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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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Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour
Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour
$65.60 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very knowledgeable and fun guide
Good program with lots to see and great historical info. Matt was amazing, interesting stories from history and legends.
Alex_R, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Great experience, history come alive!
Danielle_G, Sep 2021
Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour | Skip the Line Tickets
We really enjoyed our tour with Zenda—it was incredible and so worth it to be able to go into the colosseum dungeons, which is the main reason we booked a tour, and to have someone help explain what it is we were looking at. The meeting instructions were a little out of date from pre-Covid and it would be worthwhile to update as we had some difficulty finding our tour, but we would definitely still recommend and enjoyed our experience. Thank you!
Great Tour of the Colosseum
Kathy_H, Aug 2021
VIP Colosseum Tour
We had a VIP small group tour of the Colosseum and it was incredible and well worth the price. Our guide was so knowledgeable providing a wealth of context and insight into what we were seeing which made the experience. The tour had to start a half hour later due to Covid restrictions and Viator kept us informed. I would highly recommend this tour.
I recommend this to everyone visiting Rome
David_P, Jul 2021
Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
Elisabetta was PHENOMENAL. It’s our first trip post Covid and the family was totally impressed with the entire tour. Elisabetta’s knowledge was incredible. You would be lucky to have a Vatican tour with her. The afternoon tour was equally as perfect. The tour gave us insights into the Colosseum I did not know and I’ve been to Rome several times.
Colosseum Underground Tour
PaulaB, Sep 2021
The VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
The colosseum underground tour was interesting, especially to see where the animals were kept and to hear about the lives of the gladiators. We had a different guide for the Ancient Rome Tour and he was a bit too chatty for us, but he was very passionate about history.
Interesting Tour
Iris_P, Sep 2021
Exclusive Colosseum Underground and Roman Forum special tour| Super VIP Entry
The tour was interesting and informative. The only reason I didn’t give it 5-stars was because I would have liked the time to have been more evenly split between the colosseum and The Forum area. Instead we were at the Colosseum for 2 hours which felt a bit over done and 30 min at The Forum. Other than that, our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable.
Very interesting tour....
Anastassia_S, Sep 2021
Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
Very interesting tour. The guide was very good, very knowledgeable. The best way to visit Colosseum and the Foro Romano.
Enjoy your time outside as well as in!
Linda_N, Sep 2021
Colosseum Underground by Night: Semi-Private Tour with Arena Floor
This was a tour in 2 parts. I want to rate our first tour guide Emile as 5 stars! Her tour was amazing!!! She was so knowledgeable and made walking towards the colosseum and seeing the sights delightful. Unfortunately we have to change to the colosseum guides when you get in. He was terrible. Kept repeating things, running long and holding up the groups behind us. The photos at night were incredible though
We were so lucky to have...
Marc_L, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour Including Pantheon and Piazza Navona
We were so lucky to have Andrada and her excellent knowledge and ability in explaining the colosseum and its ancient history. Much more informative than we expected. She let us feel like Romans! It is quite a walk from the colosseum to the Pantheon when the weather is warm!!
One of.a kind access and a good guide to highlights the hidden gems
Mathias_F, Sep 2021
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
An experienced guide puts the cherry on top of a brilliant tour. I have been to the Colosseum before, but feel like I have never really experienced it fully until now. Cannot recommend enough
Engaging and informative
Natalie_C, Sep 2021
Small Group Colosseum Tour + Ticket To Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
The Flavian Amphitheatre (colosseum) is a must see when coming to Rome. Our tour guide Lorenzo was very engaging and informative. We saw lots of people with headphones but nothing will ever be as good as a face-to-face guide! We had other commitments so couldn’t continue onto the Roman forum or palatine hill parts of the tour, but nonetheless we would highly recommend this guided tour off the colosseum portion alone! Thank you Lorenzo
Sylvia is the Best
whitejandl, Sep 2021
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Sylvia met us right on time. We ended up doing another tour with her and she is very professional and informative. She really knows her history and I was glad that she was our tour operator. Going below the Colosseum was very exciting and I would recommend this unique experience to anyone travelling to Rome.
Great day at the colosseum, palatine hill, Roman forum
vanessa_w, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket with Optional Tour Guide Access Upgrade
Roberta was so funny and a great guide! We had a really good time with her seeing the colosseum; Roman forum and palatine hill

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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