Considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, Colosseum is the largest amphitheater in the world. This world-famous Roman landmark is one of the city's most visited attractions, so expect a long line and an even longer wait. Skip the long line for the general entry by joining a guided tour of the site or by booking your tickets online. Built of concrete and stone, the elliptical amphitheater was originally capable of seating some 50,000 spectators who came to watch animal fights and gladiatorial combats. Emperor Vespasian began the amphitheater project in 70 CE. It was completed during the reign of Titus about ten years later, measuring 48 m (157 ft) high, 188 m (617 ft) long, and 156 m (511 ft) wide. Plan your visit to Colosseum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rome online visit planner .
Tours to Colosseum
Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $58
Duration: 3 hours
Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor Access & Roman Forum Guided Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $91
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $26
Duration: 2 days
I would not recommend going into the colosseum it is much more interesting from the outside and you won’t be herded inside like we were. I would not do this again as I felt it was a waste of money. We... more »
This was a bucket list item for me, so a lot of choices went into my tour. I did not want to wait in line...and thankfully we booked a tour, as I heard mention that the wait was over 2 hours to get in... more »
The Colosseum is a worthwhile historical landmark to visit. Be sure to get there early as the queues are always long. Booking online is a better option as this queues is shorter. There are various option for tours. I enjoyed the self-guided tape option. It is nice to move around the Colosseum at your own pace. I would love to have done a night tour.
The Colosseum is an absolute must see during your time in Rome. Getting there early ensures you spend less time in the queue, booking online before hand will allow you to use an even shorter queue. There are various options for tours but I recommend the self-guided tape option as you can go at your own pace. Set aside 2 hours of the day to discover this amazing piece of architecture thoroughly.
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