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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


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.


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

Love it, Time saved, Fun and Well Worth. Recommended

The guide is very knowledgeable of the places. We were kept entertained even while we were walking around. In just less than 4 hours I learned almost all about Rome. The most importance ones. Very recommended if you have only one or two days in Rome.

Skip the Line: 3.5 Hour Colosseum and Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by Phonepanya, 08/22/2017

Well organised, great your, FANTASTIC tour guide. Highly recommend

Although we booked through Get Your Guide, the actual tour was with Roman Holiday Travel & Tour. The organisation from them was excellent and the tour guide, Stefano, was phenomenal! He was friendly, informative and within minutes made you feel like you'd been best friends for years! I'm not sure there was anything he didn't know about the Colosseum and you could see just how passionate he was about it. There were several different nationalities in our tour and yet Stefano was familiar with all of them making references to each country and their different cultures, like I said he made you feel special. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending our experience to anyone and getting Stefano would be the icing on the cake! On the evening before our tour, we received an email from the tour company with directions and a photo of the exact meeting place, along with a photo of their company logo that the guide would be holding up on a board. Like I said it was a very enjoyable trip!

Rome: Skip-the-Line Colosseum Express Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/21/2017

Excellent and Filippo was very knowledgeable!

The tour was the perfect amount of time and our guide Filippo was fantastic. He provided great background and answered all our questions.

Just totally amazing, such a fantastic experience

Would definitely recommend this tour. The tour guide was so easy to find, very welcoming and enthusiastic too. The groups are small and very personal which is fab. Our guide was a qualified archaeologist from Rome City, so her knowledge was just phenomenal. Questions were welcomed and answered fully and there was so much to see and listen to but nothing was rushed and we saw everything in the allotted time. Our guide gave us a map, our tickets to The Pallentine Hill & Forum, she even gave us comprehensive directions to the entrances and water stations in both areas, we were then left to continue to explore the colosseum if wished or to discover the Forum and Pallentine Hill. Thank you to our amazing guide, I can't remember her name but she was the archaeologist and Italian

Rome: Skip-the-Line Colosseum Express Guided Tour Reviewed by Elizabeth, 08/19/2017

Super kind, professional and fun guides. No waiting whatsoever! Superb

Our time in Rome was lot's of fun. The fact we could skip the lines was awesome. The kids loved it.

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Bart, 08/17/2017

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