Colosseum Tickets

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Opening Hours

January 2nd- February 15th 8.30am- 4.30pm

February 16th - March 15th 8.30am- 5pm

March 16th - last Saturday of March 8.30am- 5.30pm

Last Sunday of March- August 31st 8.30am- 7.15pm

September 1st- September 30th 8.30am- 7pm

October 1st- Last Sunday of October 8.30am- 6.30pm

Monday following last Sunday of October- December 31st 8.30am- 4.30pm

The Colosseum is closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

On Good Friday it is open from 8.30am- 2pm and on June 2nd from 1.30pm- 7.15pm.

The ticket office closes one hour before the scheduled closing time.

How to get there

On Metro line B the nearest station is the Colosseo stop.

If you are using Metro line A, then you should get off at Manzoni station and then take tram number 3 southwards for two stops.

Tram line 3 is the only tram service that operates close to the Colosseum.

There are several bus lines that go to the monument including 51, 75, 85, 87 and 118.

The electric bus (service number 117), is the last remaining one of its type in Rome and operates close to the Colosseum.

On Sundays, the Via dei Fori Imperiali and the square surrounding the Colosseum are closed to traffic.


How much do the tickets cost?
There are several different types of tickets available. You will have a date and scheduled time to arrive on your ticket. Tickets cost € 12.00, there is also an additional fee of € 2.00 if you buy your tickets online. This ticket is valid for two days and also gives you entry into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. This ticket is also available at a reduced rate of € 7.50 for citizens of several European countries aged from 18 to 25. Groups or individuals booked with an accredited guide can use the Stern Entrance on the north side of the Colosseum, these tickets cost € 16.00 + € 2.00 for an online reservation. Reduced rate tickets as above cost € 7.50. Tickets to view the underground section and the panoramic view cost € 23.00. There is free entry for all visitors aged below 18. There are several other considerations for free entry, too many to list here.
Is there free entry on the first Sunday of every month?
On the first Sunday of every month there is free entry during the regular opening time. It is a first come first served policy and there are no tickets available in advance.
How can I buy my tickets?
There are four ways you can get your tickets: At the Colosseum ticket office. If this is busy you may want to try the nearby ticket offices in Via di San Gregorio, Largo Salara Vechia, Piazza del Colosseo and Via Sacra. By telephone, the call centre is open every day except Sunday from 9am-1.30pm and 2.30pm- 5pm. Online to the official website but you will have to be able to print your own ticket for confirmation of your booking. You can buy a Roma Pass. It costs €38.50 for 72 hours or €28 for 48 hours. This card gives you entry into 2 attractions on the 72 hour card and one on the cheaper option (attractions must be included in the Roma Pass). You also get free travel on the ATAC transport network.
How many people can visit the Colosseum at any one time?
There are a maximum number of 3,000 people allowed into the Colosseum. During the busiest periods there may be delays in waiting to gain entry.

Must know

All bags are screened and visually checked
Strict security measures restrict the size of backpacks etc from being taken into the viewing areas. Small sized backpacks are allowed and all bags will be screened by metal detectors as well as being visually inspected by security staff prior to entry.
Arrive early before your scheduled time
Due to the security measures now taken you are strongly advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the time stated on your reservation.
Only use the official guides
Close to the entrance to the Colosseum there is a number of unofficial guides or people offering you a deal to skip the queue. Many do not have the knowledge that an official guide possesses about the attraction and they may charge you an exorbitant fee for their services.
Disabled Access
Although there are a few steps, the Colosseum is mostly accessible to people in wheelchairs. On the north side of the monument there is a lift giving access to the first floor.
How many people could be seated and what was it used for?
The Colosseum could hold an estimated number of between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators and was used for contests between gladiators, public spectacles, animal hunts, executions and re-enactments of famous battles.
The Cats of the Colosseum
There are an estimated 300,000 cats in Rome, with a wild population of about 120,000. They are considered citizens and considered to be a symbol of the Eternal City. There is a population of about 200 cats that live in the Colosseum. There are hundreds of people across Rome that voluntarily looks after the needs of the cats. They are fed and given medical care when required. These volunteers are known as ‘gattare’ and many of these volunteers know each of the cats they care for by name.
Designated Areas of Seating
Spectators were seating according to their position in Roman society. Special boxes were positioned at the north and south ends for the Emperor and Vestal Virgins. They would be flanked on either side by senators. The tier above this housed the noble class and knights. Above this were the Roman citizens, the wealthy and above them poorer citizens. Some groups were banned from attending, most notably gravediggers, actors and former gladiators.

Nearby Attractions

Basilica of San Clemente
The 12th century Basilica of San Clemente is located just a few blocks from the Colosseum. It was built on top of a 4th century church which in turn replaced a former Roman temple. The church today is famous for the fabulous frescoes and mosaics on display. You can even explore the excavations that have been conducted into the two lower levels and learn about the ancient history of Rome.
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill is one of Rome’s Seven Hills. There are links here to Roman mythology as it is claimed that a wolf found the twin boys Romulus and Remus upon this hill and cared for them until they were rescued by a shepherd. Palatine Hill is where Rome was founded, at one time it was covered with fine palaces, today all that remains are ruins dating from the Imperial era.
Castel Sant’Angelo
The Castel Sant’Angelo was built in 123BC as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian and his family. It later became a fortress and castle. It was at one time the tallest building in Rome. It was used as the burial place of other emperors although their ashes were removed when the Visigoths invaded in 410AD. The building has also served as a prison and today is used as a museum.