The largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire is a must-see when in Rome. The Colosseum once hosted gladiator fights, animal fights and even water battles. The building was a present from emperor Vespasian to his people and (unlike today) the entrance used to be free. Therefore the games and the fights were very popular. Built and modified under the rule of the Flavian dynasty, the Colosseum remains an important heritage of the ancient Roman culture.
Not only are there many films that feature the Colosseum (e.g. Roman Holiday or To Rome With Love), it is even one of the important locations in the famous game franchise – Assassin’s Creed.
When visiting the Colosseum be prepared for the crowds of tourists and long ticket queues, often longer than an hour. To avoid the queues completely you can buy your tickets online or buy them at the Roman Forum entrance (which is very close to the Colosseum) where the queues are much shorter. The regular tickets will get you to the most important parts of the complex but if you want to get further than that (e.g. the underground) you will need to buy the guided tour tickets.
Being in the centre of the city, the Colosseum is well accessible by the public transport - metro (Line B – Station: Colosseo), bus (Lines 75, 81, 673, 175, 204) or tram (Line 3).
Jan 2 - Feb 15: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Feb 16 - Mar 15: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Mar 16 - Mar 25: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Mar 26 - Aug 31: 8:30 am - 7:15 pm
Sep: 8:30 am - 7 pm
Oct 1 - Oct 28: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Oct 29 - Dec 31: 8:30 - 4:30
(Last admission 1 hour before closing.)
Closed on Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25.
English Guided Tours:
daily: at 10:15 am, 10:45, am, 11:15 am, 11:45 am, 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, 3 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.