The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill reopen on February 1st after being closed for 87 days
After a closure of almost 3 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Colosseum Archeological Park reopens on February 1st 2021. Many things have changed for those planning on visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, including new safety measures, tickets and opening hours (the archeological park will be closed on weekends). Let’s take a look at the new guidelines to visit the Colosseum Archeological Park.
Face masks, body temperature & social distancing
Wearing your face mask is mandatory throughout the whole Colosseum Archeological Park. You must practice social distancing and your body temperature will be taken at the entrance.
New tickets & mandatory online reservation
The only purchasable ticket at this time is the standard 24h Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill ticket costing €16 and valid for 24 hours is still active. The recently introduced reduced ticket called A.R.T. (afternoon reduced ticket costing €9.50 to access the park every day from 2pm) is not available for purchase at this moment. The Forum Pass SUPER ticket and Full Experience 48h ticket are currently unavailable until further notice.
Tickets must be purchased online from either the official website of the Colosseum or Coop Culture. Visitors will then be able to download the maps, historical content and information from a free app that is linked to their ticket.
New opening hours
The new opening hours of the Colosseum Archeological Park are from Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm (last entry at 3.30pm). Following the government’s guidelines, the Colosseum Archeological Park will remain closed on weekends.
Colosseum Ticket guidelines
If you’d like to visit the Colosseum, you must reserve your ticket online and choose your time slot. Access to the Colosseum is strictly available from the Valadier abutment, accessible by single-ticket holders as well as groups of up to 14 people (with the adequate distance), which will be able to enter every 15 minutes and who will always be accompanied along the visit.
The “Colosseum, Forums, Palatine” 24h ticket is still available, but visitor access is temporarily restricted to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine, with no connection to the common area of the Imperial Forums.
There are two routes for the Colosseum:
1. “Il Colosseo si racconta” (estimated time 45 minutes).
2.“Colosseo-Arena” (estimated time 40 minutes, reduced route, which can be purchased with the afternoon ticket – A.R.T.).
Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Ticket guidelines
There will be a single entry point at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill too, in Largo della Salara/Largo Corrado Ricci. Visitors will be able to choose from 4 different routes without having to reserve a precise time slot.
1. “La piazza del Foro ” with exit on via del Foro Romano (estimated time 30 minutes)
2. “Una passeggiata sulla via Sacra” with exit at the Arco di Tito (estimated time 1.5 hr)
3. “Dal Foro ai palazzi imperiali” with exit on Via di S. Gregorio (estimated time 2hrs)
4. “Alle origini di Roma”, route along the southern are of the Palatine with exit on Via di S. Gregorio (estimated time 2.5hrs)