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This reservation includes pre-booked entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the external archaelogical area of the Palatine.

Full price ticket: € 16,00 (ticket € 12,00 + reservation fee € 4,00)
Half price ticket: € 11,50 (ticket € 7,50 + reservation fee € 4,00)
Free ticket: € 4,00 (reservation fee € 4,00) 

IIMPORTANT RULES FOR COLOSSEUM TICKETS: these tickets cannot be modified or cancelled under any circumstance. This means that if the visitor is unable to use these tickets, no refund is due. Once the on-line booking is completed, tickets cannot be modified or cancelled.You cannot modify either the date of the visit, or the reserved entrance time and the type of ticket (full, half price and free ticket) for any reason. Therefore we recommend to pay attention during reservation procedure.

Italy Travels can sell pre-sale tickets with an advance of at least 24h before the reserved entrance.
For security reasons the Coliseum can host maximum 3.000 people at the same time. This may cause braking at the access of the museum, even for visitor with booked entrance tickets. As a result, the visitor’s access at the location may not be admitted at the scheduled time of entrance.

Address Colosseum: Piazza del Colosseo - Roma
Address Palatine Museum: Via di San Gregorio 30 - Roma
Opening hours: every day, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. From April to October, last entrance is at 5:30 pm.
Closing: Mondays, 1st January, 1st May and Christmas day.

PLEASE NOTE: the ticket which allows to enter and visit the Colosseum also includes the entrance to the Roman Forum and to the external archaelogical area of the Palatine. The ticket lasts 2 days from the entrance time written on your voucher. The booked entrance time is for the Colosseum entrance and must be respected. After visiting the Colosseum, visitors can enter the Roman Forum and the Palatine museum with same tickets in the following 2 days.

Reservations are limited to 13 people maximum. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For groups over 13 people please contact our reservation office

Italy Travels cannot be held responsible for partial closing museum rooms, itinerary variations inside the museum, cancellations or entrance delays due to unaspectable events, strikes or decisions taken by the museum direction or by the Ministero dei Beni Culturali or by the Sovraintendenza delle Belle Arti. 

The Colosseum history
The construction of the Colosseum was started under the emperor Vespavian and was completed by his son Titus in 80 A.D. Originally named the amphitheatre of Flavio, it became known as the colosseum because of an enormous bronze statue of Nero which in the second century A.D. was placed near by the monument.

The building was used for gladiator fights, hunting simulations involving ferocious and exotic animals and similar entertainments. The building was constructed with blocks of stone and brickwork. The outside is composed of four levels, the first three of which are made up of 80 arches while the fourth is divided into sections interspersed with windows. On this level were placed both stone and wooden supports which held an enormous canopy which served as a roof to protect the spectators from the elements. The brickwork on the inner building was finished employing a marble veneer. The arena itself was a huge wooden floor covered with sand while the subterranean passages consisted of a series of tunnels where the wild beasts and various equipment used during spectacles were held. Holding up to 73.000 spectators, entrance to the Colosseum was regulated through a ticket system, with each ticket indicating where the holder should go through the internal passages and corridors to find his or her seat.

The Colosseum

Rome’s greatest amphitheatre was commissioned by the Emperor Vespasian in AD 72 on the marshy site of a lake in the grouns of Nero’s palace, the Domus Aurea. Deadly gladiatorial combats and wild animal fights were staged free of charge by the emperor and wealthy citizens for public viewing.

The Colosseum aws built to a practical design, with its 80 arched entrances allowing easy access to 55,000 spectators, but it is also a building of great beauty. The drawing here shows how it looked at the time of its opening in AD 80. It was one of several similar amphitheatres built in the Roman Empire, and some survive at El Djem in North Africa, Nimes and Arles in France, and Verona in northern Italy. Despite being damaged over the years by neglect and theft, it remains a majestic sight.



The emperors held shows here which often began with animals performing circus tricks. Then on came the gladiators, who fought each other to the death. When one was killed, attendants dressed as Charon, the mythical ferryman of the dead, carried his body off on a stretcher, and sand was raked over the blood ready for the next bout. A badly wounded gladiator would surrender his fate to the crowd. The “thumbs up” sign from the emperor meant he could live, “thumbs down” that he die, and the victor became an instant hero. Animals were brought here from as far away as North Africa and the Middle East. The games held in AD 248 to mark the thousandth anniversary of Rome’s founding saw the death of a host of lions, elephants, hippos, zebras and elks.


How to choose the correct ticket for Archaeological museums in Rome

Half price ticket: for 18-25 year olds from the European Union with documents.

Free ticket (reservation only)
Kids and children under 18 (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). Identity document is required.

Teachers pay full price tickets. Only Italian teachers can benefit from free tickets.

Disabled people and one accompanying person enter free and do not need any reservation. Documents attesting disability will be asked at the entrance.

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The booked entrance time is for the Colosseum entrance. After visiting the Colosseum, visitors can enter the Roman Forum and the external archaeological area of the Palatine with same tickets for the two following days.


This reservation grants a skip the line entrance at the ticket office, waiting in line might be necessary for security reasons at the metal detector.


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