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What to know about visiting the Roman Colosseum

One of the most popular attractions in Italy and undoubtedly one of the most recognizable symbols of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum should be at the top of the itinerary for every first-time visitor to Rome. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, this ancient arena was the site of countless gladiator battles and bloody wild animal fights. Visitors to the Colosseum can sit on the bleachers and see evidence of the intricate underground corridors and trap doors of the amphitheater, the staging areas for ancient entertainment.

Because the Colosseum is one of the main attractions in Rome, it can be difficult to get tickets. To avoid long lines on your visit to this ancient site, consider purchasing a Colosseum and Roman Forum pass online from Select Italy in US dollars or purchasing a Roma Pass or Archeologica Card, which allows entry to the Colosseum and other venues for a flat rate. For more options, check out our guide on buying tickets for the Colosseum in Rome with information on combined tickets, tours and online ticketing.

Important safety information:

As of April 2016, security measures at the Colosseum have been intensified. All visitors, including skip-the-line ticket holders and tour participants, must go through a security check that includes a metal detector. The security line can be very long, with wait times of an hour or more, so plan accordingly. Backpacks, large purses and luggage are not allowed inside the Colosseum.

Colosseum visit information

Location: Piazza del Colosseo. Metro line B, Colosseo stop or tram line 3.

Hours: Open every day from 8:30 a.m. Until 1 hour before sunset (so closing times vary by season), so closing times range from 4:30 p.m. M. In winter and 7:15 p.m. M. From April to August. Last admission is 1 hour before closing. For more details, see the website link in the information below. Closed on January 1 and December 25 and in the morning of June 2 (usually opens at 1:30 pm).

Admission: 12 euros for a ticket that includes the entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, from 2015. The pass ticket is valid for 2 days, with an entrance to each of the 2 sites (Colosseum and Roman Forum / Palatine Hill). Free the first Sunday of the month.

Information: (0039) 06-700-4261 Check current hours and price on this website

See the Colosseum in depth

For a more comprehensive visit to the Colosseum, you can take a guided tour that includes access to the dungeons and upper levels, which is not open to the public with regular tickets. See how to tour the entire Colosseum from top to bottom for more information and a virtual visitor’s book of a Colosseum Dungeons and Tour Upper Levels: Select Italy.

Traveling with children? They could enjoy the Colosseum for Children: Half Day Family Organization.

For another virtual tour, see our Photos of the Roman Colosseum.

Notes: Since the Colosseum is often very crowded and packed with tourists, it can be a prime spot for pickpockets, so be sure to take precautions to protect your money and passports.

Backpacks and large bags are not allowed in the Colosseum. Expect to go through a security check, including a metal detector.

This article was edited and updated by Martha Bakerjian.

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