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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Priority Entry Tickets

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  • Unlock 3 landmarks that are Rome's shining pride and glory – the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.
  • Multiple ticket options let you add on an intuitive audio guide or entry to Mamertine Prison as you discover the bloody past of Rome with priority access to the Colosseum.
  • Venture into ancient life at the Roman Forum. Stumble upon the Temple of Antoninus Pius, Temple of Saturn, Arch of Septimius Severus, and more.
  • At Palatine Hill, you'll be privy to some of the city's best views. It was, after all, considered the most desirable neighborhood in all of Rome!
  • Benefit from maximum customizability! You can even choose between a multi-media video, Rome city guide or a digital audio guide.
  • Tip: While exploring Palatine Hill, the Farnese Gardens offer a peaceful escape from the crowds. Beautifully manicured terraces, statues, and panoramic views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum await.
  • The digital audio guide is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Chinese.
  • Families with children will be escorted to the entrance of the Roman Forum
  • Please note that timed priority entry is only available at the Colosseum, but the tickets for the Forum and Palatine will remain valid for an additional 24 hours after the Colosseum entry time selected during booking.
  • You might be given a time slot 30 minutes earlier or up to 2 hours later than the one you picked, depending on what's available.
  • The tickets for the Palatine and Forum will remain valid for an additional 24 hours after the Colosseum entry time selected during booking.
  • Note that there are 2 entrances: one for the Colosseum, and another for the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (combined). You may enter each entrance ONLY ONCE and not re-enter.
  • It is mandatory to carry a valid ID or passport with you and present it at the time of entry if requested.
  • The security check can take 30 mins or more. To make the process quicker, please insert any object (including mobile phone) in the bag/backpack or in the tray to be included in the X-ray.
  • Have your ID ready to qualify for free entry.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Colosseum Tickets with Virtual Reality Experience

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  • Experience the Roman Colosseum like never before on this unique VR tour with access to the Colosseum, and entry to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Put on your Oculus VR glasses and tour the mysterious dungeons that lay underground before listening to the roar of the crowds and gladiators on your way to the arena.
  • Tune in to interesting commentary as your multilingual audio guide engages you through your exploration of ancient Rome.
  • After your VR tour, wander the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill at your own pace. Keep an eye out for temples, ancient graffiti, and hidden passages!
  • Tip: The Neronian Cryptoporticus is a hidden underground passage that connected Palatine Hill to the Colosseum, offering a glimpse into the architecture and engineering of the time.
  • Please note that the Virtual Reality experience is held outside the Colosseum for safety reasons.
  • You must carry a valid ID with you and present it at the time of entry if requested. Should you fail to do so, venue authorities may deny you entry and such instances are not liable for reschedules or refunds.
  • The following are not allowed inside the Colosseum: Luggage, large backpacks.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users, pram/stroller users or baby carriages, people with mobility issues.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must carry a valid ID card.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
Colosseum TicketsAudio Guide Tours

The Colosseum, the world’s still-standing ancient amphitheater that saw battles, bloodshed and bravery. What were the cheers and sounds that reverberated in this colossal auditorium once upon a time? Take an audio guided tour to enjoy an immersive experience — get goosebumps as you listen to the narrator’s voice up close and personal. Your audio guide also includes background music to heighten the reality of the experience. Prepare to travel back in time to see gladiators come alive in your mind’s eye as they fight epic battles and savage beasts.

Why take an audioguided tour of the Colosseum?

Flexibility

Flexibility

With an audio guided tour, you can explore the Colosseum the way you like, without following a set agenda or route. Feel like you just want to stop and stare at a particularly noteworthy structure or remnant of the Colosseum? Hit the pause button. Didn’t hear the last sentence? Rewind to catch up on what you missed.

Multilingual options

Multilingual options

Listen to the guide in a language you’re comfortable in. Pick from English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish and Chinese options.

Two downloadable versions

Two downloadable versions

There are two versions of the audio guide which you can download: the full version (75.3 MB) that you can even listen to offline, or a condensed version (19.5 MB) that has only the main contents. The latter, though also downloadable, does not have all the features of the full version. If you want more information from the shorter version, you must use data on spot to download as you go.

Short and sweet

Short and sweet

Most clips are just 40 seconds to just under 4 minutes — so the information is bite-sized and easy to remember. Get ready to wow your friends and family with cool Colosseum facts once you finish your tour!

Read the transcript

Read the transcript

If you want to make note of interesting trivia, read the transcript of the audio guide and bookmark what you find useful. This is also useful for listeners who might find the narrator’s accent a challenge. 

Image gallery

Image gallery

Find images of the various sections of the Colosseum from different angles — see an aerial view of the amphitheater, or the various gates from which the gladiators enter the arena.

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Is an audio guided tour suitable for me?

Pros

Cons

Flexible, allowing you to explore at your convenience.

Offers limited potential for interaction and engagement, unlike a guided tour, for example.

Available in multiple languages like English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Chinese. 

These experiences are timed (usually 1-1.5 hours), so there is fixed start and end time to your visit.

Immersive experience enhanced by expert narration and voice modulation, keeping the listener intrigued.

You may face technical issues due to lack of connectivity, etc.

Things to know before taking a Colosseum audio guided tour

  • Unless you are booking the VR experience, your audio guided tour must be booked as an add-on. 
  • It’s advisable to download the whole audio guide so that even if connectivity is cut off inside the Colosseum, you can still listen to the commentary offline.
  • These experiences are timed, so you have only a limited window to explore the Colosseum. Make the most of your visit by hitting the top highlights first, like the arena and museum.
  • In the case of the VR experience, your Oculus headset will offer live commentary along with 3D reconstruction to bring gladiator fights and cheering audiences alive. Note that the VR experience takes place outside the monument for safety reasons.

Frequently asked questions about Colosseum audio guide tours

How much does an audio guided tour cost?

An audio guide that is purchased as an add-on is priced at €23.50. The multilingual audio guide that comes with the VR experience starts at €57.51.

Can I use my phone's audio guide app instead of renting one at the Colosseum?

Yes, the audio guide is in the form of an app that is sent out as a link to guests before the experience begins. So it will be accessed from your personal device only.

Are audio guides suitable for children?

Audio guides are suitable for children too, and they might find it a unique educational experience. The audio guide with the VR experience is sure to be an exciting and kinesthetic experience for kids.

Are audio guides available in other formats besides digital devices?

At present, audio guides are available only in the digital app form.

Are audio guides available in multiple languages?

Yes, these Colosseum audio guides come in different languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Chinese.

How long does the audio guide tour of the Colosseum last?

Timed entry tickets can be between 30 minutes to 2 hours. The VR experience with the audio guide also lasts for about 2 hours.

Can I pause or replay the audio guide commentary during my tour?

Yes, you can play, pause or rewind the commentary whenever you choose. You can also fast forward and skip clips to move on to the next one.

Can I use my own headphones with the audio guide device?

Since the digital app would be downloaded on your phone, you need to use your own earphones/headphones to access the guide.

Are audio guides recommended for visitors with limited mobility or accessibility needs?

Visitors with disabilities and limited mobility benefit from audio guided tours as they can explore the monument at their own pace and don’t have to feel pressured to keep up with a group. These tours are also a great way for people with vision impairment to explore the Colosseum.