakes have caused some damage, most of the Colosseum still stands. The tour inside this archeological marvel, where you can retrace the steps of the gladiators, is a must-do.

Our insider tips

Admission

You can pre-book a standard ticket online that covers all three monuments in the area: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Opening hours are from 8:30 AM until one hour before sunset.

Tours

If you want to do more than just walk in and grab a few shots with your camera, we recommend a small group tour. We’ve done it and it’s well worth it. An expert will teach you about ancient Roman history, architecture, sport and little known facts that make the Colosseum come alive as you walk through it. You can also combine it with the guided tour of the Forum or Palatine Hill, plus you’ll get to skip the line.

Getting There

Colosseo station is located on Rome's blue metro line, two stops from Termini. You cannot miss the Colosseum as you exit the station.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open seven days a week, year-round from 8:30 AM - 6:15 PM. Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
  • Is it expensive?
    A simple entry ticket is €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's highly recommended!
  • How to get there
    Colosseo metro station - the Colosseum itself is located directly outside the exit.
  • Additional information

    • Get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds!

    • Make sure you wear sunscreen, as the Colosseum is open-air.

What people are saying about Colosseum

Amazing experience to see the Colosseum at night!

We had the best tour guide, full of knowledge, funny, genuinely wanted to give us the full experience. Had been to the Colosseum during the day a couple of other times but seeing it at night was so much better, so much quieter, no crowds and we got to see the arena floor and underground! Great value for money! Amazing photos! Wished I had done the night tour first!

Rome: Colosseum and Underground Arena Night Tour Reviewed by Jennifer, 09/12/2018

Interesting with a good mixture of fun and facts

Stefano the guide seemed to know all there is to know about Colosseum, without making us listen to too much names and dates. A great mixture of historical information and fun facts. His English was also easy to understand. A big plus for the small size of the group.

Excellent tour - our guide, Marco, was excellent with the kids!

This was an excellent tour. Perfect for the family and the kids. Marco was great with the kids. My sons were listening to him throughout and found his questions and little snippets of information fascinating. He kept them entertained with games and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Booking was easy. All instructions on where to go were very clear. The agency kept us informed throughout.

Colosseum & Ancient Rome Family Tour for Kids Reviewed by SUZAINA, 05/12/2018

Need a guided tour in Rome? Use Touriks!

Booked the Colosseum arena and underground tour which included thr Forum and Palantine Hill. Absolutely brilliant, had two guides as it was split, Colosseum/ Forum, Palantine. Both really good but had different methods. Tom an Englishman from Wigan was excellent, very knowledgeable and really knew his stuff. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the lady that took us around the Colosseum but she was Italian and the Roman side really came through. Again great depth of knowledge and you have to go underground to get the real feel of the place. It was well worth it. Would recommend it.

A fantastic tour and truly wonderful guide

What more can I say other than the whole experience was wonderful. Tom was a truly fanastic and knowledgable guide who brought the history of Ancient Rome to life in an engaging way through the theme of greatness. Francessca our guide for the colesseum section was also wonderful. I couldn’t recommend this tour enough. Thank you.

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