The first time I visited the Rome Italy Colosseum, I thought, where is the floor?
It turns out that since it was made of wood, it’s long gone, and now, the underneath is exposed. What went on under there? (If you really want to know, skip down here.)
The best times to visit the colosseum are:
If you are here from March – October, a mix of high and mid seasons, the colosseum will pretty much always be crowded. But in hot months, you should avoid coming in the middle of the day, as there is virtually no shade and no place to sit down.
Just about any time of year, high season or not, I always suggest visiting the Colosseum either when they first open at 8:30am, or, 1-2 hours before last entry. (In high season, you will still see plenty of people at these hours but not nearly as many as during late morning and through the middle of the day. Think of the crowd amount as a bell curve.)
Here are the ways to get Colosseum tickets in advance and avoid the queues:
If you do not get tickets in advance, there is still a good chance you can avoid the lines:
The Rome Italy colosseum is open every day during the year except for Christmas Day, New Years Day and May 1 (a big holiday in Europe.)
The colosseum opens at 8:30am, and closes “at sundown”. This means in winter months, the colosseum closes around 4:30pm (with last entry at 3:30pm!) In the late spring and summer months it closes around 7pm. The ticket office closes one hour prior to closing time. For more specific closing times, visit the CoopCulture website, the official website of the Colosseum and other archeological sites.
A night visit to the Colosseum is a very special thing to do and I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Imagine it’s 2000 years ago, you are a worker for the Roman empire, and it’s your job to get a lion in a cage…
You are underneath the Roman colosseum, it’s hot, it smells of sweat, smoke and animals… the lion is roaring, gladiators are down there with you, preparing for battle, your fellow workers are shouting at you and each other, there is a lot of marching and stomping on the wooden floor above, and the crowds are roaring. And now, you’ve gotten that lion in the cage, and you and your fellow workmen have to grab some pulleys and make the cage rise through a trap door so that it seems to magically appear in the middle of the amphitheater…
When you visit the Rome Italy colosseum, think about this while looking at the labyrinth of chambers and passageways of what was once below the floor. For more facts about the Colosseum, visit this page.
If you’d like to know more about the floor of the ancient Roman colosseum and what went on under there, you might want to read this fascinating writeup in the Smithsonian magazine.
The underground of the ancient Roman colosseum has recently been opened to the public and it is now possible to visit it. You may purchase tickets through the official web site above.
They have the exclusive right to tickets for Underground Colosseum. However, they do give a certain number of tickets to a select number of tour agencies, so you may also be able to go with one of these agencies on an underground tour of the colosseum.
If you would like more information about the colosseum in Rome, and the history of the colosseum, visit the official Rome website for the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Rome.
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