Next Station Roman Colosseum!

The world’s third most visited sight, a marvel that still exists today and a must-see place for every visitor of Italy’s capital city – the Roman Colosseum! Until today, it is the biggest amphitheater in the world and it would be hard to find a person who has not heard of its impressive past. But only when you really get there and enter this colossal monument, you can perceive its size and intricate ingenuity it was designed with. Its historical and architectural meaning is enormous.

Just think, the Colosseum has been standing there for more than two thousand years. And even though many wars and vandals have pinched off some pieces, this ancient monument still looks grand and solid!

Historical Background

The Colosseum was erected in the name of Roman emperor Vespasian’s inauguration in 70 AD. The emperor intended to make the construction solid and unprecedentedly spacious, so it might fit a very large number of people of every status - from the poor to the noblest ones - and thus be remembered in time. By the way, the upper rows were meant for the poor. And it’s not been not long since this upper part of the Colosseum was opened for us to visit and enjoy a marvelous view of the City of The Seven Hills (highly recommended). 

Vespasian was lucky to have all the needed resources at hand and thousands of slaves built this gigantic place within 10 years only. During centuries this construction managed to serve various purposes, but primarily it will always be remembered as the place of gladiators’ battles and violence that was meant to entertain crowds. 

How to get to the Colosseum

Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Metro: get off at the station Colosseo, Line B
Bus: 75, 81, 673, 175, 204 

Working hours:

The Colosseum works every day except January 1, December 25 and May 1. It always opens at 8:30 and closes one hour prior to the sunset. To be exact, here is the schedule:

8:30am - 7:15pm from the last Sunday of March to August 31
8:30am - 7:00pm from September 1 to September 30
8:30am - 6:30pm from October 1 to last Saturday of October
8:30am - 5:30pm from March 16 to last Saturday of March
8:30am - 5:30pm from March 16 to last Saturday of March
8:30am - 5:00pm from February 16 to March 15
8:30am - 4:30pm from last Saturday of October to February 15

Remember that the last entry into the Colosseum is possible one hour before closing.

The best time to visit the Colosseum

The best seasons to visit this location are spring (from April till June) and autumn (September and October). The weather is perfect, it’s sunny but not scorching. There are a bit less people than usual and plenty of festivals in the open air. If you go to Italy in winter, it won’t be a bad idea as well. Winters in Rome are soft and mostly dry. Many people say that during the interval season Rome has its own charm and is not going to disappoint you either!

What is there to see inside the Roman Colosseum?

The amphitheater consists of hypogeum (the place where animals were kept), arena (wooden floor that covers the hypogeum and where actually gladiators’ fights took place), the third floor (the highest point of the Colosseum with one of the best views on Rome) and the underground recently opened for lovers of mysteries. 

Can you skip the lines? How?

Good news for those of you who want to save time skipping the huge lines and visit this architectural masterpiece with comfort! You have this opportunity and it will be definitely worth the money. Follow the link and choose English as the main language to buy skip-the-line tickets

Roman Colosseum is better at day or at night?

For those of you who like making their trips perfect we can advise to visit the Colosseum both during the day and at night. They are different, but both are worth it! If it’s an option for you, don’t hesitate and take two tours!

Where and how to buy tickets online?

There are three options to acquire tickets to the Colosseum. The first one is to stand in a line, which is quite an old-fashioned style of making things done. If you go there in summer we strongly recommend that you do not consider this option at all - just too many people! 

The second option is taking a guided tour. The ticket will be included into the excursion and you don’t have to worry about that aspect of your trip at all. 

Finally, the last option is to buy online tickets to the Colosseum. It will save plenty of your time and make you independent from guided tours and other travelers, which is quite important for some people.

Look out for swindlers

Well, you know that Rome is one of the most popular tourist places of the world. It means that you may be approached by people either disguised as gladiators, ancient Roman soldiers or people carrying flowers and souvenirs who will try to hassle guests of Rome. So, be prepared not to take anything from them even if they cry out that it’s for free (it never is!) and don’t stop to take pictures with fake gladiators. They do have their nerve and even though it’s prohibited in Rome to get money this way you’ll find a lot of them around and inside popular places. Some of them look very polite and kind offering you to make a picture with them, some can be a bit more aggressive.

What’s for sure is that all of them will ask you for payment in the end. So just don’t give in, it’s your money and you are the boss.

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