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“Isn't trhis what everyone goes to Rome to see?”
Review of Colosseum

Ranked #3 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Perhaps the best-preserved of the monuments of ancient Rome, this huge marble structure was built to hold more than 50,000 spectators to witness bloody contests of might and the slaughter of wild beasts.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Seeing the Colosseum in pictures and actually looking at it is like seeing two totally different structures. The photos don't do it any sort of justice whatsoever. For its grandiose and majesty to be appreciated, it has to be seen.

Thank Garrett - A
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

We visited the Colosseum as part of a tour which also included Palatine Hill and the Forum. The Colosseum is an amazing building and the history is very interesting. A must visit when in Rome. It wasn’t that crowded but we did visit early in the morning.

A WORD OF WARNING: Watch out for people in the vicinity of the Colosseum wanting to be your friend and giving you ‘free’ gifts, ie a bracelet which they put on your wrist before you know it (nothing is free). They start talking to you, want to shake your hand, give you a gift .... you start wandering off and so do they, then they engage you in conversation again and then expect money for the ‘gifts’ they have given you to help their family. They do not like it when you do not want to part with any money. Avoid if at all possible. We saw one person, over a period of around 45 minutes, approaching tourists and each time he used the same tactic and collected a fair bit of cash.

Thank FloJo654
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Amazing site! The history is unbelievable!
Fascinating to imagine the past. Very crowded but with the Roma pass we had no wait!

Thank Marianne H
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

We booked a skip the line tour (with Arena entrance) via Trip Advisor website. The cost was around £53 per person.

We met at the Vivicos office on Via Fragipone near to the Forum. We arrived early - just to ensure where would meet later - but the team could take us on our tour earlier ! We were all given small radio transmitters and an earpiece which made the sound really clear.

We were 2 (English) people in a group of 8, the 6 others being Swedes. Renata, the tour guide was brilliant. Her English was superb and her knowledge was unbelievable. The tour lasted 3 hours. We visited the Forum first and then in to the Colosseum.

I could see lots of people queuing to get in to the Colosseum but we went to another entrance and were let straight in without any queue at the arena level itself where there were very few people - so we had a great view for photos etc.

The stairs up to the first floor are very steep but we took the lift - and there was a queue which took less than 5 minutes to navigate.

If your budget allows it I would recommend the additional cost of the smaller group and Arena entry. Our guide was fantastic and the small group meant we could stick together easily and also ask lots of questions.

The pace of the tour was fairly sedate which meant people who had any walking issues could keep pace.

Thank aw1812
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Never buy tickets or souvenirs at the Colloseum. Waiting to buy tickets in the Colloseum line does not look like fun. We lucked out with a combo package at the Roman Forum and skipped most of the line. Secondly, we made the mistake of buying a few souvenirs for family at the gift shop, walking out to find that we paid 7x more than at any other gift shop or souvenir pop-up.
As for the Colloseum itself...
As Jews, the experience was unique because the Colloseum was built out of the spoils of Rome's destruction of Jerusalem. We would recommend getting an audio tour or reading/watching (we don't judge) up on the history of the Colloseum because the current archeological site requires a great deal of imagination.

Thank Huvi & Shai R
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