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Colosseum Rome Entrance 

In ancient times, the Colosseum used to have 80 entrances, out of which 76 were for the general public and 4 were reserved for grand entrances.

However, today, there are only three entrances to the Colosseum for different groups of visitors.

This strategic design ensures smooth accommodation for its seven-plus million visitors.

Knowing the right entrance to the Colosseum will save you time and make your visit easy.

This article will help you understand the three entrances and choose the best one for you. Enjoy your visit to this historic site in Rome!

The Main Entrance (Sperone Valadier)

Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Last admission: 3:30 pm
Nearest parking spot: T. Parko Losseum
Average waiting time: 45 minutes

This is the main entrance of the Colosseum and is reserved for individual ticket holders and for people with disability.

It is known as Sperone Valadier, named after the man who rebuilt this section of the Colosseum.

It is situated near the Arch of Constantine facing the Forum so it’s hard to miss.  

If you have purchased a standard Colosseum admission ticket online, just walk straight to this Gate.

Audio, visual guide tickets, or Roma pass holders can also enter through this gate. 

However, if you have a skip-the-line ticket, walk straight to the gate and enter through the “visitors with reservation’ section. 

Remember this entrance has the longest waiting lines compared to the other entrances.

Access to 1st and 2nd Floors

Group Gate

Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Last admission: 3:30 pm
Nearest parking spot: T. Parko Losseum
Average waiting time: 15 to 20 minutes

Just a few steps away from the main entrance is the second entrance to the Colosseum.

As the name suggests, this entrance is reserved for groups only.

You can find this entrance on the arena’s Northside, which is also accessible from the Piazza del Colosseo.

A group should have at least 14 members but not more than 50, accompanied by a professional tour guide. 

Group tours follow a strict schedule, and all visitors must leave the premises after their tour ends.

The waiting time at this entrance is about 15 to 20 minutes, based on the number of groups present at the given time.  

Guided Tours 

Stern Gate

Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Last admission: 3:30 pm
Nearest parking spot: Near the entrance at the park service Colosseum.
Average waiting time: 10 to 15 minutes

The third entrance to the Colosseum is situated on the opposite side of the main entrance.

Stern Gate, also known as Gladiator Gate, is believed to be where the gladiators would have walked into the arena stage.   

It is named after the architect who designed it.

This entrance is reserved for visitors with special access to the underground, the Arena and the Belvedere of the Colosseum. 

The direct entrance into the Colosseum through the stern gate has been closed after the COVID-19 outbreak.

Now, you will enter via the main entrance, making your way through the inside of the Colosseum to access the Stern gate from inside the Colosseum.

The average waiting time at the stern gate is around 10 to 15 minutes, ensuring a quick entry into the Colosseum. 

Colosseum Arena Floor Tickets 

Colosseum Underground Access

Colosseum Rome Free Entrance

Listed below are the ways you can visit Rome for free. 

1. Free Visit on Sunday:- On the first Sunday of each month, admission to the Colosseum is free.

Before visiting on Sunday, remember that there’s free entry for one day a month, which means long lines.

Group tours, guided tours, and online ticket booking are also unavailable on free Sundays.

2.Complementary Access :- The Colosseum offers free entry to certain visitors:

  • Individuals who are 18 and below
  • Disabled Citizens of the European Union (EU)
  • Companions accompanying disabled visitors (with valid medical documentation)

Note: Colosseum free tickets must be collected on the day from the Colosseum ticket offices; full experience tickets are not available; only regular access tickets are available.

3. Roma Pass :- You can visit the Colosseum for free if you have a Roma Pass or any other Rome city pass that includes the Colosseum among its free entry sites.

With the Rome Tourist Card and  Rome Super Pass, you get free entry to the Colosseum. 

These passes also grant free access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Colosseum Entrances

How much is the entrance to the Colosseum Rome?

The Colosseum Rome entrance fee varies depending upon the type of ticket.

The standard entry ticket starts from €37 and also gives access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. 

Which entrance at the Colosseum usually has the shortest wait time?

The Stern Gate usually has the shortest waiting period, usually averaging between 10 to 15 minutes. 

It’s designated solely for groups, schools, or visitors guided by an accredited guide.

How many queues at the Colosseum?

There are two queues at the Individual Visitors Gate – one for visitors with skip-the-line tickets named ‘Visitors with Reservations’ and the other for other ticket types. 

All other entrances have a single queue.

How can I avoid waiting in line long at the Colosseum entrance?

If you want to bypass the long queues at the Colosseum entrance, we recommend buying skip-the-line tickets

These tickets can significantly reduce your waiting time, allowing you to gain entry to the Colosseum in approximately 15 minutes.

Which entrance should I use if I am traveling to the Colosseum as a group?

If you are in a group, the Group Gate on the Colosseum’s Northside is your designated entrance. 

This gate is specifically for groups of 14 to 50 people, accompanied by a professional tour guide.

Which is the best entrance to the Colosseum for visitors with tickets?

If you purchased your tickets online, walk directly towards the main entrance (Sperone Valadier).

This entrance caters to various tickets, including those that allow you to skip the line.

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