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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

The tour was above my expectations, would definitely recommend. Thanks

The tour was well organized from. Meeting Point to the Tour itself. Emmanuel, our Italian 'English Tour' guide has deep historical knowledge, has humor, and his pacing was balanced. He handled well the mix of tour members, young and old, from west and east, ensuring also everyone's safety. Excellent job Emmanuel.

The guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant.

GUIDEN was acquaintance, she told me in depth about many interesting things about the Romans. In addition, we got a very good tip on restaurants. A very rewarding day.

Enlightening! Interesting! Entertaining! Majestic!

This was an amazing tour. Our guide, Nick was funny and knowledgeable! Take this tour!!!

Fabulous tour jammed packed with info and personality of our our guide

WOW this tour lasted 3 hours but because Emanuele was such a great guide it seemed much shorter. We saw all the highlights at three great sites and learned so much from our guide who encouraged our questions. Can't say enough about Emanuele - it was obvious he loved his work and has a special passion for the old city of Rome. Tour included lots of walking so comfy shoes are a must. I highly recommend this specific tour. THANK YOU!!

Very knowledgeable guide. Promptly left on time and proved easy access

Good insight on the building and use of the Colosseum. Including the tour of the Roman forum and Palatine Hill was very insightful as it show the history during the days of Julius Caesar.

Colosseum and Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/10/2018

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