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

08.30 - 16.30
from January 2 to February 15
last admission at 15.30

08.30 - 17.00
from February 16 to March 15
last admission at16.00

08.30 - 17.30
from March 16 to last Saturday of March
last admission at 16.30

08.30 - 19.15
from the last Sunday of March to August 31
last admission at 18.15

08.30 - 19.00
from September 1 to September 30
last admission at 18.00

08.30 - 18.30
from October 1 to last Saturday of October
last admission at 17.30

08.30 - 16.30
from the last Sunday of October to December 31
last admission at 15.30

Last admission 1 hour before closing time
Closed: December 25, January 1

2 June: closed until 2pm


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


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.


Colosseum + Roman Forum/Palatine Hill Combined Ticket (valid for 2 days):
Full entrance fee € 12,00
Reduced entrance fee € 2,00 collected at the ticket desk
EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old
Reduced entrance Roma Pass holders: € 7,50

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:

- 3 March 2019 first Sunday of the month
- 5-10 March 2019 Settimana dei Musei
- 9 May 2019 
- 5 June 2019 
- 29 June 2019 S. Pietro e Paolo
- 23 September 2019 Dies natalis Augusti
- 4 October 2019
- 6 October 2019 first Sunday of the month
- 3 November 2019 first Sunday of the month
- 4 November 2019 
- 22 November 2019 
- 1 December 2019  first Sunday of the month
- 18 December 2019 
Further information: http://iovadoalmuseo.beniculturali.it/

- European and non-European people under 18
- 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;
- members of volunteer work associations of the Cultural Heritage;


HOW TO BOOK: https://www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm

Roma Pass: the Museum is included in Roma Pass.
72h and 48h Roma Pass holders visiting Coliseum, accompanied by a free ticket holder, or wishing to visit the Coliseum as a reduced ticket site, must withdraw free tickets or buy reduced tickets at the “groups/reserved” window after passing the security checks dedicated to GROUPS.
Reservation required for Roma Pass holders.

For the Coliseum, Roma Pass holders can make a reservation in three ways:
- On-line, on the website www.coopculture.it in the "booking with Roma Pass" section – required booking fee 2€ (with credit card)
- Call center at 0639967575 – required booking fee 2€ (with credit card)
- At the Roman Forum - Palatine ticket offices,  only on the day of the visit (upon availability)- the ticket office will issue a free receipt with the admission time.

The Roma Pass ticket doesn’t allow the:

-entrance to the Palatine Museum
-entrance to the arena

If the Roma Pass 72 Hours and/or Roma Pass 48 Hours is being used to visit the Coliseum as one of the reduced price admissions following the first two (for Roma Pass 72 Hours) or following the first one (for Roma Pass 48 Hours), then the visitor must add the reservation fee to the reduced price ticket.

The visitor can also purchase the Roma Pass ticket while making the reservation of the entry time, only online or via call center. After paying, the visitor can collect the card at the ticket office of Palazzo Merulana, from 8.30 to 21.00 from Monday to Sunday, except Tuesday.

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Today's events

#IoVadoAlMuseo (Manifestations) from 2019-02-28
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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.


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