Photos of the Colosseum in Rome, or Flavian Amphitheater

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.

Roman Colosseum Exterior

Rome Colosseum Pictures Roman Colosseum. Photo Credit: Martha Bakerjian.

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

Roman Colosseum Interior

Interior of Rome’s Colosseum Showing the Hypogeum Inside the Roman Colosseum. Photo Credit: by Martha Bakerjian.

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

People Entering the Colosseum Grounds

Roman Colosseum Pictures The Exterior of the Colosseum as You Enter. Photo Credit: Martha Bakerjian.

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

Main Passageway in the Colosseum's Floor

Roman Colosseum Pictures The floor or Hypogeum Under the Roman Colosseum. Photo Credit: Martha Bakerjian.

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

Roman Gladiators by the Colosseum

Roman Colosseum Pictures Gladiators Outside the Roman Colosseum. Photo Credit: Martha Bakerjian.

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

Upper Level of the Colosseum

Roman Colosseum Pictures Upper Level of the Colosseum. Photo Credit: Martha Bakerjian

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

Frieze on Display in the Colosseum

Roman Colosseum Pictures A frieze on display at the Colosseum. Photo Credit: Martha Bakerjian

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

Plaque with Roman Inscription in the Colosseum

Roman Colosseum Pictures Rome Colosseum Picture: A plaque with Roman Inscription.

A Statue of Socrates in Rome’s Colosseum

Statue of Socrates in Rome's Colosseum

Roman Colosseum Pictures Statue of Socrates. Photo Credit: James Martin, Europe Travel.

Displays in the Colosseum include statues. This one is of Socrates, the Greek Philosopher.

View Inside the Arena or Roman Colosseum

View Inside the Arena or Roman Colosseum

Rome Colosseum Pictures Detail of the Arena Viewed Through an Arch.

View of the Arena through an Arch at the Colosseum

View of the Arena through an Arch at the Colosseum

Roman Colosseum Pictures Arch Looking into the Arena.

Entering the Lower Level of the Colosseum

Entering the Lower Level of the Colosseum

Roman Colosseum Pictures Passageway into the Colosseum Interior. Photo Credit: James Martin, Europe Travel.

Find out more about the Roman Arena in What to Know about Visiting the Colosseum.

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