What We Thought of the Colosseum
I’ll be honest: I’m glad we went, it was cool, but I wasn’t in awe. It didn’t rise to the awe-inspiring moment of the Eiffel Tower. Your results may vary, of course!
We weren’t in the best mindset when we got there because a bunch of the roads were shut down, we had to walk a long way, and it was really hot. Still, I think I enjoyed sitting outside and looking at it more than picking my way through the inside.
8 Tips for Visiting the Colosseum
1. Get an advance ticket. Buy advance tickets here and you can get in a special line.
2. Sometimes the advance ticket line is huge, but don’t despair. When we got there, the line for people who already had tickets was twice as long as those without. We were pretty pissed (see above about it being hot). Don’t despair. Our line moved quickly and we were inside within 20 minutes.
3. A Roma Pass gets you a dedicated entrance but . . . it seemed weird. Yes, their line was way shorter. But once they got inside, their line ground to a halt and we passed some of them. Did they need to use their pass to print a ticket once they got inside? Sometimes that’s the case with monuments.
4. There are restricted areas if you’re not on a tour. I’m not a tour person and I felt a tad ripped off that I couldn’t access the third level or the main platform, It seemed like a racket. Still, I don’t think the tour would have been worth it for us — we saw plenty. If seeing every last nook and cranny is important to you, book a tour. You’ll also get to skip the line.
5. Bring a picnic, especially if it’s hot. The food options close by aren’t great. I wish we would have taken some snacks to eat inside the Colosseum or nearby in the Forum.
6. If you’re visiting the Forum after, ask for directions. We didn’t and walked the long way around in the hot sun. There was a closer entrance!
7. Bring a map of the Forum. We had a really hard time finding exits. There was a moment when I thought “we’re trapped in here!” Sure, we could have used this as an opportunity to explore the Forum more, wanderlust and all that jazz. But it was hot and we were tired.
8. It’s worth the climb up Palatine Hill. There are great views of the Forum and Colosseum. We wish we’d brought a picnic here!
What would you add to this list? Was your experience different? Please share!
We traveled to Italy in May 2015. Click here for all of my tips and things we wish we’d known before our trip!