Visiting Rome's Colosseum

Tickets, Tours, and Security

The ancient Roman Colosseum is Rome’s most visited sites and one of Italy’s top tourist attractions. You must buy tickets in advance or reserve your time slot (even with a pass such as Roma Pass). The ticket has a specific entrance time for the Colosseum and currently also includes the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Note: Guided tours skip the ticket line plus go through a faster security line

Colosseum Upper and Lower Levels Guided Tours

Parts of the Colosseum that were formerly off limits to visitors can now be seen on special guided tours. These tours visit the belvedere or the lowest level, underneath the floor, where wild animals and gladiators were kept before battles.

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The Roman Colosseum

Colosseum Night Tours

An interesting way to visit the Colosseum is on a VIP Colosseum At Night Tour With Underground & Arena Floor, available from May through October. See the Colosseum when it’s closed to the public and visit the underground area.

Security Measures at the Colosseum

Security measures now require all visitors (including those with skip-the-line passes or on guided tours) to go through a metal detector. So even though you won’t have to wait in the ticket line, you will have to wait in the security line. Backpacks, trolleys, and luggage are not permitted inside the Colosseum and there is no place to store them. Waiting time to go through security can be as long as half an hour or even more at peak times.

  • Tip: Guided tours have special priority entrance so if you book a tour, the line to go through security is usually shorter.

Plan Your Visit to Rome

Where to Stay:

Make the most of 1 day in Rome with Walks of Italy’s Rome In A Day Tour with Vatican, Colosseum & Historic Center or see the city’s highlights on your own with this 2 day itinerary of top sights.

Tickets for Sites and Museums: See 3 Tickets To Buy Before You Go and more tickets for Rome sites and attractions.

Rome Guide Books:

See more recommended Rome books.

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Visiting Rome's Colosseum originally appeared on MarthasItaly.com , updated: Jan 09, 2022.