Colosseum Opening Hours 

The Colosseum, a timeless symbol of Roman ingenuity and gladiatorial battles, is a must-see on any Roman holiday. 

The attraction opens its doors to visitors at different times throughout the year, so checking the current schedule is essential. 

Learn about seasonal variations, explore unique nighttime experiences, and get expert tips to optimize your exploration here:

What are the Colosseum opening hours?

The Colosseum opening hours are from 8.30 am.

Based on the season, it closes between 4.30 pm to 7.15 pm.

Here are the day-wise opening hours for 2024:

DateColosseum opening hours
From 2 January to 15 February8.30 am to 4.30 pm
From 16 February to 15 March8.30 am to 5 pm
From 16 March to the last Saturday of March8.30 am to 5.30 pm
From the last Sunday of March to 31 August8.30 am to 7.15 pm
From 1 September to 30 September8.30 am to 7 pm
From 1 October to the last Saturday of October8.30 am to 6.30 pm
From the last Sunday of October to 31 December8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Essential Information:

  • Early Arrival: You can reach the monument in the morning before the official opening hours and be among the first ones to enter.
  • Last Entry: The Colosseum allows the last entry up to one hour before the closing time.
  • Extended Hours: Consider visiting on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for extended hours from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm.

Remember that the gates close for entry at 10.30 pm, so plan your visit accordingly.

Note: Book your Rome Colosseum tickets in advance, and know how you can reach there with at least three hours to spare.

Best time to go to the Colosseum

Best Time of the DayBest DaysBest Time of the Year
Early mornings, Late afternoons, or at Night Weekdays April to May, September to October, December to February
Best time to visit Colosseum
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Arrive at the monument at 8.30 am or slightly before the Colosseum Rome’s opening hours.

Since the summers get so hot, you can avoid going outdoors at noon.

The monument becomes less crowded and more pleasant to visit in the winter.

The best times to visit the ruins are April to June and September to October because of the mild and pleasant weather.

In the spring and fall, exploring different areas becomes easier because of fewer people and shorter lines.

Check the day and season for the Colosseum’s opening hours before buying your tickets.

Note: If you prefer solace, the Colosseum night tour is perfect; it feels like a private experience with the well-lit atmosphere and smaller crowds. 

Colosseum tickets opening hours FAQs

Can I purchase tickets for the Colosseum on the day of my intended visit?

If you forgot to buy your Colosseum tickets in advance, don’t break a sweat!

You can book your last-minute tickets for a hassle-free experience.

Is it possible to order Colosseum tickets beforehand?

We highly recommend buying your tickets in advance, especially during the busiest tourist season.  
This way, you get to choose your preferred day and time window by ordering your tickets in advance. 

What are the opening and closing times of the Colosseum?

The Colosseum’s opening and closing times are adjustable. 

Ordinary visiting hours extend between 8.30 am and 7.30 pm.  
From November to March, the operating hours remain from 8.30 am until 4 pm.

Is the Colosseum accessible every day?

Yes, the Colosseum remains open to visitors daily.
The operating hours may change due to unavoidable circumstances or occurrences.  
For the most recent information on accessibility and any potential closures on particular days, check the official website or direct contact.

Is the Colosseum open at specific times for visitors?

The Colosseum welcomes visitors during regular business hours.  

It opens around 8.30 am and closing hours are between 4.30 pm and 7.15 pm.  

Is the Colosseum open at night?

Yes, the Colosseum remains open at night for special occasions and guided excursions.  
You can also see the monument occasionally at night, unless they have some event scheduled.
It’s best to check the official website for the event schedule beforehand.

Do holidays or special occasions affect the Colosseum’s operating hours? 

Yes, holidays and other special occasions can impact the Colosseum’s operating hours. 

The Colosseum may have different hours for the general public. It is closed on two specific days:
New Year’s Day (1 January)
Christmas Day (25 December)

You can check for specific holidays or noteworthy occasions on the official website.

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