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The Coliseum

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  • Coliseum Rome
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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: Due to the Rome Conference, the Coliseum will be closed from 24 March 19.00 - 25 March; reopening on 26 March

Highlights:

  • 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:

Internal tiers

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.

Underground tunnels

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…

Roman Forum

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

Great, good value for money and saved time. We found the Omnia Vatican & Rome card a great value for money. The staff were helpful and even assisted us with additional information about Rome. By passing the queues into the Vatican help us in that we did not have to wait hours to get in and therefore had more time to explore Rome. The hop-on-hop-off bus took us to most of the places we wanted to see and the commentary was informative.
Stephen Mandy from South Africa

Jan - March & Oct - Dec
Monday 08:30 - 16:30/17.30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30/17.30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30/17.30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30/17.30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30/17.30
Saturday 08:30 - 16:30/17.30
Sunday 08:30 - 16:30/17.30
Mar - Sept
Monday 08:30 - 19.00/19:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 19.00/19:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 19.00/19:30
Thursday 08:30 - 19.00/19:30
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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Address:

Piazza del Colosseo , 00184 Rome

Telephone:

+39 06 39967700