One of the most visited places in all of Italy, the Colosseum is a marvel of the ancient world that has been miraculously preserved through centuries of change. Despite the earthquakes and the plundering by subsequent civilisations looking for a source of stone, the Colosseum remains the largest amphitheatre still in existence.
The Colosseum is one of the most visited attractions in the world and, by far, the most popular monument in Rome.
Colosseum tickets are released 30 days ahead of your desired date and go fast, even instantaneously.
They are so sought after that big companies use bots to secure them as soon as they come out, leaving the normal buyer empty handed.
To try and secure them, it is useful to understand how the system works.
- There is only one company issuing Colosseum tickets and this company is called Coopculture. Everyone else is a reseller
- Tour operators have the same access to tickets as individual visitors; therefore, they can only secure tickets after they come out for sale. if booking very much in advance, ask your tour operator what guarantees they offer in terms of access
- Be patient and keep checking the Coopulture site, if you decide to go on your own. Tickets come out for sale 30 days before and then again in batches during the 30 day window until the day of your visit. It is worth checking regularly as new batches of tickets do come out.
To maximise the change of getting tickets, I recommend you book your tickets as soon as possible.
Even if you have a Roma Pass or skip-the-line access, you will still need to reserve your entrance beforehand.
If you are planning to explore the architecture and ruins of Roman Colosseum, you will need to pay for tickets to get in. Luckily, admission is fairly affordable!
Entry to both the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill is included at no extra cost.
Since your ticket is valid for more than one day, you should have plenty of time to visit all three locations.
Standard Ticket Prices
- €18 — Adults
- €4 — EU citizens 18-25
You must book and print out your exclusive ticket in advance of your arrival. There is no option to purchase tickets on-site. No full refunds and free cancellation is allowed. The Colosseum in Italy, once home to gladiators and wild animals, usually sells tickets 60 days in advance!!
The official Colosseum’s website’s English page isn’t the easiest to use and they often sell out far in advance.
If you want to avoid using their website, make sure to purchase your ticket from a reliable third-party seller.
Some private tours offer special access to the Colosseum, which allows you immediate access to the security line (no waiting at all). Tours last approximately 3-4 hours in total and prices typically start at about €35 per person.