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Address

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

Telephone: Info e prenotazioni 0039 06 39967700 (lun-ven ore 9.00-13.00 / 14.00-17.00; sab ore 9.00-13.00)

Opening times

January 2 - February 15: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm;
February 16 to March 15: 8.30 am - 5.00 pm;
March 16 - last Saturday of March: 8.30 am - 5.30 pm;
last Sunday of March- August 31: 8.30 am - 7.15 pm;
September 1 to September 30: 8.30 am - 7.00 pm;
October 1 - last Saturday of October: 8.30 am - 6.30 pm;
Last Sunday of October - December 31: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm;

2 June: 1.30 - 7.15 pm;

Last admission 1 hour before closing time.

Closed: January 1, December 25

The ticket, valid also for and the archaeological area of the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill, can be purchased:
-  at the ticket offices in Via di San Gregorio (Palatine), Largo Salara Vecchia - former Largo Romolo e Remo  (Roman Forum), Piazza del Colosseo (Colosseum), Via Sacra (Roman Forum, Arco di Tito)

- at the ticket offices of two museums: Palazzo Altemps and Terme di Diocleziano during their opening time (€ 2,00 booking fee).

 - Third Ring and Hypogeum: access is also possible without guided tour at 10.40 and 13.40. Booking recommended at 0039 06 39967700 (mon-frid 9.00-13.00 / 14.00-17.00; sat ore 9.00-13.00).

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.

Please note: the guided tours to the Porta Libitinaria are suspended until further notice.

Information

Colosseum + Roman Forum/Palatine Hill Combined Ticket (valid for 2 days):
Adults: € 12,00
Concessions: € 7,50
- UE members between 18 and 25 years old
- European Union state teachers

PLEASE NOTE: the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are located in the same archaeological area and count as one admission, therefore if you use the ticket or Roma Pass to get in once, it cannot be used again for the same site/area

 Free admission
- European and non- European citizens under 18
- European citizens over 65 subsequent amendments through ministerial letters.
- tour guides from the European Union practising their professional activity
- tour interpreters from the European Union practising their professional activity
- employees of the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities
- members of ICOM (International Council of Museums)
- members of ICCROM (International organization for conservation of cultural heritage)
- reserved school groups from European Union schools, accompanied by one teacher every 10 students
- teachers and students of faculties of Architecture, Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences, and degree courses in the Arts, or in literary subjects with a specialisation in archaeology or art history, in Humanities faculties of Universities from the European Union
- students enrolled in these specialisations of faculties of Architecture, Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences, and of degree courses in the Arts, or in literary subjects with a specialisation in archaeology or art history, in Humanities faculties of Universities and doctorate students in the aforementioned disciplines
- Socrates and Erasmus students of the aforementioned disciplines
- teachers and students of Fine Arts Academies from the European Union
- teachers of Art History in Upper Secondary Schools
- students of the following schools: Istituto Centrale del Restauro, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Scuola per il Restauro del Mosaico
- journalists in the italian national register or any other journalist from a foreign country, only for work porpouses and according to a valid document proving the given professionalism
- disabled persons and a companion from the European Union
- members of volunteer work associations of the Cultural Heritage
- holders of "Carta dello studente"

Roma Archeologia Card: Adults: € 23,00 Concessions: € 13,00 - valid for 7 days, it allows entance to Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Cripta Balbi, Terme di  Diocleziano, Colosseo, Foro Romano e Palatino, Terme di Caracalla, Villa dei Quintili, Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella.
With the Archeological Card it is possible to skip the line.
Booked on line: + € 2,00 booking fee.

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HOW TO BOOK:
Individuals: € 2,00 booking fee for individual visitors recommended for skipping the queue
- tel. +39 0639967700 (Credit Cards Only, Monday-Friday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm; Saturday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm.)
- www.ticketclic.it (tickets purchased online include the booking fee).
- From your smartphone when you are waiting in line at the Colosseum through Mobile Ticketing

- Groups: booking is required for organized groups of 14 visitors or more, up to a maximum of 50 people, at tel. +39 0639967450 (Credit Cards Only, Monday-Friday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm; Saturday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm), or www.ticketclic.it (tickets purchased online include the booking fee). Group booking fee: € 28,00 up to 14 visitors (from the 15th visitors on an extra fee of € 2,00 per person is required, payable at the ticket office). Booking includes the compulsory rent of radio-guides;

 - School groups: a € 15,00 for school group advance booking is required, max 50 students, tel. +39 0639967200 (Monday-Friday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm; Saturday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm);

Please show up at the ticket office 15 minutes in advance with your booking reference number. 

Roma Pass: the Museum is included in 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.

Educational activities

Visits for individuals
language: english, spanish
participants: up to 40 pax
duration: about 45 min
cost: € 5.00
reservation: suggested +39 06 399 67 700
timetable:

English visit, from Monday to Sunday at 10.15AM - 10.45AM - 11.15AM - 11.45AM - 12.30PM - 13.45PM - 15.00PM
Spanish visit, from Monday to Sunday at 10.30AM - 11.30AM - 12.45PM - 14.45PM


Visits for groups
hours: on request
languages: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish
persons: max 30
duration: 45 minutes
price: € 130,00
booking: required

Audio guide
languages: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Latin, Portuguese, Asl (American Sign Language)
duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes
price: € 5,50


Video guide

languages: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese
duration: 45 minutes
price: € 6,00


Info and booking (Credit Cards Only):
 

- individuals: +39 0639967700 (Monday-Friday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm; Saturday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm)

- groups: +39 0639967450 (Monday-Friday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm; Saturday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm)

- schools: +39 0639967200 (Monday-Friday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm; Saturday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm)

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