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10 tips for your Colosseum tour

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During your Tour of Rome you can not miss a stop at the Coliseum. Plann your Colosseum tour following our tips for un unforgettable experience!

A Coliseum tour is a must-visit when in Rome so make sure it is top of your itinerary.
If I ask "which is the symbol of Rome?" I can state that everybody will answer the Colosseum!

Colosseum Tour

The Coliseum has been built 2000 years ago and it accommodated over 50,000 spectators during gladiatorial matches and battle.
All of us have seen the Colosseum in numerous photos, movies and documentaries, but to see it before your eyes is a unique experience. It is majestic, imposing, magnificent ... and it perfectly expresses the power of the ancient Roman Empire
For this reason a Coliseum tour is a priority for many tourists and you could face overcrowding isse: follow our 10 tips to arrange a perfect Colosseum tour!

1. Skip the lines!
Tickets can be purchased at the Colosseum, but the queue can be long, also hours! So I suggest you to buy the Colosseum tickets in advance, through the official website (cost in 2013 is 13,5 euro per person): click here
The tickets are valid for 2 days and include the entrance at the Coliseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.

2. The entrance of the Coliseum is close to that of the Roman Forum?
No, the Roman Forum has 2 main entrances: the first one in Via di San Gregorio, from there you can also access the Palatine Hill, but it is a long walk of about 10 minutes. The second entrance is in Largo della Salara Vecchia, just in front of Via Cavour (about 5 minutes by foot). Here below the map.

3. Recommended dress code.
I suggest you to wear comfortable shoes but not sandals, as you have to walk on cobblestone streets and unpaved road. During summer bring with you a bottle of water and a hat…and remember that the closest bar is inside the underground stop of Colosseo.
4. How to avoid the tourist traps
Just outside the Colosseum you can see many "gladiators" who offer to pose with you for pictures. Remember that it is a funny experience but it has really a high cost: about 10 euro!
Indeed, before enter the Coliseum, many guys will approach you to sell Coliseum tour. Remember that for the Italian law a tour guide must be license, otherwise you risk to spend a lot of money and you can not enter the monuments with the tour guide!

5. Colosseum or Flavian Amphiteatre: which is the right name?
Both! The original name was "Flavian Amphitheatre", from the name of the Emperor who wanted to build the Colosseum. The name Colosseum is due to a 37 meter statue of Nero that stood alongside it, which was called the Colossas of Nero.

6. It is worth to pay the tickets to enter inside the Coliseum?
Yes! Recently the third level of the Colosseum and the underground level have been opened and surely - from outside - you cannot enjoy the breath-taking panorama and the secrets passages of the Gladiators!

7. Which are the opening hours of the Coliseum?
08.30 - 16.30 from January 2 to February 15
08.30 - 17.00 from February 16 to March 15
08.30 - 17.30 from March 16 to last Saturday of March
08.30 - 19.15 from last Sunday of March to August 31
08.30 - 19.00 from September 1 to September 30
08.30 - 18.30 from October 1 to last Sunday of October
08.30 - 16.30 from the last Sunday of October to December 31
Good Friday 8.30 am - 2 pm, 2 June 1:30 am- 7:15 pm

1 January, 1 May, 25 December

Ticket Office closes one hour before closing time.

8. How to reach the Coliseum?

It is very easy: the Coliseum stands just outside the underground stop of Colosseo (line B)

9. How long it takes a tour inside the Colosseum and Roman Forum?
Plan on spending at least a couple of hours inside the Coliseum. If you want to visit also the Roman Forum you have to consider 3 hours.

10. It is worth to book a guided tour or it is better a self-guided tour?

The Coliseum and the Roman Forum are labyrinths full of art masterpieces so, if you don't want to miss somenthing, it is better to book a guided tour. The Coliseum is a 3 floors building, with many secret panorama views…but the real labyrinth is the Roman Forum with a maze of monuments, buildings and columns! A good guided Colosseum tour least about 3 hours so, if you don't have enough time, consider to rent an audioguide.

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