Colosseum: Skip The Line e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your SmartphoneRome, Italy
Discover how the Romans had a ball with this unique combination of a skip-the-line e-ticket for the Colosseum, which also provides access to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, and download a fun audio tour on your smartphone.
Your tour begins at the individual visitors’ entrance gate, easily reached from Colosseum square. Once you’ve completed the security check and passed through the turnstiles, you will head to a belvedere from where you will have the chance to admire the fabled Arena.
The reconstructed Arena evokes memories of the ancient gladiators, coming to blows in a life or death combat. Meanwhile, in the crater-like Cavea, you’ll recapture the amazement of the public, who shouted and cheered in full swing at the sight of blood.
The undergrounds of the Colosseum are also visible; the stories of the wild animals and the desperate men, waiting in the dark to meet death, are bound to get you deep into the brutal heart of the Colosseum! Once you’ve explored the Colosseum from inside, you’ll continue your tour to experience the surroundings of the grand amphitheater.
Your audio tour will guide your steps to the impressive triumphal arch of Constantine, where you’ll learn about his ascendance to the throne and the victory of Christianity over Paganism.
Finally, you’ll end your walk in front of the Stern Abutment, the triangular counterfort holding up the original third ring of the Colosseum, and listen to the stories about the monument’s successive restorations and its transformations to the present day.
This skip-the-line ticket and self-guided audio tour combination is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a fascinating visit to the Colosseum and get to know its secrets inside out!
1. The Pope’s crossThe Colosseum is also regarded as a site of martyrdom for Christians. Let’s break some myths!
2. The daisesThe Roman Emperor was the most distinguished guest in the Colosseum. His seat was located on a raised platform offering the best view of the arena.
3. The Arch of ConstantineAfter the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, the course of history would change forever. Emperor Constantine became the sole ruler of the vast empire and paved the way for the establishment of Christianity.
The Pope’s crossPersecutions of Christians occurred in the Roman Empire over a period of more than two centuries. However, Christian executions took place in other amphitheatres. While today the idea that the Colosseum was the place where many early Christians were persecuted has been disputed and is no longer accepted by historians, during the Renaissance the amphitheatre started to become a memorial site for the Christians who had lost their lives in the early days of the faith. Pope Benedict XIV had a cross erected inside the Colosseum in 1744. The cross, which can still be seen today, was re-installed in 1926.
Best seats in the house
The daisesThe daises were two raised platforms situated at the northern and southern point of the arena. They offered the best view to the spectacles of the arena and from there, unlike the spectators seated in the cavea, one could enjoy the games without missing any detail.
God, who are you?
The Arch of ConstantineConstantine has gone down in history as the first Christian Emperor, but when the Arch was built he still maintained a neutral position between Christianity and the old pagan religion. An inscription on the Arch, suggesting that he won the Battle of the Milvian Bridge by "divine inspiration," has sparked great debate among scholars who argued on whether the epigraph refers to the Christian god or to the pagan gods. It seems, though, that his god was the power of reason and diplomacy, as Constantine was wise enough not to reveal his religious beliefs at the time and keep both sides happy.
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|Address||Colosseum - Piazza del Colosseo, 58, 00184 Roma RM, Italy|
|Starting point||Ιndividual visitors’ entrance gate|
|Finishing point||Piazza del Colosseo|
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|Know before you go||
|Areas||Arena, Basements, Pope's Cross, Cavea, Daises, Colosseum Square, Arch of Constantine, Stern Abutment.|
|Recommended visiting hours||The less crowded hours are from 8.30 to 10.00 and then from 17.00 until closing time, but the monument is still pretty much always crowded given it's one of the most important not only in the city but in the whole world. Spring and Summer are also, of course, a more popular visiting time than Autumn and Winter.|
|Mandatory Items||Charged smartphone, headphones, comfortable shoes, hat & sunscreen|
|Directions to Starting Point||Bus: 75 - 81 - 673 - 175 - 204, stop in front of the monument Metro: from Termini Station line B to the Colosseum stop. Car: near the Colosseum, there is a car park, easily reachable from Via Fori Imperiali. Tram: Line 3|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.