The Flavian Amphitheatre, known as the Colosseum, is my favourite place in Rome.

Did you know it has a capacity of more than 50,000 spectators?

An elliptical structure of 188 meters long, 156 meters wide and 57 meters high. I compare it with a football stadium built in the twentieth century and I think the Romans were magnificent architects who gave their works great beauty.

Made of brick and covered with travertine marble, it has five heights, the closest to the sand were occupied by people with more social rank. It has 80 entries covered with arches, 76 for the public, two for the gladiators and two for the emperor’s entourage. The main areas of the interior were the sand, the auditorium and the moat. In the lower part, wild animals and prisoners were housed.

Built in a valley between the hills of Celio, Esquilino and Palatino, it was inaugurated in 80 A.D. during the reign of Emperor Titus. Two years later, the works were finished, when the last floor was added. The inauguration parties lasted 100 days during which a naumaquia took place, in addition to a naval battle, in which the amphitheater was filled with water.

The Colosseum shows the greatness of the Roman Empire. Place of entertainment for the town, where games of gladiators and fights between animals took place. With time, it fell into disuse and in the Middle Ages it served as a quarry for the city.

Address

Piazza del Colosseo

How to get there

  • Bus: 51, 75, 81, 85, 87, 118
  • Underground: Colosseo

Schedule

  • January 2 to February 15: 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • February 16 to March 15: 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • March 16 to last Saturday of March: 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • From the last Sunday of March to August 31: 8.30 a.m. to 7.15 p.m.
  • September 1 to 30: 8.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • October 1 to last Saturday of October: 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • From the last Sunday of October to December 31: 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

It remains closed on January 1 and December 25.

Rates

The ticket valid for two consecutive days, allows a single access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine.

There are several rates:

  • General
  • Reduced: European Union students between 18 and 25 years old
  • Free: under 18 years old, Italians who are duly accredited professors. The Archaeological Park of the Colosseum determines some days per year of free access

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