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How to Get Discounts or Cheap Rome Colosseum Tickets

If you want to visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, you will need a ticket. There are no discount coupons for this, but there are reduced rates - read on to find out how to get them!

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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How to Get Discounts or Cheap Rome Colosseum Tickets

Detail of the Colosseum | Mauricio Artieda

The Colosseum is one of the most popular monuments in Rome (and the whole world) and every day it receives thousands of visitors eager to know its galleries, its ins and outs and its spectacular stands. Getting tickets for the Colosseum is easy, there is a quite varied offer on the internet (I recommend you to avoid 100% to go through the long queues at the ticket offices) and unfortunately, it is difficult to find discounts and practically impossible to find free tickets. Still, there are always exceptions. Read on to see if you are one of those who have access to cheaper tickets for the Colosseum.## How to buy cheap or discounted tickets for the Colosseum

Tickets for the Colosseum| ©Justine Camacho
Tickets for the Colosseum| ©Justine Camacho

There are certain groups that are entitled to get free or reduced price tickets. This is, in general, the list of people who could benefit from discounts: - Italian teachers properly accredited - Teachers specialized in History of Art accompanying a group can also check if they are entitled to get free or reduced price tickets - Disabled people and their accompanying members of the social and health services.

  • Official guides and tourist interpreters of the EU who are exercising their professional activity - Teachers of Art History and secondary education who are properly accredited - Teachers and students of Architecture, Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Educational Sciences and Literature or literary subjects with archaeological or historical-artistic direction.

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Children have access to cheaper tickets at a reduced rate

Children playing on their vacations in Rome| ©Chayene Rafaela
Children playing on their vacations in Rome| ©Chayene Rafaela

Children under 18 years of age will not have to pay the full rate when purchasing their tickets to the Colosseum. However, they must always be accompanied by an adult. Also on guided tours of the Colosseum they are entitled to get the tour at a discount. For example, a guided tour that costs about 58 € for an adult, a child under 18 can get it at a lower price. Of course, you will have to bring an identity document at the entrance to the Colosseum to verify your age.

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How to get cheap tickets to the Roman Forum

View of the ruins of the Roman Forum| ©Erik
View of the ruins of the Roman Forum| ©Erik

Here, yes, you are in luck: practically all Colosseum tickets and guided tours also include the visit to the Roman Forum, so you won't need to queue or pay extra to visit the archaeological area of the Forum. Therefore, the discounts and reduced rates mentioned above will also apply to access the Roman Forum. The Palatine Hill is also included in the vast majority of tickets and visits to the Colosseum and the Forum, although if you want to visit the Palatine Museum you should make sure that your ticket includes Full Access to all areas of the Colosseum and its surroundings.

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When is free admission to the Colosseum

View of the Colosseum| ©Craig Zdanowicz
View of the Colosseum| ©Craig Zdanowicz

On the first Sunday of every month the Colosseum opens its doors free of charge to all visitors who want to tour inside. As you can imagine, the queues are enormous and the large crowds can spoil the visit. If you are determined to take advantage of the occasion, I recommend that you get up very early and be there early in the morning: it will be the only way to secure your place in the most coveted amphitheater in the world.## How can I save on tickets to the Colosseum?

Inside the Colosseum| ©Rafaella Ferraro
Inside the Colosseum| ©Rafaella Ferraro

Another way to reduce the costs of your visit to the Colosseum is to purchase the Roma Pass. If you plan to access several museums and monuments in the city, you might want to buy this tourist card, which gives you access to them at a "flat rate" price. If you want to read more details, you can check out my article on how it works and everything you need to know about the Roma Pass.### Save money with your combined ticket to the Colosseum and the Vatican
Italians are into everything, and being the Vatican and the Colosseum the two most visited monuments in the city, there is the possibility to buy a combined ticket for the Vatican and the Colosseum with which you will visit both in one day and you will be accompanied by an expert guide at all times. The best thing about this option is that you will save not only money but also time, as you can skip the lines at both the Colosseum and the Vatican. Highly recommended!

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So what can I see for free in the Colosseum area?

Circo Massimo| ©tommao wang
Circo Massimo| ©tommao wang

If you have a really tight budget and want to keep your spending to a minimum when visiting the city, you can always go to the area to get the best images of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum in your mind. One option is to buy a single ticket to the Colosseum (around 17 €) and just see the rest from the outside. Take note of the following places that will be essential to visit the Colosseum and its surroundings for free:### The best views from outside the Colosseum
Going around the huge perimeter of the Colosseum will help you get an idea of its magnificent dimensions and the enormous capacity of its stands. Also, it will allow you to see it from different angles (some parts are better preserved than others and turning it around will surprise you). You can also go to the stairs that go up to the Monti district (you will find them easily because they are right at the top of the Metro stop Piazza del Colosseo) and stop there to enjoy the views. Being quite high, you will eliminate from view the traffic and the large number of people that surround it at its feet, so you can take the best pictures. The sunset from there is magical and the colors of the sky with the Roman Forum and the Colosseum in front of you will not leave you indifferent.### The best panoramic view of the Roman Forum
There is a large part of the Roman Forum that can be seen perfectly from Via dei Fori Imperiali as you walk between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. If you can make this tour on a Sunday, you will see that the great avenue is closed to traffic to become pedestrian. Another key place that I personally recommend to visit 100% is the highest part of the square where the Capitoline Museums are located (take the opportunity to see the symbolic statue of Romulus and Remus with his she-wolf). If you go up here late in the afternoon, when the Colosseum and the Forum are already closed and empty of tourists, you will be practically alone in front of the immensity of Ancient Rome. It is true that from here you will not have the closeness and detail that a walking tour inside the Forum offers you, but I assure you that the panoramic view has nothing to envy to the walk through the Roman Forum.### A relaxing walk in the Circus Massimo
The Circus Massimo, where the popular horse races were held in ancient Rome, is relatively close to the Colosseum and next to the Roman Forum. Unfortunately little is preserved of the enclosure that once housed 250,000 spectators, but in return, no entrance fee is required and it is free to move around. You can walk around how and when you want, and the green area surrounding it makes it a very nice walk and of course, free.

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