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Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, 00184

The Basics

As the second most popular attraction in Italy after only the Vatican, the Colosseum hosts some 4 million annual visitors, meaning that long lines are nearly inevitable without a skip-the-line tour. Choose from a number of tours suited to any age or interest, such as a Colosseum underground tour that heads beneath the arena floor to explore a network of passages; a small-group guided tour of the third tier; or a night tour that offers an eery experience and relief from the daytime heat. Consider group tours, self-guided audio tours, or private tours to gain an understanding of this well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheater and its historical importance.

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Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour
Fast track Colosseum with Arena floor small group tour
$64.83 per adult
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Very informative tour! Some stairs and hills but that’s just part of the experience! Headsets worked well. Got a lot of information! Tour was planned for 3 hours but ended up being about 4 hours.
Stephanie_R, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Great experience, history come alive!
Danielle_G, Sep 2021
Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour | Skip the Line Tickets
We really enjoyed our tour with Zenda—it was incredible and so worth it to be able to go into the colosseum dungeons, which is the main reason we booked a tour, and to have someone help explain what it is we were looking at. The meeting instructions were a little out of date from pre-Covid and it would be worthwhile to update as we had some difficulty finding our tour, but we would definitely still recommend and enjoyed our experience. Thank you!
Great Tour of the Colosseum
Kathy_H, Aug 2021
VIP Colosseum Tour
We had a VIP small group tour of the Colosseum and it was incredible and well worth the price. Our guide was so knowledgeable providing a wealth of context and insight into what we were seeing which made the experience. The tour had to start a half hour later due to Covid restrictions and Viator kept us informed. I would highly recommend this tour.
I recommend this to everyone visiting Rome
David_P, Jul 2021
Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
Elisabetta was PHENOMENAL. It’s our first trip post Covid and the family was totally impressed with the entire tour. Elisabetta’s knowledge was incredible. You would be lucky to have a Vatican tour with her. The afternoon tour was equally as perfect. The tour gave us insights into the Colosseum I did not know and I’ve been to Rome several times.
Lovely tour
Sherry_S, Oct 2021
Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
Lovely tour guide. Very knowledgeable. Attentive to the group. Great pace. While the Colosseum was crowded, our group size was just right. I would not have wanted to be in a bigger group.
Great tour!
Alysia_K, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Vasco was such a lovely guide, very knowledgeable and friendly! Great tour overall, only thing is there wasn't much on either the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill, it was mainly focused on the Colosseum.
Kristy_A, Oct 2021
Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Fantastic experience! The absolute best way to see the colosseum! So cool to see how much there was beneath the “stage”. Our guide was fantastic! We so highly recommend this tour!
EXCEPTIONAL Tour of Underground Colosseum!!
Colin_F, Oct 2021
Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum in a Small Group
FABULOUS tour guide!!!! He was incredibly knowledgable, dedicated and passionate about his craft. We absolutely loved the tour. Learned so much about the underground Colosseum. A must see experience!!
Irene - best guide ever
Kourosh_S, Oct 2021
Skip the line : Colosseum and Ancient Rome
Irene was an amazing tour guide on our Roman Forum and Colosseum adventure. Not only she was very knowledgable and experienced, but she also had a great sense of humour and made the whole experience more enjoyable and interesting. Ps. She is also a great photographer, not to mention that she speaks 7 languages.
Special experience
Aliadna_C, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line: Colosseum Guided Tour Including the Ground Floor and Second Tier
Stefan is very nice and brilliant.She told us many curious details about the history of the Colosseum Live translation
Fun trip to Colosseum and Palace
Benny_H, Oct 2021
Exclusive Colosseum Experience
Really enjoyed our time at the Colosseum. Mircea was a great tour guide. He really knows his stuff and was very informative. Would love to tour with him again.
Nighttime Colosseum
Roy_B, Oct 2021
Sunset and Moonlight VIP Colosseum Tour
We had been to the Colosseum before, but seeing it at night brought a new dimension to it. It was phenomenal. We really enjoyed the nighttime walk around and the underground. The guide was knowledgeable and informative.
THIS is the way to see the Colosseum!
Dominic_B, Oct 2021
Colosseum Underground Night Tour
I had been to the Colosseum several years ago (before they opened the underground portion) and it was fine. However, this was something else. First, seeing it at night is just great! Very little crowds, and almost magical. The underground is fascinating, and our guide was very good at explaining how it all used to work (I won't ruin it for you - but WOW). We had a blast and I highly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It's best to purchase Colosseum tickets in advance to avoid long entry lines.

  • The Colosseum is well-suited for families with kids.

  • This is an open-air amphitheater, so bring a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes and attire.

  • You may also see the Colosseum referred to as the Flavian Amphitheatre or the Coliseum.

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How to Get There

Alongside the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the Colosseum is in the center of Rome, just across the street from the Colosseo station on Line B of the city's underground metro system, which also stops at the main Termini train station.

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Trip ideas

When to Get There

Since the Colosseum is most crowded during the middle of the day, begin or end your Rome tour with a visit first thing in the morning or just before last entry (which is an hour before closing time) in the late afternoon. Alternatively, choose a night tour for a unique, less crowded experience. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while the site receives fewer crowds in November through February, aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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The Colosseum in Numbers

The Colosseum is the world's largest amphitheater, has 76 entrances, and measures 615 feet (189 meters) long by 510 feet (156 meters) wide. The total area of the stadium covers six acres (24,000 square meters), and its highest tier reaches 157 feet (48 meters). It was built in under 10 years and was used for games and hunting for over four centuries.

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