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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.

Colosseum: Our 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 8:30am 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

The '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 to visit
    Open seven days a week, year-round from 8:30 - 18:15. Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
  • What is the price?
    A simple entry ticket is €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's highly recommended!
  • How to get there
    The 'Colosseo' metro station - the Colosseum itself is located directly outside the exit.
  • Additional tips
    • 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

Think you've seen the Colosseum? Not til you do this tour!

Go where most people can't and get the best pictures, with an amazing (and funny) guide!

A well informed guide made the places come alive. Great work!

Amazing places to visit with great guide with excellent skills in communication.

Fabulous and informative; we loved Heidi!

Heidi was very knowledgeable, funny, and spoke excellent English. This was a perfect tour, just enough time in all three places: Forum, Palestine Hill, and Colosseum - never got bored, allowed for pictures and water and restroom breaks but kept tour moving without lingering too long in one place. She just knew what we would love and what we could care less about. Seriously, we will request her again when we go back. Perfect tour, time, and guide!

Wonderful tour, very informative. Highly recommended

Great walking tour. Our guide was very informative and helpful. You won't be disappointed

Skip-the-line Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/19/2017

Very informative and a great experience. Would strongly recommend..

The tour was really excellent. Laura was very attentive, warm and clearly very passionate about the history which she imparted with great aplomb.

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