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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

The best guided tour, hands down. Just book it and thank me later.

I bought tickets for this tour after I had read some reviews about it. I thought "Ok, I bet it won't be as perfect as the reviews say, but it sounds interesting". It was way beyond my expectations. I honestly (with 0 exaggeration) believe that this tour could not have been any better. It was perfect. I have been to Rome before, have had guided tours in the colosseum and other places too. But this tour was the best. Legit, I cannot express how amazing it was. With the help of VR, the history is told in the BEST way possible, fun yet detailed and effectively informative. Christina is a sweetheart, she made the experience x10 better. Marco is the best guide. Other than being a lovely person, I was astonished by the detailed knowledge he knows of Roman history. No matter what you asked, he knew the answers in details. Names, dates, you name it. The guy is a historian. I wanna write so much more, but there's a limited word count, dammit. Conclusion: Worth every penny. 100% recommened.

The most amazing experience you can do !

Please do this tour ! We booked it last minute and our guide was so great ! He was older but so knowledgeable and made it very interesting. On the day we found out they actually opened the 4th and 5th tier of the Colosseum for the first time in 40 years ! This also includes the Roman Forum which most tours don’t visit ! You will not regret this !

The guide ( Dennis ) was very qualified !

Dennis , our guide made this a very memorable expirience due to his knowledge and enthusiasm !

Colosseum & Ancient Rome Small Group Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/09/2017

Matteo, the guide is interesting storyteller, well choregraphed

Well worth it if you got a good guide, who has a practical way to tell the story, like Matteo. Lot of good content and relevance, explained in a way that kept one engaged. A good walk too. The path and story telling was well choreographed.

Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/08/2017

Giuseppe was an amazing tour guide! Learned so much

Great tour! Giuseppe was a great tour guide. He answered our many questions and provided us with so much great information. Really great way to see the city!

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