Roman Colosseum Exterior
Take a Virtual Tour of Rome’s Top Tourist Attraction
The Colosseum, sometimes spelled “Coliseum”, was built between 70 and 82 AD in the heart of Rome. It was called the Amphitheatrum Flavium or Flavian Amphitheater because it was built by the Flavian emperors, Vespasian and Titus. The Colosseum in Rome held about 50,000 spectators and was the largest of the world’s Roman amphitheaters.
The Colosseum is one of the most magnificent ancient sites in Rome and tops the list of Italy’s must-see attractions.
The ticket line can be very long. Read Tips for Buying Rome Colosseum Tickets for ways to avoid the long line or buy a Colosseum and Roman Forum pass in advance in US dollars from Select Italy.
There is an elevator in the Colosseum allowing those with limited ability to walk upstairs to enjoy the Colosseum.
At the outside of the Colosseum, you’ll find good photo ops with people dressed as Gladiators during peak times, but you’ll have to pay them for posing. Of course, there are many souvenir vendors, too.
Today the Colosseum in Rome is the most visited monument in Italy and entrance lines can be very long. Skip the line by buying a Colosseum, and Roman Forum passes in advance from Select Italy.
Roman Colosseum Interior
The elaborate underground works inside the Roman Colosseum are exposed for you to see in this picture.
The hypogeum is usually closed to visitors but can be visited on special tours such as this Colosseum Dungeons and Upper Tiers Tour that offers a fascinating look under the Colosseum.
The hypogeum was an underground system of cages, rooms, and passageways for people and animals below the Colosseum.
It was here that gladiators and wild animals waited to face a battle in the arena. Emperors often sponsored these battles as a way to win popularity with the Romans, and thousands of spectators audited them.
People Entering the Colosseum Grounds
The Roman Colosseum is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions. The entrance is straight ahead in this photo. To avoid standing in long lines, be sure to buy your ticket in advance.
Main Passageway in the Colosseum’s Floor
Underneath the arena, in the area called the hypogeum, gladiators and wild animals waited to fight. The dungeons and underground chambers are open to the public on special tours that also include the upper level of the Colosseum, such as this Colosseum Top to Bottom tour with The Roman Guy.
Roman Gladiators by the Colosseum
By the Roman Colosseum, you’ll often see men in gladiator costume like the one shown in this photo, ready to pose for tourist photos. Like real Roman Gladiators, they’ll do just about anything for money…
If you’d want to try your hand at being a gladiator, consider becoming a gladiator for a day with this special Gladiator Class in Rome.
The Upper Level of the Colosseum
While the Colosseum’s top level is off limit to regular tourists, it can be visited as part of a guided tour such as this Colosseum Dungeons and Upper Tier Tour.
A Frieze on Display in the Colosseum
Ah, the daily life of the Romans! Looking right into the gaping maw of the local gossip, kneeing your man upside the head–those were the days.
A Plaque with Roman Inscription in the Colosseum
A Statue of Socrates in Rome’s Colosseum
Displays in the Colosseum include statues. This one is of Socrates, the Greek Philosopher.
View Inside the Arena or Roman Colosseum
View of the Arena through an Arch at the Colosseum
Entering the Lower Level of the Colosseum
Find out more about the Roman Arena in What to Know about Visiting the Colosseum.