Colosseum last minute tickets

Are you looking for Colosseum last minute tickets? Would you like to book a tour of the  Underground of the Colosseum and it is sold out?

Don’t worry, there is a solution for you.

Read below our suggestions for getting Colosseum last minute tickets from other sources than the official website. 

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How can I buy Colosseum last minute tickets when it is sold out on the official website?

As you have probably noticed already on the official website of the Colosseum, tickets sell out very fast, and it can be difficult to get a ticket last minute. Usually, you need to book the tickets in advance, often one to four months ahead, depending on the season.

However, the good news is that there are a lot of websites where you can purchase Colosseum tickets; some may have some tickets still available for your preferred date.

You are also in the right place to avoid to check those websites one by one. TourScanner aggregates all of them so you can find out which site has still some availabilities.

If you still don’t find any Colosseum tickets, then, it’s probably really sold out. The only way to visit the Colosseum will be to book a guided tour. 

Which kind of Colosseum tickets are available? How much do they cost?

1. Colosseum basic tickets last minute

It costs 12 € (+ 2 € if booked online) on the official website and it includes:

  • The Colosseum
  • The Roman Forum
  • The Palatine Hill

You can opt for an audioguide (+ 5 €) or rent an iPod Touch (+ 6 €). The price of the tickets on the websites of the resellers can be slightly different. 

Of course, if you book online, you will be allowed to skip the line at the ticket office and you will have a time spot reserved.


2. Colosseum Underground tour when sold out on the official website

Visitors can visit the underground of the Colosseum with a special entry ticket, which is available only together with a guided tour. Guided tours for the underground of the Colosseum can be sold out much faster than normal tickets, due to the high demand. If you are last minute and you have seen that many tours are sold out already for the dungeons, you can check many offers still available by using TourScanner. 

3. Colosseum tickets with access to the 3rd, 4th and 5th tiers

Only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit the top tiers of the Colosseum, which is why you must choose a tour as a single entrance ticket is not enough. It includes:

  • The Colosseum + 3rd, 4th and 5th tiers of the Colosseum with a guided visit
  • The Roman Forum
  • The Palatine Hill

4. Colosseum tickets with access to the Gladiator’s Arena

Another special ticket of the Colosseum is the one including the Gladiator’s Arena. The arena is not included in the standard ticket and the access is restricted to a limited number of people per day.
To access the arena, you will need to buy a special ticket or a special tour which include the entrance to the arena. Of course, the tour will include a guide which will explain everything about the history of the Colosseum. The ticket (or the tour) includes the access to the following places: 

  • The Colosseum + the Gladiator’s Arena
  • The Roman Forum
  • The Palatine Hill

Travel tips to visit the Colosseum and history facts

The Colosseum receives millions of visitors every year, being the most famous tourist attraction of Rome.

Travel tips

  • Wear good walking shoes, so you can walk easily on the uneven stones.
  • This is an open-air amphitheater, so make sure to bring a hat and sunscreen.
  • The best way to avoid the queue at the entrance is to take a skip the line Colosseum guided tour.
  • For an even more in-depth experience, book an Colosseum Underground Tour so you can visit the entire place.

Historical facts

  • The construction of the Colosseum took ten years, starting in 70 AD and was completed in 80 AD.
  • The amount of marbles used for the Colosseum was estimated at 100,000 cubic meters.
  • Some parts of the Colosseum were used for the construction of St Peter’s Basilica and other monuments in Rome.
  • Several natural disasters devastated its structure, but the earthquakes of 847 AD and 1231 AD caused most of the damage.


  • This is the largest amphitheater in the world and has over 80 entrances.
  • The Colosseum can accommodate about 50,000 spectators.
  • There were 36 trap doors allowing for elaborate special effects.
  • The area beneath the Colosseum (the Hypogeum – meaning underground consisted of a two-level subterranean network of tunnels and 32 animal pens.

Gladiators and Games

  • In Roman society, Gladiators were marginalized persons without the rights of citizenship (literally slaves). They were both admired and reviled by the Romans.
  • In 80 CE, during the inaugural games of the Colosseum held by Titus, 9,000 wild animals were slaughtered.
  • Games could last up to 100 days.
  • The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial fights and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, miniature ship naval battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions and dramas.
  • In 107 CE, Emperor Trajan is said to have celebrated his victories in Dacia with contests involving 11,000 animals and 10,000 gladiators within 123 days.
  • The last gladiatorial fights happened in 435 CE and the last animal hunts stopped in 523 CE. It was mainly due to the cost of procuring animals and gladiators and maintaining the expensive facility.
  • According to historians, it is estimated that the games played in the Colosseum for hundreds of years took the lives of about half a million people and over a million wild animals.

Other facts

  • Romans had free entry to enter the Colosseum and were also fed throughout the shows.
  • The first name of the Colosseum was Flavian Amphitheater, after the Flavian Dynasty of Emperors.
  • Rome´s most famous monument was built for three reasons: as a gift to the Roman citizens from the Flavian Dynasty to increase their popularity, to stage various forms of entertainment, and to showcase Roman engineering techniques to the world.

We wish you a great visit in Rome 🙂