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Priority Entrance Tickets to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Mobile Tickets Skip the Line Optional Audioguide

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 cancelled, 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 Mobile Tickets Flexible Cancellation

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 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

Skip The Line + Guided Tour 2.5 Hours Mobile Tickets Flexible Cancellation

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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Priority Access Guided Tour: Colosseum & Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel

Skip The Line + Guided Tour 9 Hours Mobile Tickets Flexible Cancellation

Immersive full-day 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, St. Peter’s Basilica (on Wednesdays, your visit to the Basilica will be replaced with a visit to the Vatican Library) before breaking for a quick lunch (at your own expense)
  • Post lunch, head to the top of Palatine Hill for spectacular views of this ancient city
  • At the Colosseum, your tour guide will offer intuitive commentary about this ancient amphitheatre 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 and 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 3-7yrs enjoy reduced ticket prices (carry valid photo ID)
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 48hrs before schedule
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VIP Combo: Vatican Early Access Tour & Colosseum Skip the Line tour with Arena Access

Skip The Line + Guided Tour 8 Hours Mobile Tickets Flexible Cancellation

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 (cary a valid photo ID)
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 48hrs before schedule
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Colosseum by Night - Guided Tour with Access to Underground, Arena Floor & Roman Forum

Skip the Line Guided Tour Best of Ancient Rome Mobile Tickets

After dark tour of Rome's massive amphitheatre in stunning lights and shadows

  • As you walk along the first and second tiers, your guide will share ancient gladiator tales for a fascinating insight into the Colosseum's glory days
  • These tickets give you exclusive entry to areas generally restricted to the public - the Colosseum underground or backstage area where gladiators prepared for battle
  • You'll also pass through cages where massive beasts were held before being released into the arena. It's much quieter this time of the day, so your small group of 25 or fewer members can take in the mysterious aura of the monument's underground tunnels
  • Next up is the Roman Forum. Although closed at this hour, you can go around the museums to a vantage point offering sweeping views of temples, basilicas and vibrant public spaces
  • Ages 3yrs and below go free. Reduced prices are available per date and experience chosen (more details on the booking page)
  • You must carry a valid photo ID with you - this is mandatory for entry
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 48hrs before schedule
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VIP Caesar's Palace Tour with Colosseum and Roman Forum

3.5 Hours Mobile Tickets Skip The Line Guided Tour Expert Guide Flexible Cancellation

Immersive 3.5hr small group guided tour with English-speaking guide to explore Rome's most visited spots

  • This ticket gives you access to Ceasar’s Palace and skip-the-line entry into the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Start at the gorgeous Casa di Augusto and make your way through the 2000-year old palace that houses world-famous frescos
  • Whizz past winding ticketing queues to make your way into the splendid Colosseum. Follow this up with a walk across the worn-out flagstones in the rectangular concave of the Roman Forum
  • Climb the Palatine Hill to soak in the city's glorious views from a vantage point
  • Dress code: Guests must cover knees, arms and back
  • Ages 3yrs and below go free (if carried in hand / pram)
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 72hrs before schedule
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Guided Walking Tour of Rome with Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

8 Hours Mobile Tickets Instant Confirmation Skip The Line Guided Tour Expert Guide Best of Rome Flexible Cancellation

English-language guided tour in small groups to Rome's finest attractions

  • Start at the renowned Colosseum, where your tour guide will outline the saga of how it survived the ravages of time
  • Next up is the Roman Forum where you'll walk the worn-out flagstones of the Via Sacra
  • The Palatine Hill is a short hike that rewards you with insta worthy views from a unique vantage point
  • After a lunch break where you can pick a nearby spot to buy yourself a delicious Italian meal, take the metro to the next meeting point for your walking tour of the city
  • You'll see the Pantheon, Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Fountain of the Longboat and the Fountain of the Four Rivers among other popular spots
  • Dress code: Guests must cover knees, arms and back
  • Ages 3yrs and below go free (if carried in hand / pram)
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 24hrs before schedule
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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.

Interesting Colosseum 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.