The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of travertine limestone, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it was the largest amphitheatre ever built at the time and held 50,000 spectators.
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A History of the Colosseum

Never before have the old and the new fit together so well in one city. Promise us you won’t leave Rome without a visit to the Colosseum! As you get closer to it, you will be stunned by its sheer size and the power it radiates. Step inside and take a trip through history.

When Was It Built?
The Colosseum was commissioned by the emperors Vespasian and Titus and was finished in 80 AD. Its completion was commemorated by 100 days of ceremony and games.

Gladiators and Games
The Colosseum was designed for sports, such as as fights between gladiators and wild beasts. Its semi-circular structure housed 50,000 spectators.

Fun Facts
The largest amphitheater in the world, the last gladiator fights were held there in 435 AD. Admission was free for all, and mock naval battles took place upon entry.

How It Survived
Unlike earlier Roman amphitheaters, the materials used were built to last: concrete for the foundations, travertine for the piers, tufa infill and brick-faced concrete.

Insider tips


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 items 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 labor) mankind in history.

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Package reviewed by ENG ANN

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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, humor, and storytelling 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!

Ancient Rome Tour: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum reviewed by Cherry

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great guides in both the sections of the tour
Barbara for the Hill & Forum (2+approx)was informative, fantastic and lively with a group of 6. With the small group, we covered a lot of ground and a wealth of information. Coliseum Dungeon section was new to us and worth it. Extremely knowledgeable guide in a group of 24. Tours and guides were outstanding. Before tour make sure you have active communication available- ie phone, WhatsApp, email?. 2of the 3 couples had signed up for 4 pm over 2weeks before the tour- then got 24 hours notice that tour time changed to 2 pm. This has to do with the dungeon section is very limited and time slots are difficult to get. Luckily I saw what’s app message at 10 am, being I was at sea before hand. Also, do be there 25 minutes beforehand and use GPS/ google look for Nicotours white banner.

Rome: Colosseum Dungeon, Forum & Palantine Hill VIP Tour reviewed by Cindy

⭐⭐⭐⭐ BRILLIANT tour! I would highly recommend! Informative but fun!
Brilliant tour! The extra underground and top-level viewing of the Colosseum was really worth the extra cost and would high recommend this tour for the Colosseum! Tom (the Roman Forum Guide) especially went above and beyond to make it exciting, interesting and informative, he was incredibly knowledgable on the history of Rome but also good at describing it in an engaging way to novices like us – I am so glad we had him as our guide for the Forum! We were very glad to have a guided tour through the maze of buildings in the Forum and would recommend it to anyone. FIVE STARS!

Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena, Roman Forum & Hill Tour reviewed by Hannah

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