Colosseum
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The ancient Flavian Amphitheater was built by the Flavian emperors in 70 C.E. as a gift to the Roman people. As the largest Roman theater ever built, it was designed to house over 50,000 people, and had played host to gladiator games, plays and even public executions. Purchase skip-the-line tickets online to avoid long lines at the door, or join guided tours which allow for special access to restricted areas. While here, you might want to visit the adjacent Palatine Hill and Roman Forum as well. – Tripadvisor
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  • RJLJ2015
    Ocean City, New Jersey12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My
    We did a tour of the Colosseum, and while the Tour Guide was very good and informative, I believe the Colosseum could be toured just by purchasing a Skip the Line Pass. When visiting Museums, there is always a story behind the painting and often the Tour Guide is educating you on what you are looking at, however when it comes to the Colosseum, there is only so much they can say. The tour guide was friendly, informative and knowledgeable, however most of what was discussed, my family and I already knew. This is no fault of the tour guide, I just think so much is already known about the Colosseum, there are not a lot of secrets to be told. We visited the Colosseum about 20 years ago, and I will say they have done a nice job restoring some sections and adding new features, which was quite nice. While we didn't see any Lions and Tigers or Bears, we did meet Dorothy from California, and she was very nice.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Christine B
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but very very hot
    Went on a tour and our guide was great. However, be prepared to stand in the direct sun and heat for a long time. The crowds were huge and our guide did not stop for 90 minutes straight - no bathrooms and no water.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • jorge violante
    Los Angeles, California8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coliseum in July
    Opted for the skip the line pass. Which was worth It due to the long lines. Did the audio self guided tour. That’s was also worth it. Due to the fact the guided tours have so many people. it’s hard to hear them and you have to go at there pace. I would only do a guided tour if it was a private one. Went in July was extremely hot and humid. No dress code. Lots of walking. Instead of getting a cab rode on a lime scooter which was fun.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • travelgal1994
    Franklin, Tennessee1,051 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent masterpiece of architecture!
    The exterior was a part of our walking tour. Magnificent wonder of the world sits here as a reminder of how slave labor built so many buildings for the wealthy or those in control. The way it was constructed is an architectural masterpiece! Worth seeing while in Rome
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia24,410 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looking Great
    After many visits I found that the best time to view the Colosseo is early evening. All the crowds have departed and the touts have gone home! You can slowly walk around the site and appreciate the structure. If you see someone signing their name give them a rev up!! I never get tired of viewing this relic and it is a highlight of Roma for sure!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Will B
    Solihull, United Kingdom54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    The sheer size of the building is hard to grasp your head around! I would 100% recommend pre booking tickets for the colosseum as we struggled to figure out where we could even buy tickets on the day! It was pretty busy but once we had our tickets we were effectively straight in. The colosseum itself was fascinating yet can feel a bit samey all the way round haha. Maybe on a less hot day it would’ve been more enjoyable.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • M S
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended of course
    We pre-ordered tickets at get your guide which is recommended. The trip is very well organized. My daughter forgot something at the security which was towards the last hour of the trip. I waited for her and therefor lost the guide. As this happened after 2 hours, we missed the Palatine hills. We were not aware that there was a number of the organization we could have called, but also the guide was not waiting for us. The last part is disappointing. The guide was very knowledgeable so therefor the rating is high.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • chithracb
    Bengaluru, India950 contributions
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    An all time wonder
    I feel lucky to visit this iconic attraction in Rome. All facts about this Colosseum shall be known from Google. We booked tickets online in advance. This ticket includes visit to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palantine hills. The slot for entry to Colosseum is fixed while booking the tickets. It was an amazing experience sighting this building. We went by metro train to reach this spot. The moment I came out of the station..I could see this. Thrilling..The price of the ticket vary depending on the entry to different levels of this elliptical amphitheater. No words to describe the beauty of this. It could hold 50000 spectators at a time. Imagine the time it was built with no electricity and no technology ...the human brain and physical capability had created such breathtaking building 😇. Wear proper shoes, hat and with water bottle 😆. Take time to see leisurely from all angles. They close it by 7pm. You need 2 to 3 hrs to see it all levels, so plan and book accordingly. The great Roman Empire. Before visiting read completely about this and start imagining once you enter. There is lift facility inside to reach different levels only for disabled/ people above 65 yrs .
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Jade
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early! Underground/Arena Tour is Amazing
    We had a guided tour of the unground basements and up on to the arena floor and it was an unforgettable experience. Our guide was able to give us so much information that we wouldn’t have otherwise known and walking in the steps of gladiators and emperors was incredible! Stepping out into the sunlight onto the arena floor and having the tremendous structure of the colosseum come into view on all sides left me awestruck. The colosseum has been a site I’ve wanted to visit since childhood and I was not left disappointed - I would go back again and again! We went first thing and I’m glad as it obviously gets incredibly hot as the day goes on.. we were melting by the time we left early afternoon so I don’t think I’d want to be starting my visit at that time (in late July at least).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Melaney68
    Chesapeake Beach, Maryland11,122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outside vs. the Tour
    Five years ago I took a tour of the interior of the colosseum and I think everyone should try to experience it at least once. However if money or time are an issue visiting it after hours from the outside is well worth the experience. Note that there is an overlook for taking great photos if you visit the subway station across the road from the colosseum. Enter the station and take the stairs on the left hand side to find it. There is also a water filling station there that gives you the option of still or carbonated water for free. Just bring a bottle to refill. Another great angle is from Palatine Hill. However, note that the walkway is gated at the very end of the hill at night so you have to return to the coliseum to exit. Keep your belongings hidden and close in this area. Do not expect those who are overly friendly to be genuine or to have good intentions.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 13, 2023
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edawson55
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great experience at the Colosseum. It’s right outside the metro station. They are currently building a new metro line outside the station, however this does not detract from the experience. You simply walk around the billboards and head towards the tickets. The price for a visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine hill is €16 for adults (18 and over I believe). This lasts 24 hours and is valid for only 1 entry into each attraction. There is an option to include entry over 2 consecutive days and includes the underground of the Colosseum and ‘SUPER’ site (not too sure what this is) and that is €22. What is not advertised in the price is the 18-25 EU citizen discount. The entrance to the three attractions for this is €2!! This is what I got. It’s not advertised so just ask at the ticket desk and make sure you have some form of ID card. If you haven’t bought a ticket, go directly to the colosseum as you buy them inside, don’t get drawn in by anyone trying to sell you tickets. We went on 23/01/20 and arrived around 9:15am and there was no queue for tickets and there was only a couple of people in front of us at the security check. We left the colosseum just before 11am. There was also a temporary exhibition inside. They are doing some work on the Colosseum so there is some scaffolding, but it was still great. Just be aware of the people outside the Colosseum trying to sell you selfie sticks, water bottles etc. I would say don’t bother pre-booking online and paying an extra fee and also we didn’t feel like a guided tour was needed as there was information inside the Colosseum. It was busier when we left the Colosseum but it didn’t appear to be overcrowded. We then went to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill entrance, there was a queue which seemed long but we were at the security checkpoint after less than 15 minutes, the main reason for the queue is that you have to go through a security scanner and put your bags through too. In all it was less than a 20 minute wait. This was the line for tickets already bought (we bought ours at the Colosseum desk). The Forum and Palatine Hill is huge and has loads of information as you walk around. They have fountains to fill up water and walking to the top gives a lovely view of Rome. We did the Forum then went to the Hill. It’s a rather big site so give yourself 3-4 hours to cover the Colosseum, Forum and Hill. 100% recommend visiting here!
Written January 23, 2020
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Stovies-For-All
Vantaa, Finland62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Even though it was midweek (a Thursday) in February, there were long queues to get in and for audio guides, and so I highly recommend that you prebook adult skip the line tickets for the Colosseum and Palatine Hill/Roman Forum (note you can pay 2€ for kids past security). We were able to jump the queues and were through the security checks within 10 minutes.

There are toilets immediately inside, so if you do need to queue for a while (or have a weak bladder) there's no need to panic.

We didn't bother booking a guided tour, as we were with 3 kids and just wanted to get in and out quite quickly, but we actually ended up staying for over an hour as there are really interesting exhibitions with information boards on the 2nd floor which take a while to get round before you then head out to look at the main arena.

And the main arena is amazing. It's easy to let your imagination take you back to the gladiators and slaves fighting there in front of a stadium full of spectators almost two thousand years ago.
Written February 25, 2020
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Colin
Brand Green, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went in December, You will always get queues but in December it was very easy to get in. You have a time ticket and they hold you to those times. Security like an airport with bags checked in the x ray machine, belt and any objects in a box. Lift inside to the second floor for the aged and disabled. Very friendly staff and spend as long as you like once in. Lots of steep steps inside, small museum explains the history very interesting. You can walk down to the arena area but we did not pay to go to the lower areas. Guided tours sounded good but expensive. Watch out for dubious characters just hanging around outside. Cafe outside across the road is very expensive, but if you go to the supermarket just round the corner you can buy an extensive range of food at normal prices, drinks, pizza, fruit, milk. Everything that you would expect to get from a supermarket. All these items can be taken into the Colosseum. Audio headsets can be hired but expect a big queue for these. Toilets inside the Colosseum but the ladies queue is long, gents is fine. The ticket you buy includes palatine hill a must to visit, and allow a good two hours as their is plenty to see and look out for the Parrots on top of the hill. I did not know that there were parrots there but apparently there are two types in Rome. Metro really close to the Colosseum, worth the day ticket price to allow you to get around Rome easily. Six euros if I remember correctly. How could you visit Rome and not go to the coliseum
Written January 7, 2020
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Dfazzie
York, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My wife and I purchased online tickets for the 2.45.pm English speaking tour of the colosseum’s underground, arena and upper levels. Our information told us to be there in good time so that we could clear security. We duly arrived 15 minutes before the advertised tour time and we were given a labelled sticker indicating our tour for 3.00pm and we were told to return to the Stern entrance for 2.50pm. When we returned we were asked to type in our names and d.o.b onto a tablet. At 3.00pm our tour group of approximately 20 people were scanned by security and taken inside the fenced outer area of the colosseum. We were then met by our guide who gave us a set of ear plugs and a mobile microphone which enabled us to clearly hear his commentary. Our tour began by walking through the eastern gate tunnel leading out onto the partly covered arena floor. After this we were led down the stairs into the underground passages, A lift was available for easier accessibility. Our guide explained the backstage story for this incredible amphitheatre and you almost felt the presence of the gladiators and animals who entertained the 50,000 spectators. Following our tour of the underground passages we were led upstairs to the upper levels where you had emperor like view of the oval shaped arena. . The tour was money well spent and it also included free entrance to the Forum and Palestine hill which we took advantage during the morning before our afternoon tour of the Colosseum.

Written January 23, 2020
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m1nhuh
Edmonton, Canada91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I don't think it would be wise to skip the Colosseum when in Rome. Truthfully, you probably won't be blown away by the interior, but it's important to understand the uniqueness of the stadium and the Palentine Hill and Roman Forum are both extremely historic and beautiful. But if you choose not to go inside, the least you can do is walk around the area as it does offer a lot of nice views.

A few tips for other readers, if you go early enough, especially on a weekday, you won't need to book in advance. I actually showed up without a ticket and was able to get in no problem. The queue of people right at open was so small and they actually have two lines - one for prepaid and another for walk-up. The walk-up line had only six people in it haha and is located on the inner circle/right line, you'll understand what I mean when you arrive, so if you do go at open, you have a very good chance of getting in,but this was on a Tuesday in January. Also, do not bring a selfie stick and do not buy one from the people selling outside.
Written February 15, 2020
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Francesca S
Guildford, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Get there early or be prepared to queue. The entry ticket gives you access to the Roman Forum and Palentine Hill so it might be worth joining one of the other site queues to avoid a long wait. Also worth noting it is free to enter on the 1st Sunday of the month so it is often the busiest day. Impressive nonetheless!
Written February 3, 2020
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RebeccaHTraveller
Crawley, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
One of the most famous historical sights in the world, this is a highlight of any trip to Rome. Entry is timed to avoid too many visitors at any one time, we bought tickets in advance online. On arrival we then had to queue up for about twenty minutes to get the actual tickets (including tickets for the children who enter for free, but still require a ticket). I think you can also buy tickets on arrival but the queue is much longer, and time slot would not be guaranteed. There are various different guided tours if you pay extra, but we found it was enough to look around by ourselves. The same ticket then gives access to the Forum, for which there was another long queue even though we already had the tickets. Bring water and expect to be standing around waiting, well worth the wait though.
Written July 24, 2020
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paul s
Hauts-de-France, France27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is one of the visits that is accessible via the Roma Pass (for the 72 hour pass you get two free entries to most of the attractions in Rome but by no means all). However you do have to reserve a time slot to visit the Colosseum , we did this via the internet, when you arrive you have to queue at reservation desk to transform you reservation into tickets (using the Roma pass). You then have to queue again to enter the Colosseum via the security baggage scanners , We visited in low season and took about 1 hour to enter the Colosseum after arriving at the site. In summer it must be a lot worse. Once inside the visit takes about 1 hour to walk around, I was slightly disappointed , I thought there would be more to see , In hind sight it would have been better to reserve a guided tour.
Written March 1, 2020
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,761 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is one of those sights that you’ve seen a thousand times, but needs to be seen in person. I purchased my ticket (time slot) at the adjacent Roman Forum/Palatine Hill entrance which saved me quite a bit of time standing on line at the Colosseum itself. While I did not go with a guide, I found there were plenty of excellent information plaques throughout the site. Several cases contained treasures found at the site which were nicely displayed and described. I followed a clockwise route starting with the upper level and making my way down. While there were crowds, it was by no means a hindrance to my visit (although I couldn’t imagine the real crowds during peak tourist season, not to mention the heat).
Written February 29, 2020
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TLWOOD
Littlehampton, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited the colloseum while exploring rome. Absolutely fantastic building! They don't over crowd it either which is great. We bought our tickets online which were only £23 for the colloseum and the roman forum, i would highly recommend doing this as the queues for people purchasing tickets whilst there was ridiculous.
Written January 15, 2020
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