As things have started to reopen in Italy, the Free Sunday has now been restarted in Rome, with the first event taking place on Sunday April 3 2022.
The Free Sunday event at the Colosseum will be happening once a month
on the first Sunday 0f the month going forward, which is fantastic
You cannot pre-book tickets, so you will need to pick up your free tickets on the day from the ticket offices next to the Colosseum, and the Full Experience tickets will not be available, just the regular access ticket.
As the Free Sunday is only once a month, if this doesn't coincide with your trip to Rome, take a look at what else this page covers to see if you can still get Colosseum free entry:
For European tour guides (with proper documentation)
Entrance to the Colosseum and Roman Forum/Palatine Hill is free for newborn babies and up to 2 accompanying family members, up until the baby’s first birthday. This initiative is called "Born with Culture."
There are a few other categories of people eligible for Colosseum free entry, as follows (according to CoopCulture, the official ticketing website of the Colosseum):
European union touristic interpreters as long as they are actively working
Employees of the ministry for cultural heritage and activities
Members of ICOM(international council of museums)
Members of ICCROM (International Organization for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage)
Employees of the Ministry for Italian Heritage (MIBACT)
European union school groups with one teacher and max 10 students. Reservation required.
Teachers and students of architecture, conservation of cultural assets, learning sciences and degree courses in literature with an archeology or art-history focus who are actively enrolled in or employed by an accredited school or university. Also allowed free entry are those in EU PhD programs of the above-mentioned courses. Documentation will be required.
Socrates and Erasmus students of the above-mentioned degree courses
High school art-history teachers
Students of the following schools: Central institute of restoration, opificio delle pietre dure, school for mosaic restoration
Accredited journalists in the performance of their duties and upon presentation of a suitable document proving the professional activity carried out
Colosseum Free Entry with a Roma Pass or other City Pass
Granted, you have to purchase the Roma Pass / City Pass, but once you do, you get to enter your choice of monument(s) for free, after which other the entry fee for other museums/monuments is reduced.
Buying the Roma Pass or other City Pass may not actually be a money saver (unless you are going to turbo-sightsee and really take advantage of the pass), but it can be convenient.
In any case, when you use one of these passes for your Colosseum free entry, you must still reserve a spot, and there is a 2 € booking fee so in fact, it is not free but rather 2 €.
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It may seem a bit like an oxymoron, but there may be fees when booking a free ticket to the Colosseum.
In my opinion it does not make a lot of sense and it's a bit confusing but here are the rules for when you have to pay a booking fee when booking free entry to the Colosseum, and when you don't:
Colosseum free entry tickets with booking fee
When you book your free ticket to the Colosseum, with the Roma Pass or any other kind of Rome City Pass, despite them being "free" you will still need to pay the 2€ booking fee.
COLOSSEUM FREE ENTRY TICKETS WITHout BOOKING FEE
For all other free tickets, when you book, the entry fee is zero and there is NO booking fee. These tickets include:
Everyone under 18
Anyone with a Parco Colosseo membership card
People with disabilities and their caregiver
The way to see this is simply by beginning the booking process on CoopCulture.
Be aware that if you are eligible for free entry to the Colosseum, and want to visit on a Free Sunday, you cannot book in advance and will need to pick up your ticket from the ticket office along with everyone else.
The Full Experience ticket allows you entry (subject to availability and booking) to the Colosseum underground and / or arena.
It also allows you access to the S.U.P.E.R. sites on the Palatine Hill /Roman Forum (these will also be subject to availability, subject to being open or not, and in some cases, subject to reservation.)
These tickets cost 22 € for adults, 2€ for EU citizens between 18 - 25 years of age, and are free for everyone under 18.
They are also free for all the other categories listed above, i.e. for EU tour guides, people with disabilities, etc.
The Roman Forum as seen from the Palatine Hill above.
If you have free entry to the Colosseum for any of the reasons stated on this page, you also have free entry to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill as long as you enter this park within the parameters of your ticket.
With a standard 24-hour free Colosseum ticket, you may enter the Colosseum once and then the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill (it's considered one park), once within a 24-hour period.
With a full-experience 48-hour ticket, you may enter the Colosseum (and whatever else you have booked on this ticket, the underground and/or the arena floor) once, and then the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill once. As soon as you book the Underground or Arena, then you can decide when to visit the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill, i.e. the day prior, the same day, or the day after. The Palatine Hill/Roman Forum park does not require advance booking, however, if you plan to visit one of the S.U.P.E.R. sites that require a booking, you will need to do that in advance.
All the above visits to the Palatine Hill/Roman Forum are free if you have a ticket for free Colosseum entry.