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Top 8 Helpful Tips for Visiting Colosseum! 

The Colosseum provides visitors with an experience of Rome’s history, with its stunning amphitheater architecture. 

Visitors exploring for the first time must plan the best time to visit and find clever ticket tips that help them save money and explore more.  

If you want to have the best experience at this historical marvel, here is an article on tips to help you plan your visit effectively! 

1. Book a guided Colosseum tour to learn more about Rome’s famous Gladiators

Visitors can explore the Colosseum by themselves, but the Colosseum guided tour is excellent for history buffs and kids to hear the story behind this attraction!

The tour ticket also allows skip-the-line access to the Colosseum so you will be able to avoid all long entry queues. 

You can also skip the step of preparing an itinerary and still see the most famous spots in the Colosseum with a professional guide by your side. 

2. Visit early in the morning or before closing hours for the least crowd! 

You will find the least crowd in the Colosseum at 8.30 am, as soon as the attraction opens.

We recommend arriving at 8 am and lining up at the entrance so you can get through the security line quickly.

One of the best photography tips for visiting the Rome Colosseum is visiting at sunset time to capture stunning photos of the marvelous architecture. 

If you cannot wake up early in the morning, a Colosseum Night Tour is the best option for you!

You can easily escape the heat of the place and see the Colosseum from a new perspective.

Choose to visit on a weekday, in the months from November to February, to have the most relaxing experience at the Colosseum!

Check out our Colosseum Opening Hours article so you can plan your visit accordingly. 

3. Wear comfortable shoes, lightweight clothing, and a hat.

It will take around 2 hours to explore all parts of the Colosseum, so make sure you have comfortable shoes on.

Shoes like sneakers and sandals are the best option.

Check the weather forecast before planning your outfit for a Colosseum visit.

Choose breathable fabrics, like cotton, to wear on hot and sunny days.

Don’t forget to carry a hat and sunglasses, and wear sunscreen for some extra protection! 

4. Do not bring sharp objects, suitcases, and photography equipment to the Colosseum. 

Knives, scissors, and other sharp metal objects are not allowed in the Colosseum.

Do not carry suitcases or huge backpacks either, as only small bags are allowed in the Colosseum.

Visitors should not bring tripod stands, selfie sticks, and other photography equipment to the Colosseum. 

If security finds such items, you will not be allowed to enter the Colosseum and be asked to leave.

They can also confiscate any sharp objects and photography equipment. 

You can carry a light snack to munch on in the Colosseum, and only plastic water bottles. 

5. Book your tickets online to save time and money!

Book your Colosseum tickets online to avoid the long entry queues and get quick admission to the attraction! 

Visitors traveling on a budget should choose the standard Colosseum ticket, with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill for €35.

To discover more ticket options, check out our Everything You Need to Know about Colosseum Tickets article! 

6. Visit the Colosseum for Free on the first Sunday of the month! 

You read correctly, the Colosseum can be explored for free!

The Colosseum is completely free of cost for visitors on the first Sunday of every month.

The only disadvantage is that you cannot buy your tickets in advance for this day.

You must collect tickets from the ticket office near the Colosseum or the Roman Forum to enjoy this free visit. 

7. Save money by taking advantage of public transport to travel to the Colosseum.

The cheapest public transportation to get to the Colosseum is by bus, metro, or tram, which stops directly in front of the Colosseum.

Buses 30, 60, 85, 87, 271, 571, 186, 810, 850, C3, 38, 75, 175, 271, and 117 go to the Colosseum.

The metro station Colosseo is located just in front of the Colosseum as well. 

Tram line 3 also stops near this metro station, at the entrance of the Colosseum.

Check out our article on how to get to the Colosseum to find more ways to travel to the Colosseum and the best way to reach this attraction from the airports! 

8. Book an Underground Tour for a complete Colosseum experience.

If you are looking for a complete experience and access to exclusive parts of the Colosseum, we recommend a Colosseum Underground Guided Tour for €108!

It allows you complete access to the arena, underground area, the second and ground floor, and the Emperor’s seating area.

Don’t forget to bring along proof of identification to access the age-based discounts on these tickets!

FAQs for Tips for Visiting Colosseum 

What do I need to know before going to the Colosseum?

 You must book Colosseum tickets before a visit to avoid the long queues. Set aside at least 2 hours for your visit.

Early morning hours in the months from November to February are the least crowded. 

How much time do you need at the Colosseum?

You will need at least 1.5 hours to explore the Colosseum comfortably.

What do you wear to the Colosseum?

Wear comfortable shoes and lightweight clothing. In winter you can wear a coat or jacket to keep you warm. 

What can’t you bring in the Colosseum?

Sharp items, scissors, huge bags, suitcases, tripod stands, steel bottles, etc are not allowed in the Colosseum. 

Can you take a water bottle to the Colosseum?

You can take a plastic water bottle to the Colosseum. One of the best Colosseum tips is to carry a water bottle to energize yourself at intervals. 

Can I visit the Vatican and Colosseum in one day?

You can visit the Vatican Museum and Colosseum in one day, with transportation taken care of, with the Colosseum Combo Tour

Which is the cheapest public transport to get to the Colosseum?

 The bus, tram, and metro are the cheapest public transport options to get to the Colosseum.

The ticket for any of these modes of transport costs €2 and is valid for 100 minutes! 

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