The Roman Colosseum, known in ancient times as the Flavian Amphitheater, is one of the 7 wonders of the world and the icon of Rome. This amphitheater, built in the first century by the Flavia emperor dynasty, had a capacity for more than 65,000 spectators, which was filled with gladiatorial fights, battle reenactments, executions and other shows.
Over the years, the building suffered several natural disasters and looting, which have been deteriorating its original appearance although, nevertheless, it has not lost an iota of its grandeur and when you enter the interior of the Colosseum and look up you go back to the time of maximum splendor of the Roman Empire.
We visited the Colosseum of Rome for the first time a while ago, on a trip to Rome in 6 days and recently we re-entered, taking advantage of the month we were living in the Trastevere neighborhood, during which we wrote this travel guide to Rome .
Based on our experience, we show you what are for us the best ways to visit the Roman Colosseum, how to get there, prices, schedules, as well as how to book tickets without queues and guided tours in Spanish, so you can choose the option that best suits your needs.
The Roman Colosseum is open every day of the year except January 1 and December 25. The closing time depends on the time of the year, although it always opens at 8:30 a.m., taking into account that the last admission is one hour before closing.
- At 4pm from the last Sunday of October until February 15.
- At 5 p.m. from February 16 to March 15.
- At 5:30 p.m. from March 16 to the last Saturday of March.
- At 7:15 p.m. from the last Sunday of March until August 31.
- At 7 p.m. from September 1 to September 30.
- At 6:30 p.m. from October 1 until the last Saturday of October.
How to get
To get to the Colosseum, one of the best things to do in Rome, you have several options:
- Walking: If you are staying in the center, near the Termini Station or in Trastevere, we recommend you make the journey on foot, since the walk is worth it and is not very long.
- Subway: It is the best way to reach the Colosseum by public transport since you have the Colosseo stop on line B a few meters from the entrance.
- Bus: C3, 60, 81, 85, 87, 175 and 628 buses leave you very close to the Colosseum.
- Trolley car: Tram number 3 stops near the entrance.
The main entrance to the Colosseum is located in front of the ticket offices and near the spectacular Constantine Arch. If you buy the entrance to the viewpoint or to the subways, you must go around the Colosseum to the entrance Stern, located in front of Via Labicana.
Entrance to the Roman Colosseum
Keep in mind that when you buy tickets to the Roman Colosseum you also include the free entrance to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, two other places to visit in Rome essential.
You will also have two days to use the tickets to visit these three places (Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine, being able to enter only once in the Colosseum and once in the Roman and Palatine Forum).
The general ticket is priced at 12 euros per person and is purchased at the Coliseum ticket offices.
In the weekend the queues can be especially long and the waiting time can be close to 3 hours, so a good option is to buy the combined ticket at the box office of the Roman Forum and thus avoid the long queues that usually exist in the Colisseum. More information in this Roman Forum article, skip-the-line tickets and guided tour.