The Colosseum: Bread and Games

Rome, Italy

Benedetta Geddo










Human Voice


The Roman emperors trusted a simple formula to generate public approval: Panem et circenses, bread and games. The crowds were fed and entertained with periodical distributions of grain and spectacular games held in the Colosseum. The Colosseum, a symbol of the Roman culture and way of life, invites us to discover its enchanting stories.


  • 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.

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Benedetta Geddo

Just your local Italian millennial twentysomething, with a journalism degree and an overflowing love for art, travelling and Korean pop music. I write about all those things from Italy where I'm currently based, after having lived in France, Ireland, Poland and the United States.
Find me on Instagram at @beegeddo
Freelance Travel News Reporter @ Lonely Planet News
Author @ Bossy Italy

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Clio Muse


Address Colosseum - Piazza del Colosseo, 58, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Starting point Ιndividual visitors’ entrance gate
Finishing point Piazza del Colosseo
Areas Arena, Basements, Pope's Cross, Cavea, Daises, Colosseum Square, Arch of Constantine, Stern Abutment.
Opening hours 8.30-16.30 (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 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.
Additional admission Ticket: 14 euro
Comments 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.

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