The Colosseum: Bread and Games

Colosseum, Rome

Benedetta Geddo

Stops

9

Stories

51

Distance

1.2km

Duration

1h

Audio

Human Voice

Description

Step into the shoes of the fearless gladiators in the iconic Colosseum with an immersive audio tour on your smartphone.

 

Experience the grandeur of ancient Rome, listening to a brilliantly tied narrative that will fire up your imagination. Your tour begins at the individual visitors’ entrance, easily reached from the Colosseum square. It is time to admire the fabled Arena! It evokes memories of ancient gladiatorial fights and wild beasts. Of course, as you walk along the crater-like Cavea, you’ll recapture the amazement of the public. They shouted and cheered at the sight of blood, while in the dark undergrounds the wild animals were roaring and desperate men were waiting to meet death!

 

Once you’ve explored the Colosseum from inside, you’ll experience the surroundings of the grand amphitheater. Your audio tour will guide your steps to the impressive triumphal arch of Constantine. Here, you’ll learn about the victory of Christianity and the death of the pagan world. Finally, your tour culminates in front of the Stern Abutment, where you’ll listen to the stories about the monument’s successive restorations and transformations.

 

This tour offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy a fascinating visit to the Colosseum and get to know its secrets inside out!

*Kindly note that this product does not include an entry ticket to the Colosseum

Highlights

  • The Pope’s cross

    1. The Pope’s cross

    The Colosseum is also regarded as a site of martyrdom for Christians. Let’s break some myths!
  • The daises

    2. The daises

    The 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.
  • The Arch of Constantine

    3. The Arch of Constantine

    After 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.

Featured stories

Benedetta Geddo

A journalist for Lonely Planet Travel News, a writer for Bossy Italy with an overflowing love for art, travelling and Korean pop music.  I write about all those things that attract my attention from Italy and abroad. Find me on Instagram @beegeddo Freelance Travel News Reporter @Lonely Planet News Author @Bossy Italy

See all by Benedetta Geddo

Contributors

Clio Muse

Details

AddressColosseum - Piazza del Colosseo, 58, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Starting pointΙndividual visitors’ entrance gate
Finishing pointPiazza del Colosseo
Inclusions
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
Exclusions
  • Entrance fee/ ticket to the Colosseum
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in public areas
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Know before you book
  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • Please consider that admission fee to the Colosseum is not included
  • Please book per device to be used, not per participant
  • After booking, you will receive an email from Clio Muse Tours, with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please note that for the audio tour you must have an Android or iOS smartphone and make sure you have enough storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
Know before you go
  • Check the email that you’ve received from Clio Muse Tours, and follow the instructions in order to access your tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please consider that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in public areas. So kindly, download the tour on your smartphone, prior to your visit, to access them offline and avoid roaming charges
  • The audio tour can be used repeatedly both online and offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy it
  • Prior to your visit, make sure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring on a pair of earphones/headphones
AreasArena, Basements, Pope's Cross, Cavea, Daises, Colosseum Square, Arch of Constantine, Stern Abutment.
Opening hours8.30-16.30 (January 2 through February 15) 8.30-17.00 (February 16 through March 15) 8.30-17.30 (March 15 through the last Saturday of the month) 8.30-19.15 (Last Sunday in March through 31 August) 8.30-19.00 (September 1 to September 30) 8.30-18.30 (October 1 to last Saturday of the month) 8.30-16.30 (Last Sunday in October through December 31)
Recommended visiting hoursThe 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.
Additional admissionTicket: 14 euro
Mandatory ItemsCharged Android / iOS smartphone & headphones
CommentsDirections 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.

This tour is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. image/svg+xml