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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 on the calendar 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 the 'Visitor information' tab about security and queueing.

Colosseum, Forum & Palatine "Gold - Fast Track" + downloadable audioguide

This fixed-time ticket covers entrance to the Colosseum, The Forum and the Palatine Hill, and comes with tickitaly.com's English downloadable audioguide (plus accompanying map).
Fast-track tickets are full-price only and allow direct entrance - just scan your code at the turnstiles (e-ticket or print), and you're in.

This 'Gold' ticket means that, at most times of year, you should not be affected by the quota-system (a limit on maximum number of visitors) now used at the Colosseum, and will be allowed in at the time you specified. If the Colosseum is exceptionally full, you may face small delays, but not the sort of delay you may face with the standard ticket.

This is a skip-the-line ticket in that you'll not need to join the long queues for those that have not pre-booked, though you - and all other visitors - will still need to pass through a security queue.

Important: Security measures have been increased at the Colosseum and, even though this ticket is for entrance at a specific time, the authorities are currently telling all visitors to arrive approximately one hour before entrance time. Please see this page for the most up to date information.

Your ticket also gives you skip-the-queue access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill areas, and you may choose to visit either on the same day as your Colosseum visit, or the day after said visit.

The audioguide comes in either mp3 or m4a formats and can be downloaded when you print your entrance vouchers. This is an optional but free download - you may choose to pay to rent a dedicated audio guide on the spot, should you prefer.

A little more information on types of tickets that you may find useful:

All of our Colosseum tickets are skip-the-line ones, and with this 'fast track' ticket you can go directly to the entrance turnstiles without needing to exchange the voucher for tickets - the voucher is your ticket; you will never need to join the often gargantuan queues for people who are trying to buy tickets on the day of their visit! Your confirmation vouchers will have full instructions and directions on where to go when in Rome.

Effectively we sell two types of tickets: the 'Gold' (fixed-time) ones that allow you to choose your visit time when placing an order and, most of the time, that's when you'll be granted admission. If the Colosseum has reached its maximum capacity then you'll be told that you may have to wait for a small amount of time, but the staff will always give priority to 'Gold' entrance times. If visiting between Easter and the end of Summer then we would not hesitate to recommend 'Gold' tickets.

This is the 'fast track' version of the Gold ticket. You can take it directly to the entrance turnstiles, scan it, and you're in. The one restriction is that it is for full-priced tickets only. If you need any reduced or complimentary tickets then please purchase the standard 'Gold' tickets, with which you'll be issued a voucher that''ll be exchanged at the colosseum ticket desk for your actual entrance tickets. This is necessary because the colosseum staff require proof of qualification for any reduced or complimentary tickets.

We also sell a 'standard' (not fixed-time) ticket. Yes, this is a skip-the-queue ticket but the difference is that, once at the dedicated pickup desk, your entrance time will be allocated by the staff there, and will not be allowed before 2.00 PM - if visitor numbers are high, and lots of people have booked the 'Gold' option, then you may find that the time you're given will involve quite a wait ... it will always be the same day, but may be more than you're prepared to waste in line.
If you're visiting in low season then this option is fine, but we're loathe to recommend it at busier times as the security queue followed by a wait until numbers have subsided may be too much for you.

Colosseum with Forum and Palatine "Gold" + downloadable audioguide

This fixed-time ticket covers entrance to the Colosseum, The Forum and the Palatine Hill, and comes with tickitaly.com's English downloadable audioguide (plus accompanying map).

This 'Gold' ticket means that, at most times of year, you should not be affected by the quota-system (a limit on maximum number of visitors) now used at the Colosseum, and will be allowed in at the time you specified. If the Colosseum is exceptionally full, you may face small delays, but not the sort of delay you may face with the standard ticket.

This is a skip-the-line ticket in that you'll not need to join the long queues for those that have not pre-booked, though you - and all other visitors - will still need to pass through a security queue.

Important: Security measures have been increased at the Colosseum and, even though this ticket is for entrance at a specific time, the authorities are currently telling all visitors to arrive approximately one hour before entrance time. Please see this page for the most up to date information.

Your ticket also gives you skip-the-queue access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill areas, and you may choose to visit either on the same day as your Colosseum visit, or the day after said visit.

The audioguide comes in either mp3 or m4a formats and can be downloaded when you print your entrance vouchers. This is an optional but free download - you may choose to pay to rent a dedicated audio guide on the spot, should you prefer.

A little more information on types of tickets that you may find useful:

All of our Colosseum tickets are skip-the-line ones, and there are dedicated ticket desks for those that have booked in advance - you will never need to join the often gargantuan queues for people who are trying to buy tickets on the day of their visit! Your confirmation vouchers will have full instructions and directions on where to go when in Rome.

Effectively we sell two types of tickets: this, the 'Gold' (fixed-time), allows you to choose your visit time when placing an order and, most of the time, that's when you'll be granted admission. You'll pass through security and then go to the special pre-booked ticket pickup point and exchange your vouchers for tickets.
If you have no requirement for any reduced or complimentary tickets then you can opt for the 'Fast-track' version of this ticket. Fast-track tickets are full-price only, and allow direct entrance - just scan your code at the turnstiles (e-ticket or print), and you're in, no-need to go to the pickup point and exchange vouchers for tickets as your voucher is your ticket!

If the Colosseum has reached its maximum capacity then you'll be told that you may have to wait for a small amount of time, but the staff will always give priority to 'Gold' entrance times. If visiting between Easter and the end of Summer then we would not hesitate to recommend 'Gold' tickets.

We also sell a 'standard' (not fixed-time) ticket. Yes, this is a skip-the-queue ticket but the difference is that, once at the dedicated pickup desk, your entrance time will be allocated by the staff there, and will not be allowed before 2.00 PM - if visitor numbers are high, and lots of people have booked the 'Gold' option, then you may find that the time you're given will involve quite a wait ... it will always be the same day, but may be more than you're prepared to waste in line.
If you're visiting in low season then this option is fine, but we're loathe to recommend it at busier times as the security queue followed by a wait until numbers have subsided may be too much for you.

Colosseum with downloadable audioguide

This 'standard' ticket covers entrance to the Colosseum, The Forum and the Palatine Hill, and comes with tickitaly.com's English downloadable audioguide (plus accompanying map).

As of June 2018 regulation changes mean that the Colosseum visit with this ticket is only allowed from 2.00 PM onwards.

Your voucher will be exchanged for tickets at the dedicated pickup desk and your visit time will be allocated by staff on the spot and may, at busy times of year, require you to wait until visitor numbers have declined. Consequently, if visiting between Easter and Summer, we always recommend opting for the 'Gold' option for a few Euros more; this gives you the option to select a time of day for your visit when ordering.

This is a skip-the-line ticket in that you'll not need to join the long queues for those that have not pre-booked, though you - and all other visitors - will still need to pass through a security queue.

Important: Security measures have been increased at the Colosseum and the authorities are currently telling all visitors to arrive approximately one hour before desired entrance time. Please see this page for the most up to date information.

Your ticket also gives you skip-the-queue access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill areas, and you may choose to visit either on the same day as your Colosseum visit, or the day after said visit.

The audioguide comes in either mp3 or m4a formats and can be downloaded when you print your entrance vouchers. This is an optional but free download - you may choose to pay to rent a dedicated audio guide on the spot, should you prefer.

This ticket also includes visiting the recently opened 'Imperial Ramp' - see blog post.

A little more information on types of tickets that you may find useful:

All of our Colosseum tickets are skip-the-line ones, and there are dedicated ticket desks for those that have booked in advance - you will never need to join the often gargantuan queues for people who are trying to buy tickets on the day of their visit! Your confirmation vouchers will have full instructions and directions on where to go when in Rome.

Effectively we sell two types of tickets: this, the 'standard', means that your visit time will be allocated by the Colosseum staff, and will only be allowed from 2.00 PM onwards. You'll pass through security and then go to the special pre-booked ticket pickup point and exchange your vouchers for tickets. If the Colosseum has reached its maximum capacity then you'll be told that you may have to wait for a period of time before entering, as the staff will always give priority to 'Gold' entrance times first.
If you're visiting in low season then this option is fine, but we're loathe to recommend it at busier times as the security queue followed by a wait until numbers have subsided may be too much for you.

We also sell a 'Gold' (fixed-time) ticket that allows you to choose your visit time when placing an order and, most of the time, that's when you'll be granted admission. You'll pass through security and then go to the special pre-booked ticket pickup point and exchange your vouchers for tickets. If the Colosseum has reached its maximum capacity then you'll be told that you may have to wait for a small amount of time, but the staff will always give priority to 'Gold' entrance times. If visiting between Easter and the end of Summer then we would not hesitate to recommend 'Gold' tickets.

Colosseum, Forum & Palatine "Audioguide on site" and downloadable ebook guide

This fixed-time ticket covers entrance to the Colosseum, The Forum and the Palatine Hill, and includes use of the official Colosseum audioguide in multiple languages, and a downloadable 'Colosseum and Roman Forum' ebook guide in PDF, mobi and epub formats. It differs to our other 'Gold' ticket because you'll be issued an audio-guide on site, as opposed to downloading and using your own device.

This 'Gold' ticket means that, at most times of year, you should not be affected by the quota-system (a limit on maximum number of visitors) now used at the Colosseum, and will be allowed in at the time you specified. If the Colosseum is exceptionally full, you may face small delays, but not the sort of delay you may face with the standard ticket.

This is a skip-the-line ticket in that you'll not need to join the long queues for those that have not pre-booked, though you - and all other visitors - will still need to pass through a security queue.

Important: Security measures have been increased at the Colosseum and, even though this ticket is for entrance at a specific time, the authorities are currently telling all visitors to arrive approximately one hour before entrance time. Please see this page for the most up to date information.

Your ticket also gives you skip-the-queue access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill areas, and you may choose to visit either on the same day as your Colosseum visit, or the day after said visit.

The audioguide issued on-site by the Colosseum lasts 70 minutes and is available in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, LIS, ASL and even Latin!

This ticket also includes visiting the recently opened 'Imperial Ramp' - see blog post.

A little more information on types of tickets that you may find useful:

All of our Colosseum tickets are skip-the-line ones, and there are dedicated ticket desks for those that have booked in advance - you will never need to join the often gargantuan queues for people who are trying to buy tickets on the day of their visit! Your confirmation vouchers will have full instructions and directions on where to go when in Rome.

Effectively we sell two types of tickets: this, the 'Gold' (fixed-time), allows you to choose your visit time when placing an order and, most of the time, that's when you'll be granted admission. You'll pass through security and then go to the special pre-booked ticket pickup point and exchange your vouchers for tickets. If the Colosseum has reached its maximum capacity then you'll be told that you may have to wait for a small amount of time, but the staff will always give priority to 'Gold' entrance times. If visiting between Easter and the end of Summer then we would not hesitate to recommend 'Gold' tickets.

We also sell a 'standard' (not fixed-time) ticket. Yes, this is a skip-the-queue ticket but the difference is that, once at the dedicated pickup desk, your entrance time will be allocated by the staff there - if visitor numbers are high, and lots of people have booked the 'Gold' option, then you may find that the time you're given will involve quite a wait ... it will always be the same day, but may be more than you're prepared to waste in line.
If you're visiting in low season then this option is fine, but we're loathe to recommend it at busier times as the security queue followed by a wait until numbers have subsided may be too much for you.

Colosseum with Forum and Palatine "Gold" for European school groups

This ticket is restricted to European School Groups. Groups are required to provide a list on school stationery of all participants (students and supervisors) divided by class, including the full name and date of birth of all participants. This list must be signed by the school director.
Please note that all participants will be required to produce valid ID (passport or ID card) matching the listed details in order to enter the Colosseum.

This fixed-time ticket covers entrance to the Colosseum, The Forum and the Palatine Hill, and comes with tickitaly.com's English downloadable audioguide (plus accompanying map).

This 'Gold' ticket means that, at most times of year, you should not be affected by the quota-system (a limit on maximum number of visitors) now used at the Colosseum, and will be allowed in at the time you specified. If the Colosseum is exceptionally full, you may face small delays, but not the sort of delay you may face with the standard ticket.

This is a skip-the-line ticket in that you'll not need to join the long queues for those that have not pre-booked, though you - and all other visitors - will still need to pass through a security queue.

Opening times:

The Colosseum is open every day of the year, excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and opens at 8.30 AM. Closing times are as follows:

  • Last Sunday of March to end August, 7.15 PM
  • September, 7.00 PM
  • 1st of October to last Saturday of October, 6.30 PM
  • Last Sunday of October to February 15th, 4.30 PM
  • February 16th to March 15th, 5.00 PM
  • March 16th to last Saturday of March, 5.30 PM

Security checking and queueing:

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 - even with a 'no queues' ticket - that you (and all other visitors) are quite likely to face some sort of delay.

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

Where to go:

  • 'Gold' fast-track: Your voucher, either printed or on your phone/device, is all you need. Once through security go directly to the turnstiles, scan the code on your voucher, and you're in! Full directions will be on your voucher.
  • 'Gold': You'll need to have printed our voucher. You'll pass through security and then go to the special pre-booked ticket pickup point and exchange your vouchers for tickets. Full directions will be on your voucher.
  • Ordinary ticket: You'll need to have printed our voucher. You'll pass through security and then your voucher will be exchanged for tickets at the dedicated pickup desk - your visit time will be allocated by staff on the spot. You may not, with this ticket, visit the Colosseum before 2.00 PM. Full directions will be on your voucher.

For non fast-track tickets 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. Remember to print your voucher - it will contain detailed instructions on how and where to pick up your tickets - do be sure to read them carefully.

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 2.00 PM), and closes in the morning of the Festa della Repubblica (2nd June).

[Additional links]: Colosseum visitor information, Colosseum location map, Google map, Colosseum guided tours

How you'll get your tickets:

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 and/or download your entry voucher. As simple as that!

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.

How to download your audioguide:

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)

Payment and pricing.

At all times we will refer to the full price of your ticket(s), and you will never be charged more than this ... just please be aware that the total charge includes our handling fee (varying between €2.40 and €4.90 per ticket) and that this may not show on the actual voucher. You will arrive with a paid-in-full voucher.

Are there any types of reduced tickets?

If you are opting for 'Gold - fast track' tickets then no. Reduced price 'Gold' and standard colosseum tickets are available to those that qualify.

1. 'Full price' tickets are for (i) ALL non-European citizens aged 18 or over and (ii) for European citizens aged 26 and upwards. See below for a list of countries considered as being European.

2. 'Reduced' tickets are available to European citizens aged 18 to 25 inclusive.

3. 'Complimentary' tickets are available to ANYONE aged between 1 and 17 inclusive. Tickitaly are still charged by the authorities to make this kind of advance reservation, hence the small charge.

4. Babies (under 1) pay nothing, unless they're in a buggy. The authorities in Rome state that if a baby is being carried then they qualify for free entry, irrespective of nationality.

5. Please don't purchase any reduced tickets unless you can show a valid ID from one of the European countries listed below. Please note that a student visa is not sufficient ID. If you cannot show valid ID on the day of your visit then you will be charged full price and be required to pay the difference on the spot.

• Austria
• Belgium
• Bulgaria
• Croatia
• Cyprus
• Czech Republic 
• Denmark
• Estonia
• Finland
• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Hungary
• Iceland
• Ireland
• Italy
• Latvia
• Liechtenstein
• Lithuania
• Luxembourg
• Malta
• Netherlands
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Romania
• Slovakia
• Slovenia
• Spain
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• United Kingdom

4.3 stars out of 5 from 945 ratings. See all 440 reviews

5 stars
Easy to use service on Smartphone and advantage to go through line quickly
9th Jun 2018
The visit to the sites was enjoyable. There were a lot of people working for the tourist office assisting with getting on the right line and answering questions. We were disappointed not to be able to go into the Palatine after exiting the Forum on our way to the Colosseum.
5 stars
PH, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
26th May 2018
Very enjoyable visit,our tickets included Colosseum,Forum & Palentine.It did work out to be quicker with our skip the line tickets but there was still a long queue to get through security
5 stars
AR, United States
25th May 2018
It was all very easy! We loved getting the tickets in advance and not having to stand in the long lines. And we also liked the ability to download the guided tour. We definitely would use your service again!
5 stars
CM, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
23rd May 2018
Superb visit. Lara was friendly and very knowledgeable and provided lots of background information which really enhanced the visit. We would definitely recommend a private tour .
5 stars
RM, United States
23rd May 2018
The colessum tickets were great. We literally skipped the entire line and got right in! Spent 20 minutes inside and went to lunch. This made for a great day.
5 stars
AC, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
22nd May 2018
Great that we didn't have to join the long queue because we had a reserved time. I guess it could be clearer that the entrance to one monument is a reserved time, but for the other you have to join the main queue. Apologies if I missed that, but three was so much information!
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