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Priority Entrance Tickets to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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Swift access to Rome's top three attractions with conveniently timed entry

  • Skip queues and head straight to the 1st and 2nd floor of the Colosseum, where you can truly witness this awe-inspiring structure in full glory
  • Your tickets to the Colosseum are specifically timed, but you can choose to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill on the same day or the next depending on the option you chose.
  • Discounted tickets: For skip the line tickets, those below 18 can accompany a ticket-holding individual with a 2 Euro fee.
  • Cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled
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Skip the Line Tickets to Colosseum & Vatican Museum

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Skip the line combo tickets to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

  • Begin your day at the Colosseum. Skip the queues and witness this awe-inspiring structure in full glory
  • Your tickets to the Colosseum are specifically timed, but you can choose to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill on the same day or the next
  • Next, head to the Vatican in the afternoon and explore the incredible collection of paintings and sculptures at your own pace (that’s about 9 miles of historical masterpieces from the Renaissance era)
  • Visit the glorious Sistine Chapel to admire world-famous frescoes and artworks that have been dubbed “the cornerstone of western art
  • These tickets cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled
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Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Skip The Line + Guided Tour
3 Hours
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€32.9

Comprehensive 3-hour guided tour of Rome's architectural splendors

  • Walk the path of ancient Romans as your expert historian guide narrates lesser known tales of the Roman era
  • This tour is available in English, Spanish, German, Italian or French and you can pick either a morning or an afternoon slot based on what suits you best
  • If you are short on time but enjoy intricate details, this power-packed tour is an ideal way to explore Rome's most visited attractions - the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Ages 1 and below go free. Ages 2-14yrs enjoy reduced pricing (carry a valid photo ID card)
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 48hrs before schedule
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Skip-the-Line Colosseum Guided Tour with Access to Arena, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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2.5 Hours
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€36.4

Special entry tour through the Gladiator’s Gate with access to the Arena, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

  • Your English/Spanish speaking guide will take you through the Emperor's Box and Arena Floor - both highly exclusive parts of the Colosseum from where you get a bird’s eye view of the colossal structure
  • The partial reconstruction of the Arena floor gives you a stunning view of the tiered ruins that hosted up to 80,000 spectators in its glory days
  • Your tour guide will delve into the rich history of the Colosseum, followed by an immersive tour to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Infants carried in hand and children in strollers go free
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 48hrs before schedule
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Colosseum 1.5 Hours Express Guided Tour

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€27.3

An express guided tour of the Coliseum with skipe-the-line access

  • Get priority access with these skip-the-line tickets and avoid long queues and have a great time exploring the Colosseum .
  • With a professional guide at your disposal, earn about the bloody past of the famous amphitheatre and why it is considered one of the most famous monuments in Rome.
  • These tickets include access to the Forum and Palatine Hill, which you can explore at you own pace!
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 48hrs before schedule
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Rome in a Day: Colosseum, Vatican & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Duration: 9hrs
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Immersive full-day, small-group guided tour available in a choice of 5 languages - English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese

  • Skip the lines to the stunning Vatican museums and explore the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (on Wednesdays, your visit to the Basilica will be replaced with a visit to the Vatican Library)
  • Break for a quick lunch (at your own expense) before heading to the second part of your semi-private tour
  • Head to the top of Palatine Hill for spectacular views of this ancient city
  • At the Colosseum, your tour guide will offer intuitive commentary on the ancient amphitheater and the larger-than-life shows that were hosted here
  • Finish your 9-hour tour with a walk down the ancient path of the Roman Forum along the Via Sacra
  • Visit the temple of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, and the Basilica Julia and Aemilia while you’re here
  • Ages 2yrs and below go free. Ages 3-14 yrs enjoy reduced ticket prices (carry valid photo ID)
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule
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VIP Combo: Vatican Early Access Tour & Colosseum Skip the Line tour with Arena Access

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8 Hours
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Early entry guided tour to the Vatican Museum followed by no-queue access to the Colosseum

  • Your guided tour begins at 8:00 AM at the Vatican Museum, where you can enjoy the massive art collection in quiet contemplation before the crowd arrives
  • Follow your expert English-speaking guide's immersive commentary as you walk though the Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms and other popular spots
  • Head to St. Peter's Basilica after and admire the largest church in the world, a striking example of Italian Renaissance
  • After completing your tryst with Vatican City, make your way to the Colosseum from the hidden Gladiator’s Entrance, originally reserved for the heroes who battled massive beasts in the arena
  • Explore the coveted Colosseum Arena and enjoy the unique experience of walking on the partially reconstructed Arena floor for sweeping views of this massive amphitheatre
  • Round it off with a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and marvel at the ancient ruins, structures, and monuments preserved from the golden years of the Roman empire
  • Ages 18yrs and below enjoy reduced pricing (carry a valid photo ID)
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 48hrs before schedule
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The Roman Colosseum Reopens Post COVID-19

The Colosseum has reopened after three months of closure following the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re planning to visit the Colosseum, there are a few safety measures and guidelines in place that are mandatory for all visitors. To limit contact and ensure social distancing, Colosseum tickets can now only be reserved online.

Safety Measures and Rules to Visit the Colosseum

Here are all the safety measures to keep in mind before you visit the Colosseum:

  • The Colosseum only accepts online reservations. Physical ticket counters have been shut.
  • It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and mouth during the entire duration that they are at the Colosseum
  • All visitors’ temperature will be checked by a thermal scanner before entry. Any individual with a temperature higher than 99.5° F ( 37.5° C) will not be permitted inside the Colosseum. 
  • Groups limited to 14 members will be permitted in at a time. Visitors will be allowed in every 15 minutes and the number will be limited to 600 a day. This applies to group tour bookings as well.
  • Currently, only the Valadier Entrance will be used to permit visitors into the premises 
  • Visitors are not permitted to carry large pieces of luggage or any food/beverage containers

Colosseum Tickets & Tours 2020

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.

All Your Colosseum Ticket Options Explained

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.

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Skip-the-line tickets

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.

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Guided Tours

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. 

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Special Access Tickets

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.

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Combo Tickets

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.

Which Colosseum Ticket Should You Choose?

1. If you’re short on time

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.

2. If you’re on a budget

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.    

3. If you’re looking for a guided tour

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. 

4. If you’re looking to visit Vatican City

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. 

5. If you wish to explore the Colosseum in-depth

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.  

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Is the Colosseum Arena open to public?

Yes, the Colosseum Arena is open to public. However, it cannot be accessed by a standard Colosseum skip-the-line ticket. You need to opt for a guided Colosseum tour that offers access to special areas like the Arena and the Underground.

How can I buy tickets to the Colosseum Arena?

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.

What was the Colosseum Arena used for?

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.

Is the Colosseum Underground open to public?

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.

What does a Colosseum Underground tour include?

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.

How can I buy tickets to the Colosseum Underground?

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.

What was the Colosseum Underground used for?

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.

Which floors come under the Colosseum Belvedere?

The 3rd, 4th and 5th tiers are considered to be a part of the Colosseum Belvedere.

How can I access 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.

Beyond the Colosseum

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Roman Forum

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.     

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Palatine Hill

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.  

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What are Colosseum hours?

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.

When is the Colosseum closed?

The Colosseum is open on all days of the year except for 24 December, 1 January and 1 May.

What is the best time to visit the Colosseum?

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.

How do I get to the Colosseum in Rome?

The Colosseum is easily accessible by bus, tram, metro.

Can I take a bus to the Colosseum?

Yes. Buses 23, 280, 673, 716 can be taken to reach the Colosseum.

Can I take the metro to 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’.

Where is the Colosseum located?

The Colosseum is located at: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy.

What is the best way to enter the Colosseum?

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.

Where can I enter the Colosseum?

The Colosseum entrance is located at Piazza del Colosseo.

Where can I enter the Roman Forum?

Entrance to the Roman Forum is located between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, at Vei dei Fori Imperiali.

How do I reach Palatine Hill?

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.

Can I get Colosseum skip-the-line tickets?

Yes. You can buy skip-the-line Colosseum tickets; these give you priority access to bypass the long lines at the entrances.

Do Colosseum guided tours include skip-the-line access?

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.

What can I access with Colosseum skip-the-line tickets?

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.

Can I enter the Colosseum Arena or Underground with my skip-the-line tickets?

Not all Colosseum tickets provide access to special zones like the Underground or Arena. You will have to purchase tickets that specifically provide access to the Colosseum Arena, Underground, and 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. 

Colosseum Ticket FAQs

Q. Is it safe to visit the Colosseum post-COVID-19?
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Colosseum now accepts only online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors. 

Q. What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Colosseum?
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. The Colosseum now accepts only online reservations. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; they will also be subject to temperature checks by thermal scanners before entry. Only 14 individuals are allowed in 15-minute slots; this applies to group tours as well.

Q. Are online Colosseum tickets available now?
A. Yes. You can book your Colosseum tickets online as they now accept only digital reservations.

Q. What is the cancelation policy for Colosseum tickets?
A. It depends on the Colosseum ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation. 

Q. What is the maximum group size for guided Colosseum tours?
A. The Colosseum is accepting guided tour groups with a maximum of 14 guests.

Q. What are Colosseum hours post-COVID-19? 
A. Colosseum hours post-COVID-19 are 10:30 AM to 07:15 PM (final entry at 06:15 PM).

Q. Can I get skip-the-line tickets for the Colosseum?
A. Yes, you can purchase Colosseum skip-the-line tickets. These allow you to bypass the long lines and enter the Colosseum with priority access.

Q. What does a Colosseum ticket include?
A. 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. 

Q. Can I skip the line with guided tours of the Colosseum?
A. 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. 

Q. How do I access the Colosseum Arena, Underground and Belvedere?
A. 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.

Q. Do Colosseum tickets allow entry into the Vatican?
A. 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.

Q. How long does it take to complete a Colosseum tour?
A. A complete tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine hill will take about 3 hours, with an hour dedicated to each landmark.