Make the most out of your visit of the Amphiteatrum Flavium aka Colosseo
The Colosseo or Colosseum in Rome is definitely the most visited attraction hence one of the most crowded. So we have created a useful Blog Post to give you some helpful information and some pieces of advice that will make your visit easy and pleasant. Pelase do get in touch with us should you need any more assistance or if you are interested in booking one of our Unique Guided Tours.
Here are some of our tips for when you are visiting the Colosseum.
A little introduction
The Amphiteatrum Flavium, better known as the Colosseum, was build originally under Emperor Vespasian and was opened to the public in 80 AD: here thousands of cruel fights between beasts and slaves took place since then. Gladiators, as the slaves forced to fight were called, had here they moments of glory and, eventually, of death.
Getting to the Colosseum
The metro stop near the Colosseum entrance: Colosseo
Metro tickets can be used on the bus too, but it is really easy to use the metro. The tickets can be purchased at the machines in the metro stations, keep some coins. The self-serve machines have the option for single ride tickets, 24 hours, 3 day or 7 day passes. Tickets can be purchased from tobacco shops and newspaper stands. The tickets are vaildated when you pass through the gate to the metro, but keep hold of your ticket until you leave the station of your destination (in case you get asked for proof of purchase).
Tickets that cost €1.50 are valid for 100 minutes, so it is possible to take the metro and then to take a bus or tram with the same ticket within that time period. However, each ticket is only good for one metro trip, so you cannot reuse it to return, even if you fall within the 100-minute limit.
Is it crowded?
The short answer is, yes. The Colosseum is one of the most visited attractions, not just in Rome,but in the world. It is estimated that around six million people visit a year, mostly during June, July and August when tickets can sell out very quickly. But it doesn’t feel too crowded when walking around, the huge size of the Colosseum can accommodate the crowds.
The best time to visit?
To avoid the crowds, late afternoon or early mornings are best, especially a couple of hour before closing (4pm in the low season and 7pm in the high season). Of course, low season there will be significantly less crowds from November through to February.
Tickets are available for purchase usually 3 months in advance, but they can sell out extremely quickly. Please ensure that you have a few flexible days and times that you can visit, in case your date of choice is unavailable.
Before entering the colosseum, there is the security check. You will need to pass through a metal detector gate (like the ones in airports).Please do not bring any sharp objects or knives.
It is strictly forbidden to enter with backpacks, camping, bulky bags and luggage/trolley. Medium and small size backpacks can be introduced and must be screened by metal detectors, as any other bag. They must be opened and visually inspected by the security.
It is not necessary to have a guided tour of the Colosseum, but we recommend it. The tour guides will have your entrance tickets and you will be with a guide that will allow the story of the Colosseum to be told. The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill will be brought to life with your professional guide.
Beware: around the monument there are many peddlers who offer guided visits, skipping the queue. Often they are not real professional guides, and their prices sometimes are very high with hidden costs.
Wheelchair accessible with some restrictions. The entrance to the Colosseum is smooth and step-free, but you will come across steps in the Colosseum. There is also a lift up to the upper floors. There are uneven surfaces, as you might expect with the well worn ground of the Colosseum. Also, the Roman Forum has uneven and cobbly ground and Palatine Hill is a bit of a climb with gravelly paths.
What to wear
Due to the uneven ground, we suggest that you wear comfortable shoes, like trainers/ sneakers/ sandals. It is also a good idea to bring a hat and a light jacket to cover your shoulders. The sun can be strong.
In the winter months, it is advised to bring a coat.