Opening Hours


The Roman Colosseum opens at 9 am and closes anytime from 4.15 pm to 7.15 pm, depending on the season.

Tourist SeasonOpening timeClosing time
2 Jan to 28 Feb9 am4.15 pm
1 Mar to 26 Mar9 am5.30 pm
27 Mar to 31 Aug9 am7.15 pm
1 Sep to 31 Sep9 am7 pm
1 Oct to 30 Oct9 am6 pm
31 Oct to 31 Dec9 am4.30 pm

Usually, Colosseum is open from 9 am to one hour before sunset.

The last entry for the Roman Colosseum is one hour before the closing time. 

Book your Colosseum tickets in advance, and reach there with at least three hours to spare.

On 2 June, which is the Italian National Day, the ancient attraction opens at 1:30 pm.

The Colosseum is open for visitors throughout the year except on 25 December and 2 January. 

High Season: April to September
Low Season: November to February

Best time to visit Colosseum

A trip to the Colosseum will undoubtedly be a memorable experience whenever you plan to visit the place, but some days are better than others. 

The best time to visit the Colosseum would be as soon as it opens at 9 am when it is less crowded. 

Weekdays are better than weekends and public holidays. 

The best months to visit are from November to February, when it isn’t as crowded. 

The cool temperature during the winter would help you spend more time in the Colosseum than in the summer.

If you prefer solace, the VIP Colosseum night tour is perfect – it feels like a private experience with its well-lit atmosphere and lesser crowd. 

How long does Colosseum take?

The Arena, the first and second levels of the Colosseum, and the Underworld, typically take tourists 60 to 90 minutes to explore.

All Colosseum tickets come with access to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, and if you decide to visit them on the same day, you need one more hour.

Guided tours of the Roman Colosseum and the two ancient sites usually take three hours. 

Tip: Some tickets come with 48-hour validity so that you can spread the attractions over two days.

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