– Colosseum Exterior
– Rome Colosseum & Columns
The Colosseum is open year-round, with exception of January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Opening hours are from 8:30 AM until 7 PM (or one hour before sunset).
If you want to avoid large crowds, try to visit the Colosseum during the low season which generally runs from November until February. Keep in mind that weekends are busier than weekdays and try to avoid any dates near a major holiday.
March till October is considered high season in Rome and visiting during the weekend or weekday won’t make a difference. The Colosseum gets busy from noon till 4 PM and the crowds will be unavoidable — be mindful of the summer heat too, as there is no shade or place to sit.
The best time of day to visit (regardless of the season) is early in the morning, around 8:30 AM. If that’s not an option for you, then the next best thing would be to arrive at the Colosseum 2 to 3 hours before closing (the sun sets earlier during the winter months which means the site will close earlier).
– Arch of Constantine
– Inside the Colosseum
The Colosseum is a historic landmark and considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy; a once in a lifetime experience that should be enjoyed to the fullest.
We hope this guide helps in making your bucket list experience more enjoyable.
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