The Roman Colosseum is one of the most popular ancient architectures located in Italy at Rome. It is the most recognizable classical building in Rome.
About Roman Colosseum
It is the first amphitheatre established in Rome. It can accommodate about 60,000 audiences and has capacity of 10,000 people standing. The design of the colosseum is such unique that all of the audience can get out of the colosseum within minutes. There are 80 entrances which has made it possible. This is the aspect of the structure which the modern sports stadiums should follow to manage the entrance and exit of the crowed. Though the building went through a lot of renovations, the colosseum has maintained its own grace for about 2000 years. Originally, the colosseum used to be called as Flavian Amphitheatre. Later the name was changed. It was a gift from a Roman Emperor to entertain the civilians by bread and circuses. It took about 10 years to build it and at that time it is thought that it was one of the mega structures in the world. At present millions of visitors come to visit the Roman Colosseum from all over the world. It is a prerequisite for every first time visitor of Rome to visit the place.
After the entrance into the building, you will find a lift. You can use it if you want. But most of the visitors prefer to break the stairs while visiting the place. The architecture of the building is amazing and one of the best of 80 AD. The stadium was designed to be flooded to show naval battles which many of the modern stadiums do not have. The theater used to arrange beast on beast combat to death. It also used to arrange people fighting beast to death. The most popular combat was human to human fight. The participants of the fight were the Gladiators, captured in various wars. They were treated as slaves and were provided special training to fight one another to death. The colosseum will make you remember these stories that you have been reading in various novels and watching in various movies and dramas. The building has round shape but the exhibition area is oval. There are galleries and stands around the building. You will feel the cheers and boos of the ancient Romans that used to be at the time of the show.
Opening and Closing Hours
The building remains opened for the visitors throughout the year except some special days such as New Year day and Christmas day. These are the special occasions when it remains closed. If there is any repair and maintenance work, the building is kept opened but the visitors are not allowed to visit certain areas under reparation.
The opening time of the colosseum is at 8.30 am but the closing time varies based on the period of the year. During March to August, it closes at 7.15 pm and in September at 7.00 pm. From 1st of October to last Saturday of the month it closes at 6.30 pm. From last Sunday of October to February it closes at 4.30 pm. From February to March, it closes at 5.30 pm.
Tickets for Colosseum
As every year huge number of visitors comes to visit the colosseum, each year it offers variety of ticket options. You can book your ticket online just filling up a form and providing your credit card details. You can also buy tickets from the site. In this case, you will have to print out the ticket vouchers and present it to the desk at the time of entrance to the building. You can book your ticket from here www.tickitaly.com.
For full entrance the price of the ticket is euro 12 and for reduced entrance the price is euro 7. The tickets have validity for single entrance into the colosseum.
In case of group reservation the cost of ticket is euro 28 for up to 50 persons. For School reservation the price is euro 15 for per 50 students.
The colosseum, underground and third ring tours will cost euro 9 for duration of visit of one hour and fifteen minutes.
Car Parking Facility
There are three car parking lots within the area where you can park your cars. The names of the parking lots are Parcheggio Villa Borghese, Parking Ludovisi, and Cavour Roma. The price of the tickets of the parking lots depends on the number of hours you will keep you car in the parking lot.
Best Time to Visit the Site
There are usually long queues every day in the Colosseum building. But if you can reach the site early, you can always enter the building early. It becomes very crowded in the evening and afternoon. So it is advisable for you to reach the site early in the morning. As the gate of the colosseum opens at 8.30 am, you should try to reach the entrance gate half an hour early. In this way you will be able to avoid long queues. The authority usually provides various special offers throughout the years for the visitors. Look at the website of the colosseum website the night before the tour to get informed about the offers.
Availability of Guide
There are many guides available inside the building. They can give you the correct explanation of the area. But the cost of the guide will be included with your ticket price. The guides are available for all the languages including English, German, French and Japanese.
Security and Safety
The area is very safe for the visitors. There are policies and securities who provides 24 hours of surveillance in the area. All the visitors are thoroughly checked before the entrance so that no miscreants can enter the building. While enjoying the site, please do not break or try to harm any important articles inside the building. So, avoid such incidences, please refrain from touching the walls, sculptures and paintings.
So, if you are planning a tour in Rome, you must try to make time to visit this amazing ancient architecture by the Romans.