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Information about visiting the Colosseum

If you travel to Rome, you can’t leave the city without visiting the iconic Colosseum. This old arena is very impressive and still attracts lots of crowds from all over the world. More than seven million visitors explore the old building each year, and it is advisable to prepare well for the Colosseum visit.

Let us help you save time and money if you plan to visit the Colosseum! Here, you can find all the tips and tricks you need to know before visiting the Colosseum in Rome.

When can you visit Colosseum – Opening Hours

The Colosseum in Rome is open almost every day of the year. It is closed only on January 1st and December 25th. The rest of the year, the 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 Times

From January 2nd to February 15th8.30 to 16.30
From February 16th to March 15th 8.30 to 17.00
From March 16th to last Saturday of March8.30 to 17.30
From the last Sunday of March to August 31st8.30 to 19.15
From September 1st to September 30th8.30 to 19.00
From October 1st to last Saturday of October8.30 to 18.30
From the last Sunday of October to December 31st8.30 to 16.30

Please note that the Colosseum is closed on December 25th and January 1st.

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What can you see at the Colosseum?

Before you step inside this magnificent structure, take a moment to appreciate the monument from the outside. To see how massive it actually is, approach the Colosseum via Via Dei Fori Imperiali. This street offers an amazing view of the Colosseum’s most well-preserved side. The Colosseum originally had 80 entrances, and its design of corridors and stairs is still used as a blueprint for building modern football stadiums.

Back in its prime, the amphitheater could seat 50,000 people, filling up in less than 15 minutes. Today, visitors enter from the south side. Keep in mind that getting in isn’t as quick as it was in Roman times, so a bit of patience is needed for the long lines, especially if you don’t have skip-the-line tickets.

The Colosseum Arena

Besides the seating area, there is the Arena area itself – a place where gladiators fought and other events took place. During your visit, you might wonder why it isn’t flat. How could gladiators fight with all those walls and columns?

What we see today is the Hypogeum, a vast network of rooms, cells, and tunnels where animals and combatants were kept. Back then, the Hypogeum was covered with a wooden floor and sand. This was the place where not only did gladiators fight, but a variety of other entertainment events also took place.

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Underground Area

The Colosseum’s underground, known as the “hypogeum,” is a remarkable labyrinth of tunnels and chambers, steeped in history and shrouded in mystery. This subterranean marvel, hidden beneath the arena floor, was the backstage of ancient Roman gladiatorial games. Here, gladiators and wild beasts awaited their fate, gearing up for the ferocious spectacles above.

In the hypogeum, you can also see the advanced system of tunnels and hidden doors that were used to suddenly bring fighters and animals up to the arena. This added a surprise element to the shows, exciting the ancient crowds.

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Colosseum Tickets & Tours

Colosseum tickets will grant you access to the first and second floors of the spectator area. Also, it is possible to book a guided tour that includes a visit to the arena floor and underground tunnels, as well as the tours that includes access to all levels of the Colosseum. Most tours of the Colosseum also feature a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. While these sites are not part of the Colosseum itself, they are located right next to it.

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Colosseum Arena Floor Tour


Enter the Colosseum on the ground floor and walk onto the Arena floor through the gladiator’s gate. Experience the excitement of standing there like a real gladiator. With priority access, you can access the second tier and learn about the life of ancient Romans and gladiator fights during this thrilling tour.

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Colosseum Guided Tour


Book this guided tour and discover the heat and symbol of Rome - the magnificent Colosseum. Get awed by its grandeur and wander through the Roman Forum, where emperors once roamed. Let a passionate guide bring ancient Rome alive, revealing the intriguing secrets of its iconic ruins!

How long will it take to visit the Colosseum?

It will take around 1 hour to visit the Colosseum by yourself, which also includes enough time to take some photos, and of course, selfies. Guided tours usually last between an hour and a half and an hour and forty-five minutes.

Do you need a ticket for the Colosseum?

You need to have a ticket or at least a reservation to visit the Colosseum. There is an exception to this rule on the free days. There are different Colosseum ticket types available, depending on what you would like to see, and regarding that, different prices apply.

Good To Know

WCs and toilets in the Colosseum

Waiting time in front of the Colosseum is quite long, and therefore, the first question many visitors ask themselves when entering the Colosseum is: “But where are the toilets? The toilets are on the ground floor, not far from the entrance. However, be aware that there can also be long lines for the toilets. So, if you need to use the bathroom, expect to wait about fifteen minutes.

Security check and searches at the Colosseum entrance

Many monuments in Rome, including the Colosseum, have security gates at their entrances. The security checks here are similar to those at airports. You will need to empty your jackets and pockets of any metal objects. You are allowed to visit the Colosseum with a small backpack, but entering with large bags is strictly forbidden. All dangerous objects, such as weapons, knives, explosives, or fireworks, are also prohibited.

Your backpacks and other items will go through an X-ray machine, and you must walk through a metal detector. However, unlike at airports, you don’t need to remove your shoes and belt during these checks.

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Watch out for pickpockets in front of the Colosseum!

Pickpocketing is a significant problem in Rome, particularly near famous monuments. These areas often have extremely high concentrations of visitors, where physical contact can go unnoticed, making it easier for pickpockets to operate.

Colosseum for people with disabilities or wheelchairs

The Colosseum is suitable for visitors with disabilities or wheelchairs. The entrance is at ground level, and elevators will allow you to access the different floors. If you want to use a lift, ask one of the employees of the Colosseum for assistance. 

The best advices for visiting the Colosseum

Finally, here are the three top tips for your Colosseum visit:



Wait times at the Colosseum are incredibly long!

Without tickets, you will have to wait for long hours in the sun. Book a ticket online, and save your precious time.



Most of our selected Colosseum tickets also give you access to the Roman Forum, which is right next to the Colosseum. This means that you can enter the Roman Forum without waiting in line again – just go straight through the security gates!



Joining a group tour organized by the Colosseum management or through independent operators is an excellent option for skipping the lines as well. A competent guide will also provide a better sense of the site and its many uses.  One more advantage of a guided tour is that your tour guide can take you to the parts of the Colosseum, which are not accessible if you are alone.

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FAQ – Visiting the Colosseum

What is the best way to see the Colosseum?

We would highly advise you to buy your tickets in advance to avoid the stress and long waiting in the queue in front of the Colosseum. If you want to have a perfect experience, we suggest you book a Colosseum Guided Tour or buy a Roma Pass. One significant advantage of booking the Colosseum tour is that your guide can take you to the parts of the Colosseum, which are not accessible if you go by yourself.

Is the Roman Forum free?

There is no free entry to the Roman Forum. If you want to enter the site, you will need to purchase a Roman Forum ticket, which provides access to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill. You can also visit the Forum as a part of the Colosseum private tour.

How long does it take to visit the Colosseum?

If you visit the Colosseum without a tour guide or an audio guide, you will need approx. one hour. But if you decide to take a guided tour, it can take from 1.5 to 7 hours, depending on which type of Colosseum tour you choose.

What is the best time to visit the Colosseum?

The best times to visit the Colosseum to avoid large crowds and long queues are right when it opens at 8:30 am, or one hour before the last entry time. It's also ideal to visit the Colosseum midweek, if possible.

Can you bring water bottles into the Colosseum?

You can only take an empty water bottle inside of the Colosseum. Once you access the Colosseum, you can fill it up on one of the fountains located inside.

Can you tour the Colosseum on your own?

If you are not a fan of group tours and would like to explore the Colosseum at your own pace. Purchase Colosseum skip-the-line ticket which includes an audio guide and freely roam the Colosseum, while soaking in its ancient beauty.

What else can I visit while in Rome?

If you've already visited the impressive Colosseum during the day and experienced its glory on a magnificent Colosseum Night Tour, we highly recommend booking the Rome Vespa Tour. This tour lets you experience the beauty of the Eternal City on two wheels. Also, don't miss the chance to get the Vatican Pass, which grants you access to the renowned Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. There, you can discover the artworks of the world's most famous artists, including Michelangelo and Bernini.

Did you know that the infamous Emperor Julius Caesar never set foot inside the Arena?

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Colosseum Underground Tour


Explore the hidden area of the Colosseum with this unique Underground Tour. Get privileged access to sections of the Colosseum that are unavailable with a standard ticket. Walk through the corridor used by gladiators to enter the underground area. Discover chambers, cages for wild animals, traps, weapon storage, and tunnels beneath the floor leading to the Arena.

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Colosseum & Vatican Tour


Join this Colosseum and Vatican tour for a day of history and wonders! See the Sistine Chapel's beauty, feel the Colosseum's grandeur, and stroll through the ancient Roman Forum. Easy and memorable, exactly what you need to discover Rome's heart in the best way!