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Colosseum in Rome

The Colosseum is number one in the to-see-list for Italy and has almost 2000-years history with the fights of the gladiators and the dramatic shows.

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Colosseum

#2 of 62 places to visit in Rome
The Colosseum's history had started almost two thousands years ago, in 80 AD,
with 100-days celebration of it's opening. In fact it was first called the Flavian Amphitheatre in honor of the emperor Vespasian.

How to get


The Colosseum is placed in the center of Rome, you'll never pass by it when you walk in the city. Also you can get here by metro (the Colosseo station, line B), by tram #3 or by bus # 60, 75, 85,87. 271, 571, 175, 186, 810, C3.

The Colosseum`s history


The largest amphitheatre was built of concrete and sand by 30 000 of slaves.
It's 615 ft long and 510 ft wide with a base area of 6 acres, and it has 80 entries and passages.

Colosseum
Photo: The Colosseum's structure

The Colosseum could accomodate over 75 000 people and was opened for everyone from the emperors to the common citizens, but there were special places for each social category.

Also the amphitheatre had the elevator system under the stage and the unique hydraulic system.

Interesting facts


The Colosseum was used not only for gladiator games and shows, but for public executions too. Moreover, the viewers could choose the execution method from more than 270 options.

The Colosseum in the present day
Photo: the Colosseum in the present day, © Adrian Drumea

In 523 AD the Colosseum has started destroying, and the part of it's stones was later used for building the Saint Peter's Basilica.

The Colosseum at night
Photo: the Colloseum at night, © Justin Pooley

Over 200 cats are living here today. According to the Colesseum's official website, all of them are happy and healthy.

Opening time


The Colosseum is opened daily except January,1 and December, 25. It openes at 8:30 am and closes in different time depends on month.

Price


The entrance costs €12 for adults, and for children it's for free. You can get more information and buy the tickets on the official website.

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Visit the Colosseum in Rome
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This amphiteatre has almost two thousands years history. Touch the stones, that had seen the Ancient Rome.

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Colosseum on the map

Location: Piazza del Colosseo

Open hours

from 8:30 am to 4:30–7:15 pm

Contacts

Tours & excursions 7

Coliseum & Ancient Rome
Coliseum & Ancient Rome

Skip the time consuming lines and take a tour through one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world - the Coliseum and Ancient Rome.

Price from 55 euros#tours
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day is for those of us with limited time or for those of us looking for the one day overview of Rome, then this Rome Highlights Tour is for you.

Price from 215 euros#tours
Rome in a Day Tour
Rome in a Day Tour

See all of the main highlights of Rome and the Vatican on an 8.5-hour walking tour, with skip-the-line entry to the Vatican and Colosseum.

Price from 139 euros#tours
Ancient Rome Tour
Ancient Rome Tour

See the best of Ancient Rome on our walking tour with skip-the-line entrance. Learn the history of Rome at sites such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Price from 59 euros#tours
Ancient Rome Private Tour
Ancient Rome Private Tour

Skip the lines to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, on your own private walking tour. See the best of Ancient Rome and learn of the 3,000 year history of the Eternal City.

Price from 250 euros#tours
Vatican Museums plus Ancient Rome Group Tour
Vatican Museums plus Ancient Rome Group Tour

Our tour will lead you in the heart of Roman history and human civilization.

Price from 95 euros#sights
Ancient Rome Group Tour
Ancient Rome Group Tour

The perfect way to discover the ancient Rome is with our walking group tour. A professional guide will help you exploring several sites, explaining every detail.

Price from 45 euros#sights

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