History, open hours, news, tickets and all information you need to visit the Colosseum
The Colosseum is the symbol of the eternal city and one of the most famous monument in the world. The construction of the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire was started by Vespasian in 72 AD. It was used for gladiator fights and hunting simulations involving ferocious and exotic animals. The capacity is estimated around 70.000 people; the shows became occasions to impress and control the people through an unforeseen display of astonishing special effects. Today it is possible to visit and understand how the underground theatrical system worked, with hoists, ramps and trapdoors, in order to present the animals, gladiators and scenery machineries to an overwhelmed crowd.
Thousands of tourists come to visit the Colosseo every day and this means long queues and an endless wait.
In order to avoid the problem, a ticket may be purchased in advance visiting many websites dedicated to Colosseo.
Or alternatively by buying one of two tourist cards: the “Roma Pass” which is valid for three days and entitles holders to free admission and no-queue entrance for the first two museums and to free travel throughout Rome, or the “Archeologia Card” which is valid for 7 days and allows free entry into each of the following sites: Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano (Baths of Diocletian), the Colosseum, the Palatine, Terme di Caracalla (Caracalla Baths), Villa dei Quintili, Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. TO BE SEEN: The Palatine, Roman Forum, Domus Aurea, Arch of Constatine, House of Augustus, House of Livia.
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The Colosseum OPENING HOURS:
The Colosseum is open to the public almost every day, except December 25, January 1 and May 1, with a time ranging from 9 in the morning to the afternoon - evening ( 17:00 in winter, 19:30 in summer) .
The Colosseum TICKETS:
Entrance tickets: 12 Euros, reduced ticket (EU citizens 18-25 years): 7,50 Euro.Free entrance for under 18. The ticket Office closes one hour in advance. The entrance fee is valid for 2 days and allows entrance also to the Roman Forum and the Palatine.
Info and booking: +39.06.39967700 (lunedì-sabato 9-13,30 e 14,30-17)
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