V I S I T
The Colosseum, together with the Palatine (the ticket is valid for both) is the most visited monument in Italy, therefore I suggest you to book online your visit in order to avoid long queues (see below all the links)
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).
The Colosseum is open every day all year round, except for January 1st and December 25th.
READ BELOW FOR:
- FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS TO BUY THE TICKETS
- HOW TO SKIP THE QUEUE
- HOW TO GET THERE
The picture shows the location of the services inside and around the monument
TICKETS FOR THE COLOSSEUM AND THEIR PRICE (THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF THEM !!)
As from September 2018 all visits must be scheduled, i.e. you choose the day an time of the visit, according to availability. Therefore I suggest that you book your visit timely.
- TICKET WITH SCHEDULED ENTRANCE TIME FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS - ADULTS € 12,00 + € 2,00 for reservation online - REDUCED TICKET € 7,50
This ticket Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine Hill and ongoing exhibitions is valid for 2 days from the first use for 1 entrance to the Colosseum at the reserved time and 1 entrance to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill within the term of validity of the ticket.
- GROUP TOUR FROM STERN ENTRANCE (NORTH SIDE) - ADULTS € 16,00 + € 2,00 for reservation online - REDUCED TICKET € 7,50
This entrance is accessible only for groups or individuals leaded by an accredited guide.
The Click Tour allows direct access to the arena floor, which overlooks the basement. At the end of the Click Tour, the group will be accompanied in the ordinary tour circuit and will be able to decide to exit or to continue the visit.
- VISIT TO THE UNDERGROUND AND7OR TO THE PANORAMIC VIEW - In groups or individually from € 23,00
- The visit to the undergroud is in my opinion very interesting, and so is the view from , and guides speak different languages.
- S.U.P.E.R. TICKET - It allows 1 entrance to the Colosseum and 2 entrances to the Roman Forum-Palatine (1 a day) -
It is valid for 2 days in a row, and it allows the entry in 7 special places on the Palatine, according to the availabilities: Criptoportico neroniano, Museo Palatino, Aula Isiaca – Loggia Mattei, Casa di Augusto, Casa di Livia, Tempio di Romolo and Santa Maria Antiqua
- REDUCED TICKETS
€ 7 for EU teachers and for European citizens between 18 and 25 years from: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary, Swiss Confederation, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland
- FREE ENTRANCE FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER 18 from all the world.
- FIRST SUNDEY OF THE MONTH: every first Sunday of the month free entrance to the sites for everybody, according to the regular opening time – it is not possible to book the entrance ticket.
- OTHER FREE ADMISSIONS: SEE BELOW
Near the Colosseum, 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)
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.
For safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3.000 people: there could be delays in accessing the site, even for pre-booked visitors.
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. On this occasion it is not possible to make reservation.
FREE ADMISSION (from the website http://www.060608.it/en/cultura-e-svago/beni-culturali/beni-archeologici/colosseo-anfiteatro-flavio.html):
Are eligible for free tickets, upon presentation of suitable documents: - European and non-European people under 18
- tour guides from the European Union practising their professional activity;
- tour interpreters from the European Union practising their professional activity;
- employees of the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities ;
- members of ICOM (International Council of Museums);
- members of ICCROM (International organization for conservation of cultural heritage);
- reserved school groups from European Union schools, accompanied by one teacher every 10 students;
- teachers and students of faculties of Architecture, Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences, and degree courses in the Arts, or in literary subjects with a specialisation in archaeology or art history, in Humanities faculties of Universities from the European Union;
- students enrolled in these specialisations of faculties of Architecture, Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences, and of degree courses in the Arts, or in literary subjects with a - specialisation in archaeology or art history, in Humanities faculties of Universities and doctorate students in the aforementioned disciplines;
- Socrates and Erasmus students of the aforementioned disciplines;
- teachers and students of Fine Arts Academies from the European Union;
- teachers of Art History in Upper Secondary Schools;
- students of the following schools: Istituto Centrale del Restauro, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Scuola per il Restauro del Mosaico;
- journalists in the italian national register or any other journalist from a foreign country, only for work porpouses and according to a valid document proving the given professionalism;
- disabled persons and a companion;
- members of volunteer work associations of the Cultural Heritage;
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
- Additional services: Audio guide, Bookshop, Guided tours
FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET THE TICKETS
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
CALL CENTRE FOR INFO AND BOOKINGS: +39 (0)6 399 677 00
To reserve entrance by telephone contact the Call Centre from Mondays to Saturdays 9 am-1:30 pm and 2:30 pm-5 pm
Official website to buy tickets online. You can choose the kind of visit you like and print your own ticket
CHECK PRICES AND CONDITIONS, THEY ARE
DIFFERENT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS!
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) theres an obliged reservation of 10,00.
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 Colosseum is part of the Roma Pass network. After the introduction of the new ticket for the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum, called S.U.P.E.R, the Roma Pass ticket allows only the entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum/Palatine Hill area, ongoing exhibitions included.
The Roma Pass ticket doesn’t allow the entrance to the Palatine Museum, which is part of the S.U.P.E.R. ticket.
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.
HOW TO GET THERE
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.
- "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.