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Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, 00184

The Basics

As the second most popular attraction in Italy after only the Vatican, the Colosseum hosts some 4 million annual visitors, meaning that long lines are nearly inevitable without a skip-the-line tour. Choose from a number of tours suited to any age or interest, such as a Colosseum underground tour that heads beneath the arena floor to explore a network of passages; a small-group guided tour of the third tier; or a night tour that offers an eery experience and relief from the daytime heat. Consider group tours, self-guided audio tours, or private tours to gain an understanding of this well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheater and its historical importance.

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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
$59.21 per adult
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History comes alive!
We had a great tour. Our guide did a fantastic job of bringing history to life and making you feel like you were there! He made the “stones come alive”.
John, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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I recommend this to everyone visiting Rome
David_P, Jul 2021
Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
Elisabetta was PHENOMENAL. It’s our first trip post Covid and the family was totally impressed with the entire tour. Elisabetta’s knowledge was incredible. You would be lucky to have a Vatican tour with her. The afternoon tour was equally as perfect. The tour gave us insights into the Colosseum I did not know and I’ve been to Rome several times.
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Colosseum Tour
Michael_W, Jul 2021
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Ours was a thorough, fascinating tour. Our guide, RAF, was patient, knowledgeable, and fun. She was a wealth of information about the Colosseum and Roman Forum areas. I highly recommend this tour.
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Most Incredible Colosseum Tour Ever!
JasonCloninger, Jul 2021
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
One of the most detailed tours of the Colosseum and Forums we’ve ever seen! Our tour guide’s knowledge of the history of Rome, especially regarding the Colosseum and other surrounding architectures, was extremely contributory towards the superior quality of our learning experience. Her knowledge of Roman culture, its leaders, of significant events which brought about changes in Rome, and how each impacted life surrounding the Colosseum, was the best I’ve ever seen.
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Great tour with Augustino
Rens_S, Jul 2021
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket with Optional Tour Guide Access Upgrade
We’ve booked skip the lane tickets, but because our age below 26 we got a free tour guide. Our guide Augustino was fantastic and showed and told us al the great stories about the Colosseum and Roman Forum!
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Awesome experience, personalized response
Tom_H, Jul 2021
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Our private tour with Giulia was a highlight of our week in Rome. The colosseum is unique and world class with its recently built arena reconstruction, and new underground areas. Giulia helped us understand why it is different from all the other stadiums in the ancient world. She also gave a very personal tour of the forum and palatine hill where the conversation went deeply into the particular questions that we asked. Highly recommended.
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Excellent Experience
GonzaloAguilera, Jun 2021
Skip The Line Colosseum & Roman Forum Admission Tickets
June 23 , 2021 . The staff was very helpful and very knowledgeable. It was so simple And so easy to get my tickets I'm got in with no lines. They help me when my booking since I had made a mistake and made our visit to the Colosseum an unforgettable experience. thank you once again.
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Private tour of the Colosseum with Santi was the bomb.com!
Cindy, Jul 2021
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Santi was our guide for this fabulous tour. He was a lot of fun, informative and definitely showed great passion for his trade. I recommend the private tour! Go see the underground of the Colosseum and go see it with Santi. I learned so much!
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Worth it
Masako_H, Jul 2021
Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
It was lots of walking in July heat but it was great to see underground of colosseum and learn history. The guide was amazing
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Davide - Best Tour Yet
Michele_M, Jun 2021
Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour
Davide gave the absolute best tour we've been on yet in Italy. We've been on several Colosseum and Roman Forum tours, and this is hands down the best. Not only is he knowledgeable, but he spent a lot of time painting a wonderful picture of Ancient Rome and made the ruins come to life. He answered all of our questions with great detail. BOOK THIS GUY!
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Great tour in Rome
Lisa_D, Jun 2021
Colosseum with Arena Access and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour
This was a great tour! got to see everything I wanted and our tour guide was terrific! She was very knowledgeable about the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
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Fantastic Tour
Steven_B, Jul 2021
Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
My guide was amazing. She had a wealth of knowledge and was very passionate about the Colosseum. I would definitely recommend.
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Superb Virtual Tour
William_H, Apr 2021
Colosseum Virtual Tour: Blood and Sand in Ancient Rome
This virtual tour was a great way to visit the Colosseum! It was very informative and entertaining. Luca was wonderful and very accommodating with answering my kids’ questions. I would absolutely recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It's best to purchase Colosseum tickets in advance to avoid long entry lines.

  • The Colosseum is well-suited for families with kids.

  • This is an open-air amphitheater, so bring a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes and attire.

  • You may also see the Colosseum referred to as the Flavian Amphitheatre or the Coliseum.

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How to Get There

Alongside the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the Colosseum is in the center of Rome, just across the street from the Colosseo station on Line B of the city's underground metro system, which also stops at the main Termini train station.

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When to Get There

Since the Colosseum is most crowded during the middle of the day, begin or end your Rome tour with a visit first thing in the morning or just before last entry (which is an hour before closing time) in the late afternoon. Alternatively, choose a night tour for a unique, less crowded experience. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while the site receives fewer crowds in November through February, aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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The Colosseum in Numbers

The Colosseum is the world's largest amphitheater, has 76 entrances, and measures 615 feet (189 meters) long by 510 feet (156 meters) wide. The total area of the stadium covers six acres (24,000 square meters), and its highest tier reaches 157 feet (48 meters). It was built in under 10 years and was used for games and hunting for over four centuries.

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