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The Colosseum, Rome

Due to the huge number of visitors to the Colosseum each year we offer a variety of ticket options - simply choose a date and we'll show you what's available.

We also offer a variety of tours - you may want to take part in one of our unique tours of the Colosseum, dungeons and Roman Forum, or experience an even more atmospheric Colosseum by visiting once the sun has gone down - Colosseum and dungeons after dark!

Important - please be sure to read the information below about security and queueing.

*PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRINT YOUR VOUCHER - it will contain detailed instructions on how and where to pick up your tickets - please read them carefully.

Heightened security coupled with the recent decision to impose a ceiling on the number of visitors allowed to enter the Colosseum at a given time mean delays, even with a 'no queues' ticket, that you will face delays.

It is now also compulsory to pass through a metal detector - these extra security delays are currently causing considerable queues that are, unfortunately, affecting ALL ticket holders and you are currently required to arrive 90 minues ahead of your visit time - please see this page for latest updates.

You may exchange your voucher at any time of day but remember that the ticket office will close one hour before the Colosseum itself closes. Your ticket, once collected, is only valid for the Colosseum at the time confirmed by the staff on the spot, and for the Forum and Palatine at any time on the day of your booking or the day after.


The Colosseum is open every day of the year, excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and opens at 08.30 AM. Closing times are as follows:

Last Sunday of March to end August, 07.15 PM
September, 07.00 PM
1st of October to last Saturday of October, 06.30 PM
Last Sunday of October to February 15th, 04.30 PM
February 16th to March 15th, 05.00 PM
March 16th to last Saturday of March, 05.30 PM

The ticket office closes one hour before the Colosseum itself closes, so be there ahead of time if you are visiting late in the day. The Colosseum also closes early on Easter Friday (about 2 PM) and closes in the morning of the Festa della Repubblica (2nd June).

[Additional Colosseum links]: Visitor information, Colosseum location map, Google map, guided tours of the Colosseum


To reserve tickets for visiting the Colosseum, just fill out the booking form, supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your entry voucher. Print it out, take it with you to the Colosseum and present it at the ticket desk ... they will swap it for your entry ticket. As simple as that!

You won't have to join any queues (there is a special pick-up desk for internet tickets, (see our blog post, with photographs, here), but please note that the ticket office closes one hour before the Colosseum itself closes, so be there ahead of time if you are visiting late in the day.

We also allow you to purchase the Rome Archaeological Pass which allows entrance not only to the Colosseum, but also 8 other notable sites and museums in Rome. The passes are valid for seven days - click here for details.

Please be prepared to show some ID - It is sometimes difficult for Italian officials to understand that not all countries require their citizens to carry ID cards, if indeed they are issued in said countries at all. You will often find that nothing other than a Passport or Driving Licence (with photograph) will suffice.


If you have selected tickets with a downloadable audioguide you will be able to download that and our PDF map at the same time as your tickets (PDF instructions)

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5 stars
VD, Belgium
25th Oct 2017
5 stars
SH, France
20th Oct 2017
It was amazing! Our guide, Maria, was wonderful!
5 stars
RP, France
5th Oct 2017
Easy to access
5 stars
CD, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
16th Sep 2017
I loved the visit to the colosseum and I came back with great memories.
5 stars
MC, United States
31st Aug 2017
Loved using the Rick Steve's audio guide with this.
5 stars
SE, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
26th Aug 2017
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The Colosseum, Rome