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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?

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

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

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

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

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

great for adults and 9 year old + Teenager

great guides; explained things knowledgeable and with ease. Would recommend as first class to anyone. arrived on time and well planed.

Great tour, saved us time and very informative!!

We arrived at time to the Colloseum and met Dinela. She was very petient and full with I formation about the place... gave us time to take pictures and the tour saved us time wish was worth the money!! Great!!!!

It was extremely hot in Rome, but the tour was fantastic!

Maria Puric, our guide was full of knowledge and told us a lot of stories in a very informative and funny way. I would like to make more tours with her

Colosseum Express Skip-the-Line Tour Reviewed by Sanda, 07/16/2018

Loved the underground tour and the colosseum walk.

The colosseum was really interesting. We didn’t see a lot of the forum as we ran out of time.

This was an excellent tour full of information and mindblowing

The groups number was small and the orgainizers kept the numbers controlled within the area to a good number adding to the enjoyment of everyone Well done colosseum staff

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