Skip-the-line ticket Colosseum + Roman Forum
COLOSSEUM TICKETS – QUICK ACCESS
Includes entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill!
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Every day, except December 25, January 1, and dates with free entrance, not bookable.
Skip the line to the Colosseum
get your ticket by email
Flexible duration: After entering the monument, you can stay as long as you like until closure.
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(Mon-Fri 8:30 am -6:30 pm/ Sat-Sun 8:30 am -4:30 pm)
Mobile phone voucher accepted.
If the bookings include reduced or free tickets, in addition to full (adult) tickets, the electronic voucher cannot be used, and the voucher sent by email must be printed on a hard copy and presented at the ticket office, which will check the documents of those visitors entitled to reduced or free tickets.
Description of your booking
Your booking to visit the Colosseum gives you access to one of the world's most popular monuments and minimizes your wait at the ticket office.
Book your visit online, choose the date and time of entry to the Colosseum.
You will receive an email with a copy of your online order and then only later your ticket.
If you order after 6:00 pm in the evening (Rome time), you must wait for the next morning to receive your ticket or our message which will inform you when you will receive the ticket.
If you booked tickets only for adults at full price, you will receive an electronic voucher that you can show at the Colosseum turnstiles and enter directly.
If your booking includes reduced entries (reduced or free tickets) you will need to print the voucher you receive by email and go to the booked ticket office to check the documents of those with reduced or free tickets.
All instructions will be printed on your voucher.
After passing the turnstiles, you will always need to wait your turn to go through security checks with metal detectors.
After you have visited the Colosseum, you can use the same ticket to visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill on the same day.
Note that the booked time is for entry to the Colosseum.
Please be on time. Arrive at least 15–20 minutes in advance to enter the Colosseum. If you arrive late, you will lose the right to use the ticket and you will not receive any refund.
Inside the Colosseum, you can visit the amphitheater and walk along the corridor of the first and second tiers of stands. Inside, you can take pictures, videos, rent an audio guide and stay inside the monument for as long as you like until it closes.
To help orient and guide your tour, with the ticket you will also receive a PDF guide about the Colosseum, its history, its architecture, and the major attractions of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Museum (which you will be able to visit, if you like, by buying a ticket on site).
What is included
- One entrance to the Colosseum and one entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
- Quick Access to the Colosseum
- Access to the First and Second Tier of the Colosseum
- PDF Guide of the Colosseum with map
What is not included
- Guided tour
- Access to the Underground Area and the Arena
- Access to the Third, Fourth and Fifth Tier
- Quick Access to the Roman Forum
- Access to the Palatine Museum
This ticket gives you the right to enter the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
The ticket is valid for 1 day.
The time booked is the entrance time to the Colosseum, printed on the voucher, and must be respected.
The ticket may be used for the all day long to visit the other two sites (the Forum and Palatine Hill).
(ticket € 16.00 + booking fee € 2.00)
EU citizens 18-24 years
(ticket € 2.00 +booking fee € 2.00)
Children: 0-17 years
(ticket € 0,00 + booking fee € 2,00)
Prices include the entrance ticket with scheduled booking for quick access to the Colosseum, entry to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the option to book online, and a PDF guide in English to the archeological area (Colosseum and Roman Forum) with the map.
Entry tickets to the Colosseum, once booked, may not be changed in any way or canceled.
Visitors who come after the time printed on the voucher or are no-shows will not have access to the site and will receive no refund, even partial.
Once booked, these tickets cannot be changed. We, therefore, suggest you pay very close attention during the online booking process when choosing the date, time, and type of tickets.
When you can visit the Colosseum
COLOSSEUM OPENING HOURS
January 2 to February 15 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
February 16 to March 15 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
March 16 to the last Saturday of March - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Last Sunday of March to August 31 - 8:30 am - 7:15 pm
September 1 to September 30 - 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Last Sunday of October to December 31 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
The Ticket Office closes 1 hour prior.
Holiday Closure: New Year's Eve and Christmas Day.
Where is the Colosseum and how to reach it
Instructions for entry are printed on the voucher that will be sent by email to confirm booking and vary based on the type of booking.
Piazza del Colosseo - Rome
Metro: Line B Colosseo Stop
Bus: n.75 - 81 - 673 - 175 - 204
Tram: no. 3
Backpacks, suitcases, or large bags may not be brought in the sites.
The ticket allows you to access to each site only once.
The time given with the booking is for the Colosseum.
You must go through security checks at the metal detectors. The wait for these mandatory procedures cannot be avoided.
Do not forget to bring a valid identification card or valid passport (one per person).
Inside the Colosseum, you can purchase an audio guide for an additional €6. The audio guide is available in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Portuguese. If you want to book a ticket with audio guide and quick access, click here TICKET FOR THE COLOSSEUM WITH AUDIO GUIDE
For safety reasons, the Colosseum can hold a maximum of 3,000 people at a time. This rule may cause delays in entering the site even for booked visitors. As such, the end client's entry to the site at the booked time cannot be guaranteed.
Italy Travels is not responsible for any partial closure of rooms, itinerary changes, cancellations or delays in entry due to force meajure, adverse weather, personnel strikes, or decisions made by the management of the museum or the Superintendency.
Disabled People and one accompanying person enter free and do not need any reservation. Documents attesting disability will be asked at the entrance.
The Roman Colosseum
The name Colosseum comes from the colossal bronze statue of Nero placed near the monument in the 2nd century AD. The building was used for battles and games between gladiators (munera) and simulated hunting of exotic wild animals (venationes).
It was built in tuff blocks and brick. The exterior is composed of four stacked architectural orders: the first three are made up of eighty arches framed by half-columns and the fourth is divided into squares interspersed with windows. In the last row, masonry and wood supports were added to hold a huge awning (velarium) to protect spectators from sun and rain. Inside (the "cavea"), there were brick tiered seats with marble veneer. The arena was made of a large wooden board covered in sand. A tightly-packed system of tunnels underground held the wild animals and scenery and lifts. The entrance and exit of about 73,000 spectators and the crowds inside the cavea were regulated by a complex system of entrances on the ground floor and internal passageways.
The Colosseum the worldwide symbol of Roman power
Rome’s greatest amphitheatre was commissioned by the Emperor Vespasian in AD 72 on the marshy site of a lake in the ground of Nero’s palace, the Domus Aurea. Deadly gladiatorial combats and wild animal fights were staged free of charge by the emperor and wealthy citizens for public viewing.
HOW FIGHTS WERE STAGED IN THE ARENA
The Colosseum was built to a practical design, with its 80 arched entrances allowing easy access to 55,000 spectators, but it is also a building of great beauty. The drawing here shows how it looked at the time of its opening in AD 80. It was one of several similar amphitheatres built in the Roman Empire, and some survive at El Djem in North Africa, Nimes and Arles in France, and Verona in northern Italy. Despite being damaged over the years by neglect and theft, it remains a majestic sight.