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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


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.


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

Amazing tour with Maura the funny and knowledgeable guidee!

The tour was everything we had hoped and we really enjoyed our guide, Maura, who knew all the history behind the colosseum and made some amazing jokes too!

Lucia was a fun and informative guide, just enough history and realism

We were upgraded to Level 3 entry at the Colosseum, it was well worth it, teh views alone were amazing, and it gets you above and away from the mob of fellow tourists below.

Skip-the-Line Colosseum Guided Tour Reviewed by Angel, 03/19/2019

Glad we purchased the ticket in advance as this saved us queuing

We did however have to still queue for the Roman Forum for about 30 minutes even though we had a ticket

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Package Reviewed by Nicki, 03/16/2019

Very informative, friendly and well organised

The guide was very friendly, had brilliant knowledge of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and other general things about Rome. The meeting point was easy to get to and it was a nice pace when walking around. Also reasonably priced and the tour length was good, saved a lot of hassle in queues for the Colosseum and Roman Forum. The group was a nice size and it was very pleasant. Would definitely recommend to get knowledge you wouldn't get just visiting by yourself. Being left in the Roman Forum was also good as you could then go back and walk around at your own leisurely pace and revisit bits you may have missed or not seen. Overall very pleased.

Our guide was outstanding with a deep passion for the history of Rome

Excellent tour. Only 8 people so easy to ask questions. Must have been a slow day as there was no line to "skip" but that made the tour that much better. Tour lasted longer than expected as our guide was truly excited to show us Rome and answered all our questions in great depth. I am sorry I do not know his name as he made the tour beyond awesome.

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