Rome: Visiting the Colosseum

Last month, I went to New York for an event and had a layover in Rome that lasted 7 hours. It didn’t take any effort to decide that I will run from the airport to the Colosseum to tick this item off my bucketlist. And oh…did I run! From the airport to the Colosseum and back… I ran all the way! It was a crazy day and I rushed through things. That being said, I could still spend about 3 hours at the Colosseum and am so happy about it!

If you plan to visit the Colosseum sometime in the near future, read on for a few tips:

  1. The Colosseum can be reached very easily with the public transport system and even has a metro station name Colosseo…you just cant miss it!
  2. There is a fair bit of security check on entering the premises, though not too budget time for the same.
  3. Book your ticket online in advance. It costs EUR 2 more to make the online booking, but it saves a lot of time that you would otherwise waste by standing in line. You will have to show your online reservation and take a printed ticket at the ticket counter. Do not fall for any guides/agents at the entry gates. Head to the ticket window straight and get your queries sorted.
  4. The guided tour costs EUR 5 and lasts about 45 minutes. It is totally worth the time and money. It can be booked at the ticket window on your arrival when you are taking your tickets.
  5. Budget about 2 hours to visit the Colosseum…a rushed visit with the 45 minutes guided tour.
  6. There is a separate ticket for visiting the arena and the underground area (that housed the gladiators). I would have liked to visit it if I would have had the time.
  7. A major portion of the structure is open to the sky and it can get really hot during summers. Remember to carry a cap/hat and slather sunscreen.
  8. There are plenty of spots to get a good shot of the Colosseum… you just need to be patient and let the school kids go by. It would be best to reach early in the morning and beat the crowds to get the best shots.
  9. The standard ticket allows only one entry to the Colosseum; once you are out…you are out. Thus, carry a bottle of water and a little snack if you plan on being there for a while.
  10. Lastly, petty theft is very common in Rome, especially in and around tourist areas. Keep an eye on your stuff!

Relive the past during your Colosseum visit. Stories about this ‘means of entertainment’ made me feel sad about the terrible fate of the Gladiators. I would love to hear how you felt after the visit…keep me posted!

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