Guided tours of the Colosseum in Rome used to be a single, clear option. It's still the case that you'll leave with a much better understanding of history if you opt for a tour, but nowadays there's a much wider choice! First came the newly excavated dungeons, also the previously closed upper levels, then there were night tours, then tours that include the newly recreated arena floor ... you get the idea. To be really clear, however, it is only possible to visit the dungeons and upper ('belvedere') levels as part of a guided tour.
Use the 'Select a date' box above to see whats available for when you plan to be in Rome. All tours are skip-the-queues, all are available in english language (some are offered in other languages), and most include access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill areas.
Upper levels currently under repair. Remedial work was due to finish on the higher levels at the end of May. As yet there's no confirmed date for when all upper levels will again be accessible.
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:
It may well be that you're after straightforward Colosseum tickets - click here for those. If you're specifically looking for a Colosseum tour that includes the dungeons, click here, and, if you're looking just for after-dark tours, click here.
The buttons below will give greater detail on what we offer throughout the year, but it doesn't follow that they're always available ... many are seasonal, some only run on certain days of the week, so please do use our calendar to check availability!
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.
How you'll get your tickets:
To reserve tickets for a Colosseum guided tour, just fill out the booking form, give us a preference for date and time (dates are in European DD/MM/YYYY format), 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. Full instructions will be on your voucher. As simple as that!
Please note: You must present yourself at the time specified on your booking voucher - admittance will not be granted at other times.
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