V I S I T
All visits to the Colosseum must now be booked and paid online beforehand. It is understandable, as the Colosseum, together with the Palatine (the ticket is valid for both) is the most visited monument in Italy.
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:
- THREE 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 !!)
All visits must be scheduled, i.e. you choose the day and the time of the visit, according to availability. Therefore I suggest that you book your visit timely.
MANY KINDS OF TICKETS
The "Basic" ticket including Colosseum, Fora and Palatino - valid 1 day - costs 16 euros.
The Integrated ticket (Colosseum + Arena, Forum-Palatine) - Valid for 2 consecutive days - 1 access to the Colosseum and 1 access to the Roman Forum-Palatine costs 18 Euros
The reduced ticket of € 2.00 is available for European and non-EU citizens "on condition of reciprocity" aged between 18 and 25 years.
GROUP TOURS FROM STERN ENTRANCE (NORTH SIDE) Price starts at 20 Euros, then there are many visit options for groups here.
This entrance is accessible only for groups or individuals leaded by an accredited guide.
Then there are many other options for your visit: the underground of the Colosseum and/or the panoramic view, the Foro-Palatino S.U.P.E.R. that allows you to visit the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and "Super" sites: 7 special places on the Palatine: Criptoportico neroniano, Museo Palatino, Aula Isiaca – Loggia Mattei, Casa di Augusto, Casa di Livia, Tempio di Romolo and Santa Maria Antiqua.
- FREE ENTRANCE FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER 18 from all the world.
See all the details here
- FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: The free access during the Free First Sundays of the month will be now limited to the months from January to March and from October to December.
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 Saturday 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 ADMISSION (from the website https://www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm)
- European Union’s tour guides in the exercise of their professional activity;
- European Union’s touristic interpreters in the exercise of their professional activity;
- Employees of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities;
- Members of ICOM (International Council of Museum);
- Members of ICCROM (International organization for conservation of cultural heritage);
- groups of students from public and private schools of the European Union, together with their teachers upon reservation and within the quota established by the head of the school;
- Teachers and students of Architecture, Conservation of Cultural Assets, Learning Sciences and degree courses in Literature with Archeology or Art-History subject areas in the universities and art academies and enrolled in the respective improving schools, Specialist Studies and PHD’s of the above-mentioned courses of EVERY member State of the European Union. The ticket is released to the students by showing a certificate of registration in the current academic year;
- Socrates and Erasmus students of the above-mentioned degree courses;
- Art-History teachers in High-schools;
- Students of the following schools: Central Institute of Restoration, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, School for Mosaic Restoration;
- Journalists enrolled in the national register and journalists coming from any other country, in the performance of their duties and upon presentation of a suitable document proving the professional activity carried out;
- People with disabilities and one family member or a helper belonging to the health and social assistance service;
- Volunteers who carry out promotion and dissemination activities of the Cultural Heritage, on the basis of the agreements concluded with the Ministry, according to art. 112, paragraph
- Project “Born with Culture” (agreement with a three-year validity: from 29/11/2018 to 29/11/2021): a cultural passport for every newborn, that allows free entrance to the Park to the child and the family (up to 2 accompanying persons) until the baby’s first birthday.
Any right to a reduction or to a free admission has to be proved by the ticketing staff.
THREE DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET THE TICKETS
1. 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
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.
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are part of the Roma Pass network.
Roma Pass does not allow:
- access to the Palatine Museum and to the other sites included in the SUPER ticket
- access to the Colosseum Arena, Underground and Belvedere.Roma Pass holders access from a dedicated entrance always accompanied by an authorized tour guide. They cannot be more than 13 PAX.
Reservation is mandatory. See here how to book.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 N side of the square.