The Colosseum: Bread and GamesColosseum, Rome
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
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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|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|
|Mandatory Items||Charged Android / iOS smartphone & headphones|
|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.