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Rome: Skip-the-Line Colosseum and Arena Floor Guided Tour

Duration: 1.5 hours
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Skip the Colosseum entrance line and take a 1.5-hour tour of this iconic Roman landmark. Access the usually off-limits arena floor, and see where the…

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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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 64,537 reviews

Great tour but felt like we missed lots of the coliseum

The coliseum tour was just a talk of the coliseum from one position on the 1st floor. It was an amazingly well spoken one and tons of facts plus the view of the stadium was great from that position but I wish there’d been maybe 1-2 more maybe near the centre or lower levels. Tour of palatine hill and the forums was great! Really awesome info about the beginnings of Rome both mythology wise and historically correct wise. Was filled with lots of knowledge and the views were fantastic, felt like it could have gone down into the forums for a stop but otherwise it was great. Both guides were fantastically knowledgeable, enthusiastic and well spoken. Would recommend this tour if you’re in a bit of a rush but otherwise I’d try to find a more in depth tour if you want to spend the entire day (which you definitely could) in this archeological area.

Very enjoyable but ... more time for photos please.

We enjoyed this tour with Jan. However - one niggle. We didn’t realise that there was limited time on the arena floor. It would have been nice if he had pointed this out in advance. We were ushered out by Colloseum staff whilst he was still talking and missed the opportunity for some photos. Other than that it was enjoyable. The tour was cheaper than similarly advertised tours and yet, I can’t imagine how they would have been any better. Worth every euro.

Very nice. Mat was very informative, good pace

booked this tour couple of days before i visited. Even though it was early in day (9:15) it worked out well as when day progresses it gets hot. Mat our guide was very good, kept everyone engaged, covered all the places within 3 hrs time (time seemed less believe me) including Pantheon (which was not on list). Worth the price as you can see many attractions within short time frame including getting familiar with history behind the attractions.

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Loved the colosseum. Did NOT love the endless harrassment outside.

This visit would have been so much better if we hadn't been harassed outside by people offering to sell us tickets, be our guides, etc. Also, we tried to go into the Forum the next day as we ran out of time. You CANNOT get into the Forum for free, no matter what Trip Advisor tells you! If we'd known this we would have made the effort to go there the same day as the Colosseum and Palatine Hill.

Guide very knowledgeable & friendly. Best way to see the Colosseum.

Fast track with guide made entry quick and simple. Being able to ask questions about the Colosseum, rather than just listen to an audio commentary, meant getting the most out of the experience. The fast track includes Palantine Hill which was fascinating. We spent all day between the 2 sites. Well worth the spend.

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