Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today I’d like to share my visit to Colosseum in Rome, Italy.
Colosseum is a symbol of Rome, and Roman empire. It shows how powerful Roman empire was. I’ve seen inside of Colosseum via a movie called <Ben-Hur>, a story of a Jewish slave who became a charioteer. But it was the first time that I visit inside. I was super excited.
Leaving behind my excitement, many combinations for the tickets gave me a headache. I stayed for three days in Rome, but I decided to dedicate one whole day to Vatican. Thus, I have only two days in Rome. I had to figure out which combo works the best for me.
Many combinations for the ticket are available (i.g. colosseum only/ colosseum + roman forum / colosseum skip the line…etc), you may spend some time to look for the best combination for you. In the end, I reserved a ticket with a guided tour for colosseum(you can’t change the time and date after purchasing the ticket) and free tour for Roman Forum and Palatine for €19(fee for the skipping the line is included). The ticket is valid for two consecutive days, thus you activate your ticket on the day of visiting Colosseum and you can visit Roman forum either the same day or on the following day.
I would say it was worth to pay extra €2 to skip the line. It was about 33 degree (now it would be higher), and the waiting line seemed quite long. Plus, even if you bought the skip the line ticket, there might be a line for the skip the line ticket (irony, isn’t it?) in high season. It’s written on the ticket clearly, the entrance can be delayed even if you bought the skip the line ticket in high season.
The tour lasts about 45 mins. I met my guide inside the Colosseum at the meeting point, the tour began at 9:45 a.m. We walked inside the Colosseum together and the guide explained us the history and parts of the Colosseum. The guided tour ends inside the Colosseum, thus you can stay there as long as you want.
Colosseum looked magnificent outside and inside, however there were lots of restorations are going on. I was wowed outside, but with so many construction sites inside it was somewhat disappointing. However, it’s definitely worth to visit, and I would go again if I come back to Rome to see the difference now and then.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’d love to share my travel experiences with you.
Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂
Address : Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Hours : 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets : Many combinations are available. Basic ticket costs €12, reservation fee : €2