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Colosseum: The Whole Story

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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.


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.

How to get there

Colosseo metro station – the Colosseum itself is located directly outside the exit.

Is it expensive?

A simple entry ticket is €12.

Will I need a guide?

It’s highly recommended!

What people are saying about Colosseum

★★★★★ Awesome! It is one of the bucket list item that one should pay a visit

This enormous ancient structure that was erected with little help of today's technology had displayed the determination (from the Conquerer) and perseverance of (slave labour) mankind in history.

★★★★★ Exceptional with the help of a fantastic guide

We opted for a guided tour and were so glad that we did. His knowledge of Roman architecture was great and really helped bring the whole experience to life. Just brilliant

★★★★★ Brilliant tour! Knowledgeable guides and very great value for money!

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The guides were so knowledgable and really brought the whole experience to life. It’s around 3 hours long and a very well oiled machine! Tom in particular was excellent and got the balance between facts, humour and story telling just right. He was so engaging and we really were hanging off his every word! We are in a heterosexual relationship and both me and my partner left a bit in love with Tom. Thanks Touriks!

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