«
Coronavirus notifications

Visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum

Colosseum, Rome guide including tickets, opening hours, special access and fast track

The Colosseum Rome, tour guides
The Colosseum requires you to book your timeslot in advance

Visiting the Colosseum in Rome is a “must see” for most first time visitors.

The Colosseum (or Coliseum), Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are all located in the same archaeological area of Rome adjacent to one another.

The Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill all have separate ticket entrances but share the same admission ticket valid for two days valid for all three sites.

You can walk freely between the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill once and enter the Colosseum once during the 2 day validity of the standard admission ticket.

Colosseum - tickets, opening hours and booking your timeslot in advance

Timeslot entries are now in place at the Colosseum in Rome. You are required to select your timeslot in advance. You will receive a confirmation email upon booking and and on your voucher you can read how to reserve your timeslot. Although you can do this at the Colosseum Ticket Office, it is sensible to do this online in advance because otherwise there is no way of securing your preferred date and time.

The standard admission ticket covers all three monuments, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

You can gain Colosseum and Roman Forum entrance by:

  • Arriving first thing and queuing for a timeslot later the same day or later that week (although still possible, this is risky because you are not guaranteed entry on the day you wish due to demand)

  • Buying a skip the line ticket avoiding the queues in advance for a supplement

  • Gaining entry using the Roma Pass

  • By guided tour as part of a group

Note: Within the Colosseum, there are parts you can only visit as part of a “special access” guided tour (see section below) for which the standard ticket has no validity.

Free entrance:

  • - Free entry on the first Sunday of the month (no reservation possible) – expect long queues

  • - Free entry for those under 18 and discounted tickets for EU citizens aged between 18-25.

  • - Free for EU citizens with disabilities and their companion, with valid medical documentation of the disability

Opening hours are from 8.30am to one hour before sunset, exact times are again on the link below:

Opening hours Colosseum + Roman Forum

Colosseum and Roman Forum - skip the line/fast track entrance tickets

Skip the Queue/ Fast Track tickets can be purchased in advance on-line with immediate delivery of tickets by e-mail.


Fast track Colosseum ticket - option 1

  • One fast track entry to the Colosseum and one entry to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill

  • Escorted entry into Colosseum at selected time slots available throughout day

 

Colosseum

COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL VIP ACCESS 2-DAY ENTRANCE TICKETS

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill VIP entrance tickets with optional guided tour Musement
Skip the line Colosseum and Roman Forum entrance tickets

• Fast track entry Colosseum/ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill • Choice of time slots all day • Option to add Gladiator's arena • Audio guide available • Choose from independent entrance ticket or small group tour

Fast track Colosseum ticket - option 2

  • One fast track entry to the Colosseum and one entry to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill

  • Entrance through fast track entrance gate with later time slots than option 1

Colosseum

COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL VIP ACCESS 2-DAY ENTRANCE TICKETS

Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill VIP access entrance tickets
Skip the line Colosseum and Roman Forum entrance tickets

• Fast track entry Colosseum/ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill • Later time slots than option one • Tickets are valid for 2 days after your first visit at the selected date • Free audio guide available

Fast track Colosseum ticket - option 3

  • One fast track entry to the Colosseum and one entry to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill

  • Pick your preferred time slot from available options

  • Video-Audioguide in various languages to download on your phone from Google Appstore or the Appstore

Colosseum

COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL VIP ACCESS 2-DAY ENTRANCE TICKETS WITH VIDEO GUIDE

Colosseum 2-day video tour
Colosseum skip the line including video-guide tour

• Fast track entry Colosseum/ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill • With 50 min video guide • Tickets are valid for 2 days after your first visit at the selected date

Colosseum and Roman Forum - special access tickets to restricted areas

Special access to the the Colosseum's higher levels, arena and the underground chambers is fast becoming one of the most popular ways of exploring this iconic ancient spectacle. Many of these tours combine more that one of the special access areas.


Colosseum tickets with exclusive access to the 3rd, 4th and 5th tiers

In 2017 the 3rd, 4th and 5th tiers of the Colosseum were opened to the public in limited numbers each day. Belvedere in Italian means beautiful view. With this special access you’ll be treated to a 360˚ view of the Colosseum from above and stunning views of the Roman skyline.

Colosseum

SPECIAL ACCESS TO COLOSSEUM UPPER FLOORS, UNDERGROUND, ARENA, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL

Colosseum 2-day special access
Colosseum & Belvedere panoramic view

• Fast track entry Colosseum/ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill • With priviledged acces to Belvedere (the higher levels), the underground and arena • A complete Colosseum experience

Colosseum

SPECIAL ACCESS TO UPPER FLOORS - COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL

Colosseum Belvedere tour
The official Colosseum Belvedere special access tour

• Fast track entry Colosseum/ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill • With Belvedere access to higher levels and spectacular views • 2.5 hour tour

Fast track Colosseum ticket with exclusive access to the gladiator's arena

There is another option which, for an increased fee, allows you entrance on the other side of the amphitheatre, through ‘Gladiator’s Gate’, the entrance the gladiators themselves would have used all those years ago.

Here you will explore the tunnels where they once prepared for fights and where lions and tigers were once caged.

Enjoy up-close views of the underground area where the spectacle was brought to life, and the panorama from where the Emperor’s box once stood, all special access areas that standard ticket holders don’t get to see.

  • One fast track entry to the Colosseum through exclusive entrance

  • Access to off-limits arena areas of Colosseum not available with standard tickets

  • One entry to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill

Colosseum

COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL GLADIATOR'S GATE EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

Colosseum Gladiator's Arena
Colosseum skip the line with exclusive access to the arena floor

• Fast track entry Colosseum/ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill • Entry through the restricted Gladiator's Gate • Family friendly • Led by local guide

Fast track Colosseum ticket with exclusive access to the gladiator's arena + underground chambers

This option unlike the above tickets is accompanied by an expert guide, passionate about Roman history.

Enjoy private viewings of the Colosseum's underground chambers, arena and then head to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for unforgettable views of Ancient Rome.

  • One fast track entry to the Colosseum through exclusive entrance

  • Access to off-limits arena and underground chambers areas of Colosseum not available with standard tickets

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

  • One entry to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill

  • These tickets often sell out well in advance

Colosseum

COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL WITH UNDERGROUND CHAMBERS & GLADIATORS ARENA

Colosseum gladiator's arena and underground chambers
Colosseum skip the line with exclusive access to the arena floor and underground chambers

• Fast track entry Colosseum/ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill • Exclusive access to the gladiator's arena and underground chambers • Fully guided • Likely to sell out

Colosseum

COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL WITH UNDERGROUND CHAMBERS & GLADIATORS ARENA SMALL GROUP

Colosseum gladiator's arena and underground chambers small group
Colosseum skip the line with exclusive access to the arena floor and underground chambers small group

• Fast track entry Colosseum/ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill • Exclusive access to the gladiator's arena and underground chambers • Fully guided • Likely to sell out • Small group - no more than 6

The Colosseum - what is it?

Inside the Colosseum, Rome
Inside the Colosseum amphitheatre, Rome

The emperors of Rome built in 80 A.D. this large amphitheatre for gladiatorial shows and hunts of wild animals which became the symbol of the Eternal City.

The shows were free of charge and the seats were assigned according to the class of spectators.

The Colosseum was built primarily to entertain the masses in brutal and barbaric games. Gladiators were slaves, often captured in war, that were trained in special schools to fight each other to the death.

The gladiatorial games were over by the year 438 A.D. while the shows with hunts of wild beasts continued until 523.

The Colosseum - what to expect

The Colosseum ticket queue
The Colosseum ticket queue

Queues

If you don't have an advance entrance ticket be prepared for long queues, which wrap their way around the outside of the building as well as inside through security. See above for skip the line tickets.

After 3 p.m. is the quietest time to enter the Colosseum.

Security

Be prepared for airport-style security as you enter the Colosseum; this has tightened up a lot in recent years and as a result had the consequence of making the queues even longer, especially at peak times, such as during festivals and holiday periods.

Your bags will be checked upon entering; you are not allowed to bring any drinks inside, with the exception of water. Large bags are not permitted.

After gaining entrance past security there are lifts, but most people will use the stairs up a few flights.

Signs and information

Other than take in the spectacle presented to you from all angles, there is little more to see and do unless you have invested prior in reading up about the Colosseum or are taking a Colosseum tour, audio or otherwise.

The more recent addition of the exhibition area will extend your visit (you could easily spend an hour in this part). Whilst not a substitute for a guide or audio guide, it will certainly give some background insight into this famous, ancient site.

As the entrance ticket to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill also includes the Colosseum most people will visit all three at the same time, (your ticket is valid for 2 days).

Colosseum and Roman Forum - what to do when the tickets are sold out

The Colosseum skip the line entrance, Rome
Skip the line entrance at the Colosseum

With the recent change to booking time slots in advance at the Colosseum, tickets can be harder to find in the busy summer months. Often the standard entry price tickets sell out well in advance. However there are still options available, although at an additional cost.

If your standard ticket entry price is sold out on the day you want to go, be sure to look at any add-ons to the ticket price before giving up. Often by adding an additional product and changing your ticket type, you will find that there are entry time slots available.

Adding a video guide on option 2 is just one example where more tickets become available. Adding the Gladiators Arena to option one, again reveals more options. These add-ons do cost a small amount more but can be the difference between getting a ticket for the Colosseum and not.

Visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - a recommended route

As the entrance ticket to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill also includes the Colosseum most people will visit all three at the same time, (your ticket is valid for 2 days).

If you want to visit all three areas in one day we suggest following a route that starts at the Palatine Hill and ends at the Colosseum giving you a grandstand overview of the three sites at the start and entering the Colosseum as a finale to your day at the quietest time for visitors.

Roman Forum page with details of our recommended route

MOST POPULAR ROME TOURS 2020

Vatican Museums tours & fast track tickets
Vatican Museums fast track tickets From €27
Vatican Museums fast track tickets + audio guide From €39.90
Vatican Museums fast track tickets + early entrance From €56
Vatican Museums fast track access with coach transfers From €60
Vatican Museums private tours with fast track access Prices vary on numbers
St Peter's Basilica tours & fast track tickets
St Peter's Basilica fastrack with audio guide From €19.50
St Peter's Basilica guided tour From €27
St Peter's Basilica guided tour with access to cupola (Dome) From €49
St Peter's & Vatican Museums combined tours
Vatican Museums + St Peter's (With Fast Track Access) Tour 1 From €57
Vatican Museums + St Peter's (With Fast Track Access) Tour 2 From €61
Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s From €92.50
Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens & St Peter’s guided tour with breakfast From €139
Vatican gardens tours
Vatican gardens walking tour From €38
Vatican Gardens bus tour From €85
Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Colosseum & Roman Forum fast track tickets From €23.50
Colosseum & Roman Forum special access Belvedere, Arena & Undergound From €105
Colosseum & Roman Forum walking tour From €45
Walking tours (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi...)
Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon,Trevi From €35.90
Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Trevi, Navona From €39
Villa Borghese Gallery
Villa Borghese fast track tickets From €24
Villa Borghese fast track tickets+ guided tour From €79
Villa Borghese & gardens From €69
Other popular City of Rome tours
Best of Rome by bike From €49
Roman Gladiator lesson From €88
Night tours of Rome   From €54
Private tours of Rome
Flexible customised private tours of Rome by car  
Private sightseeing tour of Rome by golf cart  

Every effort is made to keep all our information correct and the advertised prices up to date. We endeavour to be as accurate a source of information as possible but Travellers Toolkits cannot be held responsible for any price differential between our stated prices and those of the companies supplying the product or accuracy of information provided on our sites.