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Colosseum Opening Hours

The Colosseum is open through the year, except for Christmas and New Year’s.

High Season: April to September
Low Season: November to February

Colosseum Hours

Colosseum
Roman Forum
Palatine Hill
Opening Hours

The Colosseum is open daily from 08:30 AM until an hour before sunset. Closing hours vary depending on the time of year.

  • 2 January to 15 February: 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
  • 16 February to 15 March: 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • 16 March to last Saturday of March: 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
  • Last Sunday of March to 31 August: 08:30 AM - 07:15 PM
  • 1 September to 30 September: 08:30 AM - 07:00 PM
  • 1 October to last Saturday of October: 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM
  • Last Sunday of October to 31 December: 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Days Closed

The Colosseum is closed on 1 January and 25 December. 

Opening Hours

The Roman Forum is open daily from 08:30 AM to 07:00 PM. Last admission is one hour before sunset. 

Days Closed

The Roman Forum is closed on 1 January and 25 December.

Opening Hours

Palatine Hill is open daily from 08:30 AM to an hour before sunset.

Days Closed

Palatine Hill is closed on 1 January and 25 December.

Best Time to Visit the Colosseum


As one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, the Colosseum is also buzzing with activity. The busiest time of the year is between April to September: the Colosseum witnesses peak crowds during this time. The best time to visit the Colosseum would be between November to February; not only will you experience lesser crowds, but the cool Italian winter will allow you to further enjoy your visit to Rome. 

Try and visit the Colosseum on weekdays during early hours in the morning to avoid large crowds.

Colosseum Hours FAQs


Q. What are Colosseum hours?
The Colosseum is open daily from 08:30 AM to an hour before sunset through the year.

Q. When is the Colosseum closed?
The Colosseum is closed on 1 January and 25 December. 

Q. What is the best time to visit the Colosseum?
For smaller crowds and pleasant weather, the best time to visit the Colosseum would be between November to February. 

Q. What are Roman Forum hours?
The Roman Forum is open daily from 08:30 AM to an hour before sunset, through the year. 

Q. What are Palatine Hill hours?
The Palatine Hill is open daily from 08:30 AM to an hour before sunset, through the year. 

Colosseum Ticket Options

Priority Entrance Tickets to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Skip-the-Line Tickets to Colosseum with Access to the Arena, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Guided Tour with Access to Arena, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Priority Access Guided Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
VIP Combo: Vatican Early Access Tour & Colosseum Skip the Line tour with Arena Access
Colosseum by Night - Guided Tour with Access to Underground, Arena Floor & Roman Forum
Guided Walking Tour of Rome with Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill