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An awe-inspiring sight and a gem. See the largest amphitheater used for gladiatorial contests with your own eyes – it’s a must when in Rome.

Piazza del Colosseo, 1 00184 Rome, Italy

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When you say “Rome“, most people imagine a large oval construction. Yes, that is the Colosseum! The largest building ever built by the old Romans is a clear example of their technological sophistication. Emperor Vespasian issued the command to build the amphitheater in 72 AD. Completed about eight years later, it could host more than 50,000 people at a time! They watched gladiator games, ship battles and dramas played by actors in the arena under them. It was built under the Flavian dynasty, that’s why its original name in Latin is Amphitheatrum Flavium. It gained the name “Colosseum” in the 11th century, but as to why exactly, we don’t know. The name probably comes from the colossal statue of Nero nearby. Another of its names is Coliseum.

The maximum length of the Colosseum is 616 ft (188 m) and its maximum width is 511 ft (156 m). The outer wall is 157 ft (48 m) tall. More than 100,000 m³ of the stone travertine were used in construction. Under the main arena, there were corridors for gladiators and for storing cages with animals. There is evidence of elevators and pulleys that would have raised and lowered scenery and caged animals and even of major hydraulic mechanisms that, according to ancient accounts, could quickly flood the arena, probably from the nearby aqueduct, something apparently done for mock sea battles. Something you probably didn't know is that the building supported an extensive awning, called a velarium.

Nowadays, the amphitheater is not in its best condition, with much damage having been inflicted by numerous earthquakes in the area. But this doesn’t put off the millions of visitors who come to see the Colosseum every year. Its picture is depicted on the Italian 5-cent coin and it belongs to the list of the new 7 wonders of the world. It is not possible to organize events inside the amphitheater, but many concerts take place outside. World stars, such as Elton John and Paul McCartney, have performed there. Today, you can go inside and take a tour with or without a guide. All three floors are open to visitors and you are allowed to take as many pictures as you like.

You can buy tickets at the Colosseum, or you can avoid crowds by going to the nearby Palatine Hill, where there is another ticket office. They are also sold online or you can book them by telephone. If you are a student, don’t forget to take your student card to get a discount! The Roma Pass, a ticket to various museums and also a travel ticket, includes entrance to the Colosseum. To get there, get off at Colosseo station when traveling by Metro. From the main railway station in Rome, Termini, it takes about half an hour to walk to the Colosseum.

Opening Hours

Oct 25 - Feb 15: 8.30 am - 4:40 pm
Feb 16 - Mar 15: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Mar 16 - Mar 26: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Mar 27 - Aug 31: 8:30 am - 7:15 pm (Note: Jun 2: 1:30 pm - 7:15 pm)
Sep: 8:30 am - 7 pm
Oct 1 - Oct 29: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm (Last admission 1 hour before closing.)

Closed on Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25.

English Guided Tours:
daily: at 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, 3 pm, 4:15 pm, 5:15 pm


Adults: €12 + €2*
Reduced: €7.50 + €2* (EU students 18-25 years, teachers)
Children (under 18): free *reservation fee for online ticket

Two-day combined ticket also valid for visit of Palatine Hill and Forum Romanum.

Guided tour: €5
For more information concerning timetable and language possibilities, please see the official website.


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