What is the Colosseum Full Experience?
This new ticket allows you to to see much more than "just" the Colosseum.
Find out all that's included, how to get tickets, and how to plan your visit.
It's easier than ever to visit the Colosseum arena and underground.
These visits are now part of a new ticket called the "Full Experience." But this ticket is much more than that.
On this page, we'll go over:
In recent years, the Colosseum Archeological Park (which includes the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill) have been making a lot of new things available to visit, both inside the Colosseum, and inside the Roman Forum / Palatine Hill.
They have been experimenting with different tickets and ticket combinations.
At the time of this writing in fall 2021, there are now two types of tickets regularly available for visiting the Colosseum, a standard ticket and a Full Experience ticket.
Just as it sounds, the Colosseum Full Experience ticket gives you more to see and more time to see it in.
Let's dig in and see what's included and how to plan your visit.
One more ticket type - Colosseum night visits
On occasion, you will also find tickets for visiting the Colosseum at night. This is a separate ticket from either the standard or Full Experience ticket, but it's not always available.
Visit this page for more details about visiting the Colosseum at night.
The new Full Experience ticket costs 22 €.
The same conditions apply (discounts and free entry) as for the standard Colosseum ticket.
The cost is still 2 € for European citizens aged 18-25, and free for everyone under 18.
For regular and discounted tickets there is a 2 € reservation fee.
For free tickets there is no reservation fee.
Whether you are getting a free ticket or are paying for one, you must book in advance.
They no longer sell tickets on site at the Colosseum (or at the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill).
You will find the "ticket office" open but this is for people who need assistance downloading their electronic tickets, or who may have questions about how to book online.
NEW FOR 2023
The Colosseum has opened a dedicated set of rooms for families, called the 'Baby Pit Stop' which you should take full advantage of if needed.
This is for families with young children to take a break if the crowds and size of the arena get too much, as well as providing baby changing facilities and a quiet place to breastfeed. Find it on the second floor.
When you book the Colosseum Full Experience ticket, you get:
All about the Rome Colosseum
I have visited the Colosseum arena and underground with the Full Experience ticket on several occasions, and can tell you exactly what it's like.
Check out my videos of these sites:
As I mentioned, you must first purchase the Full Experience ticket, in advance. The easiest way to do this is online, although you can also call and book over the phone.
You may be able to book for the same day you want to visit but when it's high season, you may not find availability if you leave it too late.
I really recommend booking as far in advance as you can to avoid any disappointment.
If you don't find availability on CoopCulture, you can also try booking on a ticket agency website. They may have more availability. (There is a small surcharge to book.)
Here's how the Full Experience Rome Italy Colosseum ticket works:
So for example, let's say you book a visit to the Colosseum Underground for Wednesday at 2 pm. You will be accompanied to the underground and also the arena floor (around 45 minutes total), and then you will be brought back to the main Colosseum area to finish your visit on your own.
Depending on your energy and interest level, you might spend another hour or so exploring the Colosseum main 2 levels.
At this time, the upper levels of the Colosseum are not open for visits.
You will probably finish this visit sometime around 4:30 pm give or take.
If you are visiting Rome in summer, the park is open until 7 pm, with last entry at 6 pm. (In Rome in winter, the Colosseum and Forum /Palatine all close around 4:30 pm.)
So if the park is open late, you could still enter the Roman Forum /Palatine Hill after your Colosseum visit on this day. But you would not really have time to visit it well, nor to visit the S.U.P.E.R. sites.
Your options include visiting the Roman Forum /Palatine Hill the day before, the same morning as your Colosseum visit, or the day after.
When you visit the Roman Forum /Palatine Hill, you do not need to book a day and time, unlike the Colosseum.
So once you have your Colosseum Full Experience ticket booked, you can decide when to visit the Roman Forum /Palatine Hill, and just go.
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In my 3-day itinerary, you'll see all the major must-see Rome attractions like the Vatican, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo, and much more.
And if you have more time, or want suggestions for extra/other things to do, you'll find that there too.
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A visit to the Colosseum alone takes around an hour give or take (this really depends on you but plan for about an hour for a typical visit.)
A visit to the underground + arena takes around 45 minutes.
A visit to just the arena takes around 15-20 minutes.
So your total Colosseum Full Experience could take anywhere from around 1.5 - 3 hours.
Visiting the Roman Forum / Palatine Hill without any of the S.U.P.E.R. sites can take anywhere from 2 hours and up.
Visiting ALL the S.U.P.E.R. sites could theoretically take all day but you will likely only visit a few. They are usually not all open on the same day in any case.
I would plan for a minimum of 3 hours inside the Roman Forum /Palatine Hill but you can spend as long as your energy and interest allows.
Ready to plan your trip?
One nice thing about visiting these sites, whether the Colosseum or the Roman Forum / Palatine, is that there is no time limit as to how long you can stay inside.
For the Colosseum Underground and / or arena floor, those visits are accompanied and timed, but the part where you explore the main and upper floor of the Colosseum is not. Same for the Roman Forum / Palatine.
So you will have to decide how much time you have available and how much time you really want to spend in each site.
That's another reason the Colosseum Full Experience ticket is so great - you can break up the visit over 2 days and really take your time with each site if you want to.
When you book your visit to the Colosseum with the Full Experience on the Coopculture website, and you choose either the underground or arena, you will have the option to book just a basic visit or a guided tour.
On the basic visit (22 € + 2 € booking fee) you will have a staff member of the Colosseum accompany you, whether you book the underground or the arena floor. You cannot visit these areas on your own.
The visit is timed and led, but not really guided. It is not considered a tour.
Once you finish with the special visit portion of the Colosseum, the same staff member will accompany you back to the main area of the Colosseum so you can continue your visit of the monument on your own.
When you visit the Palatine Hill / Roman Forum with the Full Experience ticket, you will be on your own.
However, certain S.U.P.E.R. sites (the House of Livia, the House of Augustus, the Domus Transitoria) can only be visited by booking them ahead, and at these sites, you will be accompanied by a park staff member.
Once inside the Colosseum, you can rent an audio or video guide.
Once inside the Palatine Hill / Roman Forum, you can rent an audio or video guide as well.
If you do want a guided tour of any of this, you have several options.
At this time, they do not have any details about using the Colosseum Full Experience with the Roma Pass or other Rome city pass.
When they update this, I will update this page.
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