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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

Organized and informative in a crowded space!

Definitely do this tour over the regular tours where you only see the mid-levels of the Colosseum. Our guide was great helping us navigate through the crowded levels, and I couldn't imagine not going down to the basement levels where they kept the gladiators and animals that fought in the arena, plus the birds-eye view from the top levels. Not to be missed if you have any interest in a tour of the Colosseum. (Tip: Remember to use the bathroom right before tour so you don't need to go during the tour, which you won't able to since there really isn't a break for an hour and a half; conversely, you should bring a bottle of water bc it gets hot and there are public fountains all over the Forum for refilling.)

Roman Forum tour with TOM was incredible.

We went on the Coliseum and Roman Forum tour. The Roman Forum tour was led by Tom. Overall I think it was possibly the best tour I have ever been on. Tom went through the history of Rome and its emperors and tied it into the different parts of the Roman Forum as we walked through. He was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. His final "soliloquy" on the Forum was delivered so well and was so moving I was about to cry. He was THAT good. He was also very considerate of the heat, and always tried to find shade and made sure people had opportunities to get water. Five stars for sure.

Easy! Saved precious two or three hours by purchasing this.

It was so easy to purchase and to redeem. My first time in Italy so I was a bit skeptical that this would work, but all the attendants at the Colosseum seemed to know this deal when i presented my voucher. They knew where to directed me. I saw everything and finished enjoying the experience while the same people without the skip the line tickets were still in line.

Good tour. Viviana our guide was very knowledgeable.

Good tours you skip all the lines. In the museam and chapel is busy but tbatvis to be expected. Our guide viviana was great. The worst thing about the tour was the other people in our group. Constantly complaining about how long it was and some were rude. It clearly states the tour goes for 3 hours. But it's was a good tour. It should not be missed

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Great tour. Very informative and not too long

All guides were great. I forgot the names of the girl that met us and the guide for the colosseum but both were great. TOM who took us for the Roman Forum was exceptional!! He was such a great story teller and told the history of the Roman Empire in great detail but made it so fun and interesting! Would recommend this tour for sure.

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