Ancient Rome and other archaeological sites are free for all on the 1st Sunday of the month. We highly discourage doing any museum or archaeological site visit as there are terribly long lines as both locals and tourists go to take advantage of the free entry. If this is your only day to visit, we highly recommend a drive/walk tour either with a car or the golf cart visiting the other highlights of Rome like its most famous squares and fountains and other sites except for the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Catacombs and other museums included in the free for all list.
If you really want to visit the Coliseum we can do a 2 hour golf cart of drive tour and end up at the Coliseum around 6pm just in time before it closes at 7pm. Still we cannot guarantee that there won´t be a long line but we can try.
Our drive tours are drive/walk tours so you don’t stay in the car the whole time, you get off the vehicle and see the sites up close with your guide. The driver will then meet you after you have seen the sites like Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona etc. The car is at your disposal so you won´t have to waste time going from one place to another.
Ancient Rome Tour:
During low season 9am is perfect or 1:30pm
Peak season (June to August): 8:15am or 4pm
On peak season the most crowded time is from 8:30 (when the Coliseum opens) to 9:30am. If you want to visit at this time, please have full priced tickets so you don’t have to stand in line twice.
During low season: Anytime though an Early visit is best. In the afternoon, a 2pm visit is ideal.
Peak season: Early Visit 7:30am or 1pm (lunch time, most go have lunch) or 3pm. Busiest time is 9am and 2pm.
Why do we recommend Full priced tickets during high season?
We pre-book your tickets and your guide has the reservation code or the tickets.
Option 1: If you have REGULAR TICKETS you have to 2 do lines. First the Security line which is obligatory for everyone. And once inside the Coliseum, you have to stand in line again to show the kids to the clerks at the ticket office . Why? So they are sure that the pre-booked kids tickets are really booked for kids. After seeing the kids then they´re going to give your guide the tickets. (this has a long line!)
If you choose these tickets and you find a long line at the day of your visit, the time spent there is already part of the tour. Your time won´t be extended or you won´t be refunded just because your time is wasted waiting in line. Crowds and long lines are not our fault especially if you choose to use regular tickets.
Option 2: If you have the FULL PRICED tickets for all even for kids, your guide has the tickets already so after the Security line, you just swipe the ticket into the turnstyle and into the Coliseum you go.
There are a few reasons why:
1. It consumes so much time, 1.5 hours only for the underground and 3rd tier (what about the Coliseum itself?) so another hour and the whole tour lasts about 2.5 hours – for the Coliseum only! Makes no sense at all when Rome has so many world famous icons! With this 2.5 hours you can see the Coliseum and the Roman Forum and other sites in the vicinity. With an excellent guide you get the ultimate Ancient Rome experience!
2. Tickets are hard to find because ticketing is controlled by big tour operators who specialize in group tours.
3. The tour itself is done with a group of about 25 people and entry time depends on ticket availability.
No. Take note that Papal audience tickets are free. You book it with them directly through this site: find the request form, http://www.papalaudience.org/tickets
If you need less than 10 tickets you can normally ask tickets without a reservation from the Swiss Guards at the “Bronze Doors” located just after security at St Peter’s Basilica.
You can pick up tickets the day before the audience after 3pm until 7.00pm (Summer) until 6pm (Winter). Or you can pick up tickets on the day of the mass from 7:00am until 3:00pm. You must collect your tickets one day before (not sooner) for the papal audience/mass with the pope subject to availability without a reservation.
If you prefer to pre-book tickets and If you need more than 10 ticket you will need to make a reservation in advance you can contact the Vatican offices,
You will be provided with details of when and how to collect your tickets by the Vatican or if it is short notice again the tickets should be picked up from the Vatican Offices located at the Bronze Doors.
No. Visits are only possible following special permission granted from time to time by the “Fabbrica di San Pietro”. Visits are organized according to the schedule set by the Excavations Office. Requests, if possible, should be sent directly by the interested visitor/s.
Check out their website: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/uffscavi/documents/rc_ic_uffscavi_doc_gen-information_20090216_en.html