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Address

Address: Piazza del Colosseo
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)

Contacts

Opening times

Open daily
9.00 - 19.15 from 27 March to 31 August
9.00 - 19.00 from 1 September to 30 September
9.00 - 18.30 from 1 to 30 October
9.00 - 16.30 from 31 October to 31 December
Last admission one hour before closing

Closed on 25 December and 1 January

Entrance to the Colosseum is at Sperone Valadier

Accessibility: the monument has a lift for the disabled. Please ask the staff at the ticket window to access the upper floors, where a technician is available to help people with disabilities. Accessible equipped toilet available.

For security reasons it is strictly forbidden to enter with backpacks, camping, bulky bags and luggage/trolley. It is forbidden to access the monument with bottles and glasses containers, alcholic beverages and spray cans.
Access is not permitted to animals

Information

Free admission on the 1st Sunday of the month
From Sunday 3 April 2022 you can visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine for free.
Without reservation, admission on a first-come, first-served basis with ticket collection at the helpdesk in Piazza del Colosseo, located near the Temple of Venus and Rome. Also for Membership Card and Roma Pass holders.
> All information 1st Sunday of the month

It is mandatory to book tickets online
> Ordinary ticket

Valid 24 h, allows one entrance to the Colosseum and one entrance to the Forum - Palatine area. Colosseum entrance from "Sperone Valadier
€ 16,00 + € 2,00 booking fee
€ 2,00 reduced + € 2,00 reservation fee for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old upon presentation of an identity document
€ 9,50 concessions with Romapass + € 2,00 reservation fee
Free for citizens under 18 years of age of the European Community and non-EU citizens; Italian citizens living abroad registered with AIRE

> Full Experience Arena Ticket
Valid 2 days from the first use, it allows one entrance to the Colosseum with access to the Arena, one entrance to Foro Palatino area and SUPER sites. Colosseum entrance from "Sperone Valadier
€ 22,00 + € 2,00 booking fee
€ 2,00 reduced + € 2,00 booking fee for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old upon presentation of an identity document
Free for citizens under 18 years of age of the European Community and non-EU citizens; Italian citizens living abroad registered with AIRE

> Full Experience Underground and Arena Ticket
Valid 2 days from the first use, it allows one entrance to the Colosseum with access to the underground passages and to the Arena, one entrance to the Palatine Forum area and SUPER sites. Colosseum entrance from "Sperone Valadier
€ 22,00 + € 2,00 booking fee
€ 2,00 reduced + € 2,00 reservation fee for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old upon presentation of an identity document
Free for citizens under 18 years of age of the European Community and non-EU citizens; Italian citizens living abroad registered with AIRE

For updates and guidelines please visit: https://parcocolosseo.it/en/visit/opening-times-and-tickets

A new App, ParcoColosseo, has been released for visitors to discover the new tickets and routes in the PArCo.
Keep following on the official web site and across the @parcocolosseo social media accounts.

Modalità di partecipazione: Booking required

Agreement with

OMNIA , Roma Pass

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Description

The emperors of the Flavia family built this large amphitheater for gladiatorial shows and hunts of wild animals, which in the following centuries became the symbol of the Eternal City. 
The building, called Colosseum starting from the Middle Ages perhaps due to the vicinity of an enormous statue of Nero (Colossus), rose on the area covered by the artificial lake of the Domus Aurea.
The works started under Vespasian and were terminated in the year 80 A.D. by Titus that promoted a magnificent inauguration with games that lasted apparently one hundred days, during which five thousand beasts were killed.
The construction was completed under Domitian (81-96).
The building has an elliptical plan and consists externally of a triple series of eighty travertine arches lined by Tuscanic semicolons in the first order, Ionic in the second and Corinthian in the third. We can still see on the top the shelves and the holes for the poles that sustained the large curtain that protected the spectators from the sun and the rain. Instead the numerous holes visible all over the outside surface were made during the Middle Ages with the purpose of recuperating the metal plates that kept the stone blocks together.
The arches on the ground floor gave access to the steps and stands for the public. Above the arches the Roman numbers that indicated the various sectors of the cavea are still visible. Only the main entrances, situated in correspondence of the main axes, were not numbered because reserved to privileged categories: magistrates, vestals, religious colleges, etc.. The northern entrance lead to the tribune reserved to the Emperor.
The underground basements where used to keep the machinery and the cages for the beasts, or as storage and service rooms. They are still visible today at the center of the amphitheater, but were originally covered with wooden boards that formed the surface of the arena. Four corridors located under the main entrances connected the basements with the outside: one led to the Ludus Magnus, the main barracks of the gladiators.
The shows were free of charge and the seats were assigned according to the class of belonging: some stands in the lower sector that were reserved to the senators bear inscriptions with the names of 195 personalities of the senatorial order belonging to the period of Odoacer (476-483).
The gladiatorial games were definitively forbidden by Valentinian the Third after the year 438 A.D., while the shows with hunts of wild beasts continued until 523. In the Middle Ages the Colosseum was transformed into a fortress that belonged firstly to the Frangipane and then to the Annibaldi family.
After becoming a quarry of construction material and being unceasingly dispoliated for centuries, in 1749 it was consecrated by Benedict the Fourteenth to the Passion of Jesus and "reutilized" as a monumental Via Crucis.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century the first interventions to statically reinforce the structure were performed and the large brick walls that still retain what remains of the external perimeter were built.

Services

» Accessible to disabled people
» Audio Guide
» Audio guide in different language
» Bookshop
» Guided Visits
» Hygienic Facilities for Disabled
» Multilingual guided visits

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