About the Colosseum

Built between 70AD and 80AD the colosseum in Rome is one of the largest amphitheaters in the world.  Hosting battles of torture that would attract on average 65,000 people to watch gladiator fights and prisoners trying to survive their fate at the hands of wild animals.  Visiting the ruins of the colosseum will give you a feel for the attraction, whilst re-living Imperial Rome’s past.

The colosseum has since gone on to show bull fighting, open air theatre productions and in modern day Rome Pope Benedict XVI has held religious ceremonies at the venue.  In more recent years Elton John and Paul McCartney have both performed concerts within the surroundings.

Helpful information about the Colosseum, Rome

The nearest airports to the Colosseum are the Rome Fiumicino Airport or Leonardo da Vinci International, which will take less than an hour by train.  Opening times are from 8.30am and closing varies throughout the year.  Adults cost €12 (€7.50 concessions) with under 18’s going free.  

When visiting look online for deals to avoid the queues, where you will also find guided tours and discounts for large groups. Make the most of your ticket as it will include the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, valid for 2 days and within walking distance.  Inside the site make sure you visit the House of Augustus and House of Livia, monuments included within your entry price.

Where to stay in Rome for the Colosseum

If you are planning to visit the Colosseum, look for a wide range of private rentals, houses and apartments near to the City Centre.  If you are looking to rent near to the colosseum then many of Rome’s landmarks are within walking distance, or if you wish to travel from elsewhere in the city make the most of public transport.  Check our accommodation in Rome.

Things to do near the Colosseum, Rome

With so much in the heart of Rome take a walking tour and visit Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica for the Catholic landmarks.  The highly decorative Trevi Fountain can also be found in Rome or if you need something to keep you going on your journey Italy is of course famous for its wine, pizza and pasta. 

More information about the Colosseum, Rome

For more information about the Colosseum: Tickets and opening times, the history of the Colosseum, download brochures, directions and information on the other museums with Rome check here.

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