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A Guide to the Colosseum Opening Hours and Best Time to Visit

The Colosseum is one of the most popular attractions in Rome, being an entertainment space famous for its gladiator fights!

Visitors planning to explore this historical marvel must know all about the opening and closing hours of the Colosseum and the least crowded times, as it attracts over 6 million visitors yearly.

Read further to discover Colosseum hours, the best days to visit, closure days, and much more to plan a perfect trip to this historical amphitheater! 

Colosseum Opening Hours

The Colosseum opens at 8.30 am on all days of the week throughout the year and closes an hour before sunset.

Hence, the closing time of the Colosseum changes every season of the year.

Here is a table for Colosseum timings in 2024:

DateOpening timings
2nd January to 15th February8.30 am to 4.30 pm
16th February to 15th March8.30 am to 5 pm
16th March to 30th March8.30 am to 5.30 pm
31st March to 31st August 8.30 am to 7.15 pm
1st September to 30th September 8.30 am to 7 pm
1st October to 26th October8.30 am to 6.30 pm
27th October to 31st December 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

The ticket office at the Colosseum closes an hour before the monument closes to the public, which means 2 hours before sunset.

You must arrive at the Colosseum at least 30 minutes before your scheduled entry time to get through security.

From Tuesdays to Saturdays, tourists can enjoy a Colosseum Night Tour, with slots from 8 pm to 10 pm for 2 hours. 

This tour is after the Colosseum closes to the public and is great for visitors who want to avoid the crowds.

Please note: You can only book a ticket for this Colosseum Night Tour online. To know more, check out our Colosseum Tickets article!

Timings for the free visit to the Colosseum

The Colosseum is free to visit on the first Sunday of every month.

The timings for the first Sunday remain the same, as per the table mentioned above i.e., 8.30 to one hour before sunset.

For entry on this Sunday, you have to pick up free passes from the entrance of the Colosseum or at the Roman Forum. 

Try to arrive at the monument an hour before it opens so you don’t miss out, as limited passes are available.

When is the Colosseum Closed? 

The Colosseum is closed on 25th December, 1st January, and 1st May in 2024.

For a Christmas experience, we recommend visiting on the Christmas Eve of 24th December!

You can visit on New Year’s Eve, 31st January, for a New Year experience! 

The Colosseum will close early on Good Friday, the 29th of March 2024, as they must prepare for the Pope’s procession. 

Best Colosseum Timings & Best Day to Visit

Visitors can find the least crowds at 7.30 am or 8 am at the Colosseum. 

Visitors who cannot wake up early can also visit before closing time to avoid the mid-day crowds. 

The Colosseum receives less crowd on weekdays, as most people visit on the weekends or during the holiday season.

Avoid visiting on the first free Sunday of the month. 

The Colosseum receives the least crowd from November to February, and the weather is pleasant enough for a fun stroll.

FAQs for Colosseum Hours

What time can you enter the Colosseum?

You can enter the Colosseum at 8.30 am throughout the year. The closing hours vary every season.

From January to March, the Colosseum closes anywhere between 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm. From April to August, it closes at 7 pm.

It is open till 7.15 pm in September, which is the latest closing time in the year! From October to December, it closes at 6.30 pm.

What is the best time to visit the Colosseum?

 You will find the least crowd at the Colosseum at 8.30 am, as soon as it opens, and a few hours before closing time.

Which are the best months to visit the Colosseum

 The Colosseum is the least crowded from November to February. 

Is the Colosseum open all days?

The Colosseum is open all days of the week. It is only closed on 25th December, 1st January, and 1st May. 

What days is the Colosseum free?

The Colosseum is free to visit on the first Sunday of every month. 

How long is the wait at the Colosseum?

 The Colosseum has three entrances, each having a different wait time.

The Individual Visitors Gate, near the Arch of Constantine, has a 45-minute wait. The Group Gate on the North side demands waiting for around 20 minutes.

The Stern Gate takes around 15 minutes. 

Is it better to go to the Colosseum in the morning or evening?

 It is better to visit the Colosseum in the morning, as it is less crowded than in the evening time. 

Do Colosseum timings change in the holiday season and on public holidays?

Colosseum timings don’t usually change on holidays, except on Good Friday. It closes early on this day to prepare for the Pope’s procession.  

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