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A site of glory and gore, the Colosseum is one of the most pivotal Roman landmarks still standing – albeit, in ruins – today. Thrilling crowds since its build in 80AD, Rome’s ancient arena harks back to a time where Emperors, gladiators and bloodthirsty man-versus-animal contests were part-and-parcel of everyday life in Rome. Throughout the Empire’s rule, spectacles of battle and brutality regularly entertained an audience of 50,000 people, the Colosseum a key site of recreation and socialising in the cruellest of fashions. Time and Mother Nature may have eroded this site, but the Colosseum of today proudly holds all the marvel of yesteryear, remaining an awe-inspiring tribute to imperial Roman barbarity, power, and prowess.

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  • Our tips for Colosseum

    Our tips for Colosseum
    • Think ahead - lines are lengthy at this Roman attraction. A guided tour grants skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, and is a handy way to explore more of this rich historical site and learn epic tales of the times.
    • Evening Rome-ing. The Colosseum firmly closes its doors to visitors an hour from sundown, which can be as early as five in winter. The arena’s facade is particularly beautiful at night, however. Take yourself down to one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy the amphitheatre’s grand exterior, alfresco style.
    • Tread carefully. These ancient ruins have uneven surfaces and wonky paths. Watch your step and wear comfortable shoes to avoid any trip-ups.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit The most-visited monument in Italy is busy year-round, catering to crowds every day besides Christmas and New Years (January 1st). June and July are most popular for tourists, with slow-moving lines snaking around the theatre and beyond. Just outside of peak tourist time, the months of May and September are ideal for a Colosseum visit with sunny days and tolerable queues. However, if you fancy an evening tour, summer’s your best bet - the site stays open until 7pm most evenings.
    Getting There The Colosseum stands by the Roman Forum, just minutes from the city centre. Bike riding and walking is ideal for leisurely visitors. Those who mean business can take the metro, alighting from nearby Colosseo station.
    Money Saving Tips A visit to the Colosseum shouldn’t break the bank. Entrance tickets are on the cheap side for a top attraction, while Roman Forum combination tours ensure extra bang for your buck.
    Did you know? Impress your fellow travellers with these titbits about the Roman Colosseum…
    • The first games were held as a celebration of the Colosseum’s opening in 80AD. They lasted 100 days and saw the slaughtering of some 5000 animals.
    • The Colosseum was first known as the Flavian Amphitheatre after the Vespasian’s family who planned the build. It’s name was later changed to recognise the Colosso di Nerone, a giant bronze statue (around 30 metres in height) of Nero that stood nearby.
    • Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum was used as a castle, cemetery and even a housing complex through the Middle Ages. It later fell into disrepute until restoration efforts began in the late 1900’s.