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Guided Tour of the Colosseum & Tickets to Roman Forum & Palatine

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Immerse yourself in the glory days of Ancient Rome with this 45 minute guided tour of the Colosseum, where an experienced guide will regale you the history of this magnificent structure, along with thrilling stories of the Empire. This experience also includes tickets to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill. We recommend going early in the morning to avoid long lines

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 epicenter 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

After collecting your tickets from the Colosseum box office and go through the security line. Your guided visit will begin at the amphitheater itself once you enter. The setting to many movies and works of art, it's easy to see why when you're standing in the majestic arena. As your guide regales you with the history of the Colosseum and the building techniques that allowed such a structure to come to life, look around and admire the architecture that has stood the test of time.

You are free to roam around at your own pace, having taken in the stories about the rich and vibrant past of the Colosseum. Though the guided tour is only for the Colosseum itself, entry tickets to the Roman Forum and the Palatine hill are included so you can walk over to the Roman Forum, a mere five minutes away. Once the centre of ancient Roman life, surrounded by government buildings, the remains of this once regal setting are still quite breathtaking, as you will find during your visit. Finally, climb the incredible Palatine Hill and take in awe inspiring views of the Eternal City that few other places in Rome can afford. It was once the most sought after localities to live in the city and is still home to the Flavian Palace and the ruins of several temples like the Temple of Apollo Palatinus.

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Inclusions

  • Tickets to Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Guided Tour of the Colosseum
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Exclusions

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

Colosseum hours

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

Palatine Hill and Roman Forum hours

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

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

Palatine Hill and Roman Forum hours

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

Validity

Your tickets are valid for the date and time that you choose at the time of booking

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.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

These tickets cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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Jessica Petty
Jessica
Reviewed in June, 2018

I felt super dumb when I found out that the Colosseum was one of the seven wonders (doh!)

Lyla Case
Lyla
Reviewed in June, 2018

Lovely experience altogether, although I was a little overwhelmed with information. Also since it has such a sad historical past, but all in all, a must-visit location

Miguel Zamora
Miguel
Reviewed in June, 2018

The colosseum and it's ruins were bone chilling, everything about it was so intense

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My Tickets

How to Redeem your Tickets

  • Please be at the Colosseum at least an hour before your guided tour time.
  • Exchange your confirmation number sent over email using your mobile for the physical tickets at the Ticket Office (Cassa 4/5 - valid for reservation holders). This line can be long depending on the time and the day of the week. Tip: We recommend going early in the morning to avoid long lines.
  • Once you have your physical ticket, enter the Colosseum via the Individual's Entrance Gate at Point 2. Use the priority entrance lane on the left.
  • Meet your guide inside the Colosseum once you have crossed the security line.
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Where?

Piazza del Colosseo, Roma RM

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Additional Information

Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3.000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors.

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