Free entry to The Coliseum in Rome - Save €12
OMNIA & Vatican Rome Card Benefits:
Free and Fast Track Entry to the Coliseum*
Normal Price: €12.00
*free entry into 2 out of 6 top Roma Pass attractions. Ticket cost includes price of entry to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill. Please note: delays for security checks may apply.
Home to ancient Gladiator fights, learn about the history of the Coliseum through its ruins and artefacts and walk around this 2,000 year old amphitheatre
Built over 2,000 years ago the Coliseum was constructed as an amphitheatre to host the city’s entertainment – and notoriously, the gladiator fights. It was designed to hold over 50,000 people and had a warren of underground tunnels as well as a hierarchy of levelled seating. The Coliseum’s main spherical structure still stands today and visitors can explore its hallways and walk up its steps to be transported back in time.
Please note: Closed 14 April from 13.00
- Explore the top tier walkways
- Informative exhibitions and displays
- Ancient artefacts
Did you know:
- The floor of the Coliseum was made of wooden floorboards so that the gladiators wouldn’t slip – and more importantly, it was good at absorbing any bloodshed
- Miniature naval boat races were also held at the Coliseum, as well as the historical combats
- Palazzo Venezia and Palazzo Barberini used the marble from the Coliseum’s structure in their own construction
- Divided into tiers, the Coliseum had a ranking system in terms of seating: lower seats for the religious and political authorities with a special place for the emperor; then for the so called “patrizi”, that is aristocrats and the knights; then for common people; then for poor people and for women.
Things to see:
Walk around the top tier and hypogeum and tread where ancient spectators would have tread. Admire the vast building from every angle as you walk around almost 360˚. Notice where the building has crumbled from the destructive earthquakes – especially that of 847 which caused its southern side to collapse.
From above you can look down into the warren of tunnels underneath the floor of the Coliseum. Although the floor has been replaced in part to give an idea of how it would have looked, you can imagine how dark it would have been underground where the animals were kept and where the gladiators waited to be let into their fate…
Along the outer edge, peak through the large window-shaped openings and take in the impressive views of the Roman Forum to the West of the Coliseum. The Arch of Constantine is another notable landmark of the ancient ruins and stands just behind the great amphitheatre. It’s a great way to get a unique perspective over the ancient city and get some memorable photos, too!
Please note that for safety reasons the Coliseum can only accommodate up to 3,000 people at one time. This can sometimes lead to delays in entering the site.
How to get there:
- Colosseo (Metro B)
*The Roma Pass allows you free entry to 2 out of 6 top attractions for free including the Coliseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum, Capitolini Museums, Borghese Gallery and National Museum of Castel St. Angelo
see the: full list of attractions included
If you are planning on staying in Rome for at least 3 days I would highly recommend The Omnia Vatican & Rome Card. The access to public transport especially the underground and the open top buses make getting the card extremely valuable. Having the added benefit of getting free entry to some of the sites also saves a lot of money. The queues in Rome can become long due to the popularity of the city and its tourist attractions so there are significant time saving benefits to being able to skip queues. My husband and I were able to see everything we wanted to see in 3 days by using this card - skipping queues and ease of travel on the open top buses to all the attractions. It was also nice to sit down and take a break from walking by sitting on the open bus for a few circles while also seeing the city sights.
Sandra MacDonald from UK
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|Tuesday||08:30 - 16:30/17.30|
|Wednesday||08:30 - 16:30/17.30|
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|Friday||08:30 - 19.00/19:30|
|Saturday||08:30 - 19.00/19:30|
|Sunday||08:30 - 19.00/19:30|
Closed: 25th December, 1st January, 1st May
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Piazza del Colosseo , 00184 Rome
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