Art and Monuments What's on

The Colosseum: how to buy tickets



The Flavian Amphitheater commonly known as Colosseum is located just east of the Roman Forum and was commissioned by  Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD. The construction of this imposing arena right in the place where was previously located an artificial lake of Nero’s Domus Aurea, meant to return to Roman people a delightful area of the city.

Emperor Vespasian wanted to earn the affection of the people by the building of a new amphitheater were spectacles were free and public could enjoy gladiator fights, hunting simulations and battles among wild animals.

The Colosseum had seating for around 70.000 people and was built with astonishing engineering techniques. On the top a big tent was unrolled to protect public from the sun and underground was arranged an advanced system with uplift and other scenery machineries in order to present to public an exciting spectacle.

By the end of the 6th century the arena faced a period of decadence and the marble facing all over the amphitheater was looted.

Nowadays the Colosseum is one of the most important sign of the greatness of the Roman Empire and is visited daily by a large number of visitors.


Ticket, including also the archaeological area of the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill can be bought:

  •   at Piazza del Colosseo (Colosseum),  at the ticket offices in Via di San Gregorio (Palatine), Largo Salara Vecchia former Largo Romolo e Remo (Roman Forum),  at the ticket offices of two museums: Palazzo Altemps and Terme di Diocleziano during their opening time (€ 2,00 booking fee);


  •  on line by credit card, in order to avoid long queues, at the official ticket office: Coopculture       ( or by phone at the following number :  0039 06 39967700. Coopculture is also the official guided tours.


Once the booking is made, coopculture  will communicate (whether the booking is by phone)  or send (whether the booking is on line) a reservation code which entitles holders to gain quick access thanks to the special queue for pre-booked tickets holders by skipping the line, where it is possible to pay a difference if applicable. It is possible to print, once the booking is made, the tickets.

Due to security measures, it is necessary to arrive at least 30 minutes before the reservation,  it is forbidden to enter with backpacks camping, bulky bags and luggage / trolley, medium backpacks are allowed.

It is not possible to buy tickets on line in the same day of the visiting.

Ticket for Colosseum+ Roman Forum/ Palatine is valid for 2 days, therefore it is possible to visit the two  archeologic sites within two days, however it is not possible to enter the same archaeological site twice


  •   €. 12,00
  •   €. 14,00    on line – reservation fee
  •    €.   7,50
  •    €.  9,50  on line – reservation fee
  •    European Union citizens between 18 and 25 years old
  •    European Union teachers
  •  €. 2,00 on line – reservation fee
  •  all visitors under the age of 18 years
  •  free admission on the first Sunday of the month. On this occasion it is not possible to make  reservation

Audio–guide can be bought near the pre-booked tickets desk


ticket office closes one hour before closing time:  from 8:30 am to one hour before sunset


on January 1st- May 1st – Dec. 25th
Free entrance for all on the first Sunday of the month


  • “B” line Metro Colosseo station
  • “A” line Metro station Manzoni stattion, then two stops of tram no. 3 going southwards Colosseum direction
  • Bus lines 60, 75, 85, 87, 271, 571, 175, 186, 810, 850.