How to visit the Colosseum in Rome? The Colosseum in Rome is one of the must-see places in Rome. On the other hand, unfortunately, in high tourist season, waiting times are extremely long! It is the same for visiting the Vatican. Discover our tips for visiting the Colosseum in Rome without wasting too much time:
- Best time for visiting + time to avoid 🗓
- Buying tickets once on site 🎟
- Avoid the wait: buy skip-the-line tickets ⭐️
- How long should I plan to visit the Colosseum? 🕘
1. Best time to visit the Colosseum in Rome
What is the best day of the week and time to visit the Colosseum in Rome? The Colosseum is easily accessible on foot from the central area of Rome, but you can also take public transport to get there. You can see the different districts of downtown Rome here: Best areas to stay and visit in Rome.
1.1 Opening hours
The Colosseum in Rome is open daily from 8:30 am. However, closing times vary depending on the season. The Colosseum remains open until 7:15 p.m. from late March to late August. Outside this period, the Colosseum in Rome closes earlier.
The Colosseum in Rome is closed on January 1 and December 25.
1.2 Best time for visiting Colosseum in Rome and days to avoid
On the first Sunday of the month, the visit to the Colosseum in Rome is free. But suddenly I let you imagine the wait… It is therefore a day to avoid if you do not have much time in front of you.
Saturdays and Sundays are the most crowded.
In winter and in the middle of the week, there are far fewer people. Otherwise, in the summer, the skip-the-line tickets are highly recommended to avoid wasting hours waiting.
2. Buying tickets on site
Buying tickets on site to visit the Colosseum in Rome is not the solution, because there is really a long wait. We wanted to try, but as soon as we saw the queue, we understood that it was better to skip the line (especially since it was extremely hot).
3. Skip-the-line tickets for the Colosseum in Rome
Skip-the-line tickets to visit the Colosseum are sold together with skip-the-line tickets for the Roman Forum. But that’s not a problem, because the Roman Forum is also a super interesting place to visit. The audioguide for the Colosseum is included in the price.
- Find our more here: Rome Colosseum skip-the-line tickets + Roman Forum
You have to select the date, as well as the language. You must collect the tickets at the counters (rather clear instructions in the email reviewed after booking), which takes a little time. It is therefore better to arrive a little before the indicated time (10-15 minutes) in order to collect the tickets.
Good to know! The number of people inside the Colosseum must not exceed 3000 people. Around noon we can hear announcements encouraging visitors to end their visit, because the Colosseum is full and no other people can enter…
4. How long to visit the Colosseum in Rome?
The visit could take about 1 hour 30, and 2 hours in total. From memory, the audio guide is planned for a duration of 1h30, but you don’t have to listen to everything, you can skip certain parts.
Practical advice. There are few restaurants and cafes near the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The ones we saw were pretty touristy and didn’t look very good to us except for a drink. Plan small sandwiches with you, in order to benefit more serenely from the visit.
We preferred to start with the Colosseum, then continue the visit to the Roman Forum. We stayed there for a long time (the Roman Forum is very large, we really went around all the gardens) and it was only at the end of the afternoon that we saw the world leave for a little little.