We mentioned this change in policy in a dedicated blog post last spring, but now the day has come: starting November 1st, the basic ticket to enter the Colosseum and Fora (along with the Palatine Hill) will go from 12 to 16 Euros.
This will include the visit to any temporary exhibitions held in the archaeological complex, as well as access to the sites previously available only to holders of the S.U.P.E.R. ticket (read about it here: this special pass has since been discontinued).
More changes in the way you visit the Colosseum
So far, Colosseum ticket holders could choose to visit the amphitheater one day and the Fora and Palatine Hill on the following day, as to not exhaust themselves walking through the massive area.
With the new basic ticket, this won’t be possible anymore: it will only last the one day.
To enjoy the convenience of having a 2-day ticket, tourists and locals will have to buy a different kind of admission: the so-called “Integrated ticket”, for a price of 18 Euros, will also allow access to the Colosseum’s Arena.
Previously, this particular pass cost 14 Euros, so once again it’s a 4 Euros increase, and just 2 Euros more than the basic ticket, with an extra attraction – and one that is incredibly interesting, at that – that is very worth your money.
Usual challenges and new rules
The heads at the Colosseum Archaelogical Park have come up with a different ticketing plan, both to accommodate those tourists who are in a hurry (perhaps they are traveling with a cruise and stay in the city for a few hours) and also in an attempt to better spread the humongous amount of visitors at the site.
The challenges for securing official tickets will remain the same: stubs are released in three separate batches: quarterly, monthly and weekly, following the Italian time zone – which obviously is inconvenient for many foreign travelers.
The result is that many tourists can’t get their hands on those and have to resort buying them from a third party reseller: in which case, be advised that their prices may rise as well, reflecting the official increase.
An alternative to buying tickets online or on the phone when they are released is to purchase a Roma Pass or an Omnia Card, the two official tourist passes available in Rome: as we documented, the “rules of engagement” have also changed for the Roma Pass and it is now necessary to book your visit at the Colosseum beforehand even if you’re in possession of this card. You can read more detailsin the dedicated post.
Finally, don’t forget that if you’re desperate to see the Colosseum, October is when the calendar of free museum/landmark visits (formerly known as Free Museum Sundays) picks up again: every site has their own calendar of free entrances, however the Colosseum will be free to visitors on October 6.