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Roman Colosseum Visitor Information

Visiting the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

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One of Italy's most popular attractions and certainly 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 gladiatorial battles and bloody wild animal fights. Visitors to the Colosseum can sit in the stands and see evidence of the amphitheater's intricate underground passageways and trap doors – the staging areas for erstwhile entertainment.

Because the Colosseum is a top attraction in Rome, it can be hard to get tickets. To avoid standing in long lines on your visit to this ancient site, view our guide on Buying Rome Colosseum Tickets. It provides information on combined tickets, tours, and online ticketing.

Colosseum Visiting Information

Location: Piazza del Colosseo. Metro line B, Colosseo stop.

Hours: March-August, Daily 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. August-October, Daily 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. October-March, Daily 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Information: (0039) 06-700-4261

Admission: 15.50 euros for single entry includes entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, as of 2011. Consider also buying a Roma Pass or Archeologica Card, which allows entry to the Colosseum and other sights for a flat rate. See also our guide to Buying Rome Colosseum Tickets.

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