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General Information & Highlights about the Colosseum
- When visiting the colosseum, note that you are actually buying a ticket for entrance into the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill areas. Thus, do plan to spend some time here in the heart of Ancient Rome, not just the Colosseum grounds alone. Because of the rich history, a guide is highly recommended.
- Colosseum is an impressive building measuring 189 meters long and 156 meters wide with a base area of 24000 m² with a height of over 48 meter.
- The Colosseum has over 80 entrances and can accommodate about 50,000 spectators.
- It is thought that over 500,000 people died and over a million wild animals were killed throughout the duration of the Colosseum hosted people versus beast games.
- Receiving millions of visitors every year, the Colosseum is the most famous tourist attraction of Rome.
- Visit the tomb of Julius Caesar. It’s easy to miss if you’re exploring alone because it’s located behind a low wall. We therefor recommend to enter Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with an expert guide. Book the best one here.
Best Time to Visit Colosseum
The Colosseum is always crowded from the moment it opens to when you are kicked out, but the best time to visit it is without a doubt for the last admission in the early evening. Not only are there fewer crowds but the view over the forum at sunset from the window of the Colosseum is truly unforgettable.
You should visit Colosseum twice during your trip to Rome. First during the day for your sightseeing and return at night when they light up the Colosseum, creating such a superb image against the dark sky. Also, for great distance and wide-angle photos of the Colosseum, go up the road, Via Dei Fori Imperiali a couple hundred meters, there is an upward hill you can walk, with viewpoints over the city. From here you will have some very nice pictures of the entire Colosseum building, which can be a bit difficult to take up close.
Opening Hours Colosseum
The Colosseum is open all days with the following hours:
- 08.30 to 17.00: from 16 February to 15 March
- 08.30 to 17.30: from 16 to last Saturday of March.
- 08.30 to 19.15: from the last Sunday in March until 31 August
- 08.30 to 19.00: from 1 to 30 September
- 08.30 to 18.30: from the first to the last Saturday in October
Last entrance 1 hour before the closure. Opening hours are from 8:30am until one hour before sunset.
The Colosseum is closed on 1st May and 25 December. Overall, the Colosseum should be at the very top of your list of place so to visit in Rome, especially if you are a first time visitor. Hopefully you have time to spend wandering around the Forum grounds and Palatine Hill as well.
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How To Get To The Colosseum?
The monument is extremely central in the city of Rome: a few hundred yards from Piazza Venezia, and close to the Forums. On Sundays the motor traffic is forbidden and Via dei Fori Imperiali and the square of the Colosseum are available to bicycles and strollers. Just outside the Metro station there is a taxi parking, a Bike rental and a bar with tables outside: you can sip your cappuccino in the shade of the biggest thing in Rome.