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These tickets help you save time by avoiding long ticket lines and take you straight to the security line. They are valid for a year and give you 2-day access from the time of your first entry. Security lines can take anywhere between 5-60 minutes during peak hours. We recommend visiting in the morning and entering from either Roman Forum or Palatine Hill to save your precious time.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

The Colosseum is one of Italy’s most popular destinations, attracting over 5 million visitors every year. Believed to have been constructed as a gift from ancient emperors to the Roman people, this grand outdoor amphitheater once served as the epicentre for entertainment, hosting various public spectacles and games. A stage for gladiator fights, often including animals, the Colosseum has quite the bloody past. Step back in time, marvel at the impressive architecture and walk the floor of the greatest arena known to mankind.

For more tips on how to make the most of your experience, including must-see sites at the Roman Forum, best photo op spots and much more, check out our collection page for Colosseum tours and tickets.

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Your Experience

Pro Tip : We recommend that you enter from the Palatine Hill entrance with your mobile tickets and avoid the line at the box office. Go as early in the morning as you can. Avoid using the Colosseum entrance first as it has the longest lines.

Pro Tip 2: Buy the general ticket even if you are a EU citizen. Buying reduced price ticket needs you to stand in the Ticket Office line for ID verification which can be very long during peak hours. Entry is free for children between 0-3. Please go to the special events desk to pick up a free one without the reservation cost. You won't wait in the regular ticket line.

The best way to go about this tour is to begin with the Palatine Hills. On completing your tour of the Palatine Hill, you will get an excellent birds' eye view of the Roman Forum as you descend down into it, making it a great way to start your tour of the Forum.

Lastly, as you make your way through the exit gate of the Roman Forum, you will end up at the Colosseum, free from the hassle of waiting in the long lines.

Your Colosseum ticket also includes entry to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Situated just five minutes walk from the Colosseum, Palatine Hill offers one of the best views of the city. Once considered the most desirable neighborhood in Rome, Palatine Hill lives on as an extensive archaeological site. Explore ruins of the Flavian Palace and Stadium of Domitian, as well as the legendary Hut of Romulus. Afterward, head to the Roman Forum and travel back in time as you walk along the same paths as the ancient Romans did. You’ll get a chance to witness popular sites including the Temple of Antoninus Pius, Temple of Castor and Pollux, Temple of Saturn, Arch of Septimius Severus and much more.

Security Lines at Colosseum: If you decide to start your visit with the colosseum, join the security line for ''Tickets and Print@Home holders''. To your right will be visitors lining up to buy tickets, and to your left visitors with a timed entry reservation. Once you have gone through the metal detector, head directly to the turnstiles where you can scan your printed or mobile ticket.

If you start your visit with the Palatine Hill, you will receive a timed entry ticket for the Colosseum. You should then join the ''Timed Reservation Holders'' line at the colosseum at least 20 minutes before your given entry time.

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Inclusions

  • Fast-track access to Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Access to Colosseum 1st & 2nd Floor
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Exclusions

  • Skip the security line
  • Guide
  • Access to Colosseum's 4th & 5th Floor or the Underground
  • Audio/Video Guide
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Know Before You Go

Colosseum hours

Your tickets allow you entrance to the Colosseum from 2 pm onwards. However, you can visit Roman Forum and Palatine Hill any time during their operating hours.

Operating Hours: 2pm - 7pm. Last Entry: 6.15pm.

Please note that entry to the Colosseum is free on the first Sunday of every month.

Palatine Hill and Roman Forum hours

Opens at 8:30am and closes one hour before sunset.

Validity

Your tickets are valid for 2 days, redeemable anytime before the end of the year. You may enter as you wish, within operating hours.

Getting there

The Colosseum can be reached by metro line B, train line 3, or via buses 75, 81, 673, 175, and 204. If you’re coming from Rome’s Termini train station, the quickest and most efficient way to reach the Colosseum is by metro. If you prefer to get there by foot, it’s about a 30 minute walk from the train station.

Rules and restrictions

For safety and security reasons, no large backpacks or pieces of luggage are allowed inside the Colosseum.

You can, however, take a baby stroller into the Colosseum with you, should it be necessary.

Upgrade your Colosseum experience

Go even deeper into the heart of the world’s most famous amphitheater with access to areas previously off limits to the public. A Small Group Guided Tour of the Colosseum Underground takes you on a top to bottom exploration of the stadium with special access to the upper tier and underground dungeons.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

These tickets cannot be cancelled, amended or refunded.

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Autumn Ross
Autumn
Reviewed in June, 2018

My only regret is that I didn't put in my batteries (UGH) but do take pictures

Chase Price
Chase
Reviewed in June, 2018

No one goes to Italy and skips out the Colosseum (hello, there's a reason why it's one of the 7 wonders of the world)

Thomas Benett
Thomas
Reviewed in June, 2018

Shoutout to Headout for the accurate information on their website (their pro-tips were very helpful)

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How to Redeem your Tickets

  • Your mobile tickets are confirmed and sent instantly.
  • With your mobile voucher, skip the box office line and head straight to the Individual Entrance Gate (Point 2) at the Colosseum. Use the priority entrance line on the left for the mandatory security check.
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Where?

Piazza del Colosseo, Roma RM, Italy, Roma

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Additional Information

The Colosseum is open all days with the following hours:

  • 08.30 to 16.30: from last Sunday in October to 15 February
  • 08.30 to 17.00: from 16 February to 15 March
  • 08.30 to 17.30: from 16 to last Saturday of March.
  • 08.30 to 19.15: from the last Sunday in March until 31 August
  • 08.30 to 19.00: from 1 to 30 September
  • 08.30 to 18.30: from the first to the last Saturday in October
  • Last entrance 1 hour before the closure

  • Backs, suitcases and heavy luggage aren't allowed. No storage facility is available.
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