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Coliseum tickets

It's pretty clear that buying Roman Coliseum tickets in advance is the smart move to avoid long ticket lines. My question is: Should I buy them in advance online? If so, what's the best site from which to do so. If not, where and from whom should we buy them once in Rome. A friend of mine just returned from Rome last week, said he just signed on with a tour operator outside the coliseum, avoided the lines, had a great time with no problems. Any thoughts or comments on this strategy?

Along the same lines, I have the same quesetion in regards to Vatican tour tickets. In advance online? If so where and from whom. If not, where can we get them in Rome to avoid lines?


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1. Re: Coliseum tickets

When we were in Rome, we bought tickets at each site. That strategy kept us more flexible to change plans due to weather.

For example, in the Vatican museum it really does not matter if it is raining.

We did find tour operators to use as we got there to avoid the lines. You can do this at both the coliseum and Vatican museum. Villa borghese required us to have tickets in advance, so check first on other attractions.

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2. Re: Coliseum tickets

There are tour operators that hang out at both sites but you need to be careful and question them before using them. Some are good and some are not.

If you're not interested in taking a tour or you want to book an official tour then you should book at the official websites to both sites.


for vatican tickets or tours and


for colosseum combo tickets or tours.

Before joining the tour at the colosseum, if you decide to go that route, you should ask your friend if they were given the entry tickets or not. The entry ticket to the colosseum includes entry to the forum and palatine hill. I know some of those "pick up tours" don't give you the ticket even though you pay for it. They then use your unused portions to sell to other people taking a tour of the forum and palatine hill.


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3. Re: Coliseum tickets

I saw you plan on buying the Roma pass, the Colosseum is one of the more expensive sites on the list. I recommend using it as one of your free sites. It also lets you skip the line. There is still a line but it took us minutes to get in.

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4. Re: Coliseum tickets

There is one ticket for admission to both the Colosseum and the Forum, and there are seldom long queues at the Forum. If there is a big queue for tickets at the Colosseum, just buy your tickets at one of the Forum entrances.

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