Colosseum Opening Hours & Contact

Colosseum working hours | Colosseum waiting time | Location | Contact

When can you visit - Colosseum Opening Hours

The Colosseum in Rome is open almost every date of the year. It is closed only on the 1st of January and the 25th of December. The rest of the year, Colosseum is open for visitors. Colosseum opening hours are seasonal and depend on the time of the year. The last entrance is one hour before the closing time.

Colosseum Opening Hours

  • Last Sunday in October until 15th February:
  • Opening hours: 08.30 - 16.30 h
  • 16th February - 15th March:
  • Opening hours: 08.30 - 17.00 h
  • 16th March - Last Saturday in March:
  • Opening hours: 08.30 - 17.30 h
  • Last Sunday in March - 31st August:
  • Opening hours: 08.30 - 19.15 h
  • June 2nd:
  • Opening hours: 13.30 - 19.15 h
  • 1st September - 30th September:
  • Opening hours: 08.30 - 19.00 h
  • 1st October - Last Saturday in October:
  • Opening hours: 08.30-18.30 h

Colosseum Working Hours

Regular Colosseum opening time is from 08:30h
The opening time of Colosseum on June 2nd is from 13:30h because of the Italian National Day

During the winter, it usually closes at 17h, and in the rest of the year, it can be open until 19h, depending on the exact time of the year. Except for December 25th and January 1st, the Colosseum is open every day of the year.

Colosseum opening hours working hours and waiting times

Waiting Time at the Colosseum

There are three monuments in Rome for which the waiting times are incredibly long. The Vatican, especially the Vatican Museums, the Borghese Gallery, and the Colosseum, are the three most visited monuments in Rome. If you do not have tickets already, it is better not to go since the ques are incredibly long.In summer, during the high season and the school holidays, count about 2 or 3 hours of waiting, even early in the morning, from Colosseum opening time. The wait can be extremely uncomfortable since it is necessary to wait in full sun, whereas it can make up to 30 ° C during the summer in Rome.There are several reasons for these very long waiting times. First of all, a large number of visitors, then the security checks at the entrance and finally the maximum number of visitors at a given moment, which cannot exceed 3000 people. On busy days, when this limit is reached, there is a traffic jam at the entrance to the Colosseum. A new visitor will only be able to enter if another person leaves the Colosseum. We suggest to visit as early as possible – check opening time table above for details.

Important to know

All Colosseum entrances have ramps. 

People with disabilities, pregnant women, and people over 65 years of age can exclusively use the elevators to go to the first floor.

You must request the use of elevators at the cashier when buying/redeeming online tickets.

  •  You will get separate tickets to use the elevators 
  •  Disabled persons can use both entrances
  •  Toilets are on the south side of the Colosseum

Security measures

Because of the recent events, and for maximum protection of the visitors, strict security measures apply. For online booked tickets, you must arrive at the cashier half an hour before the time of the visit.

It is forbidden to bring large bags, backpacks, and suitcases/trolleys. 

To enter the Colosseum, you have to pass through a security check. Weapons, knives, and firecrackers are forbidden, as well as glass bottles. However, you can bring in plastic bottles if you empty them before you go inside. Inside the Colosseum, there is a fountain with drinking water where you can refill them with water.

The Colosseum can accommodate up to 3.000 visitors at the same time. It can sometimes mean a bit longer waiting times, also for pre-booked visitors.

Please note: Colosseum opening and closing hours are strict, and the visitors should respect it.

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Colosseum Location

The Colosseum is at Piazza del Colosseo, and it can be easily reached by foot or by public transport from any place in central Rome. You can get there using the subway (line B), by tram (line 3) or by bus (number 75). Remember to purchase your transport ticket in advance and to validate it upon boarding.  The best places to get tickets are Tobacco shops (also known as “tabacchi”).

Colosseum Contact

Contact us if you have any questions!

Colosseum Address

Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Colosseum Phone

+39 06 3996 7700

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