The main arena of Ancient Rome, a theater for gladiatorial battles, the persecution of prisoners by wild animals and other equally bloody performances of the annual Games of the capital of the Empire. In honor of the opening of the Colosseum in 80 CE Great Games were organized, which lasted more than 3 months. The ancient stones of the Arena still remember the gladiators killed for the fun of the public and torn to pieces for the pleasure of slaves from the captured provinces.
Piazza del Colosseo, 1, Roma
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There truly is nothing out there quite like this beautiful piece of engineering. It is amazing they were able to build something of this size at the time, and portion of it still standing like it does!
This truly is something that has to be seen with.. Read more » your own eyes
This was one of my highlights from the trip to Italy. I would go there again, if I am in Rome. Also recommend a guided tour, surely worth it. There’s so much history in this arena that you will only be in awe. We got the floor access pass. If .. Read more »you are able, then try to get the lower level pass as well. They are limited but you will really be glad you got a chance to view it up close.
Dr Vaibhav Chapara
Just a fantastic building. Truly a wonder of the world. Was awestuck by the grandeur of the place. It was so huge. It was a great experience recalling the days when the gladiators fought in the arena. With 45k people roaring. Just a fantastic place. .. Read more »Would highly recommend getting a paid tour to visit in advance.
What a masterpiece and an equally great work of preserving the historic details and the spirit of the place… a well read traveler would certainly see the arena come to life as you wander through the areas of this masterpiece.
The library is a .. Read more »must visit with a good collection of visually rich storytelling books
A must see is essential at least on the exterior grounds. A tour guide is highly recommended unless you are well versed in Roman history and architecture. As it can be a little complicated to understand everything you are experiencing.
If you plan o.. Read more »n visiting the inside, then a guided tour will speed up the entry process and effectively visit the structure in all its glory.
Special entrances for VIP and the Emperor's, walkways for the fighters, seats and orientation of the structure, the abandonment and neglect, and it's resurgence... And everything in between
Buy your tickets in advance! Better yet, book a guided tour.
There is so much history here it is worth the extra cost to have a tour guide explain to you all the detailed history of this amazing landmark.
Best to visit in the late evening when it is.. Read more » cooler. Also best to visit in the evening for photographs with the sunset casting shadows on all the many archways.
A destination not to be missed when in Rome.
Easily accessible from the Metro station located steps from the entrance.
Came here in July with a tour group. We wanted to to the underground but it sells out very quickly. We chose to do a group tour guide as we wanted to lean as much as we could. Plus there are so many companies that offer audio tours its really afforda.. Read more »ble (less than 20 euro usually).
Be aware during peak season it is hot and crowded so be patient and prepared. Bring your water and curiosity. We completed the tour and had time to just wonder. Its wild to think of everything that took place here.
There's not much that is "interactive" versus a regular museum so unless you're really interested in touring I'd say opt to focus on the exterior grounds. The ticket prices for a larger group can quickly add up. On the flip side if yu can book the night underground do it!
Overall, an iconic place to absorb how truly ancient the city is and how intertwined the history is in every inch of the city: its culture, architecture, and energy.
Worth a visit at night time and day time! Buy your tickets in advance using the skip the line option to save waiting. Incredible amount to see on the way around once inside. It’s absolutely amazing! The toilet facilities were not great for ladi.. Read more »es or gents, sure this is down to the shear volume of people using them though. Lots more to see in the surrounding area.
Be sure to book everything in advance otherwise almost impossible to get in.
The Colosseum is a stunning testament to Rome's grand past. Its grandeur and well-preserved state transport you back to the era of gladiatorial contests. Despite the c.. Read more »rowds, the experience is worthwhile. Knowledgeable guides enrich the visit with vivid historical insights. A must-see for any traveler. Highly recommended!
Justin Charles Wong
The pictures speak for themselves. Absolutely incredible historical landmark to visit. The interior is just as impressive as the exterior. I had a wonderful guide and I highly recommend going with a guided tour. There is a water fountain with good wa.. Read more »ter pressure near the entrance, and there are two floors that a normal entry ticket will enable you to view. The underground level requires a full experience pass and guide.
Erik Hagen Nymoen
The Colosseum is a mesmerizing sight, especially during sunset when the lanterns light up this iconic structure. I had the opportunity to stroll around and witness this captivating scene. The beauty of the Colosseum against the backdrop of the sunset.. Read more » is truly breathtaking. A must-visit landmark that captures the essence of ancient Rome's grandeur.
Underground tour was the best. Highly recommended, only with a tour guide. 3 hour tour included the hill and the forum. Wear comfortable walking shoes, hat, and bring water bottles that can be filled along the way many times for free. Must be booked .. Read more »far in advance. If not, line can be hours long. We went in with no wait with the tour guide.
This is a world treasure. To see something so old, so well engineered with such a rich history up close and personal is a gift. Not free to go inside, though! You can buy tickets on site to enter and look around there are exhibits with explanation.. Read more »s that are helpful.
Without any reservations, we showed up and approached by someone (there are many) who was arranging tours with licensed tour guides that had openings to fill due to cancellations. Ended up with Discover Rome tours. Waited 30 minutes and at a significantly reduced price, took a guided tour of 3 levels in the arena. A great guide who spend 1.5 hours with us giving a Fascinating tour!
Don’t let “no tickets available” deter you. Lots of people were helped in the same way. (They take credit cards so you are protected!
Do not miss this if you are on a “let’s look at piles of rocks” tour. It’s a good one!
We did the night tour 3 weeks ago & had Nico as our guide. Full of energy & information. For a great price! 50€ for two. Seeing the low level & upper level. Finding out so much & experiencing such an incredible tour. THANK you 🙏🏼.. Read more » Nico for a phenomenal experience
Amazing experience seeing all the history and artifacts over the years. Queue time to buy a ticket took an hour but we got immediate access with no time slot (15 euro approx). Ignore the tourist trap tour guides, they'll have you think it's.. Read more » all doomed and you won't get a ticket without them for £50 each.
Visiting the Colosseum was one of the highlights of my visit to Italy. The private guide we had was so knowledgeable and made the tour the best possible. We purchased tickets in advance for the entire tour including under the arena. It’s mind b.. Read more »lowing how well preserved this place is. I had an absolute blast here, and if you visit Rome this is a must go.
Colosseum is that kind of building made by human hands that impresses at the first sight. It is amazing to see and those images will never leave my mind. Now, you gotta be ready. Place is unbelievably crowded and the richness of your experience will .. Read more »depend on a good guide. I strongly recommend picking up one for various reasons. Beyond the context and history explanation, they will make sure you don’t expand half a day in a line and will facilitate all the logistics for you. Worth the price. But the experience is unique and strongly recommended.
The ultimate Roman masterpiece! Well preserved and well presented. Tickets must be booked in advance from official site. Google map location search too will direct you to official site. You can walk along the route mentioned, experience and exit.
The.. Read more »re is an audio/video guide which can be purchased on site with an additional cost of EUR 6.00. However, it has only overall details like history, construction, gladiators etc. no point to point guiding and explanation relevant to each point.
There is an underground section below arena. To visit it needs a full experience ticket which I could not find in the web site at a glance.
Rome has all the systems in place to do things easy. But there are no proper explanations on the web sites or people concerned. All attractive looks like taken over by guided tour operators who charge significantly high prices. All attractions in Rome, book online in advance to avoid disappointment.
There are several ticket options. You can even buy tickets to get to the arena. The standard ticket allows you to the permanent exhibition on the second floor and first and second floors of the Coliseum. Which was honestly enough to see everything wo.. Read more »rth seeing. You can see hallways, stage, arena and the labyrinth. Other parts of the building are closed, so basically you can see everything with the standard ticket. Definitely worth seeing. A lot of groups creating lines to get inside and crowds inside of the exhibition so you will have to fight your way to the exhibition items. If you purchase individual tickets then you will enter the coliseum through the separate entrance which doesn’t have lines. Better to buy tickets in advance as they can be sold out quickly.
Beautiful place to visit, if you care for historical architecture. We visited the place in Mid August when the temperature was really high. But it was still very enjoyable. The museum/display on the top floor was very informative. And it looks as if .. Read more »they are still building it out. The restaurant right across the street are very convenient as well. Worlds largest amphitheatre and still remains the largest!!! Great view
Visited my first 7 wonders of the world with Crown Tours and it was a superb experience ??
Have always loved watching the Roman history shows and this was top of the list when we are planning our Europe trip - definitely worthwhile to get access to .. Read more »the Arena (maybe even the underground tour) if you are into history of the Colosseum!
?️ It was an eye opening experience stepping into the gladiator arena, imaging thousands of Romans looking down at you from the partially restored stadium, and actual gruesome fights taking place on the floor you stood on.
Definitely a must visit from anywhere in the world given its rich history and status ??
It was much grander than I expected! One of the great marvels in history. I would recommend seeing it both at night and during the day. Looks much more magnificent at night. Must see when in Rome. Buy tickets ahead of time. Super hot so visit early .. Read more »in day, late afternoon, and avoid noon.
We went July 18 and the temperature was 39.8 degrees. I recommend coming early in the morning. Our tour was 3 hours long and started at 9:15am. I recommend starting earlier. The Coliseum was great, there are many great things to looks at. Such an.. Read more » amazing piece of history. Recommend the guided tour as you get to learn so much more.
This landmark is the most beautiful and recognizable one in Rome, Italy. Please book you ticket and slot beforehand. very busy but well controlled by the staff. you can reach easily by taking metro. its a symbol of ancient rome. Useful audio guide. .. Read more »All of the basics were included. You can get the overall picture about the Colosseum and it's history. Of course, priority entry line is also big benefit. Would definitely recommend.
The Colosseum is more than just an ancient amphitheater built in the 1st century—it's a symbol of Rome. Naturally, it's one of the most popular monuments in town. The place is undeniably magnificent from the outside. Standing 160 feet tall and made of brick, concrete, and limestone, the Colosseum is an awe-inspiring testament to Roman building.
Extremely cool. Took my breath away to just imagine the history of this place. I would recommend going as early as possible. It gets very warm in the afternoon. Also, I would go with a private tour guide as opposed to a large group. Our tour guide w.. Read more »as very knowledgeable and a great story teller.
Beautiful place to visit, if you care for historical architecture. Unfortunately we didn’t get our tickets early enough to get the underground tour. But it was still very enjoyable. The museum/display on the top floor was very informative. And .. Read more »it looks as if they are still building it out. The restaurant right across the street are very convenient as well.
Awesome place. It seems that you are inside a history book. There is a lot of information behind this monument that it really worth to book a guided tour as they will tell you the whole history behind it and also share details about the architecture,.. Read more » events that used to happen in the colosseum, gladiators among other important information related to all Rome Empires! I also went to Palatine and Roman Forum that is also a great visit. One recommendation is to take with you a bottle of water (there are fresh water fountains at the Platinum) and use comfortable shoes and clothes. I was there in April and it was about 24 Celsius degrees and it can be much hotter depending on the season.
Very beautiful place with a great history! Unfortunately it is not organized properly. There are many people outside the Colosseum pretending they are guides and help you get the tickets because you can buy them only online, but they are not employed.. Read more » by the museum and maybe they are trying to exploit tourists. Also there are 2 types of tickets the simple one and the "full experience". You grant access in catacombs etc only with the full experience ticket but there aren't enough information about it and most people don't know the existence of the "full experience" ticket.
Obviously a must see when in Rome. In fact, it's hard to avoid. What is the best part of it? Let me rank it with the respective prices:
1. The outside: complete free. Clearly, the Colosseum is most beautiful and impressive when seen from the ou.. Read more »tside. Get up close, completely for free. Walk around it. Just marvelous.
2. Underground guided tour. If you get the combination ticket for the Colosseum and the Forum (valid 48 hours), then consider adding a 10 Euro guided tour. Definitely worth it.
3. The exhibition on other uses of the Colosseum in the medieval times. This only requires an entry ticket to the Colosseum and it is completely fascinating.
Fantastic ancient history! I live on Maui, Hawaii, and got the chance to tour Europe with my daughter for 10 days in 2019. Being from a Navy family I had the good fortune to live in Spain for 3 years when my Dad was stationed in Rota in the 60s. I to.. Read more »ld my daughter that while Hawaii and the Mainland US have history she was going to see places and monuments that date over 2,000 years. Trip didn't disappoint! My daughter was amazed.
The Colosseum is extremely beautiful. Make sure to read some history behind it before your visit. I would recommend to take a guided tour. We were lucky to have an English speaking Italian guide, who was incredible.
Also try to visit the Palatine hil.. Read more »l.
Our visit took us back in time :) and we left with great memories.
Also make sure to take a walk around the area. It's a beautiful walk with many surprises.
Amazing! Lines are long but worth the wait. This place will make you feel small. Highly recommend booking an experienced tour guide, preferably someone who is familiar with Bible based tours. The history of this place as well as the grandeur is prett.. Read more »y cool. Go early so the lines aren’t too long and bring a hat and water, you will be happy you did.
If you're going to go, plan ahead. Go early morning before the crowds or evening. We bought tickets ahead of time however, had to change to 1:45pm. The lines we long...maybe a 45 minutes wait to get in.
I highly suggest you get the "skip.. Read more » the line" tickets, if that's within your budget. I had two kids in tow, a 9 and 5 y/o and it was HOT, they were done by the time we got inside, particularly the 5 y/o.
I am happy I got the opportunity to stand on a piece of Roman history
Nice place, very cool. The kids will have fun. The outer rings are a lot cooler when it's hot outside. I didn't get a tour, just purchased tickets online. I paid extra to go to the ground floor. Worth it. Awesome place.
This huge amphitheater, the largest of its kind ever built by the Roman Empire & the largest of Roman constructions to exist. It could be the inspiration or a model to build stadiums of our generation.
A big wooden floor & two additional und.. Read more »erground stories with tunnels, rooms, cells, and passages extending space to accommodate gladiators, workers, wild animals, and storage.
Though it's big, entrance is restricted to protect the remains or we're not allowed for some maintenance reasons when we visited.
Overall a great destination to embark once. Better not recommended for a hot day.
Such a Historic place. The monument is as colossal as the name and history around it. Its visible from far out. The place is to be seen for the history associated, architecture and the amazing views around the place than 'good looks of the place.. Read more » itself. As with most historic places, I would suggest taking an audio or human guide for a better understanding into the depth of the place. You can enjoy a lot of street artists along the way to the structure. Beware of the waiting time. Preferable to have advanced bookings if possible.
Everyday Life Journey
This monument defying all ages is impressive Reminder of everything that is in our past and evolving civilization. It stands through centuries. I had good positive feeling about this incredible place. Visited 2019 and I hope I will be able to visit a.. Read more »gain with my family and friends. This place has more hidden romance and dramas that we will never even know. We can have imagination of this times and carry it for future generations to explore it even further.
A scorpion can hardly be considered a charming blueberry without also being a kangaroo. A blueberry is a seal's bee? A duck sees a seal as a sociable cheetah. We know that the sincere pear comes from a warm lion. We can assume that any instance .. Read more »of an alligator can be construed as a creative ant!
Some responsible bees are thought of simply as snails. This could be, or perhaps few can name a modern monkey that isn't a fearless melon. The frogs could be said to resemble convivial currants! A tough grape is a kumquat of the mind. The camel .. Read more »of a blueberry becomes an independent dolphin. Some assert that a compassionate lion without ants is truly a dog of punctual kiwis?
Draped neatly on a hanger, we can assume that any instance of a scorpion can be construed as a plucky pineapple? Few can name a self-assured cow that isn't a reserved owl. A deer is the zebra of a persimmon; A kitten can hardly be considered an .. Read more »affable grapes without also being a hippopotamus! In ancient times few can name a patient hippopotamus that isn't a protective turtle; The first frank rabbit is, in its own way, a seal. Extending this logic, the literature would have us believe that a resolute chimpanzee is not but a kitten. The literature would have us believe that a passionate lobster is not but a cat. The literature would have us believe that an industrious orange is not but a chimpanzee?
Its an amazing historical place. Worth to visit if you are in Rome. If you want to enjoy this place,try to know the background of the place before you visit it. Beware of local guides, you can avoid them by directly going to ticket counters.Visit bot.. Read more »h morning and evening time to take great photos! Really amazing place with rich history and culture. It’s one of the best creation of the world. It's hard to believe that this manmade structure was constructed thousands of years ago to host various events including the gladiators. Till this day, men have still not been able to re-create a concrete as structural as the concrete that the Romans used to build the Colosseum. That's amazing! While you are here, there are tours of the Colosseum which give insightful facts and a great experience of what Roman life was like.
An absolutely lovely experience. The inside of the Coliseum is now also a small museum. It is around a lot of other beautiful places to visit. I recommend to get the ticket that includes entrance to the coliseum + Palatine Hills. Definitely worth the.. Read more » life time memory
One of the most visited places in Rome.It is crowded,there is always a queue for tickets,but it goes quickly, because there is really nothing to look at for a long time ..Inside, you can walk around the perimeter of the building, see the ruins of the.. Read more » stands and stairs,part of the restored arena,the lower rooms where animals and staff were kept at one time - everything! The audio guide is absolute nonsense - the information is sparse ,read out in a monotonous voice with a nasty accent.If you came on your own - without a tour and have not read anything about this historical place before, you can take one audio guide for everyone - you will have time to listen in turn,because there is not much to listen to, and 6 euros will be useful for you.Photo on the background of the walls of the Colliseum,a view of Rome from the height of the second floor( high,ancient), we present ourselves as a spectator - and you can go to the Palatine hill - that's beautiful there!But it is worth visiting here, because there is always a collision in the photo from Rome, and You were there too!!!
Insanely atmospheric place. Being here, you immerse yourself in the era of gladiators, plebeians and patricians. Everything is organized at the highest level. The museum in the Coliseum is not bad enough. The possibility of choosing a guide (audio gu.. Read more »ide or human guide) is also pleasing. The audio guide system is simple and easy to use.
Not crowded at all. Able to walk around calmly without too many people. Must go see. Not ideal ticket packages. You can go into the colosseum and pick the arena or underground not both. It also included tickets to the park which we didn’t use. .. Read more »Would prefer to see the area and the underground section but that would have to be two separate tickets which didn’t make sense. Wish there was a better package. But amazing sight to see. Do not miss it. We went around 3 pm and it was perfect timing.
The Colosseum or Coliseum , also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the ci.. Read more »ty of Rome, Italy. Built of travertine limestone, tuff (volcanic rock), and brick-faced concrete,it was the largest amphitheatre ever built at the time and held 50,000 to 80,000 spectators. The Colosseum is just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir, Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).
Colosseum, also called Flavian Amphitheatre, giant amphitheatre built in Rome under the Flavian emperors. Construction of the Colosseum was begun sometime between 70 and 72 CE during the reign of Vespasian.. Read more ». It is located just east of the Palatine Hill, on the grounds of what was Nero’s Golden House. The artificial lake that was the centrepiece of that palace complex was drained, and the Colosseum was sited there, a decision that was as much symbolic as it was practical. Vespasian, whose path to the throne had relatively humble beginnings, chose to replace the tyrannical emperor’s private lake with a public amphitheatre that could host tens of thousands of Romans.
Colosseum is a very special place and definitely worth a visit. Make sure you buy tickets online, and notice that the offer different tickets depending on how big a part of the site you want to visit. Make sure you take the time to see all effects on.. Read more » exhibit. The tell an amazing story.
Unlike earlier Greek theatres that were built into hillsides, the Colosseum is an entirely free-standing structure. It derives its basic exterior and interior architecture from that of two Roman theatres back to back. It is elliptical in pl.. Read more »an and is 189 meters (615 ft / 640 Roman feet) long, and 156 meters (510 ft / 528 Roman feet) wide, with a base area of 24,000 square metres (6 acres). The height of the outer wall is 48 meters (157 ft / 165 Roman feet). The perimeter originally measured 545 meters (1,788 ft / 1,835 Roman feet). The central arena is an oval 87 m (287 ft) long and 55 m (180 ft) wide, surrounded by a wall 5 m (15 ft) high, above which rose tiers of seating