Visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum

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


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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.

The Colosseum - what is it?

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.

Colosseum - tickets and opening hours

The Colosseum skip the line entrance

Skip the line entrance: the Colosseum

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

 

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

Opening hours Colosseum + Roman Forum

 

You can gain Colosseum and Roman Forum entrance by:

  • Queuing and paying for a ticket on the day

  • 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

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

  • Fast track escorted entry into Colosseum at selected time slot available throughout day

Colosseum Fast Track Entry Tickets

Fast Track Colosseum Ticket - option 2

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

  • Free audio-guide included in English, Spanish, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and Chinese

  • You can access the Colosseum and skip the line after 14.00.

Colosseum Fast Track Entry Tickets

Colosseum and Roman Forum - special access tickets to restricted areas

Colosseum Ticket 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 Belvedere Tickets
Colosseum Belvedere Tour

Fast Track Colosseum Ticket with exclusive access to the Gladiator's Arena

The Colosseum Interior

The arena: inside the Colosseum

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 Fast Track Entry Tickets

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 Underground Chambers Walking Tour
Colosseum Underground Chambers small group

The Colosseum by night ticket with exclusive access to the Gladiator's Arena + underground chambers

Tour the Colosseum amphitheater and other sites of Ancient Rome under the atmospheric cover of darkness during this 2.5-hour evening tour.

Enjoy private viewings of the Colosseum's underground chambers and arena off limits to standard entrance tickets.

  • Walking tour through ancient Romell

  • Out of hours 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


Colosseum Underground Chambers Walking Tour

The Colosseum - what to expect

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.


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.

The Colosseum ticket queue

The Colosseum ticket queue: or skip the queue
buy ticket at Palatine Hill & use empty entrance on left

 

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

 

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).


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


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