Visit Colosseum in Rome, the site of glory and gore which is one of the most pivotal Roman landmarks still standing – albeit, in ruins – today. Ancient Rome arena harks back to a time where Emperors, gladiators, and bloodthirsty man-versus-animal contests were part-and-parcel of everyday life. Throughout the Empire’s rule, spectacles of battle and brutality regularly entertained an audience of 50,000 people. Experience a key site of recreation and socializing in the cruelest of fashions. Time and Mother Nature may have eroded this site, but still today it proudly holds all the marvel of yesteryear, remaining an awe-inspiring tribute to imperial Roman barbarity, power, and prowess.This is one of the best things to do in Rome.
Think ahead - lines are lengthy at this Roman attraction. You can get skip the line tickets and audio guide private tours, and is a handy way to explore more of this rich historical site and learn epic tales of the times.
Evening Rome-ing. 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 amphitheater’s grand exterior, alfresco style.
Tread carefully. These ancient ruins have uneven surfaces and wonky paths. On your tours, watch your step and wear comfortable shoes to avoid any trip-ups.
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Best time to visit
The most-visited monument in Italy is busy year-round, with tour to Colosseum 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 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.
The Colosseum stands by the Roman Forum, just minutes from the city centre. Bike riding and walking is ideal for leisurely visitors and those with flexible tickets.
Those who mean business can take the metro, alighting from nearby Colosseo station.
Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about the 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.
It 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, it 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. Grab your tickets now to learn more about this epic, legendary landmark.