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Colosseum in Rome

Be amazed by the Colosseum and save 12 € on admission fees with the Rome City Pass

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The Colosseum is the most famous attraction in the Italian capital and is Rome's landmark. With a perimeter of 5220 meters and a height of 48 meters, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheater to be built in Roman antiquity.

Opening hours Colosseum

Last sunday in October to 15 February
Monday to Sunday: 08:30AM–04:30PM

16 February to last saturday in March
Monday to Sunday: 08:30AM–05:30PM

Last sunday in March to 31 August
Monday to Sunday: 08:30AM–07:15PM

1 September to 30 September
Monday to Sunday: 08:30AM–07:00PM

1 October to last sunday in October
Monday to Sunday: 08:30AM–6:30PM 

The Colosseum opens its doors at 08:30 all-year around. With these opening hours, early birds are able to have an interesting and rewarding start to their day in Rome. The entire Colosseum is not roof-covered and is illuminated only by a few artificial sources of light. For this reason, the opening hours of the Colosseum is adapted to the amount of hours of sun during each season. Last admission into the Colosseum always takes place an hour before the closing time of that season. The winter season of the Colosseum starts from the last Sunday in October and continues until February 15. During this season, the Colosseum is open until 04:30PM. From February 16 until the last Saturday of March, the opening hours of the Colosseum are extended by one hour, until 05:30PM. From the last Sunday of March until August 31 (summer season), the masonries of the Colosseum can be explored until 07:15PM. You can easily enjoy the beautiful summer weather on the former arena, in its cellars, or amongst the rows of seats in the Colosseum. Last admission into the Colosseum during the summer season is at 06:15PM. Because the days grow shorter as the summer ends, please take note of the Colosseum’s opening hours for changes. For example, visitors who come to the Colosseum in September can explore its grounds until 07:00PM. However, from October 1 to the last Sunday of October, the Colosseum opens its doors to you until closing time at 06:30PM. 

Tickets for the Colosseum

With your convenient Rome City Pass, you can experience the Colosseum for FREE. You will receive your ticket into the Colosseum and also to other top attraction in Rome (in one complete package) well before you depart for Rome. Your public transportation ticket will also be included in your Rome City Pass, which gives you a wonderful head start into starting your city tour of the Italian metropolis stress-free!

Address Colosseum

Address:
Piazza del Colosseo 1
00184 Rome
Italy

+39 06 3996 7700 

The Colosseum captivates its visitors through its quiet, but also central location in Rome. The surrounding parks near the Colosseum are perfect venues for a relaxing break after your visit to the Colosseum. After revitalizing yourself with a short break in one of the beautiful green parks surrounding the Colosseum, you can (for example) visit the Parco del Celio. After your visit to the Colosseum, it's easy to plan another visit to other attractions and museums in the inner city of Rome due to the Colosseum's central location and proximity to the public transportation system. The inner city of Rome can be reached from the Colosseum in about 15 minutes. Therefore, you have the opportunity to travel comfortably (while also saving time) to other attractions in Rome after your visit to the Colosseum.

Directions Colosseum

Direction:
Metro B or Tram 3 to Colosseo
Bus 60, 75, 81, 85, 87, 117, 175, 271, 571, 673, 810, 850 

Due to Rome's extensive public transportation system, traveling to the Colosseum is easy. You can either use Metro B or Tram 3 and ride to the station „Colosseo.” This station is located in very close proximity to the Colosseum which gives you more time to explore the Colosseum. If you prefer to use the bus, there are many bus lines that will take you to the Colosseum: 60, 75, 81, 85, 87, 117, 175, 271, 571, 673, 810 or the 850. Whichever way you decide to get to the Colosseum, traveling to the Colosseum will be easy and stress-free and it will only be a short walk away from your bus or tram stop. 

Special conditions of use

The Colosseum is barrier-free and offers elevators for your use. 

The Roman Forum is closed on January 1st, May 1st, and on the 25th of December. 

Please note that the security measures of the Colosseum has become stricter, which means that there will be delays at the security check points. The Rome City Pass and its „preferred access” feature does not apply to security checks and Pass Holders cannot bypass these lines. Bags, backpacks, coats and jackets could also be inspected and search through.

Highlights of the Colosseum

  • Most famous and popular landmark of Rome 
  • Formerly an amphitheater for gladiator fights and animal fights
  • Is now a monument against the death penalty 

Attractions Near the Colosseum

Just bordering on the southern side of the Colosseum, one can find the Palatine Hills. The birthing place of Rome is said to be somewhere near these hills. The Palatine Hills is also one of the seven hills in Rome. The Roman Forum is also located near the Colosseum. The Forum can be reached by foot in about 10 minutes. The Roman Forum is the oldest Roman square, where the politics, economy, culture, and religion of Rome had once centered around. Here you can also find the impressive Colossus of Constantine- as well as the Arch of Titus. The Arch of Titus is a majestic victory arch and is a definite Must-See for every visitor of Rome. The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Anticais also located very closely to the Colosseum. Here you can be amazed at the impressive master pieces and painting from the Renaissance, Baroque and the Mannerist period. 

Tips for Your Visit to the Colosseum

Be amazed by the (almost-fully intact) 4-storey high facade of the Colosseum from the Via die Fori Imperiali.

History of the Colosseum

The Colosseum was built between 72 AC to 80 AC and was formally called Anfiteatro Flavio. The history of the Colosseum continued until the era of the Flavian dynasty, in which the Kaiser had taken over the construction of the Colosseum. How the Anfiteatro Flavio later received its current name is still not clear to this day. The predominant theory is that the name was derived from a colossal statue standing nearby. This statue was built in the likeness of the Kaiser Nero and had stood next to the amphitheater (at the very least) until the 3rd century. 

Over the years, the Colosseum in Rome would be used for many different purposes. After the Colosseum's construction was finished, the theater celebrated its opening with 100 days of games. For over 400 years, the Colosseum served as an arena for various types of games that were organized by the members of the imperial family. Just as it is depicted in history books, the most famous attraction of the Colosseum is its history of gladiator fights and animal fights. During this fights gladiators and even exotic animals would be pitted against each other in a dual to the death. Executions had also took place in the Colosseum, in which the condemned would meet their end either in a death fight with wild animals or in a death match with other people who have also been sentenced to death. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people and over one million animals died during these games. According to traditional lore, naval battles also took place in the Colosseum in which the interior of the Colosseum would be partly flooded with water. 

Because Christianity opposed these forms of entertainment and also due to a due to a mass migration out of Rome, these games began to take place less often in the Colosseum. 

Sometime later, an earthquake had hit Rome and had also caused damage to the Colosseum. The Colosseum then began its slow descent into ruin-- starting (at the latest) during the time of war of conquests.

The remaining citizens of Rome had used the Colosseum as a place of residence and later as a stone quarry during the Middle Ages up until the 12th century. The deterioration of the Colosseum ended in the 18th century, when Pope Benedict XIV named the Colosseum as a place to honor martyrs and had also called for chapels and a crossroad to be built on this area. 

The Colosseum is now considered to be a testament to the fantastic architecture of ancient Rome, and it is not only being protected, but also be continually studied by archaeologists. Since 1999, the Colosseum had been a monument against capital punishment. For this reason, the Colosseum is illuminated with colorful lights whenever a death sentence is not executed. 

Experience the Colosseum in Rome for FREE with the Rome City Pass and have your ticket into the Roman Forum already in your pocket before you even depart for Rome!