Rome The Colosseum area

Planning a vacation to the wonderful city of Rome in Italy? The Eternal City is filled with history and beauty and one of its most famous landmarks is the Colosseum – the most impressive construction of the Roman Empire according to many. Although this attraction has broken down in particular areas, it still stands as one of the most popularly visited landmarks and if definitely worth devoting some of your time to! It’s open daily between 8:30 am and 7:15 pm. Come early or by the end of the day, when the lines tend to be a bit shorter.

The largest amphitheater was built in 70AD and was used for gladiatorial contests as well as executions and dramas. Be sure to visit this remarkable place and make the Russell Crowe movie ‘Gladiator’ come alive. You can check out our special offers for a skip the line tour of the Colosseum – it’s often very crowded so skipping the long lines can save you a lot of time and energy! If you are very short on time, make sure you at least get to see the building from the outside…

Leaving the Colosseum area and wondering what to do next? By heading 630 meters north west you will find yourself at yet another recognizable landmark –the Roman Forum. Although today it appears disorderly, by having a good imagination and some knowledge of the past, you will be able to picture how life must have looked like during the Imperial Rome times. There are many ruins remaining here such as temples, triumphal arches and basilicas. A fan of Julius Caesar? Here you can also admire the Temple of Divus Julius which is a monument that was built in honour of the famous emperor.

Things to do around the Colosseum in Rome

There are many things to do in Rome and starting your day at the Colosseum means you will be led on a path to many other great sites in the city. After the Roman Forum you may want to visit the Trajan Forum which is 365m north. The Trajan Forum, built in 106AD, was one of the grandest architectural wonders of the world. Here you will see a lot of history including the Trajan Column – celebrating victory of Dacia – and remainder of the Trajan markets.

Up for another Rome attraction in the Colosseum area? Only 200 meters away towards south west is Il Vittoriano, referred to as “the wedding cake” by some of the locals. Situated between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill, you cannot ignore this huge mountain of white marble also known as the Altar of the Fatherland. This monument includes the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a free museum holding Italian unification. It’s open between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm every day. For the best view of the city, take the Roma dal Cielo lift from the side of the building which leads you to the top of the Altar. For more tips regarding Il Vittoriano and more to do in Piazza Venezia, watch our special video guides about these attractions!

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$