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Colosseum, Rome

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Considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, Colosseum is the largest amphitheater in the world. This world-famous Roman landmark is one of the city's most visited attractions, so expect a long line and an even longer wait. Skip the long line for the general entry by joining a guided tour of the site or by booking your tickets online. Built of concrete and stone, the elliptical amphitheater was originally capable of seating some 50,000 spectators who came to watch animal fights and gladiatorial combats. Emperor Vespasian began the amphitheater project in 70 CE. It was completed during the reign of Titus about ten years later, measuring 48 m (157 ft) high, 188 m (617 ft) long, and 156 m (511 ft) wide. Plan your visit to Colosseum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rome online visit planner .
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  • This is a awesome structure you have to see in person to feel the presence and history it holds. Must see during the day, I recommend a private guide tour, as well as going back to see at night!  more »
  • When in Rome you have to go and see the Colosseum. Get your tickets beforehand at the Coop Cultura website, so you can skip the long waiting lines in the sun. Sure you have to wait a bit at security a...  more »
  • The place is impressive. It is simply amazing to see something built for so long with that level of Majesty.
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  • Majestic. Iconic. Surreal. Rome's most famous landmark does not disappoint. Sink yourself in this marvel and go back to the Age of Gladiators. A tour guide is highly recommended to fully understand this beauty. A must - visit😍💚💛
  • The Colosseum is an absolute engineering spectacle. It is beautiful all around and inside. If you can, try a guided tour for amazing early VIP access and great details that are easy to miss. You can enter, see, and touch this living monument of ancient Rome. The best selfie spots are inside (everywhere) and outside near the arch for a full view. Visit during the day to enter but come back at night for some great pictures and sights as the arches are lit up and highlight the view. It is easy to find, and right off of the metro.
  • I won't describe the Colosseum because you have to see it to believe it. I'll stick to how to visit the Colosseum. Definitely book tickets online, you get a two day ticket which provides entry to the Roman Forum as well. Do not engage with any of the guides near the Colosseum, even if they implore that they're providing free advice and are well intentioned. Also don't engage with street vendors selling antiques unless you want to be tricked into buying things. If you plan to visit both the Colosseum and Roman Forum on the same day, I'll suggest dropping by 12 and taking an hour for each. But the best plan of action would be to drop by at 3 in two consecutive days to skip the queue. I used Rick Steve's audio guide which is an hour long podcast with directions to visit both of these locations without spending a dime. It's not only free, but it's highly informative and easy to follow. Pro-tip: Book online, use an app for the guide and stay away from guides and vendors.
  • Colosseum itself is absolutely amazing architecture. There is nothing to complain about that. Be carefully about those staffs around, most of them are not official staffs. They are travel agents. They are very good at lying and exaggerating the waiting time or the queue. All they want is to ask you to join the tour group. Don't fall into the trap of their liars, stick to your plan.
  • Wanted to visit the Colosseum for a lifetime. Finally got to recently and WOW!!! What could've been a very horrendous visit with the large crowds and the Roman Heat, was made better by our exceptional tour guide Barbara. This tour was one of the best I've had in all my travels. Barbara was knowledgeable and made sure the tour was fun for all, even the young children who were on the tour. Very fun tour and glad I was able to cross off one my iconic/historic landmark from my bucket list.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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