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Skip The Line Guided Tour of Colosseum with Arena Access, Roman Forum & Palatine
Guided Tour • Skip the Line • Small Group
  • Experience the Colosseum like never before on this guided tour with a small group of no more than 25 people, this is a truly intimate and memorable way to admire this remnant of Ancient Rome.
  • You will get to stand on the actual floor of the arena where so many fought for their lives, gaining exclusive, skip the line access through the aptly named Gladiator's Entrance!
  • After Colosseum, your guide will escort you through the paths of Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • All children will require an entry ticket, unless they are being carried in their parents' arms or in a stroller.
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Escorted Skip The Line Entry to Colosseum and Roman Forum
Skip The Line • Special Access • Mobile Tickets
  • Save up to two hours of your time by gaining priority access to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum with a host by your side.
  • Once inside, discover the wonders of the Colosseum on your own by making your way to the second level of the massive amphitheater and getting the chance to take in the awe inspiring length and breadth of it, before you exit and take the help of your host to gain priority entry to the Roman Forum.
  • Step into history as you walk through the ruins of the once celebrated Roman Forum, the center of all political and economic life in Ancient Rome!
  • All children will require an entry ticket, unless they are being carried in their parents' arms or in a stroller.
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Tickets to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Mobile Tickets • Instant Confirmation • Valid for 2 days
  • Look for the 'Visitors with Tickets' sign to gain access with your pre-purchased ticket!
  • Roam the path of ancient Romans through Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.
  • Your entry ticket is valid for 2 days and single entry to each the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, so you can visit each site at your own convenience!
  • Tickets issued on and after June 1st, 2018, can be used exclusively to enter the Colosseum after 2 PM.
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Tickets with Audio Guide to Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine
Mobile Tickets • Audio Guide
  • Skip the booking line to gain entry into the world’s most famous arena, the Colosseum!
  • Navigate the path of ancient Romans through Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.
  • Use your audio guide during your visit to gain further insight into Rome's fascinating history.
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Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access to Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine
Skip The Line • Guided Tour • Mobile Tickets
  • Enjoy skip the line entry along with this comprehensive guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum!
  • A professional guide will help you navigate each of these fascinating archaeological sites as they regale you with tales of times gone by.
  • With the choice of scheduling your visit either in the morning or afternoon, as well as the option of selecting the tour language, this is undoubtedly the perfect way to experience this marvel of the ancient world!
  • All children will require an entry ticket, unless they are being carried in their parents' arms or in a stroller.
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Guided Walking Tour of Rome + Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Skip the Line • Walking Tour • Guided Tour • Best of Rome
  • Skip the lines at the Colosseum as you begin your tour.
  • Head to the Roman Forum and Palantine hill before breaking for lunch.
  • Begin an exciting tour of the city of Rome after lunch, stopping for some gelato (or something warm) on the way!
  • All children will require an entry ticket, unless they are being carried in their parents' arms or in a stroller.
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Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Best Of Rome • Expert Guided Tour • Skip The Line
  • Make the most of your time in Rome with this combo ticket that gives you the chance to explore the Colosseum as well as the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with the help of a professional, English speaking guide.
  • Your skip the line tickets allow you to bypass the long queues at these iconic attractions so that you can spend your vacation discovering the best that this ancient city has to offer.
  • Get priority access to the Vatican Museums itself, along with Raphael’s Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica (on Wednesdays, your visit to the Basilica will be replaced with a visit to the Vatican Library), the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.
  • All children will require an entry ticket, unless they are being carried in their parents' arms or in a stroller.
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Why Visit the Colosseum

Walk the path of ancient Romans and witness one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. The Colosseum attracts over 5 million people every year, making it one of Italy’s most popular destinations. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, this oval shaped outdoor auditorium once served as a stage for gladiators and public spectacles. With accommodation for 60,000 seated and 10,000 standing, all of whom could enter and leave in a matter of minutes, courtesy of 80 entrances, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built. It stands 157 feet high (48 meters), which is only 8 meters shorter than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and covers a total area of 6 acres (24,000 m2). The massive arena also features a vast underground structure called the “hypogeum”, a place where historians believe gladiators, prisoners and animals were held.

The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Once the epicenter of Rome’s social happenings, the Forum today houses beautiful ruins that represent different eras of life in the city. It stands a one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and gives visitors an opportunity to peek into the Ancient World. Inhabited since 1000 BC, the Palatine Hill is the oldest part of the city. Once the home of emperors, the hill is a peaceful green area with wild flowers and ideal picnic spots. It also boasts the best views of the city.

A visit to the Colosseum and its sister sites is spellbinding and magical; however, it can also be exhausting. In order to maximize your time and enjoy the ancient capital to its fullest, a little planning is well worth your time. From insider tips on how to explore the ancient sites to a detailed guide on how to find the best tour options and ticket prices, browse the sections below and discover your perfect Colosseum experience.

Know The Attractions: Colosseum Fast Facts

  • The Colosseum only took 10 years to build, starting in 70 AD and was completed in 80 AD, using over 60,000 Jewish slaves.
  • The Colosseum is an elliptical building measuring 189 meters long and 156 meters wide with a base area of 24,000 m² with a height of more than 48 meter.
  • It’s the world’s largest amphitheater and has over 80 entrances and can accommodate about 50,000 spectators.
  • There were 36 trap doors in Arena allowing for elaborate special effects.
  • It is thought that over 500,000 people lost their lives and over a million wild animals were killed throughout the duration of the Colosseum hosted people vs. beast games.
  • All Ancient Romans had free entry to the Colosseum for events, and were also fed throughout the spectacles.
  • Festivals as well as games could last up to 100 days in the Colosseum.
  • The Ancient Romans would sometimes flood the Colosseum and have miniature ship naval battles inside as a way of entertainment.
  • The marble façade and some parts of the Colosseum were used for the construction of St Peter’s Basilica and later monuments.
  • Many natural disasters devastated the structure of the Colosseum, but it was the earthquakes of 847 AD and 1231 AD that caused most of the damage you see today.
  • The original name of the Colosseum was Flavian Amphitheater, after the Flavian Dynasty of Emperors.
  • Rome´s most popular monument was built for three reasons: as a gift to the Roman citizens from the Flavian Dynasty to increase their popularity, to stage various forms of entertainment, and to showcase Roman engineering techniques to the world.
  • The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions and dramas.
  • During the inaugural games of the Colosseum in 80 CE held by Titus, some 9,000 wild animals were slaughtered.
  • In 107 CE, Emperor Trajan is said to have celebrated his victories in Dacia with contests involving 11,000 animals and 10,000 gladiators within 123 days.
  • It is estimated that the games played in the Colosseum for hundreds of years have taken the lives of about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals.
  • The last gladiatorial fights occurred in 435 CE and the last animal hunts stopped in 523 CE. It was primarily due to the cost of procuring animals and gladiators and maintaining the expensive facility.
  • More than 100,000 cubic meters of travertine stone were used for the outer wall of Colosseum which was set without mortar held together by 300 tons of iron clamps.
  • The Colosseum was built near the giant statue of Colossus which was part of the Nero’s Park. The current name was derived from the statue of Colossus.
  • Based on historical evidences, it shows that 200 bullock carts were used to transport marbles to the construction site.
  • The total amount of marbles used for the construction of the Colosseum was estimated at 100,000 cubic meters.
  • Receiving millions of visitors every year, the Colosseum is the most famous tourist attraction of Rome.
  • Despite its brutal pagan origins, the Colosseum has been used as a worship space by Christians over the centuries. A large cross was removed in the 1870's during a frenzy of secular archaeology funded by the new Italian state. That cross was replaced by Mussolini in 1926 in a cynical effort to placate Catholics.
  • Gladiators were marginalized persons in Roman society, without the rights of citizenship, and essentially (or literally) slaves.The gladiators were both admired and reviled by the Romans.
  • Although the Romans' gladiatorial spectacles petered out in about 432 AD, it was not because of any Christian edict. It was primarily due to the cost of procuring animals and gladiators and maintaining the expensive facility, which by this time was badly deteriorating.
  • The area beneath the Colosseum was called the Hypogeum (meaning underground). The hypogeum consisted of two-level subterranean network of tunnels and 32 animal pens. It had 80 vertical shafts which provided instant access to the arena for animals.