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Opening Hours

The Colosseum is open to visitors year round from 8.30 am to one hour before sunset. That means the Colosseum’s opening times vary slightly throughout the year. The following chart includes the full schedule:

DateOpening Hours
January 2nd to February 15th8.30 to 16.30
February 16th to March 15th8.30 to 17.00
March 16th to last Saturday of March8.30 to 17.30
Last Sunday of March to August 31st8.30 to 19.15
September 1st to September 30th8.30 to 19.00
October 1st to last Saturday of October8.30 to 18.30
Last Sunday of October to December 31st8.30 to 16.30

Note: The Colosseum’s ticket office closes one hour before the monument’s closing time. If you plan to visit later in the day you need to buy your tickets online in advance, or you won’t be able to get in.

When is the Colosseum closed?

The Colosseum is closed three days a year: December 25th, January 1st, and May 1st.

Is the Colosseum open on Sunday and Monday?

You may have heard that some monuments and attractions in Rome close on Sundays and/or Mondays but that is not the case with the Colosseum. Aside from certain signaled holidays, it is open 7 days a week.

I heard it’s possible to visit the Colosseum at night, is it true?

Yes, you can visit the Colosseum at night. There are guided tours you can join that will take you inside the building, the stands, and through the underground tunnels.

The Colosseum illuminated at night
Night time is the best time to visit the Colosseum!

This option is great because the Colosseum is spectacular all lit up at night, and you’ll get to experience it without the large crowds that are common during the day. Check out our tours of the Colosseum page to find out more!