Swift access to Rome's top three attractions with conveniently timed entry
Skip the line combo tickets to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
Comprehensive 3-hour guided tour of Rome's architectural splendors
Special entry tour through the Gladiator’s Gate with access to the Arena, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
An express guided tour of the Coliseum with skipe-the-line access
Immersive full-day guided tour available in a choice of 5 languages - English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese
Early entry guided tour to the Vatican Museum followed by no-queue access to the Colosseum
A blood-thirsty crowd, an electric atmosphere, gladiators in a fight till death and a satisfied emperor -- all amidst a towering, iconic structure, the Colosseum.
Despite braving volcanic eruptions, lightning, earthquakes, vandalism and general neglect over the centuries, the Colosseum in Rome still stands as a landmark symbol of ancient Roman culture. Built sometime before 80 AD under the direction of Emperor Vespasian, the Colosseum was designed to be used as an amphitheatre for sporting events and entertainment.
Over 10 years of construction, travertine limestone and concrete were used to design and create the 80 iconic, arched entrances and columns; spectators from all social classes peered from these entrances to observe and engage in the bloody duels taking place on the arena floor of the Colosseum.
Today, nearly 2000 years later, the Colosseum is one of the most-visited monuments in the world. Around 7.6 million travelers visited this legendary monument in 2018. With your Colosseum tickets, tour the length and breadth of this historic landmark and take in a true Roman experience of the world’s largest amphitheatre. With your Colosseum tickets, you also get access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, historic landmarks where you will get an in-depth understanding of ancient Rome.
There are a variety of Colosseum tickets available: Skip-the-line tickets, guided tours, special access tickets, and combo tickets. Here, we provide a detailed explanation to give you a better understanding of the different Colosseum tickets available.
A standard Colosseum ticket provides skip-the-line access to the ancient landmark, allowing you to bypass long queues. With this ticket, you can access and explore major parts of the Colosseum. However, it excludes access to the special areas like the Underground, Belvedere (also known as the 4th and 5th floors). More importantly, with a standard Colosseum skip the line ticket, you also get default access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
Depending on your ticket, you may get an audioguide or a guided tour to accompany you while you explore the Colosseum.
The best way to understand ancient Roman history is by opting for a guided Colosseum tour. Your tour guide is fluent in English and will accompany you along the way with interesting trivia about the history and construction of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine hill. Your guided tour will vary depending on the ticket you opt for: some offer guided tours for just the Colosseum; others for the Colosseum, as well as the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. If you’re planning on visiting the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, Colosseum tickets also offer guided tours to these popular attractions.
A standard Colosseum skip-the-line ticket provides access to basic parts of the structure. If you wish to truly explore all parts of the Colosseum open to the public, you can opt for tickets that provide additional access to special sections like the Underground, Arena and Belvedere.
The Underground, also known as the Hypogeum is located under the entire structure, known as the place where gladiators would wait for their turn to fight; the Colosseum Arena -- most of which is in ruins -- was the space where all the sporting events and entertainment took place; the Belvedere, which includes the 4th and 5th floors of the Colosseum, would offer a bird’s eye view of the arena to spectators.
While a standard Colosseum ticket gives you default access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, you can opt for combo offer tickets that allow you to enter and explore popular attractions like the Vatican Museums. These tickets might be more expensive than one that provides access only to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill; however, they provide skip-the-line access and guided tours to some of the most-visited destinations in Rome like the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel. These day-long tours are the best option if you have limited time in the city and would like to visit all popular attractions.
If you’re pressed on time in Rome, your best bet would be to opt for Colosseum tickets that offer skip-the-line entry to not just the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, but also to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and/or St. Peter’s Basilica. This way, you can tour most of the major attractions in Rome in just a day.
Look out for standard skip-the-line Colosseum tickets if you’re traveling on a budget. These tickets provide basic access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and include an audioguide to inform you about key aspects of these historic monuments.
Most tickets include a guided Colosseum tour. A professional, English-speaking tour guide will accompany you while you explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You can also opt for tickets that include guided tours to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.
Some tickets offer access to not just the Colosseum, but extended access to Vatican City where you can visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica as well. You get guided Colosseum tours and skip-the-line access, allowing you to have an all-round Roman experience.
The Colosseum has multiple special access zones like the Arena, Underground, and 3rd, 4th and 5th floors (also called the Belvedere). These are not accessible by the public with standard-issue tickets. You need to purchase Colosseum tickets that specifically provide access to areas like the Arena. Moreover, you cannot enter these areas solo; you would need to visit it with a professional tour guide.
Standard skip-the-line Colosseum tickets do not provide access to zones like the Arena. You can, however, buy Colosseum guided tour tickets; only with a tour guide are you allowed access to the Arena.
The Colosseum Arena was at the center of the amphitheater. It was where gladiators fought each other till death in front of royalty and thousands of Roman citizens.
Yes, it is open to public but cannot be accessed through a standard Colosseum ticket. You will have to opt for a guided tour ticket. Only with a tour guide are you allowed to enter the Colosseum Underground section.
A Colosseum Underground tour includes access to the Arena, the Underground section and a visit to the top floors newly opened for public. It is limited to the Colosseum and does not include a tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, though access is included in your ticket.
You need to purchase a guided Colosseum tour that offers special access to areas like the Underground and Arena. You cannot enter the Underground without a guided tour ticket.
When it was first constructed, the Colosseum Underground would accommodate fighters before their duel. Before they were called out for their fights, gladiators would wait in the cramped, dark space.
The 3rd, 4th and 5th tiers are considered to be a part of the Colosseum Belvedere.
You can only access the Belvedere -- 3rd, 4th and 5th floors -- by opting for a guided tour of the Colosseum. Only tickets that specifically mention access to the Belvedere will grant you entry to the top floors.
Located right in the heart of the city, the Roman Forum was once a bustling marketplace during the 7th Century BC. It is famous for once being home to the state treasury, being the cremation ground of Julius Ceaser and the rumored tomb of Romulus, founder of Rome. The Roman Forum was dotted with basilicas, temples and public spaces. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Forum fell to ruins and was plundered and excavated vigorously over the centuries. Today, after various preservation efforts, the Roman Forum is open to visitors. Some interesting points to explore include Temple of Saturn, House of the Vestal Virgins, Temple Antoninus and Faustina, Temple of Vesta.
The beautiful Palatine Hill is often dwarfed in front of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, but is by no means any less a significant symbol of Roman history. It is believed that back in 10 Century BC, the first Romans settled on the hill, which later became home to famous emperors like Tiberius and Augustus. The Palatine Hills offers some of the best panoramic views of Roman culture and heritage from the top: the Circus Maximum stadium an Aventine Hill on one side, and the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Capitol Hill at the other. Palatine Hill generally experiences less footfall and is more airier than other parts of an always crowded city.
The Colosseum is open generally from 09:00 AM until sunset. Closing times may vary based on the season. You can check Colosseum hours in detail here.
The Colosseum is open on all days of the year except for 24 December, 1 January and 1 May.
Owing to its popularity, the Colosseum experiences maximum crowds between June to September. To enjoy less crowds and pleasant weather, the best time to visit the Colosseum would be between November to March.
The Colosseum is easily accessible by bus, tram, metro.
Yes. Buses 23, 280, 673, 716 can be taken to reach the Colosseum.
Yes, you can take the metro to the Colosseum. On Line B of Rome’s metro service, board a train till the stop ‘Colosseo’.
The Colosseum is located at: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy.
Opt for skip-the-line tickets that offer guided tours of the Colosseum. Your tour guide will have arranged for your tickets and they will guide you past the long lines into the Colosseum.
The Colosseum entrance is located at Piazza del Colosseo.
Entrance to the Roman Forum is located between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, at Vei dei Fori Imperiali.
You can access Palatine Hill from two points: there’s an entry near the south side of the Colosseum at Via di San Gregorio, or via a short climb from within the Roman Forum.
Yes. You can buy skip-the-line Colosseum tickets; these give you priority access to bypass the long lines at the entrances.
Yes. If you opt for a Colosseum guided tour, you get skip-the-line access as well. You will not have to wait in long lines at the ticket counter since your tour guide will arrange for your tickets beforehand.
Each skip-the-line ticket offers default access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You can also opt for Colosseum skip-the-line tickets that provide access to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and/or St. Peter’s Basilica as well.
1. Can I get skip-the-line tickets for the Colosseum?
Yes, you can purchase Colosseum skip-the-line tickets. These allow you to bypass the long lines and enter the Colosseum with priority access.
2. What does a Colosseum ticket include?
A standard Colosseum ticket includes skip-the-line access and guided tours to not just the Colosseum, but the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill as well. Some tickets also offer special access to the Colosseum Underground, Arena and Belvedere.
3. Can I skip the line with guided tours of the Colosseum?
Yes. A benefit of opting for a Colosseum tour is that it allows you to enter the Colosseum without having to waste time waiting in long lines.
4. How do I access the Colosseum Arena, Underground and Belvedere?
You can access sections like the Arena, Underground and Belevedere only by opting for a guided Colosseum tour. These sections are not available for solo entries into the Colosseum.
5. Do Colosseum tickets allow entry into the Vatican?
You will have to opt for specific Colosseum tickets that provide access to Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and/or St. Peter’s Basilica. Standard issue tickets only grant access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
6. What is the cancelation policy for Colosseum tickets?
Most Colosseum tickets have a standard cancelation policy: a full refund will be provided if tickets are canceled 48 hours in advance. Ensure that you check beforehand.
7. How long does it take to complete a Colosseum tour?
A complete tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine hill will take about 3 hours, with an hour dedicated to each landmark.