Now You Can Go to the Top of the Colosseum (Not Just Under It)

Now you can go to the top level of the Colosseum in Rome

Seven years ago, when the Colosseum opened its underground to the public, it was a huge deal. Now, the powers that be seem to be trying to outdo themselves: They’re topping off an extraordinary €25 million restoration with opening the Colosseum’s uppermost level. (See what I did there?)

You already could go up to the third level as part of the underground tour (confusing, I know). So despite the breathless media coverage, it’s not as if this is the first time visitors are getting the option to see the Forum and Arch of Constantine from above. Still, it is the first time they’ve been open to the public in 40 years… and, like the rest of the Colosseum, they’ve been restored to (some of) their former splendor.

Like the third level (and underground), you only can access the top tier of the Colosseum as part of a special tour. The tours, which begin on 1 November, must be pre-booked; they cost an extra €9 on top of the €12 admission fee. You should be able to book the top level Colosseum tour online, though it doesn’t seem to be an option quite yet. Watch this space.

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  1. Hi Amanda, I’ve been carefully reading (and enjoying) your blog over the last few weeks as my Rome trip is coming up soon. I really wanted to a get a few tips from you on the area I’ll be staying in as it’ll be my first visit and I want to experience excellent though not incredibly expensive food! I’ll be staying at the Hotel Lord Byron, Via Giuseppe De Notaris and I’m struggling a little to figure out what’s good around there/whether I made a mistake booking in a non-tourist-y area. Any tips you have would be very much appreciated, thank you!

  2. In 2016 I have enjoyed Rome tour with my family and friends. We surprised to see the Colosseum architecture. It stands still from last 2000 years. Not only Colosseum we have enjoyed the tour of trevi fountain, Trajan’s market, Roman Forum, Palatine hill, Vatican Palace and other places. In Rome, we have enjoyed shopping very much with a great discount from branded fashion clothing store.

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