The Colosseum, amazing historic site, must see attraction on city break to RomeOne of the  seven wonders of the modern world, the ancient Colosseum or Coliseum, was the world’s largest ampitheatre, with seating once available for some 55,000 visitors. Construction began in 70 AD under Emperor Vespasian and was completed by 80 AD under his successor Titus. The name is thought to have come from the colossal statue of Nero that was nearby. An essential place to visit on your Rome city break.

A masterpiece of engineering, the large arena is the model for our modern-day sports arenas. Built from travertine, porous stone, bricks and Roman cement. There were at least eighty entrances and exits to the Coliseum, ensuring the quick entrance and exit of the public.

inside the Coliseum Rome while on city breakOn your Rome city break step back in history, events at the Coliseum were both gruesome and fascinating. Spectators could watch Gladiator events, executions and hunting expeditions. The floor could be flooded and mock ship battles staged, although this practice was abandoned due to water damage. The floor was replaced with sand and a system of lifts and pulleys raised scenery and live animals. Amazingly, it even boasted a retractable roof made of coloured cloth.

Visitors on a Rome city break can now explore the dark lower level of the Coliseum with a guided tour to see where prisoners, Gladiators and animals awaited their fates. As many as 500,000 people and a million animals were killed in this spot, some species of animals even becoming extinct before the fickle crowds.

A visit to the Coliseum is a fantastic experience of your Rome city break.

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Coliseum Visitor Information

The Roman Coliseum is located in the heart of piazza del Colosseo, B(blue) metro line.

Coliseum admission fee:
Full ticket – €15.50
EU reduced ticket – €10.50 (available only for European citizens aged between 18 and 25)
EU complimentary ticket- €4.50 (available only for EU citizens aged above 65 and under 18)

Opening hours:
Mid February – mid March: 9 AM – 4.30 PM
End March – end August: 9 AM – 7.00 PM
End August – end Sept.: 9 AM – 6.30 PM
End Sept. – end October: 9 AM – 6.00 PM
End October – mid March: 9 AM – 4.00 PM

Disabled Access

A Special route has been designed to facilitate visits inside the Coliseum. An elevator will take wheelchairs to the second level and you can virtually get around both the first and second level. A ramp takes you into the Roman Forum allowing for a partial visit but Palatine hill is not accessible to wheelchairs.

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