the Colosseum


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The Colosseum, together with the Palatine (the ticket is valid for both) is the most visited monument in Italy, so it may take some time to get in the amphitheatre, especially during the Summer months.
Beware: around the monument there are many peddlers who offer guided visits, skipping the queue. Often they are not real professional guides, and their prices sometimes are exorbitant.
I suggest to use the official guided tours, by calling the number (+39) 06 39967700 (Mon-Sat 9-13.30 and 14.30-17) or to book online (2€ more). This is the RomaTourism official website.

The Colosseum is open every day all year round, except for January 1st and December 25th.


The picture shows the location of the services inside and around the monument

Colosseum Service Map

- ADULTS € 12,00
- REDUCED FEE € 7 for European Union citizens between 18 and 25 years old and for EU teachers
- FREE ENTRANCE Visitors 17 and under

The ticket is valid for two days and allows for one entrance to each one of the two sites (Colosseum and Forum/Palatine hill).
Tickets can also be bought (often avoiding a long queue) at the ticket offices in Via di San Gregorio (Palatine), Largo Salara Vecchia - former Largo Romolo e Remo  (Roman Forum), Via Sacra (Roman Forum, Arco di Tito)
The Colosseum is open every day all year round, except for January 1st and December 25th.

Please note: for security reasons it is strictly forbidden to enter with backpacks, camping, bulky bags and luggage/trolley. Medium and small size backpacks can be introduced and must be screened by metal detectors, as any other bag. They must be opened and visually inspected by the security.
Due to new security measures it is necessary to arrive at least 30 minutes before the reservation at the ticket desk.

OPENING HOURS (ticket office closes one hour before closing time):
from 8:30 am to one hour before sunset (exceptions: Good Friday 8:30 am - 2 pm, June 2 1:30 pm - 7:15 pm):
8:30 am - 4:30 pm from January 2 to February 15
8:30 am - 5 pm from February 16 to March 15
8:30 am - 5:30 pm from March 16 to last Saturday of March
8:30 am - 7:15 pm from last Sunday of March to August 31
8:30 am - 7 pm from September 1 to September 30
8:30 am - 6:30 pm from October 1 to last sunday of October
8:30 am - 4:30 pm from the last sunday of October to December 31

CLOSED: on January 1st, May 1st and Dec. 25th
Free entrance for all on the first Sunday of the month

(from the website
Are eligible for free tickets, upon presentation of suitable documents:
- Visitors 17 and under (minor visitors under 12 must be accompanied).
- Groups of students from Italian schools, both public and private ones, and schools of other Member States of the European Union, accompanied by their teachers, with advance booking, and within the quota set by the chief of the institute.
- Students and professors of the faculties of Architecture, Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences and of the degree courses of the Faculties of Letters and Philosophy or Humanities with a specialisation in Archaeology or History of Art, as well as of the equivalent faculties and courses established in the Member States of the European Union (students must present a certification of enrolment valid for the current academic year - in Italian, or in English, in the case of foreigners)
- Students and professors of the Academies of Fine Arts or equivalent institutes of the European Union (students must present a certification of enrolment valid for the current academic year - in Italian, or in English, in the case of foreigners)
- Tour guides of the European Union in the exercise of their professional activity upon presentation of a a valid licence issued by the competent authorities
- European Union citizens with a disability and one family member or other carer upon verification of membership in the services of social assistance and/or healthcare
- Employees of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities
- Members of ICOM (International Council of Museums)
The aforementioned regulations are applicable to citizens of non-Member States of the European Union, on the condition of reciprocity.
For further information and detailed guidance and for the regulations pertaining to the concessions visitors may follow this link to the website of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism", (this link, however, does not exist ...)

Italian and foreign journalists do not appear in this list, though they appear in the list of free Colosseum tickets in the Comune di Roma website (, together with "foreign visitors whose countries have in this matter reciprocity relations with the Italian State" (doh!) and other categories.

ENTRANCE RESERVATION (suggested if you want to avoid the queue)
- Individuals € 2 - tel +39 (0)6 3996 7700 Credit Cards only, online here
- Groups (compulsory booking for the visit) from 14 to max 50 persons: tel +39 (0)6 3996 7450. Booking includes the compulsory rent of radio guides;
Booking fee: 28€ up to 14 people (from 15 on extra 2€ each payable at the cashier desk; read the details here.
- Schools: compulsory reservation - € 15 max 50 pupils; tel. +39 (0)6 3996 7200
For more details see the official site for buying tickets
Please note: due to new security measures it is necessary to arrive at least 30 minutes before the reservation at the ticket desk.

Additional services: Audio guide, Bookshop, Guided tours


1. At the Colosseum ticket office
or at the nearby ticket offices in Via di San Gregorio (Palatine), Largo Salara Vecchia - former Largo Romolo e Remo  (Roman Forum), Piazza del Colosseo (Colosseum), Via Sacra (Roman Forum, Arco di Tito)

2. By telephone
To reserve entrance by telephone contact the Call Centre  from Mondays to Saturdays 9 am-1:30 pm and 2:30 pm-5 pm

3. Online
Official website to buy tickets online. You can print your own ticket

The Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma has introduced a new obliged groups booking service for the entrance in the Colosseo which includes a free service of radio-guide instruments, for groups without theirs own radio-guide. The service is compulsory for groups composed by a minimum of 14 to maximum of 50 visitors and the cost is € 28 (€ 2 each person from 15 to 50), also for the schools (max 50 pupils) there’s an obliged reservation of € 10,00.

4. RomaPass
There are 2 Roma Pass cards: the €38,50 one is valid for 72 hours; the €28 one is valid for 48 hours.With the card you have access to the Roma Pass circuit, i.e. 2 museums for the € 38,50 one, 1 museum for the cheaper one and/or archaeological sites of the city, and (very convenient!!) also for travelling on the whole ATAC transport network.
PLEASE NOTE: the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are located in the same archaeological area and count as one admission, therefore if you use the ticket or Roma Pass to get in once, it cannot be used again for the same site/area

Please notice that this is not the official site of the Colosseum; the official address and telephone no. of the Colosseum (information from the site of Rome's Museums) is: Piazza del Colosseo - 00184 Roma - Tel. 067004261.

Call +39 (0)6 399 67700 also to book a guided tour with professional guides. In any case personal electronic guides (with earphones) are available for rent at the entrance, so one can wander around the ruins, together with the many cats that live there, while listening to the machine. A part of the arena floor has been recently reconstructed, and I can tell you that the sight of the amphitheatre from the middle of the arena is amazing. In the past one was restricted to the edges of the arena, and it was a poorer perspective.

People with disabilities
The Colosseum is rather accessible to people in wheelchairs, apart from some steps here and there. There is a lift to the first floor on the northern side. Toilets are on the other side, and there is also a bookshop, with souvenirs and other merchandise.

the monument is extremely central in the city of Rome: a few hundred yards from Piazza Venezia, and close to the Forums. On Sundays the motor traffic is forbidden and Via dei Fori Imperiali and the square of the Colosseum  are available to bicycles and strollers. Just outside the Metro station there is a taxi parking, a Bike rental and a bar with tables outside: you can sip your cappuccino in the shade of the biggest thing in Rome.

Where to sleep
Are you planning to come and visit the Eternal City? Rome offers a wide variety of accommodation to meet every requirement, from cheap B&Bs to top class hotels and if you are interested in art and museums or in other top tourist attractions like shops, food and nightlife, you will certainly find something to suit your taste.

Public transport:

  • "B" line Metro station Colosseo
  • "A" line Metro station Manzoni, then two stops of tram no. 3 going southwards
  • Bus lines 51, 75, 85, 87 and 118. The electric minibus 117, my favourite, has practicaly disappeared as in Dec. 2016 there was only one bus left in service.
  • Tramway line no 3.

There is a taxi parking near the tramway stop, on the W side of the square.

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The piazza on the south side






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Fancy a plastic Colosseum?





At the park on the Colle Oppio you can play football in front of a special background






And volleyball, too





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The present state of the arena







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Tourists come from all over the world







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A LEGO© Colosseum - learn more about it by clicking here