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“An absolute must see in Rome...”
Review of Colosseum

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USD 108.23*
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City Sightseeing Transportation and Skip-The-Line Roma Pass
Ranked #1 of 1,503 things to do in Rome
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Perhaps the best-preserved of the monuments of ancient Rome, this huge marble structure was built to hold more than 50,000 spectators to witness bloody contests of might and the slaughter of wild beasts.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“An absolute must see in Rome...”
Reviewed 2 July 2010

We walked to the Colosseum from our hotel, about a 15 minute walk and as you round the corner and it comes into view, you are absolutely blown away by it's presence. It's enormous, and just feels undeniably grand.

We walked around the outside, just taking it all before walking to the entrance. Tour guides and men dressed as gladiators (very cheesy unless you're a little kid, then it would probably be cool) approach you trying to get you to take a photo or join tour groups but, a polite "no grazie" and they left you alone.

We had pre-purchased our tickets online before arriving in Rome and we got to skip the line and they just scan your ticket (printed out on our home computer) and you walked right in. They give you a map and a little brochure, audio guides are available for rent or you can join a group at an extra cost. We had done a lot of prior research and had notes with us so we chose to just tour on our own.

As you step into the arena area your breath is taken away. It looks large from the outside but standing in it you really get a sense of it's presence. It's an unbelievable piece of history. You can walk all around the lower and upper levels and the view from the upper level are quite amazing. You also get great views of Constantine's Arch and Palantine Hill. (Also well worth the visit, included with our ticket price-lots of walking but also a must see)

We took probably an hour or so at the Colosseum and then walked over to the Arch and then Palantine Hill. It was likely a total of 3+ hours for all of it, including some rest time for a drink etc...

Wear good walking shoes, bring a camera and just enjoy standing in such a unique and special place. Well worth every minute we spent there.

3 Thank redheadtennisgirl
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Denver, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A must see in Rome”
Reviewed 28 June 2010

My husband and I rode the metro and when you step out of the subway station you see this magnificant ancient building! We purchased the Roma pass, which gets you in free to the first 2 sites. The Colosseum, The Forum, and Palantine Hill all count as 1 site. It also includes free metro passes and we never had to wait in line for tickets because of this pass. Yes, there are annoying gladiators trying to charge you for a picture but just ignore them, and yes, there are thieves, but like everywhere else you have to be careful of pick-pocketers! The history and displays were great and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Rome and would have missed out having not seen this site. In fact, we came back at night to get pics of the outside. It's beautiful because it is lit up!

1 Thank jenn-to-the-e
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Do it with a good tour guide”
Reviewed 21 June 2010

If you want to avoid the long lines, find a guide. There are a few right outside. If you are a history lover, you would love it. I am not so for me it was just another ruin.

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Youngsville, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Exactly what you'd expect”
Reviewed 19 June 2010

I think that we have all seen so many pictures of the colosseum that it almost can't measure up to expectations. It is really big and impressive, but it looks exactly like all the pictures and movies. It is more impressive from the outside, and I would not have believed it if you had told me beforehand, but there is really no need to go in. But, you are in Rome and maybe you will regret it if you don't go in, so go ahead. Just don't be shocked when you aren't overwhelmed by how amazing it is.

3 Thank VeronicaBell
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2010

Can't really understand all those tourists that always complain when visiting different countries, cultures and sights. It's annoying really. Anyone that says that the Coliseum is not worth seeing is a dope!! The Coliseum and the Roman Agora nearby are extraordinary. We visited Rome in winter with pouring rain and freezing temperatures and still loved it. We saw nearly everything there was to see in Rome but this place was the icing on the cake!!

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