Rome The Colosseum

Planning to visit Rome? Here are couple of things you should know about the Colosseum:

The Colosseum in Rome – Essential information

Once you arrived to Rome, there is one place you cannot miss, it’s the most remarkable building of the Roman Empire. In this era, the Colosseum or as it was called then, the Flavian Amphitheater, was and still is the largest Amphitheatre in the world. It was named after Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty. He’s the one who started the construction of the Colosseum, though he didn’t make it to see the building completed in 80 AD.

The Colosseum is located in the center of Rome, it’s the largest building in the city, it included 50,000 seats, and it used to host lots of bloody battles, such as gladiatorial contests, and animal hunts, and even executions… It also showed plays of classical mythology. In the later era, the early medieval times, the building shifted from the public bloody spectacles, to religious use, like Christian shrine.

The Colosseum is located in the center of the city. To get to there conveniently, you can take the tram or the metro, both of them have stops in most of the city’s best attractions. Also taking a hop on hop off bus is a good option! Check our video guides to learn more about other attractions in the area, such as the Golden House, and the Colossus Neronis statue, which is an enormous 30 meters bronze statue of the Emperor Nero. Originally it was erected inside the Amphitheatre in 37Ad and was moved to a close spot later on, and gave the Colosseum its current name. You can also explore the Piazza Venezia, that was named after the Venetian Cardinal, Pietro Barbo, who was selected later to be the pop, and build a palace near Saint Mark church called Palazzo Venezia.

One tip: If you are in Rome in the middle of May you can enjoy the “LA Settimana dei beni culturali” week, which offers you a free admission entrance for public landmarks in Rome, such as the Colosseum and lots of other attractions!

For more tips, ideas and information about Rome’s top attractions, view the rest of our free travel video guides that will tell you all you need to know about these great historical sights.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

USD 149.63$