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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
$26.07 per adult
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Wonderful Colosseum tour
Great information and explanations. Yuri, our tour guide was excellent! We always knew what to expect. Made sure all our questions were answered and tried to keep us in the shade on this very hot day.
Paula_D, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

What a Great Place of Rome!!
Eglier_Y, Aug 2022
Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
This was a very very nice tour, I must say that the tour guide “Maria from Rome” (as she introduced herself) was incredible. My daughter who is 8 years old said that she wants to come back with the condition of having the tour with Maria again hehehe. We all learned a lot about the history of Rome. The Colosseum is awesome! As a recommendation, I would avoid doing this tour in summer time if you have small kids because the temperature is very high. Thanks Maria for the great time!
Pretty good, but do not recommend August.
barbararedmond62, Aug 2022
Fast Track: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Tour
The tour was good, but it was very hot. We did not go into the Forum area (too hot) but the tour of the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum were good. The guide jumped around a bit, talking of different times in the history, which was sometimes confusing and the ear phone/ radio ser up was challenging from time to time.
Great taste of history!
Tiana_B, Aug 2022
Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
Such a great tour! Jaber was knowledgable, friendly and hilarious, he made our day! The colosseum was insane, definitely a must see!
chelsea_s, Aug 2022
1 Hour Colosseum Express Tour with Arena Stage Visit
Wonderful!!! Our guide was soooo good! The colosseum was unforgettable . My whole fam I’lly enjoyed it.
Jan provided a great informative tour would recommend.
piraturcan, Aug 2022
Colosseum Through The Back Door With Gladiator's Gate & Arena Floor
Our tour guide Jan had so many interesting facts and stories about the colosseum. We loved the experience and tour. Had no issues find meeting place or guide
Wonderful! Must do
Megan_T, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Our guide, Rosalina, was amazing and made this wonderful experience even better. We stayed on track, had access to special entrances/accesses, and the skip the line was so necessary! A moving experience to be on the stage at the colosseum.
Awesome experience
Adrian_S, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Our guide, Ambra, was very knowledgeable of the Colosseum and the history of Rome. She answered every question that we asked and gave us a lot of history surrounding the area.
Excellent experience on hottest day
Chad_M, Aug 2022
Small-Group Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
On one of the hottest days in Rome, Cristina made the tour exciting, interesting, and fun! She has a wealth of knowledge and provided a lot of historical context of what we were seeing. She also showed several photos to complement her explanations. The tour consisted of Colosseum 1st and 2nd level, arch of Constantine, palatine hill, and Roman forum. Can’t wait to come back!
Highly recommend
Annie_W, Aug 2022
Gladiator’s Tour: Colosseum with Arena Access Small Group
This tour covers a lot of ground (literally and historically). It’s a great way to experience the colosseum without waiting in as many long lines. My guide, Alice, was so lovely, knowledgeable, funny and accommodating. She offered all of us restaurant recommendations after the tour. Highly recommend!
Renata was amazing!
priyankavarma92, Aug 2022
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
I’ve done the Colosseum / Ancient Ruins tour three different times over the past 8 years, and this was by far the best tour I’ve gone on! Renata was absolutely incredible. Probably one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had.
Great way to see the Colosseum & Forum!!
Susan_S, Aug 2022
Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour
My family was met at our hotel on time and taken to the colosseum in a lovely air conditioned van. There we met our tour guide Rosie for our private tour. She was great - very knowledgeable and kept us going at a good pace! Definitely a 👍 experience!!!
Tour early or late at night, had to cut experience short
Lucie_S, Aug 2022
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket with Optional Tour Guide Access Upgrade
The colosseum was brilliant but wished the tour was longer in here rather than the other areas. For this reason and because of the heat we left the tour early, absolutely nothing to do with the tour guide as she was brilliant. It was also a little confusing trying to find the group initially to meet before heading for the tour as there were so many other groups. I expect the full experience to be great it was just personally too hot and too long outside on the day we went.
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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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