15 May The Colosseum
The world famous Colosseum (or Coliseum) is one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions and a must see for anyone visiting Rome. Built of concrete and stone, the Colosseum, or Flavian Amphitheatre as otherwise known, is the largest amphitheatre in the world.
The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum and was constructed in 72 AD. To This day it is still considered one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering ever to have been produced.
During its prime the Colosseum held crowds of up to 80,000 and served as a fitting setting for the customary ancient roman gladiator contests. This iconic structure ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era but to this date it remains a symbol of ancient Italian history, a timeless and inspiring venue oozing with century old tradition.
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The Colosseum is a 12 minute (3.2km) drive from Rome’s central station or Rome Termini as it is locally known. From Termini, take Via Marsala, making a right turn onto Via Giovanni Giolitti. Turn left onto Via Cavour; follow the road as far as Via degli Annibaldi. Continue on this street until it merges with Piazza del Colosseo, where this iconic symbol of ancient roman history will present itself before you.
You can also get the Line B Metro and get off at the Colosseo stop; get Bus 75, 81, 175, 204, 673; or get the Line 3 Tram.
The Colosseum is open every day of the year from 8.30 am, excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The closing times vary from 7.15 pm between the last Sunday of March and the end of August to 4.30 pm during the winter months (last Sunday of October to February 15th).
Additional closing times apply for September (7pm), February 16th-March 15th (5 pm) and March 16th– last Saturday of March (5.30pm).
The Colosseum also closes early on Easter Friday (about 2 PM) and closes in the morning of the Festa della Repubblica (2nd June).