Tourist Office, piazza d'Ara Coeli, 16
Mamertine Prison: approx. 40 minutes; Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: approx. 150 minutes
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This ticket includes a supplement for the fundraising promoted by the Italian Government aimed at securing and restoring cultural heritage in the flooded areas of Emilia Romagna (Art. 14 - DL 1 June 2023, n.61).
This itinerary includes tickets for the main archaeological attractions in the Colosseum Park and access with a video guide to the Mamertine Prison. A journey back in time to immerse yourself in the astonishing Roman architecture and the oldest prison in Rome.
The first stop is the Carcere Mamertino, also known as Carcere Tulliano. It is a site of high historical interest, located in the heart of the city, near the Via Sacra in the Forum.
It dates back to the Republican age (from 509 to 27 BC) and within its walls the main enemies and traitors of the people were imprisoned, as well as many eminent protagonists connected to the Christian events of the Urbe (among them: Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, Vercingetorix, the apostles Peter and Paul).
Originally known as Amphitheatrum Flavium, the Colosseum is the largest masonry amphitheatre in the world. It is Rome’s most popular tourist attraction. You can explore the first and second levels of the Colosseum, the most emblematic symbol of ancient Urbe. It is one of the most imposing oval masonry structures ever built, and was capable of holding over 50,000 spectators.
Stories of gladiators and Roman emperors have been told at this archaeological site for centuries.
A walk through the Roman Forum is a glimpse of the founding of the ancient Roman Empire. The site was the nerve centre of Roman life and housed some of the oldest and most important buildings in the city. Julius Caesar and subsequent emperors built their forums here. Many structures at the archaeological site have remained in an excellent state of preservation to this day. One can explore the iconic pillars (e.g. the Temple of Saturn) and churches set in the ancient cobbled streets.
The Palatine is one of the seven hills of Rome, and is one of the oldest parts of the city. Here, according to legend, Romulus and Remus were suckled by a she-wolf who kept them alive. Dignitaries and wealthy citizens lived here and emperors built their palaces on the hill.
It includes 17th century niches, an imperial palace and is surrounded by massive retaining walls. The site is now a large open-air museum with the ruins of the city’s oldest and most important buildings, palaces, shrines and temples.
Note: Not wheelchair accessible. This ticket does not include access to the 4th and 5th floors of the Coliseum
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Ticket price for the Colosseum
Last entry: 15 minutes before closing
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