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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. The continuous intrusion into its structure and the constant vandalism during hundreds of years didn’t destroy it and proved this monument of classical architecture to be unshakable. It is still standing there, grand and solid, representing the civilization that disappeared many centuries ago. 

Historical Background Of Roman Colosseum

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 of the Roman Colosseum 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. 

What Exactly You Can See In 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. 

How To Get To Roman 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 

Best Time To Visit Roman Colosseum

The best seasons to visit Roman Colosseum 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 Tome 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!

For those of you who like making their trips perfect we can advise to visit the Colosseum both during the day and at night. These two visits will gives absolutely different sensations and they are both worth experiencing! If it’s an option for you, don’t hesitate and do take these tours!

Where And How To Buy Tickets To Roman Colosseum

There are three options to acquire tickets to the Roman 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 will be doing the same in the hear of the sun, a terrible experience indeed!

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.

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.

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 may try to hassle Rome travelers. 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 for pictures with them, otherwise they won't leave you alone. Those fake gladiators do have their nerve and even though their job is prohibited in Rome you can find them in many popular places. They all end up asking you for money, so remember that you are the boss and don’t give in.

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