The Colosseum (Colosseo) is one of the most popular sites in the world, with thousands of tourists who come to Rome to visit it every year. Although it is not difficult to reach this attraction, you may spend hours waiting in a queue to come inside. The same with each popular site of Rome, for instance, Saint Peter’s Basilica, you should better plan your visit and come in the morning. The Colosseum opens daily at 8.30 am. So just come before its opening time to enjoy the amphitheater without crowds of tourists. You can buy tickets online.
Do not trust tour guides near the Colosseum who promise you to skip the line if you don’t want to pay double price.
The price for the entrance to the Colosseum is 16 euro per person + 2 euro for the reservation. It is active for 48 hours, and you can visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine hill using this ticket. Moreover, there are several ticket desks located in the site area. So you can buy tickets in the morning before the opening time. The Colosseum works daily from 8.30 am. It is closed on January 1 and December 25.
A discounted ticket will cost 7.5 euro, which is valid for EU citizens aged 18 to 24 years. EU citizens have the possibility to visit the Colosseum for free! Residents of the European Union under the age of 18 and after 65 years can pass through a special entrance to the amphitheater free of charge.
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Note: You can visit the Colosseum by booking one of the Underground Tours to the amphitheater. These tours are also available in the evening when the official selling of tickets to the Colosseum is stopped. The whole arena will belong only to you. The underground tour’s feature is in its narrow corridors and secrets from the time of the ancient Roman Empire that you will recognize from your tour guide. The ticket price is included in the tour. Options of underground tours to the Colosseum and more details are here.
The Colosseum is open daily throughout the year, but there are particular holidays when it is closed.
The Rome Italy Colosseum works every day during the year except for Christmas and January 1.
You can use your Roma Pass to visit the Roman Colosseum along with many other sites. As an option, you can visit the amphitheater one hour before its closing time, during its last admission time. Usually, there are no crowds, and time queuing for the entrance is minimal. On average, the Colosseum is mostly crowded from afternoon to 3.30 pm. First, however, you should go online to check tickets for Roma Pass holders.
And after you press “here,” you can choose the entrance time.
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There are several options where to buy tickets to visit the Colosseum without standing in long queues.
The Colosseum can accomodate up to 3000 people at once.
First, you can buy a guided tour so you will skip the line and recognize many interesting facts about the site where famous gladiator games took place in the period of the ancient Roman Empire. Second, you can buy a ticket in the morning at one of the following ticket desks:
To buy tickets online, you have to visit the website of the Colosseum:
Choose ADMISSION TICKETS, which is
Tickets purchased cannot be refunded or moved to another date or time slot on the same day.
We will try to buy a basic ticket/ordinary admission (16+2 euro). It allows entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill:
Now you should choose the date and time for the visit:
Choose any date and time that you need, and you will see the number of tickets available:
Let’s try to buy a ticket. After selecting the number of tickets, press “add to cart.” Now you have 15 minutes to fill out a form with personal data and finish the purchase:
Besides personal data info and payment methods, it is important to choose one of the shipping methods. Usually, tourists choose the “print at home” option. So they do not have to spend time collecting tickets at the ticket office.
Note: you don’t have to buy tickets for children under 18 years old. You will get ticket for your child at the counter desk (2 euro per child) right before entering to the Colosseum, when they check your tickets.
Have a nice experience during your stay in Rome! Don’t forget that it is much better to explore the Eternal city in the morning or late in the evening. By doing so, you will avoid crowds of tourists and heat.
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