"Colosseo!" Colosseum Tip by zadunajska8
Colosseum, Rome: 496 reviews and 946 photos
As the popular name suggests this is colossal! Of course, the real name of the place is the Flavian Amphitheatre and the term Colosseum or Colosseo actually came from the massive statue of Nero which used to be beside the amphitheatre - but it's one of those happy coincidences of history I guess that the name "Colosseo" fits the building too.
The setting isn't the greatest with busy roads roaring around the place but once your inside they won't bother you. Getting inside is the challenge.
You can buy a joint ticket for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. I would strongly suggest going early to the Forum and buying the ticket there and visiting the Colosseum later in the day. If you get to teh Forum early enough there is no queue there whilst there were queues outside the colosseum long before it opened.
Once armed with your ticket from the Forum you then have to negotiate the entrance. There are 3 seperate lines at the entrance. The one to the right is for people with no ticket and goes back for what seems like eternity. The one on the left is for organised tour groups who are prebooked. The one in the middle is for individual visitors who already have tickets - this is where you want to be. There is of course a further complication - the tour groups try to congregate at the entrance to this middle line and so you have to time it just right to dash between groups to get to the barriers. You can't get past them whilst they are there they are too big and crowded together - trust me, we did try several times. Just wait for that gap between 2 groups and go for it! Once you've reached that barrier it's plain sailing and you'll be inside within a minute.
When you emerge into the interior of the Colosseum you will finally appreciate the awesome size of this building. It really isn't evident from outside. Take your time to wander round. Take some good photos - you'll want to remember this in years to come. You might have to wait to get to the best places to get the best photos as it can be very busy.
Directions: Directly opposite the exit from Colosseo metro station. You couldn't possibly miss it!
Phone: (+39) 06 39967700
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