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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
$26.50 per adult
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Tour guide was fantastic....
Tour guide was fantastic. Kept everyone entertained and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend for all ages
Brian_C, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Kath_B, Jul 2022
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
Managed to rebook this tour on a different day after Viator cancelled the first one the day before without any explanation. The first part of the tour, the colosseum and underground section were really interesting. The second part, the Forum, was not as engaging as felt we didn't seem to explore the area fully. The guide was pleasant but not very engaging.
VIP’s of the Colosseum!
Carolyn_M, Jun 2022
The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
Excellent way to see the the Colosseum and do a tour of the underground passages and dungeons. Our guide was so dynamic, engaging, and a wealth of information! Definitely recommend to anyone who wants a QUALITY and informational tour of the Colosseum!
Great presentation of the...
Meliton_C, Jul 2022
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Great presentation of the history of the Forum and the Colosseum by Fabi very knowledgeable and attentive to detail!! Over all I give it a 10 out of 10
Top Rome tour
Alison_K, Jun 2022
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
The underground of the Colosseum was amazing, very knowledgeable tour guide! The forum was so interesting, especially with the added historical knowledge of the tour guide
Bring your camera to the Colosseum!
Shana_R, Jun 2022
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
I’m glad I chose this particular tour and David was like our own historian. Unfortunately it was a major heat wave in June and it was a little hard to be out side but our tour guide David made sure he found shaded areas to speak to us near the sights. You get to go in the Colosseum and see and learn about the battles. Our tour guide was David was excellent! Very knowledgeable and friendly. You’ll see other historical sights as well!
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Jane_W, Jun 2022
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
Very interesting tour of the Colosseum, our guide was passionate about it’s long, harrowing but fascinating history.
Colosseum brought to life!
Diana_M, Jun 2022
Ancient Rome and Colosseum Private Tour with Underground Chambers and Arena
Frans was such an incredible guide - not only did he have an excellent knowledge of history, but his passion and enthusiasm really brought the Colosseum to life, especially for our 12 year old son. His ‘inside’ tips and knowledge were invaluable and made getting in and around easy and he knew all the best places to take photos. His English was excellent. Thank you Frans for making our trip to the Colosseum so memorable and enjoyable!
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) :)
Great time!
Kelly_D, Jun 2022
Colosseum Express Tour
Great guide with very extensive knowledge of the Colosseum. Stories about how it was in the past were super interesting!
Definitely recommend
Julissa_V, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Lines Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour for Kids and Families
Wonderful tour of the Colosseum & the Roman Forum. Although it was 104 degrees outside our tour guide was patience with everyone and keep the kids engaged the entire time.
Great experience
Sheri_V, Jun 2022
Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Tour
We learned so much history about the Roman forum and colosseum. And it was so nice to move quickly past the line on a hot day!
Caterina_G, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Tour guide was very courteous and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the colosseum and it’s archaeology. I strongly recommend Alessandro as a tour guide. He helped made the experience enriching. Thank-you Alessandro!
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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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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
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