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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 access with arena and ancient Rome small group tour
Colosseum VIP access with arena and ancient Rome small group tour
$32.82 per adult
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Beautiful day at the forum
Great tour- Flavia moved us smoothly through the lines (loved skipping through them!), and shared lots of interesting tidbits, information and her passion about the subject. Definitely recommended!!!
Heather_N, Mar 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Great Tour and Great Tour Guide
Joshua_H, Mar 2023
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
This was a fantastic tour. They had just completed the walkways through the floor of the Colosseum during Covid. My kids are major history buffs and the guide was excellent with them. We all learned a lot and we were able to see things that were available because of our small group. I would not recommend for little little kids as it is a lot of walking and not stroller friendly. If your kids or you are into history this a great tour.
Rome experience with Viator.
Fiona_G, Mar 2023
Skip the line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small Group Walking Tour
Wonderful experience best part was the Colosseum.Samantha our guide was definitely worth paying extra for a guided tour and skip the queue
A must do experience!
Sharon_B, Mar 2023
Colosseum Arena Floor Tour with Roman Forum
Our tour guide was amazing. She was super informative and fun. Being on the floor of the colosseum was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We highly recommend this tour.
We’ll done Colosseum Tour!
Elizabeth_M, Mar 2023
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
It was wonderfully helpful to take a tour. Even though it was 2.5 hours we were able to see all of the sites and learn important details about the Colosseum we wouldn’t have known just going on our own. Even our youngest son was interested the whole time. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. Grazie!
Good tour - would recommend
D_A, Mar 2023
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour
We were very pleased with this tour. Could have moved along a little faster in some areas, but overall, it was fine. It gave a good overview of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine area. I would recommend it.
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
Very passionate and professional guide. Would do this tour again in a heartbeat.. you are actually in the bottom of the Colosseum.
Thanks, Sandra!
Chelsea_M, Mar 2023
Fast Track: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Tour
We had a great afternoon at the colosseum, palatine Hill, and the Roman forum. Lots of information, but it was in a very fun way! Sandra was very entertaining and personable. I would recommend her to everyone!
Great guide!
Chris_B, Mar 2023
Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
Daniele V. is an amazing guide! A wealth of knowledge and kindness, he made the Forum and Colosseum more than well-placed stones. His descriptions and folder of artist’s representations of the ruins were excellent for understanding the context of the sites.
Brilliant Trip
Deb_F, Mar 2023
Colosseum Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
The whole trip was great! Had not appreciated the size of the colosseum and area around it so wear comfortable shoes as it’s a long walk! The guide (Lucas) was very informative and filled in lots of details about that gave more perspective
Our tour guide, Chiara,...
yulin_g, Mar 2023
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour
Our tour guide, Chiara, provided us with objective historical information about the Colosseum as we walked around the site. To know the fact we were literally retracing the same steps that a typical Roman in the Roman Empire would have was one of my most memorable experiences on this tour. Our tour guides understanding of time to explain and time to take photos was a great ostentation of what a good tour guide would do.
Maria Luisa is the perfect guide for this!
Miho_S, Mar 2023
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour
Our tour guide Maria Luisa is amazing! Super knowledgeable. She has a background in archeology. She is the perfect person for this. She made colosseum and the Palatine hills come to life!!
Great Tour!!
Suzanne_S, Mar 2023
Exclusive Colosseum Experience
You can feel the history in the walls! Our tour guide, Matteo, was fabulous and very knowledgeable and made this a great experience. From the Colosseum to the Roman Forum, we enjoyed it all. The views of the city from these locations are phenomenal as well. Great tour!
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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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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