Address: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, 00184, Italy
Telephone: 06 7740 0922

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You'll need imagination to see Ancient Rome’s no.1 arena as it was – but it's still unmissable.

Built under the first two Flavian emperors, Vespasian and Titus, Rome’s most famous landmark was inaugurated in AD 80. It’s an extraordinary engineering feat: the marshy site meant that foundations 15 metres deep were needed; and its efficiency as a stadium that was able to fill up or empty its over 50,000 seats in around 10 minutes was not matched until the 20th century. 

Value for money

Price advice

Full admission is 12 euros and 7.50 euros for concessions. EU citizens under 18 and over 65 are free.

Expert tips

If you're a student, senior citizen, or travelling with children (especially older children), make sure you carry ID that proves your or their age and status, as you won't get reduced rates without it.

Unless you're visiting well out of season, the number one rule is don't queue for your ticket in the Colosseum itself, as you could be in for a wait of an hour or more. Head instead for the Via di San Gregorio entrance of the Palatine and Forum. As these are on the same combined ticket as the Colosseum, you can beat the queues by picking up your ticket here - then decide which to visit first. Tickets can also be pre-booked at

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture