Colosseum

Piazza del Colosseo, Rome

4.5

The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, just east of the Roman Forum. The huge construction was built only of concrete and sand, and it is the largest amphitheatre ever built in the world. The construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80. The Colosseum could hold, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000. The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine. Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and also has links to the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum. The Colosseum is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Tue

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Wed

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Thu

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Fri

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Sat

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Sun

    08:30 - 19:00

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Reviews

  • Amber Savastio

    3
    - 03 June 2018 -

    Beware of getting scammed like I did by "tour guides" that offer access to all the areas of the Colosseum. The tour groups clearly have an agreement with the Colosseum to allow you to skip the line, but they are not held to any standards. If you want a great tour, do you homework and book ahead of time. Our "guide" read from a pamphlet for 15 minutes and then left. We were not allowed access to the replicated floor area or upper area. We paid 3 times the regular admission in order to save 30 minutes in line. Don't make my mistake.

  • Brandon

    4
    - 23 May 2018 -

    Get there early the line forms fast before opening. Outside is beautiful and very photogenic, inside is fair. Tough to get good shots of it inside, especially when it fills with people. Lots of history if you read up on it and the plaques around the structure are informative. Watch for all the street vendors outside that try and sell you anything and everything. Very touristy but overall a nice site to visit.

  • Manohar Kumar

    4
    - 21 May 2018 -

    An amazing place to visit and know Roman history. A fabulous work of art and architecture. I hope and wish someday Italian government will make the tickets and entry process more easy and smooth. You need to be careful with many tour agency outside the Colosseum. For same ticket, they ask different price. We paid to these agency just to avoid long queue :( (these agency will take you directly inside Colosseum)

  • Peter Nguyen

    5
    - 20 May 2018 -

    An amazing feat of human engineering. Make sure to bypass individuals outside selling guided tour packages. Buying a guided tour inside at the box office saves you more than half of what you would pay the outsider tour package hawkers and they are more in depth and friendly. This is a Pro Tip! Our guide was Donatella Valentino. She was excellent and had accompanying renderings to show us what parts of the Colosseum would have looked liked at the time it was in use. A very interesting and substantial piece of history. Must visit and must learn!

  • Stephen T

    5
    - 15 May 2018 -

    If you can only visit one thing in Rome, this is it. The architecture and history behind it is remarkable. Make sure you book your tickets online ahead of time. Pay the extra €5 for the tours; you will not regret it. The tour is informative, but even better is that this also gets you through the line quickest. If you only get a ticket with no tour and choose print at home, the queue is still very long. If you get a ticket+tour, you do not get a print at home option and have to pick up the ticket. This line (to the left of the print at home line) is very quick to the security check. Once past the check, go to the reservations line and it’s like a 3 person wait. After that, let the tour guide educate you about this marvelous piece of history. Go down to the lower level, look around, and soak in the fact that this stadium built 2000 years ago would be ranked 7 in stadium capacities today.

  • Christine Dyer

    5
    - 24 April 2018 -

    Absolute monumental! If you’re in Rome there is no question about should you shouldn’t you - you have to come to the Colosseum. You get awestruck walking around it. It is amazing that this was built 2000years ago and it’s still standing. When enter there are some steep steps to climb but once you’re up it’s breath taking - so much history in one place. I would recommend booking an early time slot on line to try and avoid queues. I went at 8.30am and the queue was already long. Also go for the audio tour you get to learn a bit more about the history and architecture. Do it!!

  • Edoardo Spertingati

    5
    - 27 January 2018 -

    Magnificent building. It can clearly show the incredible roman knowledge about architecture and making something great. About 2000 ys of glory and mythical events. Most people don't know that Colosseum is sculptured on the back of 5 euro cent coin. Tourists must visit this place , one of the greatest symbol of Italian history

  • Sandipan Ganguly

    5
    - 24 January 2018 -

    The Colosseum is incredible, enormous, mystical, fascinating, etc. Many positive adjectives can be used to describe it. If you are in Rome, you gotta see it. I would absolutely recommend paying for a guided tour, as you will learn many things that are brought to life, simply by seeing what is being described. This should be on any traveler's bucket list. Better than advertised! It's in a central location that is easy to find and navigate to and from.

  • Celina Marie

    5
    - 24 January 2018 -

    My son and I had only 60 min to visit here and we made most of it. We had a flight to catch in afternoon so we took train to Colosseum stop and was an easy walk to entrance. I found if you do not follow the crowds and look around I always found shorter lines people never saw. Paying cash also saved us time because we did not have a prepaid ticket. We took so many pictures and got an amazing work out since we had to rush going up and down the very steep staircases but well worth seeing history and adventure!

  • Rich Warych

    5
    - 21 January 2018 -

    If the Colosseum isn't on your bucket list than it should be. It's hard to imagine how the Romans created such an impressive structure like this so many years ago without the use of machinery. I recommend that you visit it early in the morning when they open otherwise you'll find yourself in a huge queue to get tickets. Once inside, definitely get an audio guide so you get to know about the place in more detail.

  • Weronika Hollevik

    - 14 June 2018 -

    Everytime Im in Rome I have to go to the colosseum. It's big and beautiful and lot of history. After you have been here you should go over to the forum and get the full roman experience. Book tickets.

  • Emircan Eryılmaz

    - 03 June 2018 -

    Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built.

  • Jermaine Jefferson

    - 31 May 2018 -

    I suggest early morning tours before 10am and bring your selfie stick because your going to take allot of pictures. I used the city tour which bypassed the long lines well worth it.

  • Soumyanjalee Mahapatra

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Was one of my dreams to be here.. book tickets in advance and get a guide! Underground tour is worth taking

  • Milena Nick

    - 26 May 2018 -

    Totally worthy and a must to see when in Rome. So much history and beauty in one place.

  • aghigh boluri

    - 15 May 2018 -

    You think that you are in those years

  • Meltem Kt Oz

    - 14 May 2018 -

    Photos show how beautiful it is but seeing it with your own eyes is another story! We entered via Imperial Forum and were the only ones, no waiting, no excessive security queue, excellent! :)

  • Sandra

    - 14 May 2018 -

    Impressive building with lot of historical background

  • Daniel Grayson

    - 10 May 2018 -

    Have you heard of this place before? It, apparently, used to be a venue of some kind. Seems to be in disrepair now, but it’s still popular.

  • Kawika Terry

    - 07 May 2018 -

    Get an audio guide, or read up on your Roman history. You could easily spend hours here. DO NOT fall for the sales pitches of “volunteers” outside. Get your ticket online and come back if you need to.

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