The Colosseum

The imposing Colosseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is arguably Rome’s most iconic landmark. Commissioned in 72 AD by Emperor Vespasian and completed by his son, Titus, in 80 AD, this impressive stadium was used to host deadly gladiator combats and public spectacles such as animal hunts and re-enactments of famous battles. The clever design of the Colosseum allowed each of its estimated 50,000 – 80,000 spectators a good view of the arena and its tiered sections and numerous numbered exits meant it could clear in a mere 15 minutes.

The Colosseum was used as an entertainment centre by the Romans for approximately 450 years, the last gladiator fight taking place in 404 AD and the last hunt in 523 AD. It fell into disrepair and earthquakes have taken their toll on the building since, yet it is well enough preserved for visitors to still be able to appreciate its architectural wonder. A €20 million restoration project was completed in 2000 in order to maintain it and lighting added within the building means it is as equally impressive at night as it is during the day.

Opening Hours: Every day from 8.30am – one hour before sunset (8.30am – 2pm on Good Friday).

Prices: €22 per adult. The ticket includes entrance to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Queues can be long at the Colosseum during peak season and it’s often quicker to buy your ticket from the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill.

* prices and opening hours may be subject to change.

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