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Exploring Rome: Visiting the Colosseum

How to Visit the Roman Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill in Rome

Colosseum in Roma by @macphoto via Unsplash

Visiting the Colosseum in Rome

We all have this vision of a perfect vacation from time to time, and admit it – every once in a while, we think of visiting historic places just like the Colosseum in Rome – one of the world’s biggest attractions.

Visiting the Colosseum
Visiting the Colosseum

Why is the Colosseum in Rome famous?

The Colosseum is hailed as the largest amphitheater in the world, making it an iconic landmark in the heart of Rome, visited by thousands of visitors in a day. It is also close to famous attractions such as the Roman Forum and Circo Maximus. You can take the Hop On Hop Off Bus or the taxi to the Colosseum.

To know more about the Colosseum, here are some fun facts we’ve gathered during our recent trip to Rome.

Inside the Colosseum in Rome by Jon Amdall via Unsplash
Inside the Colosseum in Rome by Jon Amdall via Unsplash

Interesting Facts about the Colosseum

It was built in 72 A.D. and 80 A.D. under Emperor Vespasian for his successor, Titus.

The Colosseum was built from stone and concrete by thousands of slaves, so imagine how much blood and sweat were shed to create such magnificent landmarks like this.

Colosseum Amphitheatre Rome Italy
Colosseum Amphitheatre Rome Italy

It features 80 entrances and can accommodate up to 50,000 spectators. According to a tour guide, aside from the occasional sports and gladiatorial games held in the past, the Colosseum used to be an emperor’s brutal playground where they killed 10,000 animals in a single day.

Historians also mentioned that the Ancient Romans would flood the Colosseum and perform a mock-sea battle inside.

If you are joining the group tour, depending on your type of ticket, you’ll get to roam around the Belvedere on the third, fourth, and fifth levels, where you’ll be offered a different view of the arena.

Inside the Colosseum in Rome
Inside the Colosseum in Rome

Some things to check out inside include the Arena floor, where most battles are slated.

Another interesting part of the arena is the hypogeum, two tunnels where the combatants and animals are kept before they meet their unfortunate end. It is also said that it has 36 trap doors to support its special effects.

Rules and Tips Before Entering

To skip the long queue at the Colosseum ticket counter, you can buy your ticket online at their official website.

Rome Colosseum guide
Rome Colosseum guide

Like any other place, heavy luggage is prohibited inside. Selfie sticks are also banned. You can bring a bottle but empty them before entering, but no need to worry! There’s a fountain inside where you can fill up your bottle afterwards.

Since you’ll be walking and roaming the venue for an hour, it’s best to wear your most comfortable shoes and a hat if you’re visiting in the daytime.

Best time to visit

To avoid the overwhelming crowd, it is highly recommended you plan your visit during the low season months of November to February. But since it opens at 8:30 am, it’s also best if you head over an hour before it closes at 4:30 pm.

Since it may be pricey to get inside the Colosseum, you can check out the special day, where the entrance is free. Before, the arena used to be accessible for public viewing every first Sunday of every month, but it seems like there has been a change in their schedule. Check their official website for more information and updates.

Colosseum in Roma by @macphoto via Unsplash
Colosseum in Roma by @macphoto via Unsplash

Book your Tickets Online

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Entry Tickets

See the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum with a package that includes a fast-track entrance to the Colosseum. Enjoy a hassle-free experience at your own pace.

  • Step into Rome’s ancient past at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Avoid the long lines with fast-track entry to the Colosseum at your selected time.
  • Receive a downloadable map of Imperial Rome to help you explore the sites
  • Imagine the generations of people who have fought, ruled, and wandered here
  • Visit the most important sights of Rome’s history and create lasting memories

Book your tickets here

Admission Fee:

The admission ticket costs 12 euros, including entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The pass ticket is valid for 2 days, allowing visitors to enter each of the 2 sites (Colosseum and Roman Forum/Palatine Hill).

Searching for the best hotels and affordable flights? Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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