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Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, 00184

The Basics

As the second most popular attraction in Italy after only the Vatican, the Colosseum hosts some 4 million annual visitors, meaning that long lines are nearly inevitable without a skip-the-line tour. Choose from a number of tours suited to any age or interest, such as a Colosseum underground tour that heads beneath the arena floor to explore a network of passages; a small-group guided tour of the third tier; or a night tour that offers an eery experience and relief from the daytime heat. Consider group tours, self-guided audio tours, or private tours to gain an understanding of this well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheater and its historical importance.

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Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour
Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour
$25.93 per adult
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Awesome and a great walk through history!
An awesome experience and David did a great job sharing his knowledge of the site. The entire tour is about three hours and we did the middle of the day one, which is really hot and sunny. Great views and guides historical illustration to accompany the visit really made the history come alive.
Hans_W, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Request Francesca to tour the Colosseum!
Cheri_L, Jul 2022
Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena & Ancient Rome small group tour
My niece and I toured the Colosseum, Arena and Forum with Francesca, who was a fantastic guide. Charming and knowledgeable, she imparted loads of knowledge in a way that was fun and interesting.
Awesome Tour
Dave_D, Jul 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
The tour was great and tour guide was extremely knowledgeable providing an abundance of information about the colosseum, the underground and the forum. Being able to tour the underground portion of the colosseum was awesome. So much history and interesting facts about the elevator system, stage animals and gladiators. Ending the tour at the forum and palatial hill was great. I highly recommend the tour.
Perfect Colosseum and Forum tour!
John_A, Jul 2022
Colosseum Arena Floor Guided Tour and Ancient Rome Priority Access
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, engaging and passionate about the sites we were seeing. He shared his vast knowledge in a compelling and informative way, in the Forum and the Colosseum. He cared about ensuring we all saw the same thing and had time to experience the Arena floor.
Excellent, highly recommended
Jose_M, Jul 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
My wife and I took our small group tour on June 9, our tour guide was amazing, she was incredibly knowledgeable about the Colosseum, arena, and Forum. She was excellent and leaned a great deal. Awesome tour and tour guide
Just do it!
Keith_K, Jul 2022
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket with Optional Tour Guide Access Upgrade
Awesome trip even though the colosseum was very busy. The guide was excellent, knowledgeable. For a last minute booking it was money well spent.
Highly recommend!
Miss_L, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
Mya was a fantastic tour guide. Sweet, friendly and incredibly knowledgable. I have been to the colosseum twice before now and this was the best experience thanks to having a tour guide.
Mixed review
Tim_M, Jul 2022
Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
Vatican tour guide flaked and no one told us until we arrived. The colosseum tour was fantastic. Vasco was a great guide.
Colosseum and Forum Tour
TRACEH_R, Jul 2022
Colosseum and Roman Forum for Kids Private Tour
My family really enjoyed having a private skip the line tour of the colosseum and forum. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and patient with our kids. Romania when even over her time (can’t guarantee that for everyone) to show us sites and to point us to one of the best dining experiences I had in Roma. A place that had the best porchetta. I would definitely recommend.
MichaelJ_C, Jul 2022
Skip-the-Lines Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour for Kids and Families
What a great tour of the colosseum! Donato was amazing with our kids (10, 7, and 5) and kept them engaged for 2.5 hours! I highly recommend for families with young children.
Rich historical tour
nina_t, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour Including Pantheon and Piazza Navona
The guide gave a comprehensive tour explaining the colosseum and surrounding areas. It was a little tricky to find, but they were standing very near the metro stop under a tree. Lots of history to digest. So much to see!
Would recommend
Chelsea_Z, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
A decent but long tour. The colosseum portion of the tour was very short. The Roman Forum portion of the tour was very long. We did this tour at the end of June and it was extremely hot. There is little to no shade but plenty of water from the fountains if you have a bottle. The lines were not bad and we did skip the line for most sections of this tour.
Jaye_M, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour Including Pantheon and Piazza Navona
Elisabeta was the best guide I’ve ever had. Brought the history of Rome to life as she took us through the sites. She was good about water breaks & finding shade to walk in when possible. I’d highly recommend this tour if you love history & want to know the stories behind everything you’re seeing (like how the colosseum got it’s name & where Raphael is buried) :)
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • It's best to purchase Colosseum tickets in advance to avoid long entry lines.

  • The Colosseum is well-suited for families with kids.

  • This is an open-air amphitheater, so bring a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes and attire.

  • You may also see the Colosseum referred to as the Flavian Amphitheatre or the Coliseum.

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How to Get There

Alongside the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the Colosseum is in the center of Rome, just across the street from the Colosseo station on Line B of the city's underground metro system, which also stops at the main Termini train station.

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Trip ideas

When to Get There

Since the Colosseum is most crowded during the middle of the day, begin or end your Rome tour with a visit first thing in the morning or just before last entry (which is an hour before closing time) in the late afternoon. Alternatively, choose a night tour for a unique, less crowded experience. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while the site receives fewer crowds in November through February, aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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The Colosseum in Numbers

The Colosseum is the world's largest amphitheater, has 76 entrances, and measures 615 feet (189 meters) long by 510 feet (156 meters) wide. The total area of the stadium covers six acres (24,000 square meters), and its highest tier reaches 157 feet (48 meters). It was built in under 10 years and was used for games and hunting for over four centuries.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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