Visiting the Roman Colosseum in Rome is a great attraction for many first-time visitors. Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are all located in the same archaeological location Rome adjacent to one another.
The Colosseum Opening Hours for 2023:
Roman Colosseum is accessible every day of the year. Just on January 1 and December 25 is the Colosseum closed.
- January: 1st – 31st January 2022 opening hours: 08.30 am.-4.30 pm.
- February: 1st – 15th Februrary 2022 opening hours: 08.30 am -4.30 pm / 16th – 29th Februrary opening hours: 08:30 am -5:00 pm.
- March: 1st – 15th March 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am -5:00 pm / 16th – 28th March 2020 opening hours: 08:30 am -5:30 pm / 29th – 31st March 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am -7:15 pm.
- April: 1st – 30th April 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am-7:15 pm.
- May: 1st – 31st May 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am -7:15 pm
- June: 1st June 2022 opening hours: 10:30 am -7:15 pm / 2nd June 2020 opening hours: 1:30 pm -7:15 pm / 3rd – 30th June 2022 opening hours: 10:30 am -7:15 pm
- July: 1st – 31st July 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am -7:15 pm
- August: 1st – 31st August 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am -7:15pm
- September: 1st – 30th September 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am -7:00 pm
- October: 1st – 31st October 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am -6:30 pm
- November: 1st – 30th November 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am -4:30 pm
- December: 1st – 31st December 2022 opening hours: 08:30 am – 4:30 pm
In general, the Colosseum is open from 9.00 am to one hour prior to sundown. You can access the Colosseum till one hour prior to closing.
Today, the Roman Colosseum remains one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions—so popular, in fact, that long lines to get in form from morning to evening. But the wait is apparently worth it: Some 8 million visitors pass through the Colosseum’s entrance every year.
There is a small museum inside and some informational kiosks. But of course, the main attraction is the Colosseum itself. It is possible for visitors to simply walk around, but the experience is richer with guided tours, which are ordered by an official tour company as well as other companies. Access to the underground and the top story of the stadium is possible only with a guided tour, however, and these areas are not accessible for people with walking disabilities.
Coming to or leaving the Colosseum, tourists pass through a lively—as well as controversial—commercial scene. Vendors offer tourists all kinds of snacks as well as souvenirs, including keychains, illuminated plastic statues, and refrigerator magnets. Tour buses bring huge crowds of visitors in and whisk them away. And many local men stand around dressed as gladiators, offering to pose with tourists for photos. Although it is somewhat tacky, some view this commercial scene as a vast improvement over the bloody programs the arena once hosted.
The Best Time to Visit the Colosseum
Most people go to the Colosseum as part of a long day, integrating with Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum in the early morning or afternoon. Your ticket enables you to see all three over two days (re-entry is not allowed) so you could take a more leisurely look at any or all these in this time.
The best time to visit is early in the morning or late in the afternoon and at night the entire building is floodlit to spectacular effect.
Colosseum is closed on December 25, January 1, May 1.
It is open on December 24 and 31.
Free Entrance to Colosseum
– Free entry on the very first Sunday of the month (no booking possible)– expect long lines.
– Free for European and non-European individuals under 18.
– Free for EU people over 65.
– Free for people with specials needs and their companions, with legitimate medical paperwork of the disability.
The Best Ways to Arrive
Colosseum is exceptionally main in the city of Rome: a couple of hundred backyards from Piazza Venezia, and near the Forums. On Sundays, motor traffic is prohibited and Via Dei Fori Imperiali and the square of the Colosseum are readily available to bikes and strollers. Simply outside the Metro station, there is a taxi parking, a Bike leasing, and a bar with tables outside: you can drink your coffee in the shade of the greatest thing in Rome.