Getting to the Colosseum by public transport in Rome is fairly quick and easy, with the metro stop (on line B) helpfully called ‘Colosseo’ just a short walk from the site. Getting into the Colosseum without a prebooked ticket however, is not so quick and easy.
The queue does move reasonably quickly, but the wait can be up to an hour long depending on the time of day. In the meantime there are some activities one can indulge in the kill the time, like …
The ticket counters are actually inside the Colosseum, and once inside the queuing system becomes a little disorganised. The queue eventually splits off across the various available counters but there appears to be no one official at the head of the queue to organise and control this fairly. As a result people become impatient moving from one counter line to another, lines become lost in a crowd and less tolerant individuals waiting further behind start to become aggravated and verbal.
But, the wait and inconvenience (and may be the odd bruised elbow gained from defending one’s place in the queue) is eventually worth it. As soon as that ticket is purchased and entry into the Colosseum proper is finally granted, one can not but marvel at the surviving structure.
What more can one say about the stunning Colosseum that many other (and better) travel bloggers haven’t said about it already? It is certainly a must-see on any trip to Rome. Tickets can be booked in advance from the official Colosseum website here, where more information about booking private tours of the underground chambers and third tier can also be found.
If buying tickets in advance is not an option for whatever reason, then visit the Colosseum ninety minutes before it closes. Usually by then the crowds have gone and time queuing for the ticket counters is minimal. Last entry is one hour before close and opening times can be found on the official Colosseum website here.
PS hold on to that ticket! Not only is the ticket valid for the Roman Forum and Palatine as well, but it is valid for two days, so both sites do not have to be explored all in the one day. That doesn’t mean the ticket can be used again the next day to return to the Colosseum, just one entry per site across the two days.
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